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A Father’s Heart & Haiku

Aloha my fellow hula sisters and brothers,

I just wanted to share with you my father’s thoughts on the Honolulu Share Da Aloha; as you all know we were blessed to have him with us on the trip…

For those who didn’t know, my father is an accomplished and published writer, and he writes, amongst other things, haiku (incessantly)! I get my love of reading and writing from him. (:  He has been an ardent and loyal supporter of my praise hula dancing since I started at first with Cottonwood, then with Saddleback, and now once again, back with the original team from Cottonwood.

And so this Father’s Day, I just wanted to share a little bit of his heart with all of you. You are all so special to me and to my father. (I copied this from his Facebook posting under his Notes). 

Happy Father’s Day Daddy!


Share da Aloha
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 5:44 PM

Share da Aloha

Last week, I was with my daughter Lorna and their church hula team, IN HIS NAME – I KONA INOA Hula Ministry to attend the Share da Aloha conference in Honolulu. Not by design, I’m sure, but our Hula Ministry was housed in Hula Street. At the front, side and back of the house were several flowers, mostly orchids, a gorgeous feast for my eyes.

Share da Aloha is annual event shared by different church groups coming from different places all over the US. The idea started in Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California,  about eight years ago. It is not meant to be for competition, but the sharing of dance and music for the Lord. IN HIS NAME, of Cottonwood, Los Alamitos, California  dances at hospitals, convalescent homes, prisons, and churches. Coming back,

winging over

Pacific Ocean

from Hawaii

we share hula ministry

in His name




Share Da Aloha is a different experience each time. For me, it was a different challenge to get on a flight. I was flying stand-by. A practice of patience. A lesson in Waiting 101.

Wednesday, there weren’t any open seating for those on stand-by.  I was pretty much bummed & worried.

Before this weekend, the devotional verse our group reviewed for Share Da Aloha was Proverbs 3:5-8: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart. Don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do and everywhere you go. Don’t assume you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Then you will have healing for your body and strength to your bones.”

Trusting is waiting. Trusting is standing by. I was tested to practice that very verse.  I wasn’t trusting. Oh I prayed.  I had many people praying for me.  But maybe I relied too much on praying instead of whom I was praying to.

Thursday, I finally surrendered to and said that He is in control. The flight load was full that morning. It would take a miracle.  My husband and I were already discussing Plan B, just in case. Then! They called our names.  Thank you Jesus!  We’re on board.

Fast forward to Friday, the day of Share Da Aloha. Hanging out with our team; waiting to dress up in our outfits because we go after intermission. We were waiting. In the waiting ~ we were blessed by a pleasant surprise.

You see… usually we look to long-time mentors, Pastor Caron & Aunty Radiant to pray for us and pray with us before going on stage. They were on the other side of the auditorium; assigned to their dressing rooms there.

However, God is so faithful; He brought a special team to bless us: Aunty Neolani from Oahu & Aunty Tarita from Tahiti.  Susan, leader of our team, Ohana O Ke Akua, asked them to pray for us.

Next thing we knew, this team surrounded us with their support and we were circled up in prayer. Aunty Tarita was on fire with her encouraging words and powerful blessing.  She chanted, “WE ARE NOT WORRIERS; WE ARE WARRIORS!”  Susan and I were in tears of joy, awe; humbled before the Lord God; that He would send us grace and love through these hula sisters to pray for us. Aunty Noelani chanted her favorite phrase:  HALLELUJAH!

Aunty Tarita was telling us that it was providential that before they saw us, they were saying that we are all in the same canoe.  They didn’t know a team would be dancing with paddles as we were.  Aunty Noelani told us to hold up our paddles as we prayed and be warriors for the Lord.

This theme of warriors for our Lord Jesus rang throughout this year’s Share Da Aloha. Aunty Radiant’s team (Island Praise & Worship from Tacoma, Washington) went on stage and as usual but even stronger, they brought powerful worship to all of us. Their men’s group is called “Warrior’s Cry”.  So there you go. Enough said.  Any questions?

Pastor Caron’s team went on stage and they danced to the song, “Waging War.” Again, God’s power and powerful praise was displayed.  Super anointed teams worshiped.  When we grow up, we want to be like them =)

It’s Sunday now, I’m waiting once again on stand-by to go home. Didn’t get on the first flight.  It was full. There was another possibility for a later flight that day. It gave me time to write this devotional =)

Waiting is oftentimes frustrating. I learned not to waste time worrying. In life, we shouldn’t worry about the past, present, nor future.  I remember Aunty Tarita saying: “This is a new season! Whatever you were dealing with, is over! Time to rebuild!”

 With that said, I also learned that while I’m waiting, I might as well enjoy the time while I’m waiting. Do something positive and keep on hoping for possibilities. As much as possible, surround yourself with those who genuinely and faithfully believe in you/me and who can/will breathe encouragement and inspiration into your/our life in Christ.

Isaiah 40:31   “...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 30:18   Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”

Isaiah26:8  Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.”

Romans 11:20  “…stand by faith…”

Dancing with God


When I meditated on the word Guidance
I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.

When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn’t flow with the music,
and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
both bodies begin to flow with the music.

One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.
It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.

The dance takes surrender, willingness,
and attentiveness from one person
and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word, Guidance.
When I saw “G: I thought of God,

followed by “u” and “i”

“God, “u” and “i” dance.”

God, you, and I dance.
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust
that I would get guidance about my life. Once again,

I became willing to let God lead.

My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings
and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday.
May you abide in God as God abides in you.

Dance together with God, trusting God to lead
and to guide you through each season of your life.

Hula Newsletter ~ May 2011: “Unity”

Hands Uplifting Love Always
A  Monthly Newsletter ~ MAY 2011
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May  19-22, 2011 in Oahu, Hawaii
Stan  Sheriff Arena and New  Hope Church

Polynesian Extravaganza  Fundraiser
Saturday,  May 7, 5pm ~ Donation: $10
La  Habra High  School: 801 Highlander Avenue, La Habra CA 90631
Proceeds  go to Buena Park High School sports  program so that  under-privileged youth can have a productiveand  positive outlet in sports.

May 21  & 22, Location: Heritage Park
12100 Mora Drive
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-3759
Sunday  worship-hula on May 22 at 10 am

Many  hula ministries are busy preparing for Share Da Aloha so I  will be quick and to the point.  When Share Da Aloha  started, it was  to bring together all the hula ministries. And this unity still  stands today,  thanks to God and thanks to those who participate.

Praise God when I hear that hula ministries are also coming  together to worship at an event, aside from Share  Da
Aloha.  One hula ministry invited two other hula ministries  to help  them with a fundraiser luau.  Another hula ministry invites  three other local hula ministries to dance at Hawaiian festivals.  Two hula ministries joined forces together which helped  them rent one studio and have more room to practice.

BIG MAHALO for keeping the spirit of aloha and spirit of unity amongst  each other in your hula ministries.  Here are some  Scriptures that  confirm that you are doing God’s will in uniting with each  other.

John  17:20-23… is  Jesus’ prayer to His Father: “I’m  not praying just for them but for those  who will believe in me, because of them and their witness about me. The goal is for  all of them to become one heart and mind. Just as You, Father are in me and I in  You. so they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that You, in  fact, sent me. The same glory You gave me, I gave them. So they’ll be unified  and together as we are – I  in them and you in me. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, and give the godless worldevidence  that You’ve sent me and loved them in the same way You’ve loved  me.”

Ecclesiastes  4:9-10

“Two  people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed.”
Romans  15:6
“That  together you may with united hearts and one voice, praise  and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus  Christ.”

1  Corinthians 9:23
“We do  all this for the Good News, because we want to share its blessings.”

Psalm  26:12 
“My  feet stand on solid ground, In the great assembly, I will praise the Lord!”


“Psalm  149:3″ t-shirts ($15) are now available! Proceeds  go to the Japan Disaster Relief (directly to a Christian Church).

Any  questions, prayer requests, t-shirt orders, or if you want to share your hula  team event or devotional,please  email Joy:  alohahulajoy@yahoo.com

“Praise  His Name with dancing!” Psalm 149:3

Grace  & peace ~ Joy  Hurley

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I love my husband Brooks for helping me tirelessly with my blog, website, hula stuff.  Thank you Jesus for my husband =)