I'm not sure where the myth comes from, the one that states, women in a group are catty. The people who promote this myth have never seen women in a hālau hula environment. Hula is more that an individual or a soloist. It's more than a dancer. Rather it's about enhancing the mele. It's the synergy that happens when you can feel your titas even if you can't see them. There comes a point when you have shared so many nights of pain, so many moments where you feel down, so many hours of being authentic, that you realize you trust these ladies more than you know.
The kua (back) is a sacred part of the body. It's is where your moʻokūʻauhau lives. To expose your back to another makes you vulnerable. When I saw my tita's in this moment showing such aloha for one another, I was awed by the beauty of the moment. Many men have made millions of dollars selling photos of hula dancers. And yet, none of them have had the foresight to capture intimate scenes like this. Aloha kekahi i kekahi. #HulaIsSacred #HālauNāWaiOla #NāWaiOla #NaWaiOlas21st #TitaHula