June 2007 Issue
His Holiness,
The Dalai Lama
in Madison

* with his message of Compassion as the Source of Happiness
* calls for a Genuine Autonomy for Tibet

* Editor's Corner/
Over a cup of tea:
Asian American woes"

WW II Veterans of Filipino descent: Veterans benefits denied,
by Paul Kusuda

* Financial security now and later: Are your bases covered?
by Sherman On

What's in a Madison school's name?
by Heidi M. Pascual

Act like an American,
by John S. Pinto

Ed and Nieva Escall: Navigating life's journey together,
by Heidi M. Pascual

Ayurvedic Massage Centre: Therapeutic "Knowledge of life,"
by Laura Salinger

* Yoga is for you (2),
by Regina Zamora Cowell

Indian American community gives tribute to moms,
by Heidi M. Pascual

* Nepali New Year,
by Ayodhya Batajoo

* PAMANA Spring fling

The Isolation of being different (2),
by Jonathan Gramling

* Sheree's Great Escapes

June 2007
Columns & Stories
Hale O Malo Polynesian Dance
     Dances of the Pacific Islands (Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, and New Zealand) have meaning beyond words and are part of these Islands' cultural legends. The dances may mean: praise to the gods, respect for the chiefs, call for war, celebrations, or simply love of nature. These dances are termed "polynesian," although the movement and rhythms may vary from one island to another. The dancers wear traditional costumes that are both colorful and made for the tropics.
      The Hale O Malo Polynesian dancers of Milwaukee brough such tropical warmth to Madison's cold weather last February 17 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, when they performed several numbers, including the "haka" male warrior dance and the "huki lau" hula, as part of the Children of the Rainforest series.
      The traditional conch shell was blown to open the show, and the sound of the tuetti drums and ukelele immediately raised the enthusiasm and excitement of the huge audience composed of families with chidren. When a pretty dancer briskly threw the Poi balls back and forth while she danced, it was such a delightful sight. The impressive Tahitian hula amazed the people too.
      According to history, because there was no written language in the Islands, the Polynesian dance and its accompanying music preserved various stories and rituals of the indigenous people. It is, therefore, as much a celebration of life as it is a proud statement of cultural awareness.