Sunday, March 09, 2008

Secret poi skills revealed

For anyone not familiar with the art of poi, here is wikipedia's definition,

"Poi is a form of juggling, or object manipulation with balls on ropes, held in the hands and swung in various circular patterns, comparable to club-twirling. It originated with the Māori people of New Zealand (the word poi means "ball" in Māori). Women and men used it to increase flexibility, strength, and coordination. It developed into a traditional performance art practiced mostly by women."

I first heard about poi when I was in Young Women's(a youth group at church). We learned how to make our own poi balls at girls camp and then one of our leaders who was a poi expert taught us some of her own poi skillz. It was a lot of fun! The next time I saw them was on my honeymoon in Hawaii. Many of the dancers at the Polynesian Cultural Center perform using poi balls and it was pretty cool to watch. Little did they know I was highly trained in this area of juggling and could've worked those poi balls on that stage just as good as any of them.... So, anyways, getting to the point, Joey made a set of poi balls today to show the girls. They had a lot of fun playing with them, but I think I had more fun. It brought back the fire of the poi:)

Aubrey watched Joey demonstrate and said, "Oh, thats easy!" Then she tried them herself. It wasn't so easy, was it Aubrey?

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Poor Ella got a little tangled up.

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Then I wowed the crowd. Gosh, I'm so lame.

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There may be many of you who after reading this post, may think,"She is a dork. I cannot be friends with her."

That is alright. I'll understand.....

but I may come after you....with my poi balls.

17 comments:

-Melissa- said...

Jared and I hope that we can be as coordinated, gifted, talented, special, intriguing, captivating, exciting, fascinating and stimulating.....maybe someday with lots of practice.

Jennifer said...

Wow, that's kinda cool. Hey, I know her everybody!

Joey Duenas said...

You impressed me today with your poi skills. They are much better than my nunchuck skills...but then again, I'm pretty good with a bow staff.

Sorry I had the girls try to attack you, but I thought that it would make for good TV.

cyndi/mom/nana said...

Great job girls Island Style. Holly hidden talents expressed great. Should we attempt to make you the costume that goes along with it for the next ward talent show? Perfectly done.

hoLLy said...

melissa and jared,

are you mocking my poi skills? oh no you di-n't.

:)

Tara D said...

If you guys think Holly has mad poi skills, then you'd be amazed at what I can do. I spent many years as an apprentice to the Poi Master - Thet Nman. I was taught in the art and history of this magnificent artform. Here's a little something I bet you didn't know. In New Zealand, the Zealandesers would elect the next official based on their knowledge of the poi. These "canidates" didn't give speeches about health care and the economy, no, they just busted out some poi. Some talk of a great ruler - Viet Zulu III. One day, as he was going in for the "needle and thread", he suffered a massive heart attack in which he never recovered. On his death bed, Viet Zulu III, great ruler of New Zealand, requested to be buried with his trusted balls; he wanted to be able to take them with him in the afterlife. Of course, we know better. He's not poiing anymore...

hoLLy said...

wow tara. i had no idea of your great wisdom of the history of poi. poor zulu, didn't get to keep his balls...poor poor zulu.

hoLLy said...

also, tara, i have to say i'm quite impressed with your imagination. is it the nyquil talking? :)

Jan said...

You guys are amazing! Love it. And Holly, I am PROUD to be your friend. You don't have to come after me!! hee hee!

Tara D said...

The Nyquil wore off long before I typed that out. That was all me!!! *giggle-giggle-purpy-bop*

The Kahumokus said...

Wow! I am so impressed! The island music was a perfect background too. LOVE it!

becki said...

i'm very impressed holly-now i know who to have dance and perform at our next huki lau for enrichment!! who needs naked polys???!!

Dad said...

Wow I am amazed.. definitely something I didn't know about you..can you juggle as well? Could be the next hula hoop--

Emily Loria said...

I'm a slight bit frightened. If I would have known your skills, I might have not sat quite so close to you at the library today!

Zim Family said...

dang girl you have got skillz!! That's rad. I just wonder how much of your life you dedicated to practicing this completely awesome and most useful talent?? hang on joey, not now...i am practicing my poi. sweet.

Olive Lucy said...

Holly- Mad sillkz, when you come visit i will let you try the Diamond covered poi i own.

hey brada man- dem wahinies haf da islan force strong. time 2 get dem a ha'lau n teach dem da hula wikiwiki.

Hirschi Family said...

Holly, quite the ball handler! I can't believe how long your hair is already. You look pretty!