How Six Little Ipu Got Their Names

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This original tale of "hold hands and stick together" traces the footsteps of six young bottle gourds from the emerald green valley of their birth to the loving arms of their "new vines" - six young students of hula who live far from the little gourds' homeland. This book is an imaginative look into the life story of a hula implement. Separated from their vines at a tender age, the little gourds are taken to the home of a local implement maker. There they meet Uncle Ka Leo, a grand and grumpy ipu heke, who gives them tantalizing glimpses of what they someday may become. Even though the little gourds are frightened and insecure, sticking together gives them the courage that carries them safely through their many adventures. While one of the little gourds is constantly worried that his imperfection will be his downfall, it turns out in the end (as it does for many of us) that his imperfection is what makes him special and unique. As the hula students learn about their new implements, the little gourds learn about themselves as well. Once each girl finds the ipu hula they feel is really, really theirs, the little gourds find that they too have re-captured their long-lost feelings of "being connected." In spite of life's uncertainties and insecurities, this story reminds us all that happy endings are possible, even in the most unexpected of places.

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Debi Brimmer was born in Washington, DC and has lived in the Maryland suburbs of that city ever since. She discovered hula when her ex-husband began to play drums for a Hawaiian band at a local restaurant. Once she saw the dancers doing a song while sitting on the floor, she thought, “If you could sit on the floor and do this, I might as well try it!” That was in 1980 and she has been hooked or addicted as her family would say, to hula ever since. Julie Coleson was born in Frankfurt Germany. She first learned hula when she was around 15 and living in Panama. Since then, it has been a life-long preoccupation. Her hobbies include hula, artwork, and classic cars.

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