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Be steadfast, established, firm, resolute and determined.
Nature is the root of many Hawaiian beliefs. Hawaiians refer to themselves as keiki o ka ‘aina: children of the land. Nature provides for man and in return, man protects nature.
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In Hawaiian culture, the hula is more than just dancing. The movements and gestures performed by dancers are just the surface. Underneath this surface is a cultural system that celebrates creation and procreation, a pantheon of gods and their descendants on earth, mythological and legendary exploits, historical events and places, ancestral beings and cherished relations, and natural manifestations of life forces that nurture and sustain Hawaiian people. Sacredness permeates much hula, and much of the work associated with creating, teaching, and performing hula. — So you want to study hula? by Amy Ku`uleialoha Stillman (via thethresholdofthefairytale)
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Dinosaur-killing space rock ‘was a comet’
Scientists believe that the object that hit the earth 65 million years ago, triggering the extinction of the dinosaurs, was a comet, not an asteroid. Comets are typically smaller, but faster moving than asteroids. This one resulted in the 180-km wide Chicxulub crater in Mexico, and would have triggered the global environmental change that caused the extinction event. Here’s more from BBC News:
The space rock gave rise to a global layer of sediments enriched in the chemical element iridium, in concentrations much higher than naturally occurs; it must have come from outer space.
However, in the first part of their work, the team suggests that frequently quoted iridium values are incorrect. Using a comparison with another extraterrestrial element deposited in the impact - osmium - they were able to deduce that the collision deposited less debris than has previously been supposed.
The recalculated iridium value suggests a smaller body hit the Earth. So for the second part of their work, the researchers took the new figure and attempted to reconcile it with the known physical properties of the Chicxulub impact.
For this smaller space rock to have produced a 180km-wide crater, it must have been travelling relatively quickly. The team found that a long-period comet fitted the bill much better than other possible candidates.
“You’d need an asteroid of about 5km diameter to contribute that much iridium and osmium. But an asteroid that size would not make a 200km-diameter crater,” said Dr Moore.
“So we said: how do we get something that has enough energy to generate that size of crater, but has much less rocky material? That brings us to comets.”
Ki'i Kanaka: Film criticism and theory: LUA IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY -
Lua in the Twenty-First Century
By Kris Kato
“We derive our name and inspiration from ancient Hawai’i. Two thousand years ago, the kings and chiefs of Hawaii began to train their forces in the sacred martial art of Lua. They worked in the dead of night, training in the dark…