Ulu Mendiola, hula practice 7/15/1997 and Ulu Mendiola session 6 7/22/1997
Hula practice and Reverend Doctor Mits Aoki session with Ulu Mendiola recorded on 7/15/1997 and 7/22/1997 for the documentary "Living Your Dying." Tape begins with hula practice recorded on 7/15/1997 includes the hālau practicing a hula noho (sitting hula) and ends with b-roll of the grounds and flowers outside the practice hall. Next is footage of the session. Topics include: Mendiola's health updates including new chemotherapy for a spot on her lung and medication for pain control; a discussion of death including its complexity, its paradox, how it is an event but also a process, and the more powerful the death, the more authentic the life; how one purpose of the documentary is to open the conversation about death so that there is less fear; and the Hawaiian concept of mana and the spiritual traditions around death. Rev. Dr. Aoki describes his near-death experience after a car accident. Session spans 2 videotapes.
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