My little sister Koko performed a hula at our wedding celebration a few weeks ago. It was graceful and beautiful and a highlight of our day. After a tearful ceremony (read more about that here), my sister came up to me and asked if I knew what the song Tohoku was about. She explained that the song was written in partnership between a Japanese and a Hawaiian band after the 2011 Japanese Tsunami. The song is about rebuilding after disaster and about hope for a brighter future. Koko told me that the message applies to our family as well, that while David and I are currently in a place of sadness and despair, with strength, we can rebuild our family, and to have hope for our future.
Her words of wisdom, way beyond her 9 years, bring me strength in times of doubt and difficulty. These pictures below of her hula remind me of Koko's sage words, the song's powerful message, and the joy we felt on this day. I encourage you to listen to the song Tohoku by Kupaoa & Kaulana when life's hurdles feel unexplainable and insurmountable.