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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Coffin Dance

Aloha Everyone

One of the relaxation activities our son and our granddaughter share is playing piano together. I have been listening to their practicing a new piece of music. It has a melancholy quality yet there is hope. The melody is somber but it is joyful. I was taken aback when my son told me that the music title is Coffin Dance.  

Hawaiian funerals in general are not a somber occasion. Often called a Celebration of Life, family and friends gather to share food, camaraderie over funny stories about the deceased. Unfamiliar with the Hawaiian culture, a newly arrived person from Georgia was furious for people having a “good time” at the funeral. He thought they were being disrespectful to the deceased.

The Ghana Pallbearers became an Internet phenomenon with their choreographed dance. BBC 2017 report provides good background information.

Please check the attached YouTube video plus the Piano Interpretations by Eric Correll.

Aloha -- Cathi