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“Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” (Read more in The Family: A Proclamation to the World)

IMG_0853My husband always seems to be able to make a little room in our schedule and budget for quality memory making time with our family.  We have tried to establish a lot of traditions to strengthen family ties and make life more fun.  Traditional outings or activities for special occasions–or no occasion at all–don’t have to be elaborate or costly, they just require a conscious, consistent effort.  Our hope is that making memories for our kids will provide us with powerful “magnets” to draw our family close and overcome anything that might try to pull us apart.  Marriages need constant attention, as well, considering all the distractions intent on drifting couples apart.

IMG_0860Recently, the cast and crew of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, came to the mainland in celebration of their heritage and 50th anniversary.  Their float was a favorite entry in the Parade in Salt Lake City celebrating heritage and the Mormon Pioneers of Utah.  Over the rest of the week they made several local presentations of their evening show “Hã: Breath of Life.”  Their island way of energizing the crowd is evidence that they genuinely love life and love what they do.

IMG_0928They performed at a gorgeous outdoor venue at the university campus near our home, providing my husband with the anniversary surprise opportunity he was looking for.  He did not disappoint!  Sure, we would have preferred to see it on the island, but as that wasn’t in the realm of possibility, the music, costumes, and the countenances of the cast members are an anniversary memory we’ll both treasure.  It was the closest we’ve been to a tropical vacation in our years together.

IMG_0868The story unfolds in music and dance, an obvious celebration of LIFE, as the FIRE of LOVE is ignited.

(Pictures actually don’t do justice to the spectacular performance, but you can see that the colors and costumes were stunning.)

IMG_0880A child takes his first breath of life and becomes part of a family unit.IMG_0883 IMG_0906The boy is nurtured, given role models, and takes his place in the family and community.



The Fire Dancers were a highlight in the middle of the show, leaving us thirsty for more.  The fire dance represented the young man’s passage into adulthood–and the beginning of his love for a young lady.


IMG_0890The story might be clearer if you understand the lyrics of the pacific island music, but that isn’t necessary to see that it is a continuous celebration of life’s events.

IMG_1022In this scene, the young man’s father has been killed in battle and returns to greet family members who have already lived and died.

The Young Man marries his bride and assumes the role of defender and protector of his own family, and the story ends when his child takes her first breath of life.

IMG_1035The spectacular finale of spinning and tossing flaming swords continued during long cheers and whistles from the crowd.

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Rejuvenated and inspired with hope it shouldn’t be hard to remember that investing time in wholesome recreational activities with the ones I love is really worth the effort!