Here is a wonderful thing about living in Hawaii and working at the Capitol.
As usual, I walked out to lunch and passed through the Iolani Palace grounds. Every Friday, the Royal Hawaiian Band plays a concert for the residents and visitors at the Palace.
But today, a young hula halau gathered on the side of the palace, twittering like yellow canaries, excited about their performance. They were enthusiastic, full of energy and promise for Hawaii's future.
I approached the girls to ask if I could take a picture, and the boys proudly stepped into the shot too. They exuded not only pride, but confidence, in their Hawaiian culture. You can just see it in their faces, can't you?
As recommended by a thoughtful reader, click on the photos to see the kids really beam.