By Sara Platte
Hundreds of young people on O`ahu are putting their dancing shoes and “game faces” on for the upcoming University of Hawai`i (UH) Rainbow Warrior opening game to celebrate health and wellness. The students, ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, have been invited to perform a dance, song and chant for “Hawai`i 5-2-1-0” during the halftime show of the opener against the University of Southern California Trojans on Thursday, August 29. “Hawai`i 5-2-1-0” promotes healthy eating and active living for children and their families. Over 600 students are performing the “5-2-1-0 dance” though partner organizations:
• Boys and Girl’s Club in Nankuli
• Drill Team Hawai`i
• E Ola Koa
• HYOC: Hawai`i Youth Opera Chorus
• Kamehameha Schools
• Mid-Pacific Institute
• Sacred Hearts Academy
• Street Jamz WeRkOut
• YMCA A+ Afterschool Programs
“This song and dance is energizing students in school assemblies, at recess, and across Hawai`i’s playgrounds. This dance, of children across O`ahu will show Hawai`i how fun it is to get up and move. Now we want to let them teach the rest of Hawai`i how fun it is to get up and move,” said Event Organizer Rome Esperanza Stein, is the Operations Manager for “Hawai`i 5210 Let’s Go!”, HICORE: Hawai`i Initiative for Childhood Obesity Research and Education.
The link to see the video is “Hawai`i 5210 Dance Video” .
Learn the Dance
There are also instructional videos on line.
Instructional Video 1, step-by-step through routine
Instructional Video 2: Complete run through
The locally created song and dance starts with a traditional hula chant and transitions into a lively hip hop dance, to a rap song which promotes healthy eating and fitness. The song is written by Lynell Bright, performed by Starr Kalahiki, with a Hawaiian intro written by Nola Nahulul and performed by the Hawai`i Youth Opera Chorus. The Hula chant and dance was choreographed by Lauren Williams. The dance choreographer Mara Bacon Chang directed dance performances along with Gayla Traylor. The video was directed by Robert Bates.
How to join
The halftime event sponsors include the UH Marching Band, HMSA, and Kaiser Permanente with support from the “Hawai`i 5210 Initiative” based at the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, UH Kapi`olani Community College Culinary Arts Department, YMCA of Honolulu, Sacred Hearts Academy, Kamehameha Schools, Mid-Pacific Institute and many others community partners.
For more information, go to Hawai`i 5210 Let’s Go!
More about Hawai`i 5-2-1-0
Hawai`i 5-2-1-0 “Let’s Go!” is an initiative to promote healthy eating and active living and prevent childhood obesity in Hawai`i through a coordinated, collaborative, locally relevant health education campaign. The Hawai`i 5-2-1-0 Initiative promotes a consistent message of healthy lifestyles through unique community partnerships in order to optimize awareness and action among Hawai`i’s keiki and their families.
The 5-2-1-0 slogan names the healthy living message by encouraging behaviors associated with healthy weight in children including 5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and no sugary beverages each day. The 5-2-1-0 slogan, and similar slogans including 5-2-1-almost none and 5-4-3-2-1-go, are used successfully by several states and numerous programs across the country to promote healthy eating and active living. Hawai`i 5-2-1-0 is based at the University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and is led by HICORE, the Hawai`i Initiative for Childhood Obesity Research and Education.
Mahalo to Sara Platte for this story.