Isaiah Ayala, a Texas Wesleyan University student, laughed at his friend during the volunteer dance portion of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration on May 2. 

Little did he know, Grace Hula Dance performers would later pick him out to perform their last dance.

“In this part of the show we pick someone to do the final dance with us,” Courtney Evangelista, a dancer with Grace Hula Dance, told the crowd. “How about you do it?”

Ayala stepped up.

Evangelista, along with dancers Madison Wood and Danielle Mondry, taught “the culture to those who normally wouldn’t be exposed to it,” Evangelista said.

The crowd of Texas Wesleyan students cheered and took photos with the dancers.

“A lot of people don’t know about Hawaii outside of what they see on TV shows,” Wood said.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian ArguetaSotoCommunity Engagement Journalist

Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...