Saturday, 6 May 2017, was a busy but fun one for Alaka’i Namiko. In the day, she went with Aunty Cyrila and Angela Pycha, two of our hālau sisters on Kaua’i, to Ke Akua Mana Church’s Benefit Lu’au and Ho’olaule’a (loosely translated to mean a party and festive celebration). There, they and the many other event attendees were treated to a performance by the musical trio Keauhou. These brilliant young men — Jonah Kahanuola Solatario, Nicholas Keali‘i Lum and Zachary Lum — really heightened the atmosphere with their old school, ’40s and ’50s-style execution and flawless harmony.
The afternoon was spent blazing through the making of 78 pua melia (plumeria) lei from 1,500 specially imported Moloka’i blooms, in the ku’i style, with ‘Anakē Cyrila and Angela. The leis were then taken along to be given away to other guests in the audience when they attended an evening performance by Keauhou and Aulani Parker at the Kaua’i Beach Resort. The flowers filled the entire lobby with their sweet fragrance, adding layers to the already beautiful ambience.
Aulani, who is halau-trained by Kumu Hula Manu Boyd and who dances professionally for Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero, was an elegant and mesmirising presence; her gift of hula contributed a magical dimension to Keauhou’s already exquisite musical offering.