Kaunakakai students build ukulele and ohana
Nearly 75 third and fourth graders at Kaunakakai Elementary School took a break from regular classes last week for three days. But far from slacking off, they were engaged in the learning experience of a lifetime — building their own ukulele.
“This is the coolest thing in the world,” said Lydia Clemens, mother of fourth grader Kayla. “We’re blessed to have this opportunity. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
Kayla, engrossed in using sand paper to smooth the unfinished wooden surface of her instrument, said she’s looking forward to playing it.
“I can say I made it on my own,” said fellow fourth grader, Marcus, proudly.…
For the past 22 years, Ka Hula Piko has brought the Molokai community and ohana together, along with visitors from around the world, to celebrate Hawaii’s cultural traditions and identity through hula.
“It’s a gathering of ohana — that’s what it’s all about,” said Molokai kupuna Julia Hoe. “[Hula] is who you are and where you come from. You’re dancing your genealogy.”
Halau and Hawaiian music groups from around the state and as far as Japan shared their talents and traditions with hundreds of attendees at Saturday’s ho`olaulea event, held for the first time this year at Lanikeha in Ho`olehua.
“Remember, hula was here before Zumba,” Hoe laughed.…
Thousands of supporters from Molokai, Hawaii and around the world gathered on Molokai April 27 to celebrate the life and legacy of Aunty Moana Dudoit. Members of the late kumu hula’s halau over the past 40 years reunited, performing together in remembrance of Dudoit, who died March 16 at the age of 73.
The celebration, which followed a memorial service for friends and family, honored Dudoit with hula, food and togetherness. Dudoit’s grandniece Zhantell Dudoit emceed the event, adding humor and commentary as different generations of the halau took the stage. Dudoit’s sister Raquel Dudoit, who also led the halau, helped provide music for the dancers.…
Ten years ago, six Molokai musicians assembled to showcase the island on Maui at an event at the Queen Ka`ahumanu Center. The group, which stayed together afterwards and became MoBettah the Band, celebrated a decade of entertainment, music and friendship with an anniversary concert at Paddlers Inn last Friday.
“We played for 13 hours that weekend on Maui,” remembered Tania Manaba-Will, lead vocalist and ukulele, timbale and tambourine player. Since then, the band has become a way to give back and share music and “encouraging messages” with the community, Manaba-Will said.
“We all have full time jobs on Molokai but our passion is our music,” said guitarist Rick Schonely, another of the four original band members still in the group.…
Homesteaders and Molokai residents celebrated Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole’s birthday Saturday on the island where his Hawaiian Homes Commission Act was first put into practice.
“If it weren’t for the success of homesteads on Molokai, the [Hawaiian homestead] program wouldn’t still be around,” event organizer Kammy Purdy said. Prince Kuhio’s 132nd birthday was honored with food, music and a ho`okupu at the Lanikeha Community Center.
Prince Kuhio was next in line for the throne when the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1984. He later became a congressional delegate and championed for the rights of Native Hawaiians. His 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act provided homelands for the people he represented.…
Coffee, keiki and good causes brought the crowds up to Kualapu`u this weekend as Coffees of Hawaii celebrated 20 years of harvests in the area and 200 years of coffee in Hawai`i.
A parade in Kualapu`u was one of the many events during the Coffees of Hawaii celebration last weekend.
“She was pretty much abandoned when I came here ten years ago,” Coffees of Hawaii owner Mike Atherton said about the plantation, adding he was proud that he was able to keep the company harvesting coffee through the years.
March 16 was declared Coffees of Hawaii Day at the opening ceremonies Friday.…
MAC News Release
Molokai Arts Center (MAC) invites everyone to the third annual Soup R’ Bowl fundraiser March 16 at Coffees of Hawaii in Kualapu`u. MAC is helping Coffees of Hawaii celebrate the 200th anniversary of coffee in the Hawaiian islands. With hundreds of beautiful bowls, this Soup R’ Bowl promises to be the best yet.
Soup will be served from 5 until 7 p.m. The public can sip on soup and enjoy the tunes of jazz pianist David Henderson, followed by the U.S. Air Force Band.
The soup choices include: vegetarian pumpkin, tortilla, chicken with wild rice, Portuguese bean and chili.…
MAC News Release
The Galliard String Quartet, considered Hawaii’s premier string quartet, will perform a free concert March 5 in the Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria. The students from the Molokai String and Brass program, under the direction of Bob Underwood, will open for the Honolulu-based quartet. The Molokai students will also work with the quartet individually in master classes while the musicians are on Molokai.
The Galliard String Quartet performs programs that include the works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel, Schubert and Brahms. Music of the masters is the Galliard’s forte, but the group’s repertoire also includes Strauss waltzes, romantic interludes, light classics, Hawaiian music, popular music and more.…
Raiatea Helm performs at Paddlers’ Inn Friday Night
Paddlers’ Inn was full of excited fans, eager to see Molokai’s own Raiatea Helm, perform last Friday night after four years away from the island. The two-time Grammy nominee and international star performed her 2013 Sea of Love Tour in a sold-out show with more than 250 people in attendance.
Lori Lei Rawlins-Crivello of Rawlins Chevron handles ticket sales for most major events on the island and was impressed with the show’s success.
“It was the fastest by far of any concert we have sold,” said Rawlins. “There has been nothing like this.…
British-born reggae sensation Pato Banton and The Now Generation brought a Molokai crowd to its feet at Paddlers Inn last Friday. The concert marked the first event in Paddlers new lanai space, completed just two days earlier.
Pato Banton performs at Paddlers’ Inn
Paddlers part owner Jerry Johnson said the new lanai will allow the bar to host events in all kinds of weather. The space was formerly covered with tarp and screening material, providing poor protection from the elements. After an aggressive construction period of only 12 working days, a permanent roof, along with other upgrades such as a new stage, lighting and décor are now complete.…