Molokai Community Concert

“Sharing the Christmas Spirit Molokai Style”

By Jennifer Smith


Additional entertainment included the dancing talents of Moana Kupuna Hula Halau, music by Uncle Kelii Mawae & Friends, a few holiday numbers by Akaula School students, a multi-generational performance by the Uplink Haka Dancers, and some original songs by the Girl Power Club.

The sky dark, and the lights shining Kammy, Kaui, and Jason sang and danced to some beautiful island classics.

However, it was Auntie Ruthie’s shouting of: “Jesus is the reason for the season,” that got community members on their feet for some upbeat melodies. 

After nearly two and a half hours of holiday entertainment, Auntie Ruthie’s soulful harmonies brought the evening to a close by inviting the crowd to join together in singing Silent Night.

Winners of the wreath contest included Hala Pa Kala for most beautiful creation, and Claire Kapali of Kalaupapa for her most original creation which featured red and green soda pop cans.

Organizers of the community event gave a big mahalo to their impromptu MC, Scarlett Ritte for agreeing to host the event only minutes after she arrived. Likewise, they recognized the Chamber Foundation, Queens Foundation, Young Brothers Ltd., and Maui Electric for their support.


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