Na Mo`olelo Kalikimaka
Kualapu`u School tells the Christmas story.
In place of traditional garb in the Nativity scene, flower-printed kihei and a bamboo-crafted manger dressed the stage for Ka La Hanaui `o Iesu, the birth of Jesus.
Kula Kaipuni o Kualapu`u, Kualapu`u school’s Hawaiian immersion program, performed their first Christmas play in over a decade at Mitchell Pauole Center last week.
Sparkling angels sang carols of Nawainei Keiki (What Child is This) and Po La`i E (Silent Night), the king and his guards performed a haka and keiki danced hula celebrating the newborn child.
“It was exciting because I got to play Mary and be the main actress. I hope to do it again next year!” said sixth grader `Okalani Schnackenberg.
This is the third year Kualapu`u has put on a play spoken in Hawaiian, and the school hopes to perform another play this spring.