|Ho'ike'ike, the Celebration at 10:00 a.m. began with a Mahalo Pule to Ke Akua for giving us the Blessing and Favor to Honor our Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole Pi'ikoi. The visitors and guest began to gather as we ended our prayer with this beautiful song of worship, Ho'onani, as we held hands. The Prince Kuhio Parade crew had also began the procession from Saratoga and Kalakaua at 10:00 a.m. which ended at Kapiolani Park Great Gazebo Band Stand Area to continue the Celebration at the Ho'ike'ike.
At 10:20 a.m., a slight over cast with a nice cool breeze through out the Kapiolani Park, while announcing the variety of activities and programs of the Prince Kuhio Ho'ike'ike, the Sound Crew had piped in through the speakers a variety of beautiful Hawaiian Music which echoed throughout the entire Kapiolani Park. The Mea 'Ai (food) Booths were theKo'olauloa Hawaiian Civic Club with their Lau lau Mini-Plates and Hamburgers, Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club with their Teri Chicken, Stir Fried Noodles, and Hot Dogs, Queen Emma Hawaiian Civic Club with their Poi, Shoyu Chicken and Curry Stew Plates, Waikiki Hawaiian Civic Club with their Kalua Pig Mini Plates and Sandwiches, and the Hawaiian Civic Club of Waimanalo Baked Goodies.
We began our Entertainment Program at 11:00 a.m. with Ka Hale I O Kahala Halau, Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado, better known as Aunty Lei, had put on an exciting one hour hula production from Kahiko to Auwana, from Keiki Wahine to Kupuna Wahine, from the implements to the Ukulele, and from short skirts to Long Holomu'u's. Aunty Lei had lined up each group according to her presentation line up and presented each group describing and translating the song and music each group was dancing to as they expressed the meanings with each hula move. Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado and her Ka Hale I O Kahala Halau are known for doing the NFL Pro Bowl, Conventions, Fundraisers, Charity Events, Nursing Homes, and Shriners Hospital Functions. Their students range from Na Keiki, Na Opio, Na Makua, and Na Kupuna. The Philosophy of the Halau is a saying passed on by her former Kumu Hula Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake: "May your love of Hawai'i grow through the art of the Hula".
From 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m. the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs Officers Past President Leimomi Khan, Current President Soulee Stroud, and Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs current President Mahealani Cypher had announced and presented special recognition to a variety of special guest that participated in the Prince Kuhio Parade. One could appreciate the aroma of the beautiful flower leis that were stationed on stage to present to our performers and special guests. The Prince Kuhio Parade had completed at 11:45 a.m. and this gave enough time for all participants and special VIP's to come to the stage for the special presentation. Everyone was so receptive and grateful to the participants and special VIP's who were in the Prince Kuhio Parade.
I had announced about the collection Jars of the Japan Relief Fund which was posted at every booth, presentation, and including the stage in which the Hawaiian Civic Clubs had embraced to help the people in Japan who just went through the most tragic natural disasters the earthquake and Tsunami that had affected many people in Hawaii. I was able to visit every booth in between each performer or program to be able to share about the Fine Artist: Prince Kuhio Hcc: Famous Artist Leohone Magno and special guests Shannon Weaver and Henry Hanalei Hopfe. Folk Artists: 'Ahahui Siwila Hawai'i O Kapolei: Lance Holden's Kahili' s, Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club: Aunty Mary Ann Kanoelani Crowell Quilts, Kalihi-Palama Hawaiian Civic Club: Uncle Dexter Soares Ipu' s, Ko'olauloa Hawaiian Civic Club: Pualoke Kaluhi t-leaves and Cathy Mattoon Kukui Nut, Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club Exhibit: Raising Cultural Awareness by Calvin Hoe, 'Ohe hana ihu, pu'ohe, (bamboo nose flutes and trumpets), Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club: Aunty Lorna Pacheco Ulana Lau Hala, Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club: Aunty Gwen Kamisugi Ulana Lau Hala (pandanus leaf weaving), Queen Emma Hawaiian Civic Club: Kawika Molina Lei 'ano'ano (Seed Leis), Wahiawa Hawaiian Civic Club: Exhibit on Kukaniloko and Aloha Kekipi Lauhala, and Hulu Mamo Hawaiian Civic Club: Daniel Anthony Ku'i kalo/pa'i 'ai. Guests Artist: Pikake Enos and Vince Sortino Hawaiian Jewelry and Old Hawaiian Photographs.
Guest Exhibitors: "Aha Punana Leo, Hawaii Maoli, Lunalilo Homes, Office of Hawaiian Affairs OHA, Partners-in-Development, and the Bone Marrow Association for Hawaiian-Mix who need blood transfusions from Hawaiian-Mix Kokua Warriors. What a variety of booths, programs, and functions that was available at the Prince Kuhio Celebration.
Kawika Trask Trio was brought on at 12:30 p.m. with a medley of Hawaiian Music and Dancers who wowed the crowd. Kawika invited our Famous Musician Star, Artist, and Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero to Hula for everyone in Honor of Prince Kuhio. Kawika Trask has been entertaining throughout Hawaii and Waikiki since 1977. Kawika Trask has traveled the world over doing promotions for Hawaiian Airlines.
|Our wonderful Kumu Hula Aunty Vicky Holt-Takamine and Pua Ali'i 'Ilima Halau began on the stage at 1:30 p.m. with her brother Al Holt Senior and his son Al Holt Junior as a wonderful male duet father and son team harmonizing a variety of Hawaiian Music. Next her Sister, who has a beautiful Soprano voice, sang her rendition of two powerful Hawaiian Songs which sent chills through out the crowd. Aunty Vicky brought on her Halau Pua Ali'i 'Ilima, who marched and danced in the parade, with 3 Kahiko dances in honor of our Prince Kuhio. Topping it with her beautiful Auwana Dancers. Aunty Vicky founded Pa'i Foundation, an acronym for Pua Ali'i 'Ilima. The foundation was established to serve the needs of the Native Hawaiian Community, and provide educational outreach programs on Hawaiian culture and advocates for the protection of our native rights and natural and cultural resources. Kumu Hula Vicky Holt-Takamine is a lecturer at the University of Hawai'i and Leeward Community College. She has served as a judge at Merrie Monarch for the last 8 years. She co-founded and serves as President of 'Ilio'ulaokalani, a coalition of traditional practitioners committed to protecting their Hawaiian Customs and Traditions.
At 2:30 p.m. announced Kumu Hula Brother Ainseley Halemanu and Kaliko O Ka Palai Halau, which spruced up the stage with music, song, falsetto, and humor. Brother Ainseley had emceed his own Halau for many many years. The Kaliko O Ka Palai Halau was so colorful and exciting with all their dances also. Kumu Hula Ainseley Halemanu has taught for over 37 years, received his hula training from 4 Hula Masters, 7 Hula Teachers, had added Tahitian, Maori, and Samoan Dance to his programs. Brother Ainseley has entertained and emceed for over 40 years in Hawai'i, U.S. Mainland, and countries across the world. In his entertainment and hula career, he has been mentored and performed with all the Hawaiian Greats. He has been a hula judge for the World Invitational Hula Festival and Northwest Hula Competition.
Nanakuli Performing Arts Group under the Direction of Robin Kitsu Wowed the entire park with a Dance Musical of a Variety of Songs and known Performances from Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga. As soon as I announced them, their music and dance was so vibrant, upbeat, and exciting that the crowed cheered and applauded continuously through out each number, and everyone one of their performances was just amazing. This After-School Program Group, which began in 1991, uses the performing arts to help students develop academic, personal, and performance skills. Their Philosophy from the beginning was that "We will take anyone regardless of experience and/or talent level and give everyone a chance to be onstage as well as participating in the stagecraft and technical side of Theater". Out of hundreds of schools through out the United States, this group of students from the Nanakuli High School Performing Arts Group were selected to perform in Scotland. The group will perform at the Edinborough French Festival in Scotland this Fall. The Hawaiian Civic Clubs and Hawaii Maoli had managed to add to their Fundraising Event to go on Tour to Scotland.
Through out the day I was able to announce inserts of quotations from the House of Senate and Congress in Washington D.C. who honored Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole Pi'ikoi after his passing. Prince Kuhio was noted as the Citizen from Hawaii serving 20 consecutive years as a delegate of Congress.
Our Final Performance that Honored our Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole Pi'ikoi was Olomana with Uncle Jerry Santos, Aunty Haunani Aoliona, and Brother Wally Suenage. For more than 30 years, Olomana has shared its unique perspective and love for Hawaii with people throughout the islands, continental of the United States of America, Canada, Japan, and the Pacific. After I introduced and announced Olomana the crowd had given a standing ovation. The music was so awesome, while they played a variety of people Danced including me. I was able to squeeze in the last Hula of the whole entertainment event which was "Opu Nui Tewe Tewe" and I was able to get the crowd to go crazy with me. Wow, I had gotten so exhausted; but I had lots of fun through out the whole day.
Everyone was so Thankful for all the performances and entertainment. The Stage Crew and Performances was under the Direction of Melvin Cupchoy, who was so well organized. Brother Mel had prepared the program for me to follow, introduce, announce and improvised my own humor; so much Mahalo to Melvin Cupchoy.
Leimomi Khan, Past President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, and Mahealani Cypher, current President of Oahu Council of the Hawaiian Civic clubs had closed the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole Pi'ikoi. I was given the honor to do the closing Pule to Thank Ke Akua for being in Favor of our celebration of the Citizen Prince Kuhio Kalaniana'ole. The exciting event came to an ending after we sang "Hawaii Aloha". Mostly everything was broke down, packed up, and cleaned up by 5:30 p.m. and the excitement of the park came to the sound of the breeze and the leaves of the trees blowing in the wind. This was another awesome event "The Celebration that Honored Our Citizen Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole Pi'ikoi" and a great mahalo to everyone who participated in this great event.