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APRIL 28, 2004





            The new Waialua Bandstand, set among shady monkeypod trees on land once owned by the Waialua Sugar Company, will be dedicated on Saturday, May 1, with music and dance of May Day, or Lei Day in Hawaii.


            Reminiscent of the bandstand that once stood in the same place in the late 1920s, the new open-air, hexagonal-shaped gazebo is sure to become the center of social activities in Waialua.


            Everyone is welcome to attend the opening celebration, which will start at 1:30 p.m. at  the bandstand in new Waialua Community Park directly across from Waialua Library at the corner of Goodale Avenue and Kealohanui Street. 


            Kumu John Keola Lake will perform the traditional pule and will lead in the untying of the maile lei.


            The afternoon’s entertainment will feature the historic 37-member Royal Hawaiian Band, led by bandmaster Aaron David Mahi, who has composed a special arrangement of the song about the area, “Kalena Kaia.”


Headlining the concert will be Na Hoku winners 'Ale’a. Kali Hannahs, Chad Takatsugi and Ryan Gonzales met in a Hawaiian studies class at the University of Hawaii a few years ago.  Through their dedication to traditional Hawaiian music, they quickly formed the group 'Ale'a  ("sweeet voices"), and recorded their first CD, "Take Me Home," which captured the Na Hoku Hanahano Hawaiian music award.  Their 3rd CD will be released this fall.   

Also performing will be Hawaiian Music Award’s 2004 Best Female Vocalist of the Year  Maila Gibson and musician/vocalist Ben Vegas.


Just back from the Merrie Monarch Festival, where they placed 5th in the Wahine Kahiko and Wahine 'Auana, and second in the Miss Aloha Hula categories. Halau Hula Olana, under the direction of Na Kumu Hula Olana Ai and Howard Ai, will showcase their keiki who will dance in the spirit of May Day in Hawaii.


Free popcorn, shaved ice and ice cream will be served by The Friends of Waialua Bandstand in the Park and the Mayor's Cabinet.  The Friends of Waialua Bandstand in the Park will present monthly concerts at the bandstand. 





Wednesday, April 28, 2004

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