We performed at the Kaiana Hula Studio 2015 Ho’ike on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2015 at Hitomi Memorial Hall at Showa Women’s University in Sangejaya, Tokyo. It was our dear friend Yuriko Minaminaka’s Kaiana Hula Studio Ho’ike held every two years for her students.
The ho’ike was held from 4 pm to around 7 pm and they did a total of about 35 numbers including kahiko and auana dances. The dancers ranged from cute little girls to older ladies. Amazing how even the little kids could dance kahiko so well. It was very well done and we were all very impressed. One tiny 9-year-old girl wowed the audience with a solo dance using all three hula implements.
The special guest was Kauai-based Kumu Leina’ala Pavao Jardin (Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina’ala) and her two alaka’i, Jayna Marie Kau’iokalanimalie Shaffer and Brylyn Noelani Aiwohi.
First we performed “Nani Kaua’i” with Kumu Leina’ala who sang and played the ‘ukulele while I played the bass. “We” refers to me and my regular ‘ukulele students including a few Kaiana Hula Studio dancers.
Then during the second half, we did two numbers ourselves without Leina’ala. “Waika” and “He ‘Ui.” Hiromi Okuzumi and I were the lead vocals playing the ‘ukulele. My ‘ukulele students from Setagaya City Hall and Hukilau Cafe (from Ota Ward) also did well and I’m very proud of all who performed on stage with me. Mahalo to them and to Kumu Leina’ala and her dancers. And congratulations to Yuriko sensei and her students for such wonderful performances. (Photos by Philbert Ono, mostly from video stills.)