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Pi’ilani Hawaiian Civic Club Ho’olaule’a

After our nice meal together at the Old Blinking Light, we headed back to the hotel to do a quick run through of the the show line-up, freshened up a bit, put on our “Spread a Little Aloha” tour shirts, gathered our costumes, and headed out to Highlands Ranch Park for the hoʻolauleʻa. The park is beautifully landscaped, and has a large covered amphitheater with lighting and all....(wish we had something like this at home for our hōʻike) perfect for outdoor performances. The skies looked a little iffy, kind of on the dark side, extremely windy (the dressing room tent flew up into the sky. Fortunately the dancers were already in their costume, or the audience would have had a whole different show. The air was brisk, but felt good (at least to me it didn’t, as I’m always hot) We arrived a little early, and were greeted by Uncle Dean, and Aunty Shelly, and also met many other members of the club. We were able to watch the dancers from “Instruments of Praise”, their hula that praised Ke Akua were so beautiful, and they all danced with so much expression....I especially enjoyed their keiki, and their performance of “Hea I Ka Haku” (Shout to the Lord). After their performance, it was time for us to get changed in to our costumes, so we didn’t get to watch much of the following performance, though from the applause we heard, they must have been fabulous. Anson said that at one point, one of the dancers busted out the running man, Roger Rabbit, Moon walk dance moves, and that was the roar from the crowd that we must have heard. I later found out that the dancer’s name was Tui, and that he was on the show “Under Cover Boss” as an employee of Frontier Airlines. When I get home, I gotta check that episode out. Our girls were dressed and ready to share their aloha with everyone. They performed three hula kahiko, and began their ‘auana section with “Hawaiian War Chant”. Just then, a biggest gust of wind I've ever seen/felt, blew away the vendor tents, and our audience went running after them. The kids kept dancing, and I wasn't sure if I should be pulling them off the stage and running for cover, or if that was the norms. It passed, and the sky was beautiful, very different from California. The girls helped clean up at the end of the night, and we were off to Red Robins for a very late dinner with Uncle Dean & Aunty Shelly. It was so great to catch up with family!

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