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Hale Pai
Pacific American-News Journal

Iune-June 1996 Volume 2 Issue 6

Lokahi Ohana Hawai`i 2nd Annual Hawaiian Song Festival

Tacoma, Washington

Lokahi Ohana Hawai`i held its 2nd Annual Hawaiian Song Festival at The University of Puget Sound Fieldhouse in Tacoma, Washington.

May 4, after a year of preparation and practice the big night arrived. Mr. Ahoi "Sabu" Simeona Founder and President/Director of LOOH had this to say,"Our theme for the evenings program, "Songs Of The Monarchy", stimulated our audience appreciation for the musical compositions written by or for our Kings and Queens of Hawai`i. The competition was keen."

The groups entered for this years competition were Hui 0 Hawai`i University of Puget Sound, Song Leader Monte M. McComber II, Kamehameha Alumni Association of Washington Song Leader Audrey Keli'iholokai, Na Leo Ha'aheo 0 Hawai`i of Lacey, Washington Song Leader Issiah Ka'auwai and Na Ohana A Me Na Hoaloha of Seattle/Tacoma, Washington Song Leader Moodette Kaapana.

Five judges were selected to adjudicate this event, three from Hawai`i and two from Washington state. The Hawai`i judges included Kinau Boyd Kamali'i, Trustee-At-Large, Office Of Hawaiian Affairs, Debbie Nakanelua Hawaiian Airlines Manager for Community and Governmental Affairs and Miss Hawai`i 1984, and Walter Heen Associate Judge Intermediate Court Of Appeals State Of Hawai`i. Longtime Hawai`i entertainer/arranger for The Don Ho Show now resident of Auburn, Washington, Joe Mundo and Dr. Thomas Goleeke Professor, School Of Music, The University Of Puget Sound.

This years Master and Mistress of Ceremonies KCCN disc jockey Brickwood Galuteria and LOOH member Kealoha Nascimento kept the evening lively. Joe Mundo made the audience laugh with his crazy antics comparing his bald head with that of Dr. George Mills. Galuteria, Nacimento, and Mundo made the audience feel at home.

Brickwood announced the withdrawal of Hui 0 Hawai`i (University of Puget Sound students) as half the entrants came down with the flu. The remaining competitors set the joy of Hawaiian music in motion by filling the Fieldhouse with their songs of Hawai`i's past and present.

The competitors dressed in Hawaiian attire faced the audience on bleachers in stair stepped rows four and five deep standing ever so proudly. The make up of the groups crossed all ages the youngest a sophomore in high school and a sprinkling of kupunas adding a touch of class amongst the hundred plus entrants.

The song competition had KSSA singing, "Sanoe", Na Leo Haaheo 0 Hawai`i with "Ku'u Pua I Paoakalani," and Na 'Ohana A Me Na Hoaloha entry of, "No'e No'e Maika'i Kealoha."

The judges used the 20 minute intermission to tally the scores. Halau Hula 0 Healani Mai 'Aina Na Kumula'au Ki'e ki'e and Debbie Nakanelua entertained an enthusiastic audience. The vendors selling Hawaiian items did a brisk business.

Brickwood and Kealoha announced the star of the awards ceremony. The presenters in place and the judges having completed their task the audience waited in hush tones.

The MC’s sharing in the announcement started with the third place, "Hanohano Award," presented by Paco Wong to the Kamehameha Alumni Association. Second place "Ha'aheo Award," went to last years winners Na Leo Ha'aheo 0 Hawai`i presented by Fred Whang. Kinau Kamali'i awarded the first place "Onipaa Award," to Na 'Ohana A Me Na Hoaloha.

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