An Evening with Nalani Olds

On November 25, 2003, at Redwood High School, Corte Madera, California, our Halau shared an evening with the celebrated musician/historian Nalani Olds. The event was organized by Hula On! Productions.

 Image from Honolulu Star-BulletinImage below from Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Nalani presented her fascinating and entertaining program entitled "He Po'ai Ke Aloha" (Encircled with Love), which focused on the many songs of Hawaii's last monarch, the very gifted Queen Lili'uokalani.

Using music from the book, "The Queen's Songbook" (a wonderful and must-have collection of some of Queen Lili'uokalani's compositions), Nalani spoke, sang, and weaved a lei of the history and story of our beloved Queen. What I loved the most, was Nalani's focus on the positive, more beautiful side of our Queen's life, through her music. Every time she flowed into song (accapella, no less), she transported us to another place and time, allowing us to live the beauty of the music.

Nalani left us more enlightened and inspired by our culture, our history, and especially by our ancestors whose stories have left us with the knowing of who we are and what we must do in order to continue thriving as a people. Mahalo Nalani! We look forward to our paths crossing again.

"Nalani Olds, an entertainer in Hawaii for 46 years, has been researching the music of Lydia Lili'uokalani since the early 1970s." Click here to read an article from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on Nalani.



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