Our 35th Anniversary Lu'au was a rousing success and we have many, many people to thank!
Mahalo Nui Loa to:
Our founders - Ke Kai simply would not exist if not for you. This year's lu'au was dedicated to two of our founders that we lost this year; Uncle Julian and Auntie Shirley. The physical void is hard for us all but your spirit resides with us always. We miss you terribly, love you deeply, and pray you will keep watch over us as we move forward. To Uncle Hal, and especially Uncle Les and Aunty Judy - You have created this Ohana, filled it with love and respect for the Hawaiian culture, the ocean, hula, and most importantly, for each other. We are proud to be Ke Kai!
Our families - your love, support and sacrifices made all of this possible. Time away from family is always hard, so we wanted to make sure this time counted. We dance for many different reasons, but the biggest is for you.
Our audience; family, friends, fellow Ke Kai members, and honored guests - Our goal; to take the Aloha that through each of us fills the stage and spread it throughout the hall, to touch each and everyone of you, with the hope that you will feel what we feel. Every 'ami, every kaholo, every kahea and gesture, is a gift of love. Love for this beautiful culture, this art, for each other, from our hearts to each and every one of you.
Ho'omana - You fill the hall and our hearts with your music. It excites and inspires us. It is the heartbeat of every dance we perform and we are forever grateful to have your voice and music to ignite our spirits.
Our Alaka'i - For all your teaching, your patience, your humor, your sacrifices, your love; we strive to be a credit to all you have given and taught. We couldn't be more proud to be your students and strive to put on a perfomance worthy of you.
So, to everyone who helped make this lu'au a reality; the stage crew, the incredible kitchen staff (especially Uncle Darrel and Auntie Iris), the club members and volunteers who helped decorate the hall and attend to our guests, our vendors and sponsors, and last but not least, our amazing dancers:
Mahalo Nui Loa a Me ke aloha pau 'ole a hui hou!