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Alo Hai Festival to benefit disaster relief

Date Posted: 2011-07-07

The world’s most popular Hawaiian female group is heading to Okinawa for a Friday afternoon Aloha for Japan Charity Concert that’s part of the Alo Hai Festival.

The two days of activities take place at the Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa, bringing the group Na Leo, along with Carlson Kamaka Kukona III, to share Hawaii’s music and hula. Hawaii’s favorite daughters, Nalani Choy, Angela Morales and Lehua Heine have racked up 22 Hawaiian grammy’s known as Na Hoku Hanohano Awards during their 20 years together.

They’re making their Okinawa debut bringing the nostalgic tones, perfect harmony and lush, uplifting songs that Hawaiians have come to love. Carlson Kamaka Kukona III, an award-winning kumu hula of Halau Ka Hanu Lehua, is known for his presentation of the best in contemporary and traditional Hawaiian dance. He’s won honors from the Kamehameha Hula Competition to the E Ho’I Mai I Ka Piko Hula World Invitational Hula Festival.

The festival’s big concert is Friday afternoon starting at 3 p.m. Doors open at Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa – Nirai Kanai at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale for ¥6.000, and are ¥6,500 at the door. Seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets are on sale at Print-21 Concessions in the Foster Services Mall and Mail Center on the first floor of the Kadena BX, at Coop Apure, and at Mitsukoshi and Ryubo Department Stores. Mele Hula begins at 6 p.m., following the concert, and guests are invited to join performers on the dance floor.

All proceeds of the Alo Hai Festival will be donated to the Japanese Disaster Relief Foundation. Disaster victims of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami will benefit from this event.

A Charity Hula Workshop will be hosted by Carlton Kamaka Kukona III on Friday and Saturday. Registration is ¥5,000 for a workshop, with a limit of 30 participants for each of the workshops. The first is Friday 10 a.m. ~ noon, the second Saturday 10 a.m. ~ noon, and the third 1 p.m. ~ 3 p.m. Saturday. The workshops take place at Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa Mirarabi no Ma.

The Alo Hai Festival is a charity event sponsored by the Pacific Ocean Culture Exchange Association, with support from Okinawa Prefecture, NHK, the Ryukyu Shimpo, RBC, OTV, FM Okinawa and QAB.

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