Centennial Commemoration at ʻIolani Palace
Honoring Queen Liliʻuokalani on the Centennial of Her Death, Nov. 11, 2017. Mahalo to Oren K Tsutsumi and crew for hanging with us in the pouring rain throughout the event and for documenting the effort with video. It was an awesome evening and probably one of the best things we've ever done (Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Ka Lei Maile ʻAlii and our supporters). Mahalo to Tom Coffmanfor writing the script, and to all of our awesome actors and support crew for being there to honor the Queen. Thunder, lightning, rain...lots of kūpuna present for that one. OHA kicked in money ($2000) to pay for the sound system and Kuhio Lewis donated to the refreshments table. QLCC loaned us a portrait. Mamakakaua loaned us kāhili. Malcolm Naea Chun was da bomb as our narrator. Hardy Spoehr does a mean rendition of Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī on the bagpipes, btw. And Kathryn Mahealani Wong, Baron Ching, and Kalama's chanting in the background set the tone. Starr Kealaheleokalani, elegant star that she is, gave life to the Queen's Prayer. Others to be recognized: Meleanna Meyer, Maile Meyer, Jon Osorio, Nyla Fujii, Imai Winchester, Kat Brady, Henry Curtis, Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai and Hui Ku Like Kakou, Moanike'ala Sitch and Ka Ohana o Ke Akua, Mililani Byers, Kippen Chu and Friends of ʻIolani Palace, Noelani Ah Yuen, Keoni Ronald May, Piilani Kaopuiki, Nicole Duarte, Will Hao, Sandy (the sound and light man) , Christopher Sorrell, Evern Williams, Kaukaohu Wahilani, Kauluwehiokalani Eli, Norman Kauahi, L Anuenue Punua, Aloha Kekipi, Dawn Farm Ramsey, Kawika Cruz, Doreen Kealohanui, Sylvia Krewson-Reck, Steven Robello, Kailana Kahawaluokalani Kepelino Moa-Eli, Emilia Kandagawa, the Royal Hawaiian Band for keeping themselves available to us, and so many others. Please forgive me if I did not recognize you individually. I'm old so I claim makule-ness, lol. It was a kākou thing! No, we're probably not doing it again anytime soon, haha. Here's a little story that I heard from Mililani Byers: "it was raining so hard that the scripts, which everyone had in front of them, started to run. We couldn't read anything. So at some point we were all speaking from memory, doing the best we could. But when the script mentioned that our Queen had passed is when the thunder boomed and lightning lit up the sky. It really started pouring." For those of us present, who roared as one voice when the thunder and lightning became part of the script, it was confirmation that the Queen and kūpuna had joined us. Mahalo to the lāhui and all the aloha ʻāina. E ʻonipaʻa kākou.
~Lynette Cruz