The sprawling grounds of Kōloa Landing Hotel served as a beautiful backdrop to the wedding rehearsal dinner of the Andrews family from California. As Kaua’i opens up in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, life goes on and we celebrate this life as we witness two becoming one in marriage. The wedding party was blessed that evening with the sweet Kaua’i breeze, so ‘olu’olu and calm.
Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick opened the evening with a hula kahiko honoring Ke Akua, O Jehovah, which is a blessing for all the guests. Another hula kahiko was presented this time honoring Queen Lili’uokalani. Kaua’i favorites such as Nani Wai’ale’ale and Hanohano Hanalei with ‘uli’uli soon followed in the Hula ‘Auana segment of the night’s entertainment. The beautiful music, performed by Rydge Nuesca, Ricah Nuesca and Mikey, seemed to hang in the air as the dancers of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani transported us through these mele and hula.
The wedding party had a chance to boogie on down as Kumu Lei taught them how to dance a hula that is a Hawaiian party favorite, the Hukilau ! The evening ended with Tahitian drums and a fire dance which was a resounding end to the night’s merriment and festivities.
photo credit: Lori Leimakamae Dill of Halewai Photography