The global philanthropic phenomenon known as the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life has birthed events and accompanying festivities all over the world. Fundraising for a good cause can be fun, after all.
On March 22, members of our halau participated by presenting hula at one such evening event held at JJ’s Broiler off Kalapaki, Nawilili, Lihue. Led by our indomitable Kumu Lei, we joined ranks with guitarist Jonathan Reid and the Garden Nile Belly Dancers to raise money in support of the many victims and families in America who have fallen foul of cancer. Entertainment continued into the night, steered by DJ Kawhileiwhilei.
We are very thankful for this opportunity to contribute to the global effort for life and hope against cancer, especially since we could do it together with the community we are a part of, here on Kaua’i. Mahalo Ke Akua for another chance to shine Your light to the world!
The annual Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, one of Kaua’i’s most important annual events, was held this year on March 15. Hosted by Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., this 10th edition of the event brought together over 1,000 individuals for a time of corporate worship, celebration and prayer. Among the guests were state, county, business, community and church leaders from all over the island.
This year’s speaker was international motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, a very special individual whose life is a wonderful testimony of God’s grace and goodness. Born without arms or legs, but overcoming this very real challenge through faith in God, Nick has made it his life’s mission to inspire others with hope that any setback can be overcome. We were very blessed by his sharing that day.
As in previous years, Kumu Lei directed and led the hula for the Prayer Luncheon, and together the dancers wove a beautiful tapestry of dance that both captivated their audience and glorified God. We were honoured to once again be a part of this occasion where public and corporate intercession is made for protection, healing, guidance and blessing for the people and land of Kaua’i, all of Hawai’i, and the US, of which we are a part.