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Lahanaluna student dancers wearing a combination of trendy t-shirts and traditional hula attire rehearse for the upcoming performance of David Malo Day 2016 on Saturday, April 16. The event begins at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Early arrival is suggested. (S. Halas photo)

David Malo Day 2016 – FREE & FUN – this Saturday at Lahainaluna

DAVID MALO DAY 2016, Lahainaluna’s annual celebration of the Hawaiian heritage is coming up this Sat., April 16 at Boarder’s Field on the school’s campus. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s open to the public.

The performance hosted by Lahainaluna Hawaiiana Club & Boarders’ Chorus features an estimated 100 student dancers, singers and musicians. It starts about 6 p.m. and is expected to last about an hour and half. Parking is also free.

The evening’s entertainment is preceded by a Paina Supper. Tickets to the meal are $17 per person. For more information call 662-4000.

These photos, shot at a recent rehearsal, show some of the participating student dancers working to perfect their performance under the watchful eyes of volunteer kumu and choreographer Pomaika’i Krueger, assisted by Ilima Greig (daughter of club founder Jimmie Greig) and retired teacher and long-time club advisor Lori Gomez-Karinen.

Helping the students perfect their performance are left to right volunteer kumu and choreographer Pomaika'i Krueger, retired teacher and long-time club advisor Lori Gomez-Karinen, joined by Ilima Greig, daughter of club founder Jimmie Greig. All three were a little camera shy. (S. Halas photo)
Helping the students perfect their performance are left to right volunteer kumu and choreographer Pomaika’i Krueger, retired teacher and long-time club advisor Lori Gomez-Karinen, joined by Ilima Greig, daughter of club founder Jimmie Greig. All three were a little camera shy. (S. Halas photo)

Gomez-Karinen urged friends of the school, residents and visitors to save the date and make plans to drive up the hill. She suggests an early arrival, (even if not coming for dinner). Also planned for the weekend are four Luna classes hosting reunions on campus with hundreds of alumni expected to attend.

The annual David Malo Day event has been a West Maui tradition since 1970. It honors Hawaiian scholar, historian and author David Malo, who was a graduate school’s first class and played an important role in the history of Hawaii.

Lahainaluna High School, founded by American Missionaries in 1831, is the oldest high school west of the Mississippi. It is the only public school in the islands with a boarding program where students from other parts of the state come to live and study in Lahaina.

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About Susan Halas

Susan Halas is a Senior Political Contributor at MAUIWatch. She has followed Hawaii politics since 1976 when she moved to the Valley Isle. She was formerly a staff writer for the Maui News as well as other local print and digital publications.

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