Hawaii Day hits Sonoma
Feel the aloha love on Sunday, Feb. 17, during Sonoma’s first ever, daylong celebration of Hawaiian music, dance, crafts and culture. Ka Nohona Hawai‘i, which means “the Hawaiian way of life,” features renowned teachers and leaders from California’s Hawaiian community and will include workshops in Hawaiian lore, history, hula, chant, lei making and beginning and advanced ukulele at Vintage House, 264 First St. E., Sonoma, from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The program opens with “talk-story” sessions led by well known kumu (teacher) hula, Loea Naomi Leina‘ala Kalama of Sacramento and Kumu Kau‘i Peralto of Antioch. These master teachers will share personal stories drawn from a lifetime of study of Hawaii’s customs, language and values. Then it’s a chance for anyone to learn ukulele with international educator, author and musician Kalani or join Del Medina and Rick Creelman for a more advanced session of finger picking and ukulele technique.
A classic Hawaiian plate dinner of kalua pork and island chicken is included in the $35 ticket, and in true island style, the evening wraps up with everyone joining in an authentic Kanikapila – a lively Hawaiian jam session of music and hula.
Ka Nohona Hawai‘i is presented by Hula Mai of Sonoma. Hula Mai offers ongoing dance classes taught by founder Betty Ann Bruno that cater to any level student in both “Auana” or modern hula, and the ancient Kahiko style of hula. Hula Mai’s band, singers and dancers also entertain regularly at local community events and retirement facilities.
To purchase tickets, visit svbo.org.