maui gets a dose of myth & magic

this past sunday hale makua health services held its 22nd annual luau, mythical magical maui, at the wailea marriott resort & spa. it was such a pleasure to have attended this extraordinary event, the first of its kind for the organization, which previously held its annual luau at the kihei community center. upon entering the ballroom guests were greeted by volunteers in pāʻū (wrapped skirt) with a lei made by a resident.

the formal program consisted of four performances by 'ulalena; guest speakers, tony krieg, CEO of hale makua health services; joe thomas, former resident of hale makua; nancy kawamura, current hale makua resident; and teresa lopes, hale makua activities director and employee of over 30 years. walter hester, CEO of maui jim sunglasses was honored and recognized for his generous contributions and support over the years, from becoming this luau's first principle sponsor and continued sponsor for seven years, to serving on the board of directors.

'ulalena's performances were exquisite and spellbinding, combining traditional hawaiian dance with aerial acrobatics, tantalizing vocals, and instrumentals consisting of drums and a nose flute. 'ulaleana donated their time and talents for this event, performing the vignettes of kumulipo, makahiki, hina, and 'ulalena.

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