The students of Kumu Hula O Lei Kukui O Moloka'i will replace their floral lei for Christmas garlands during a Special Christmas Card From Hawaii dinner and show.
Led by Bill Kaaihue, the Clarkston hula and music school has about 35 students, ranging from 6 to 68 years old. Kaaihue teaches hula, Polynesian, M?ori and Tahitian dances.
He owns a catering company on top of playing ukelele and singing for the schools performances. Some of the Tahitian costumes, headdresses and skirts are designed by Bill and his cousin, which he said saves them more than $200 for each outfit.
For the schools Christmas performance, audiences can expect to hear holiday and Hawaiian music, with up to 15 performers on stage at a time.
The babies are gonna do one Christmas song, said Kaaihue, as he described his beginning dancers.
Dancers will be accompanied by Kaaihue while they perform, and before the show, a pianist, guitarist and bass guitarist will perform along with Kaaihue and his ukelele.
Most people are familiar with the Hawaiian holiday song, Mele Kalikimaka, written by Robert Alex Anderson in 1949. The phrase means Merry Christmas. Kaaihue said this will be one of the few Christmas songs the band plays during the dinner.
Special Christmas Card From Hawaii will take place Dec. 14 in Guardian Angel Hall, behind Valley Medical. Doors open at 5 p.m., the dinner runs from 6-7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-paid tickets are $15 and include the choice of prime rib or ham. Children, ages 5-10, cost $10 for chicken. All meals are served with mashed potatoes or rice, hot vegetables, tossed salad and rolls.
As for Christmas in Hawaii, Kaaihue said it is exactly the same as it is in Clarkston.
Except the weather in Hawaii is the same all year long, he said.
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-> if you go: WHAT: Special Christmas Card From Hawaii, a dinner and show WHEN: Doors open at 5 p.m. Dec. 14. The dinner runs from 6-7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Guardian Angel Hall (behind Valley Medical), 2221 Vineyard Ave, Lewiston COST: $15 adults, $10 children, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event by calling (208) 553-9556.