Lanihuli luau an ono success

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Originally published in KALEO, March 12, 1998]

Lanihuli Hawaiian Civic Club luauThe Lanihuli Hawaiian Civic Club (LHCC) scholarship luau on March 7 was described as “the best country luau you’ll ever find.”

“To me, it’s what the old-time country luau used to be,” said new LHCC president Sheree Evans, who added that about 500 people attended the annual event on a perfect afternoon at Pu’uhonua o Malaekahana.

The entertainment was outstanding, including:

the PCC promo team, led by Ellen Gay Dela Rosa;

 hula by former Aloha Week Queen Phyllis Kuamo’o, former Lei Day Queen Kela Miller and Hau’ula girl/Bishop Estate trustee Lokelani Lindsey;

 music by the “Singing Bishops” — Bobby and Jay Akoi, Harry Brown and Cy Bridges

 a killer rendition of Ke Kali Nei Au by Joe Ah Quin and Cecelia Fong; and

 some great performances by members of the LHCC, once they got seated on the stage [see photo at upper right].

Then there was the Hawaiian food, which was to die: one-finger poi, very ono luau he’e, chicken long rice, very real opihi and poke, 300 pounds of most-excellent kalua pig cooked in the imu by Aaron Tufaga and Taofi Magalei, and creamy haupia. It was so good. Mahalo and congratulations to all who helped prepare and serve.

Among those enjoying the food and fun: George Kanahele, who was recently named a “living treasure” of Hawaiian culture; Mahealani Kamau’u, old PCC “relics” Jimmy and Sandy Basset; Aunty Agnes Cope from Waianae; Dexter Soares of Ke Ola Mamo; BYUH and PCC Presidents Les Moore and Eric Shumway; and City Councilmember Mufi Hannemann who has strong ties to Laie.

Representatives from other civic clubs including the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu, which sponsored the Lanihuli group for its charter; Tony Lee and Charles Kapua from the Pearl Harbor Civic Club; Harriet Roxburg, Prince Kuhio Civic Club; Kaho’onei Panoke, Pualoa-He’eia; Mary Anne Fredenberg, Queen Kapi’olani; Charles Rose, president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs; and Ai Ka’aihue, President of the Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.

Mahalo nui nui loa to all the LHCC members who made this year’s luau so memorable, including Sheree Evans, kitchen; Sandi Pukahi, tickets; Merren Jojo Au, service line and uniforms; Verla Moore, grounds…and aloha nui a hui hou to outgoing LHCC president Gladys Pualoa-Ahuna and hubby, Joe Ahuna.

Can’t wait for next year’s re-run.

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