Spring Concert channels popular musical TV show

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Photo by Ariel Kahahane

Seniors Dane Dudoit and Pua Tialino-Basques dance to the music of the choir classes singing 'Trickle Trickle' at Spring Concert.

By Ariel Kahahane, Features Editor

The house lights dim. Spotlights aim. The curtains open. It must be the latest episode of Glee. But no, it’s the Spring Concert at Keöpüolani Hale.

The concert showcased the talents of the Papa Hula, Hawaiian Ensemble, Choir, ‘Ukulele I, II and Select ‘Ukulele classes. With a noticed enthusiasm, students seemed to channel the members of New Directions from the Fox hit Glee.

Under the direction of Mr. Dale Nitta, Kumu Kalei ‘A’arona-Lorenzo and Kumu Henohea Kane the students performed for family and friends March 3.

Emceed by senior Kaui Krueger, the evening of performances started with an Oli Aloha, then Hawaiian Ensemble performed Eia Hawai’i and ‘Äina Kupuna. The curtain closed and ‘Ukulele I took the stage with Honolulu Baby and Song of the Islands. Next, Papa Hula and Hawaiian Ensemble combined for Maile Swing with Krueger singing falsetto.

Ukulele II and select ‘Ukulele presented Olinda Road and Maori Brown Eyes followed by Papa Hula and Hawaiian Ensemble with a beautiful rendition of Ka Makani Kä’ili Aloha. Hawaiian Ensemble, about to take a trip to Tahiti during Spring Break, came back out with a Tahitian song, Te Tama Mä’ohi and were then joined by all ‘Ukulele classes for Kiss You In The Morning.

Beginning with Just in Time the choir section of the program gave the audience a taste of their talent. Featuring superb solos by seniors Pua Tialino-Basques, ‘Iolani Maile, and freshman Ryan Foree with swing dancing by Tialino-Basques and fellow senior Dane Dudoit, the choir also performed Trickle Trickle, Make You Feel My Love, and 2010 hit song Soul Sister.

All performers joined on stage for the finale of If I Had Words.

Beautiful from start to finish, the Spring Concert may have been the best concert at Kamehameha Schools Maui yet. There’s no new Glee episode this week, and this was a great way to get a performing arts fix in.