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Beauty, culture of Hawaii come to Sonoma Feb. 17

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 | Posted by

Betty Ann “Kai’ihilani” Bruno works with the Hula Mai dance group. (Press Democrat, 2011)

The beauty and culture of the Hawaiian islands come inland for a day of song, dance, food and fun as Hula Mai of Sonoma presents Hawaii in Sonoma, “Ka Nohona Hawai’ i” – The Hawaiian Way of Life.

The celebration is from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Vintage House, 264 First St. E. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

The event features workshops in Hawaiian lore, history, hula, chant, lei making and beginning and advanced ukulele presented by well-known teachers and leaders from California’s Hawaiian community.

Native Hawaiian Betty Ann Bruno of Sonoma is the founder of Hula Mai, which offers ongoing dance classes in both modern and ancient hula styles. Hula Mai’s band, singers and dancers entertain regularly at community events and retirement facilities in Sonoma Valley.

The Hawaiian Way of Life opens with “talk-story” sessions led by master teachers Loea Naomi Leina‘ala Kalama of Sacramento and Kumu Kau‘i Peralto of Antioch. Natives of Hawaii, the women will share personal stories of the islands’ customs, language and values.

Participants can then learn ukulele from Bruno’s son, international educator, author and musician Kalani, or join Del Medina and Rick Creelman for a more advanced session of finger picking and ukulele technique.

Dinner brings a classic Hawaiian plate of kalua pork and teriyaki chicken, followed by an evening program of authentic Kanikapila – a lively Hawaiian jam session of music and hula.

Dinner and all workshops are included in the $35 admission fee.

For tickets, visit the Sonoma Valley Box Office at 276 E. Napa St., sonomacommunitycenter.org or call 938-4626, ext. 1.



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