Poi Dinner, Kanikapila, Makahiki At Waimea Valley

Jessica Goolsby
Wednesday - November 11, 2009
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The Abrigo Ohana is just one of many acts to enjoy this month at Waimea Valley. (From left) Emily, Quinn and Timi Abrigo. Photo from Cybil Rawlins.

Waimea Valley has a slew of exciting events coming up, and with the harvest season now in full swing, celebrations of music, food and fellowship are on the agenda. This month alone, the valley hosts a Kanikapila Sunday, a poi supper Nov. 21 and a Makahiki Nov. 22.

“We just have so much going on now that we’re so proud to be a part of,” said Cybil Rawlins, the valley’s event coordinator.“It is just a great way for the people of Hawaii to come together and enjoy themselves.” * Kanikapila is free and open to the public - and to musicians of all skill levels - from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday. The Hawaiian jam session serves as a venue for traditional harmonizing, with each participant taking a turn at the microphone to lead songs and contribute something new to the circle.

“We love having this live, classic Hawaiian music,” Rawlins said. “The acoustics are just so good here for it.” The valley’s first Kanikapila was in September, conceived by the Abrigo Ohana from Waialua. Timi (14), Emily (11) and Quinn Abrigo (6) spent their earlier days traveling the island, performing wherever they could find space.


“They’d play at Ward Centre, the beach, just all over,” Rawlins said. “Their hope was always to find a more stable home for their event, and so eventually we just picked them up.

“The caliber of music is really, really amazing,” she added. “They have the attention of a much-older group of musicians like the Makaha Sons and others, so they’re that good. They give me chills every time I hear them.”

* The poi supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 on the main lawn is projected to be a big hit, with the luau food presented like a backyard pa’ina.

Mai Na Kupuna Mai I Ka Pa’ina O Waimea will highlight the prosperity of the Hawaiian harvest, featuring an authentic menu, entertainment by the Abrigo Ohana and a short film screening of Na Kamalei: the Men of Hula. Tickets cost $60 for general admission and $55 for kama’aina and military. Reservations are highly recommended.

* The Makahiki from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 will have hula, Hawaiian arts and crafts, keiki games, live music, traditional foods, demonstrations, a book signing, guided tours and more. Makahiki honors Lono, the god of harvest and agriculture. The Hawaiian people observed it to assure a right relationship with the earth and gods, and both the people and the land time to rest and be rejuvenated. “With the kind of lineup we’ve got, there’s something for everyone,” Rawlins said.

For more information, call 638-7766 or visit www.waimeavalley.net.

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