New Children’s Choir A Treat For Holidays And Beyond

Sarah Pacheco
Wednesday - November 19, 2008
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East Oahu keiki (front row, from left) Rachel Gorham, Kryn Valenti, Ashley Mallal, Pumehana Holmes, Kalamaku Heine, Malie Heine, Justin Wong, Anthony Shultzius, (back) Jacelyn Ho, Lea Kekuewa, Precious Abarquez, Noreen Bautista, Daniel Kang, Alisha Tokumaru and Lily Kim-Dela-Cruz, along with Kumu Kaleo Agsalda and counselor Grandpa Ernie Ho, rehearse in Hawaii Kai for their upcoming holiday performances. Photo from Wallace Horibata.

The angelic voices of the newly formed Kaleoaloha Keiki Choir will be heard on high during a series of concerts this season under the direction of Kaleo Agsalda and accompanied by pianist Sean Choo.

Children from 6 to 16, including three from East Oahu, will sing at several holiday shows on the Island. “This season is exciting because in addition to performing at various nursing homes throughout Oahu, our children will have the opportunity to perform at hotels and other venues,” said executive director Wallace Horibata. “Our choral director has put together a great repertoire of Christmas songs, traditional and contemporary.”

Following the Nov.29 Hawaii Kai Christmas Parade,the choir will sing at 1 p.m.at Koko Marina,and again at 7 p.m.Dec.17 at Kahala Mall and during Hawaii Kai Church’s two morning services (8:45 and 10:30 a.m.) Dec. 21.

The choir was established last October by Horibata, wife Bonnie and son Trevor-James as an after-school program and positive arts experience for children of all ethnic, social and financial backgrounds. The troupe now has more than 30 children islandwide performing at senior centers, retirement facilities and children’s hospitals and homes.


 

“In addition to teaching our children the gift of music, we are trying to help them understand how to be accountable for their actions,” he explained,“how to make small talk - especially with their elders and parents - and most important, we teach them that they make a difference in this world and that it doesn’t matter how young they are - they can give back to their community through their music.”

Horibata added they are always recruiting new singers; call 779-1465 or visit http://www.kaleoalohachoir.org.

 

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