Antoinnette Golbus, Annette Giroux-Smith, and Nellie Woodard, members of the Hula Mai dance troupe, ready for the group’s free performance – the fifth Annual Ho’ike – on Saturday, June 28 in Sonoma Plaza’s Grinstead Ampitheatre.
“Almost everyone knows that Hawaii is the Land of Aloha; Aloha is hello, and Aloha is love,” said dancer Beth Heine. “This event is Hula Mai’s gift of aloha to everyone in our Sonoma community.” The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. This year’s production, again directed by Betty Ann Ka’ihilani Bruno, will bring kahiko, Hawaii’s ancient dances, and ahuana, the more modern styles, to the stage.
The Hula Mai band will be joined by special guest Patrick Landeza, a leading performer of Ki ho’alo, the Hawaiian slack key guitar style. In 2013, Landeza won the Na Hoku Hanonano Award for Best Slack Key Album. “You may hear your heart beating,” Heine said. “And surely you will hear the heart of our beautiful Hawaii.”