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Waikiki: Surf and Hula. An Evening in Paradise

Observed on Sunday, September 29 2002, our first evening in Waikiki.

We just arrived from Kaua`i. We watched for a while an impressive crowd of surfers and a few Hawaiian canoes riding waves. As the sun began to set, music by Keali'i Reichel caught our attention. We looked down and we spotted people assembling around the Waikiki open air stage at the Kuhio Beach, which was close to our hotel. Assuming that we would see Keali'i we grabbed our cameras and ran toward the concert.

It was of course not Keali'i, as we soon realized, but rather a public hula concert presenting young performers (keiki, children). These concerts are called Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting and Hula Shows and are organized for the benefit of the visitors. The performes come often from Hawaiian halau's (hula schools or studios.) On this evening the performers came from "Halau Na Lei O Kamakani," under the directorship of kumu hula Sally Yoza. These girls were magnificent in their skills and the confidence with which they appeared in front of so many people.

I hope that these images will be able to show you at least a part of the magic of this evening.

21-12-Waikiki Beach
21-12-Waikiki Beach
21-13-Waikiki Beach
21-13-Waikiki Beach
21-15-Waikiki Beach
21-15-Waikiki Beach
21-18-Waikiki Beach
21-18-Waikiki Beach
21-19-Royal Hawaiian Hotel
21-19-Royal Hawaiian Hotel
21-16-Afternoon Surf
21-16-Afternoon Surf
21-17-Afternoon Surf
21-17-Afternoon Surf
21-20-Boarding a Canoe
21-20-Boarding a Canoe
21-23-Surfing Waves on a Canoe
21-23-Surfing Waves on a Canoe
21-25-Hula Concert Begins
21-25-Hula Concert Begins
21-24-Sunset over Waikiki
21-24-Sunset over Waikiki
45C-08 Hula Concert Begins
45C-08 Hula Concert Begins
21-28 Hula Music, Surfers and Cruise Ships
21-28 Hula Music, Surfers and Cruise Ships
21-30 Hula Concert Spectators
21-30 Hula Concert Spectators
21-31 Explaining Traditional Hula
21-31 Explaining Traditional Hula
21-32 Lighting Torches
21-32 Lighting Torches
45C-12 Perfect setting for Hawaiian music
45C-12 Perfect setting for Hawaiian music
21-34 Full House!
21-34 Full House!
12-24-Traditional Hula
12-24-Traditional Hula
12-25-Traditional Hula
12-25-Traditional Hula
12-27 Spectators
12-27 Spectators
21-35-Traditional Hula
21-35-Traditional Hula
21-36-Traditional Hula
21-36-Traditional Hula
12-29-Traditional Hula
12-29-Traditional Hula
12-30-Traditional Hula
12-30-Traditional Hula
12-31-Traditional Hula
12-31-Traditional Hula
12-32-Traditional Hula
12-32-Traditional Hula
12-33-A real fascination. Nobody leaves!
12-33-A real fascination. Nobody leaves!
12-34-Modern Hula
12-34-Modern Hula
12-35-Modern Hula
12-35-Modern Hula
12-36-Modern Hula
12-36-Modern Hula
22-01-Modern Hula
22-01-Modern Hula
22-02-Modern Hula
22-02-Modern Hula
22-03-Modern Hula
22-03-Modern Hula
22-04-Modern Hula
22-04-Modern Hula
22-05-Modern Hula
22-05-Modern Hula
22-07-Modern Hula
22-07-Modern Hula
22-09-Modern Hula
22-09-Modern Hula
22-13 Modern Hula
22-13 Modern Hula
22-11-Modern Hula
22-11-Modern Hula
22-14-At the Duke Kahanamoku Monument
22-14-At the Duke Kahanamoku Monument
22-15-Waikiki by Night
22-15-Waikiki by Night
22-16-Playing Mozart in Waikiki
22-16-Playing Mozart in Waikiki
22-18 Entrance to the Moana Hotel
22-18 Entrance to the Moana Hotel
22-20-Aquarium at the Kalakaua Avenue
22-20-Aquarium at the Kalakaua Avenue
22-21-More Hula late in the night
22-21-More Hula late in the night
22-22-More Hula late in the night
22-22-More Hula late in the night