April 21, 2018
Lahainaluna High School's time-honored tradition, David Malo Day Ho‘olaule‘a will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 on the school's Boarders' Field. At 5 p.m., a pa‘ina (poi, laulau supper) opens the festivities. Nominal fee of $18 for the supper. At 6 p.m., a free, sunset pageant produced by the Hawaiiana Club and Boarders' Chorus, will transcend you from our unique legacy into the past. This year's theme is "Welina, O‘ahu" (To you, O‘ahu).
Stories told through songs and hula will bring to life a part of our culture, our traditions, our values, and wisdom learned from our Kupuna (ancestors). This year, the event's storied program, through storytelling, describes what life was like on O‘ahu, the Gathering Place. The program begins with traditional chants honoring our royalty living on O‘ahu. Then the Boarders' Chorus and Hawaiiana Club detail the history of that island through the perception of politicians, musicians, educators, entertainers, businesses, sports, locals, tourists, the military and songs extolling beloved and sacred places.
This iconic event, first David Malo Day in 1971, is a venue in which students learn to give back to our community, one that has embraced and supported us since the school's founding in 1831. The event is named after David Malo, one of the first to graduate from Lahainaluna. He went on to become a teacher, an advisor to King Kamehameha III, an entrepreneur and a preacher.
The late Jimmie Greig, a civil engineer for Pioneer Mill Company, and then Lahainaluna Principal, Ralph Murakami, were the two visionaries who reinstated the Boarders' Chorus and started the Hawaiiana Club in 1969. Then in 1971, the two groups put on the first David Malo Day.
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