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Whole Foods helps Halau Na Kamalei
BY NINA WU / email@example.com
He’s a legendary singer, entertainer and kumu hula, but did you know he also makes great tuna sandwiches and deviled eggs?
Whole Foods ‘Community Support Day’
Five percent of all sales from the day benefit the Wahea Foundation, the halau’s non-profit organization, and helps fund the halau’s trip to Hilo for a special performance during this year’s 50th annual Merrie Monarch Festival.
Halau Na Kamalei, the first male halau to place at Merrie Monarch back in 1976, also took the overall winner title (and swept all the kane categories) in 2005.
Cazimero is bringing 50 of his dancers, past and present, for a special exhibit performance at this year’s hoike on Wednesday, April 6, at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo.
The all-day fundraiser at Whole Foods will include live entertainment, hula, cultural presentations on pahu drum making and paiai pounding, as well as a culinary demonstration by Kelvin Ro of Diamond Head Market & Grill.
Don’t miss Cazimero making his famous deviled eggs and tuna sandwiches. You can also expect to see a hula “flash mob” with spontaneous dancing in the aisles of the store.
Shoppers who spend $50 or more at Whole Foods that day will also be entered to win prizes including round-trip airfares, hotel stays and restaurant gift certificates.
Among the alumni of Na Kamalei are well-known kumu hula including Manu Boyd (Halau o ka A‘ali‘i Ku Makani), Patrick Makuakane (Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu in San Francisco), Karl Veto Baker, Michael Casupang (Halau I Ka Wekiu) and Moses Crabbe (Halauolaokalani).