Lahainaluna prepares for David Malo Day Ho‘olaulea

Lahainaluna High School’s 44th annual David Malo Day Ho’olaulea will take place April 20 on the school’s Boarders’ Field. “E ho’i i ka nani” (may the beauty return) is this year’s theme, honoring one of the school’s first graduates, David Malo.

Through selected, thematic songs and dances, the event extols the natural beauty that once described the West Maui ahupuaa: from Luaehu, to Pa’u Pa’u, and to Mokuula.

The sunset pageant will feature the school’s Boarders’ Chorus and the Hawaiiana Club.

The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with the traditional makahiki games and demonstrations; followed by a poi, laulau, lomi salmon, pineapple and beverage supper at 5 p.m. for $15; and the pageant, for free, at 6 p.m.

Lahainaluna is the oldest school west of the Rocky Mountains, having opened its doors in 1831.

The Lahainaluna Boarding Program, opened in 1836, continues to exist today.

Together with the Hawaiiana Club, the boarders not only learn the selected songs and dances of the event but also, as a means of giving back to the community, prepare the food, entertain and clean up the field.

Ilima Greig-Hong and Robert Pomai Krueger are the choreographers and cultural consultants. Kahala Greig and Ui Chang lead the music, and the boarding and cafeteria staff provide instruction and directions with food preparations and field setup.

For more information on the event, call Lahainaluna High School at 662-4000.