I am so glad to have been a part of this special evening full of healing friendships and performances. Here is my intro at 11:26.
Robert Cazimero once said, “We all can be made better for daring to dance.” I was a student in Keo’s New York kāne hula class – albeit a remedial student who never graduated beyond basic hula movements. On the other hand, watching Keo dance brought joy… there was bravery, courage, self-belief, and beauty in his movements.
Tonight it is my honor to perform a favorite song of Keo’s… one of Hawaii’s most blessed and beloved songs… Kanaka Waiwai.
LaMaMa in New York City presents a memorial for Keo Woolford livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. EST (New York).
Aloha aku, aloha mai, aloha e…
Love is given, love received, love indeed
Keo Woolford left his mark from Hawaiʻi to the world-and especially here in New York City-through hula, film, writing, acting, music, and the abundance of love, kindness and graciousness he always showed to those around him. Please join us at the LaMaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre on Valentine’s Day, to share in our aloha for Keo as his spirit continues to soar above us and envelop us in his mana.
Together as a community we will cherish and celebrate Keo’s life through memories, music, dance, readings, and other expressions by his friends, hula ‘ohana, and theater family in New York City.
- Keo Woolford, a Detective on ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ Dies at 49 (The New York Times)
- Keo Woolford, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ actor and dancer of traditional Hawaiian styles, dies at 49 (Washington Post)
- Saying aloha ʻoe to Hawaiian actor and director Keo Woolford (Honolulu Star Advertiser)