Lunar Stages in New York Chinatown goes Hawaiian

Due to the resounding success of its autumn 2006 presentation, Lunar Stages is set to return for the Spring 2007 season with a new line-up of performances and films celebrating Asian-American/Pacific Islander cultures.

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Hawaiian Luau Cocktail Party at The Fire Island Dance Festival

“Seeing dancers perform so beautifully as the sun sets on the Great South Bay is truly magical. Knowing you are supporting DRA is pretty magical, too.”
– Alan Cumming, FIDF 10 and FIDF 11 Emcee

My first time to Fire Island, New York was quite the adventure. It was great fun playing Hawaiian slack key guitar with my brother for the three hula dancers at the cocktail party. DECADE: 10 Years Of The Fire Island Dance Festival featured unbelievably talented dancers, and we enjoyed watching so many renown dance companies. Thanks to DRA for taking such great care of us and congrats on a successful event. What a gathering of talent and all for a charitable cause.

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Honolulu Advertiser News

Sharp and major — that’s slack key

The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 19, 2001

By Christie Wilson
Advertiser Neighbor Island Editor

KEHENA, Hawai’i — Hamden, Conn., is a long way from the shores of Hawai’i, and Sarah Whitaker was feeling a bit isolated because there wasn’t another soul nearby who shared her passion for slack-key guitar.

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From left, George Kahu-moku Jr., Ozzie Kotani and Keola Beamer are slack key masters.Christie Wilson • The Honolulu Advertiser

In fact, the only other person she could find who played the uniquely Hawaiian music form was two states away in New Jersey.
That’s why Whitaker, 45, a medical computer graphic illustrator at Yale University, was elated to be at Keola Beamer’s first-ever Aloha Music Camp last week on the Big Island.

“There’re so many things going on, you wish you didn’t have to sleep,” she said. “For us, living so far away in Connecticut, it’s wonderful to be in a group of people where everybody knows what you are talking about.”

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