Polynesian Dance Mob Brings Lahaina Cannery Mall Shoppers in from the Beach

There’s nothing better than a day at the beach… unless it’s a day at the beach with fantastic entertainment.

That’s what visitors to Kaanapali Beach were treated to last month. Seemingly out of nowhere, the sounds of Polynesian percussion rose over the beach. As the music played, more than 20 youth got up from their beach towels and began to dance. The dancers were students from Te Tiare Patitifa, a halau (school) based in Wailuku. The group’s director, kumu hula Keoni Manuel, choreographed the performance. A flash mob, yes – but one that brought a little traditional culture to everyone’s day.

“It’s a bit unconventional, but we’re proud to showcase the talent of our performers – especially the kids – and promote the culture of our islands,” said Lynn Okamoto, general manager of Lahaina Cannery Mall. “There have been other flash mobs in Hawaii, but they’re dancing to Katy Perry and Usher. We wanted to represent the host culture. We wanted to share a little aloha.”

Along with sharing that aloha, the dancers were recruited by Lahaina Cannery Mall to promote the 13th annual Keiki Hula Festival that was held at the center a few days later.The two-day event featured halau from across Maui County presenting richly choreographed kahiko (ancient hula) and auana (modern) hula that express the traditional values of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

Best of all? The dance was filmed. If you want to see talented youngsters dancing their hearts out for a surprised crowd, check it out:

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