Several classes from three or four of the hawaiian islands all traveled to Molokai this past weekend to visit where many of the songs they play were originated. Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, their leader and kumu, Walter Kawaiaea, was not able to attend but his lieutenants filled in nicely for him. Many of the students were staying at the ranch for the 4 day / 3 night event.
Their first day on Molokai they visited Halawa Valley, many of them hiking up to the falls, others enjoying the peaceful ambiance down near the beach area. They then came to the ranch to participate in our HoloHolo tour, taking a look at the inner workings of the ranch. This was followed by a very tasty pupu offering from the ranch. And finally kanakapila and a lot of fun, finishing a long day just at dusk.
The following day, they were off early to visit the fish pond near the 12 mm. They were treated to an educational over view and invited to participate in some of the 'in the water' maintenance that is always needed. When the ranch staff dropped off their bag lunches before noon, many big smiles and wet, happy ukulele students were seen. Most of them took the afternoon off to explore our island a little more or just take a nap! Then they were all off and gathering at the Waialua pavillion for more music, more food and a lot more fun......
Sunday, the last day, found the guests at the ranch relaxing through breakfast and talking story about the ranch's history and future. Many of them were having a difficult time saying good bye and stopped by the ranch store to acquire many 'ranch' products to back with them.