For the second year in a row, a local halau has dedicated $10,000 in honor of a Hawaiian music teacher or kumu to support the St. Anthony School band program.
Kumu hula Gordean Bailey of Halau Wehiwehi O Leilehua recently presented the money to St. Anthony senior and band President Krislyn Martinez and Band Director Everett Yamashita.
Bailey and her halau held a silent auction during a spring performance held at the Iao Theater. Bailey designated the auction proceeds in honor of her music kumu and the late Hawaiian music legend and St. Anthony alumni Kahauanu Lake, and his wife, Maiki Aiu Lake, Auntie Gordean Bailey’s kumu hula.
“I really felt I needed to honor his legacy of Hawaiian music,” Bailey said about Lake. “He has always been my guardian angel for music.”
Yamashita said the first $10,000 donated in 2016 helped to boost St. Anthony’s brand new Middle School band program. “We had more students than we had instruments. This donation really helped us,” Yamashita said.
The most recent $10,000 comes at a time when the St. Anthony band is one of the most popular with students on campus.
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