June 10, 2011 > Island Breezes
Soft fragrances and island breezes were evident at the Parkside Mobile Home clubhouse Saturday, April 30 as Leilani Fernandez and the Ko'Olina Dancers entertained a large crowd of friends, relatives and Polynesian dance enthusiasts. A variety of rhythms from "The Islands" included spirited and sassy movements as well as relaxing and a calming beat that continues to beckon inhabitants and visitors alike to enjoy the comfort of warm tropical landscapes and cooling trade winds.
Costumed dancers conveyed the many moods of the Pacific and were a delight to behold. It is easy to see why early day sailors jumped ship and present day visitors are enchanted by island life. Each dance tells a story through movements and expressions and it was evident that Leilani has taught her students well.
Fernandez is true to her Hawaiian roots as her mixed heritage - Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Swedish - has been honed by three generations born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands. Dancing since age three, she is immersed in the "Aloha Spirit" and feels blessed to pass it on to others through her dance group. She noted that shows of this type are a more than just a performance; they are "a source of joy and uplift for the hearts of those with whom we share." As part of this giving spirit, those in attendance were asked to bring a donation for LIFE ElderCare and Compassion Network.
Dancers at the performance included: Melissa Tarnowski, Jaymie Varquez, Jakki (Nalani) Waal, Rose Arvidson, Jeri Rahn, Cynthia Pagan, Julianne Pagan, Maelene Wong, Sirley Bordon and Luchie Noriega. At the conclusion of the performance, Leilani offered her appreciation for the preparation and dancing by her dance troupe and members of the audience joined her with a resounding, "Mahalo Nui Loa" (Thank you very much!).