The Hawaiian Serenaders are opening the Ka’ahumanu Church benefit luau on Friday, October 2 at Wailuku Community Center. The four royal societies are organizing this event, and are selling six hundred tickets at $40 in advance and $50 at the door. As a member of the Ahahui Ka’ahumanu, a royal society of Native Hawaiian women honoring Queen Ka’ahumanu, I am donating our musical services as part of our community service. We are honored to be on the same program as some famous Hawaiian entertainers who also happen to be members of the Ahahui Ka’ahumanu.
As the story goes, Queen Ka’ahumanu converted to Christianity and supported the Protestant missionaries who began arriving in 1820. She was one of the founders of Kawaiaha’o Church, also known as the “Westminster Abbey of the Pacific” on Oahu. Ka’ahumanu asked for a Christian church to be built on Maui and named for her, but died before it was completed in 1832. Note: I used to give oral history stories at our general membership monthly meetings as historian for our Ahahui Ka’ahumanu chapter.
This past winter the church building suffered severe damage due to storms. My husband and I performed for the church benefit that was organized by the church and held at the Bailey House Museum on Sunday, June 28. Both events are titled “Kōkua I Ka Hale Pule” which loosely translates to help for the house of prayer. See photos from past performances of The Hawaiian Serenaders.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele