Come join Kāwili and Hālau Hula ʻO Kaleimomi in a day of fellowship as they help us celebrate the music, food, and culture of Hawaii in the park at Winchester Dondero Cultural Center Sunday, April 21, from noon to 3 p.m. Winchester Dondero Cultural Center is located at 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. This event is free and open to the public.
Gary Haleamau grew up at Hu'ehu'e Ranch in North Kona on the island of Hawaii. Family gatherings included music, and Karin Haleamau, a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) and slack key guitar player, encouraged his son to join in. At the age of three he discovered that he could play the ukulele. By the time he was eight years old he could accompany himself on the slack-key guitar and was playing and singing at family and neighborhood get-togethers. Hawaiian aunts and uncles inspired his mastery of leo ki'eki'e, an unmistakably Hawaiian falsetto style of singing, and he released his debut album on Poki Records in 1977 at the age of 12.
Mr. Haleamau appeared with his father and Clyde "Kindy" Sproat at the 13th Annual Border Folk Festival in Texas and the 1984 National Folk Festival. Since then he has continued to record and perform, captivating audiences in Hawaii, the mainland U.S., and Japan. Today Mr. Haleamau, his wife Sheldeen, and their ohana (family) are known as Kāwili.
Sheldeen Kaleohano Haleamu, Miss Aloha Hula 1988 and founder of Hālau Hula ʻO Kaleimomi is a gifted dancer and teacher. The Haleamau family intertwine the art of music and dance throughout the state of Nevada, the city of Las Vegas, and the world.
Those interested in this event can call the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.