Manana Elementary Goes Christmas Caroling

Adults picking up after the kidsI decided to step outside for a little bit for some fresh air the other day and I heard little voices singing. Then I saw all the signs of that group of keiki who find their way to the downtown area every year — a whole bunch of clothing for changes and a few teachers and chaperons (probably volunteer parents) fixing the clothes and straightening things up after the last series of changes.


The Manana Elementary School Children’s Choir, Na Keiki ‘O Manana, went Christmas caroling in downtown Honolulu last week and I was lucky enough to stumble right into the middle of it!

Still other parents were admiring the young performers and standing proudly by while business people and passers by enjoyed the music and pretty costumes.

Different children took part in little skits while the choir sang some traditional Christmas tunes and other tunes that had been written especially for them.

Teachers on the PianoI asked one of the parents, who may have also been a teacher, just how long these students had been rehearsing in preparation for their appearance. She said they had been rehearsing since September and that this little choir had been chosen just before the end of the prior school year and they wasted no time getting started at the beginning of this one.

Of course it’s always nice to have your very own conductor and piano player! 🙂

Manana Elementary Choir in ethnic dress

There they are! In this picture they are in ethnic dress from many ethnic extractions which was very representative of the ethnic makeup of their community and of all the Hawaiian Islands.

12 Days of Christmas

Here these students are about to take part in yet another version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

More 12 days of Christmas

In this new version, the five golden rings, which are more commonly replaced with five big fat pigs in the popular Hawaiian version, were replaced with five manapua. I believe our sixth day was six cheeseburgers. I was hungry at that point. 🙂
12 days of Christmas Finale

I didn’t catch all of the words for the 12 Days but the partridge in a pear tree was replaced with a large tray of sashimi and the final day was a basket of twelve lau lau. I love lau lau (pork lau lau without the fish is my personal preference).

Keiki Hula Performance

Just before the end of their little concert, the keiki went through one more change of clothes into some Christmas aloha attire and performed some holiday hula.

Hula Dancers and their choir accompaniment

While the ages ranged from 2nd to 6th graders, I thought they were wonderfully behaved and they gave a very nice performance!

The star of the Christmas Play -- the TreeThis little “tree” was the cutest thing! This young lady was a prop for one of their carols. She played the role of a not-so-happy child who was chosen to be the Christmas tree in a school play. I thought just the simple walking back and forth in front of the choir as they sang the song telling the story was a great visual effect!

Isn’t she the cutest thing?!? I didn’t get her name but maybe one of her parents or teachers will see this and will be able to tell us. 🙂

Someone did a lot of work on this costume and on all of the clothing. These kids were a shining example of the benefits of team work and cooperation! After they were done performing in the business district, this festive crew moved on down to Aloha Tower Marketplace.

The colors were very bright and the youngsters did an excellent job of overcoming their obvious shyness and made their parents and their school very proud! Thanks Manana Elementary, I enjoyed it very much and I’m very proud of all of you!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Girl in choir // Dec 19, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    The girl in the tree costume is Kaysi Cazimero

  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 19, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you! Any relation to the Brothers? Just checking. 🙂 Adorable!

  • 3 Karen // Dec 20, 2007 at 3:17 am

    What a wonderful thing to do. That would surely put anyone in the holiday mood.

  • 4 Evelyn // Dec 20, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by! They did a great job and I think a lot of people felt toastier after that! 🙂 A lot of color and fun. I love your RSS Feed with the Santa hat by the way!

  • 5 Rianna // Apr 11, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    The girl in the christmas tree is Kaysi. She is my friend in school.

  • 6 Evelyn // Apr 12, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Hi Rianna! Thank you for stopping by and confirming that for us! I thought her costume was so cute. Did she like doing the performances? Everybody seemed to be having fun.

  • 7 Kaysi // Feb 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Hey that’s me i’m like 13 now and i loved performing in the choir. Now my little sister took my roll as the christmas tree 🙂

  • 8 Evelyn // Feb 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    That was so cute, Kaysi! Thank you for checking in and leaving a comment! 🙂

  • 9 Brandon Yoshida // May 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Good job kaysi I had no idea you would of been a Christmas tree. Well good luck in high school
    -your friend,
    Brandon Yoshida

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