Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bob Nelson captains the SS Waiʻalae on Interisland Cruise

As the gang plank was lifted and the last passengers boarded, the SS Waiʻalae eased its way out of Honolulu Harbor.  The captain lifted his hands and with the powerful voices of twenty men turned the propellers that pushed us out into the open ocean.  It was Waiʻalae Country Club's Hawaiian Night and members would be treated to a interisland cruise powered by the rich voices of the men of the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club.

At the Captain's Dinner all the finest Hawaiian fare was served and as members enjoyed poi and lau lau, Robert Nelson masterfully turned the ship's wheel as the Club took Waiʻalae members to Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, Kauaʻi and then back home to Oʻahu.  The selection of songs was broad ranging from Hawaiian classics to Hapa Haole and even a couple alma maters.  Accompanying the men was Melia Felix who dance Mī Nei and A Maile Lei for the captivated crowd.

An excellent time was had by all as those in attendance sang along with songs that were familiar and were mezmerized by the hula.  In honor of Waiʻalae, the Club sang a medley of Waiʻalae and Akaka Falls and before ending with Hawaiʻi Aloha emcee Kuni Agard let the members know the only reason we sing Kamehameha March with such fervor was because ʻ48 graduate of St. Louis High School Sam Kamaka got the guys all riled up.  Laughing errupted throughout the crowd as Tony Guerrero, a St. Louis alum himself threw both hands up and yelled, "St. Louis!!"

A special mahalo to Kay Mattos and the members of the Waiʻalae Country Club for their hospitality and warm invitation.

What an awesome cruise!

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