Any Kind Stuff…Hawaii, Las Vegas, Pure Aloha
April 22, 2008
By Steve Kajihiro
Most people think of Las Vegas as a gambling town with lots of flashing lights and good food. But, Las Vegas, NV. is also home to relocated Hawai’i residents and Pacific Islanders. One of the things, that we miss as island transplants are family, friends, “ono” food, and music. This past weekend in Las Vegas, the Pure Aloha festivites was a cure for all of that.
Lots of good food, merchandise, and entertainment. This event immediately brought me back home to the islands. My pidgin accent never went away but this definitely brought it back stronger.
Groups featured throughout the weekend was the Hooliganz, Katchafire, Sudden Rush, Kapena, and Hawaiian Soul. The entertainment here appealed to everyone; Friday to the younger Reggae crowd and Saturday was for the more older audience.
Everyone did a great job but unknown to me prior to this weekend, Las Vegas’ Hawaiian Soul was simply awesome. They definitely stood out above the rest in their performance and entertainment. Words can’t describe the feeling I had, when they performed. They had true to the heart entertainment, which brought back memories both past and present. One message I got from Hawaiian Soul was to never forget your “Ohana.”
Lots of fun, food, and entertainment. Good job everyone and Mahalo for bringing us all closer to home.
Until next time….Aloha