Many year ago, we showed our paintings in some of the malls. Brentwood Mall was going to have an “Hawaiian Days” promotion, and Art, the manager asked us to participate. They had a water area, and they made an island in the middle of it, and then asked my husband to be Makahuku, the ship wrecked artist.
Anyone that wanted a pastel portrait done had to go across a little bridge to where the artist was set up. I was in the mall right where the bridge was, taking names and arranging time for them to have their portrait done.
They also brought entertainers from Hawaii. Jessie Nakoka, Loretta Chin, and three younger girls to dance. Moanalonj, Aloaloni, and Kauimiolikukanaokala Kamakaokilanie, who was called Kaui.
It was Gordon Gibson (from Vancouver) who brought the dancers there, as he was advertising his vacation resort, the Maui Lu.
The Hawaiians kind of adopted us, and Kaui and Moana invited us to come to their graduation in June. Loretta invited us to stay at her place… they had a suite across the back of their home that had been built for her mother.
Loretta wanted us to attend the Holoku Ball that would be held in Honolulu… we were to stay with her mother…
Loretta and I went shopping for material… and I made a holoku for myself, and a matching sash for my husband. I practiced walking in the holoku There would be a prize for the best Hawaiian couple, and one for the best Haulie couple ( non Hawaiian).
Then my husband got a kidney stone attack, so we left the next day… no staying in Honolulu…no Holoku Ball… but better to be home if he needed to go to the hospital.
We got to wear our Hawaiian outfits on painting displays when there was a Hawaiian theme… and even won a prize for the best dressed of all the staff members.