Singing in the Land of Rainbows
“Colored rainbows stretch across the sky, waterfalls so high, mountains make you cry..”
from These Islands, written for Na Leo Lani by composer Danny Couch
NA LEO LANI CHORUS sings in four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. These four parts have different names than traditional choruses. The tenors sing the high notes, the leads keep us on track with the melody, the basses sing the low notes–doing a slide is a favorite thing. Last, but certainly not least, are the baritones, fondly called “the baris.” They sing all the notes that fill out the chord and are the glue for our close four-part harmony. We sing barbershop arrangements of songs in Hawaiian and English and always try to live up to our name–-Na Leo Lani, Heavenly Voices.
We’ve performed throughout the Honolulu area since August 21, 1975, when our chorus was chartered in Sweet Adelines International (SAI) as a part of the World Wide Region, later known as the Satellite Region.
In 1987, Na Leo Lani (NLL) was the hostess chapter for the international convention. Things were very different then with the hostess chapter taking an active part in the behind-the-scenes jobs that kept the competition running smoothly. NLL was also a main part of the Showcase performance, singing and dancing many Hawaiian songs to welcome the participants to our Island home.
In 2006, we became a chapter of SAI Region 12–Pacific Shores. This region includes Southern Oregon, Northern California, and Northern Nevada. We regularly attend the Region 12 convention on alternate years. In 2015, we competed in the Open Division and won the Audience Choice Award. In 2017 Na Leo Lani competed in regional competition in Reno, NV under the direction of Lars Isaacson.