New Year, Same Great Energy

The women of Na Leo Lani were back to rehearsal last night, having taken a two-week break after our busy holiday concert season. Some of us sported hats in honor of “National Hat Day” (who knew there was such a thing??). With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we got to work immediately on a selection of love songs, before turning to a kinetic “intersectional” activity featuring each section’s selection of a favorite tune from our repertoire. We were joined by four enthusiastic guests, all of them repeat visitors, including our very own Jean Ashby (“Bones”), whose connections to Na Leo Lani date back forty years!

Enjoy pics from the rehearsal below. (Photos courtesy of Suzanne N.)

Celebrating “National Hat Day”
Friendship is in bloom with Chris and Bones!

A Concert full of Christmas Vibes and Holiday Jives

After much hard work and immense amounts of help from family and friends, we put on our first holiday concert in three years! Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the show!

Very special thanks to 

Reverend Won-Seok Yuh and Harris United Methodist Church
for so generously allowing us use of their beautiful facility.

Jeff LeFebvre and his team for their much appreciated technical expertise and audio equipment support

Our very generous monetary donors for contributing to this hobby we love so much.
Your contributions go toward rehearsal space rental, director fees, new music, music education, and preparations for our 2024 regional contest.

Our friends and family, who help set up, staff tables, bake delicious things, and pitch in to accomplish the essential tasks that enable us to put on a show!


Whether you support us with your time, your spirit, or your funds, know that our gratitude knows no bounds.

Na Leo Lani in concert!
Ovah da Pali ensemble
Guest quartet Vocal Mixology!
Pure Nerves quartet didn’t have a photo op at our 12/18 concert. Here is a pic from another of their recent performances instead.

Performance among the Poinsettias

Na Leo Lani had a great time rolling out our holiday show for the public at Kahala Mall on December 8. We were joined on three songs by our Sing With Us for the Holidays guest. Afterwards, a large contingent headed over to The Counter for burgers and fries for our chorus fundraiser. Thank you, ladies, for all you do for Na Leo Lani, and thank you to our supportive audience at the mall.

See below for pics & a clip from our performance

Mele Kalikimaka from the land where palm trees sway!

Thursday, December 8 – fundraiser at The Counter and performance at Kahala Mall!

If shopping and dining out are music to your ears, you can experience both in four-part harmony today, Thursday, December 8, when Na Leo Lani performs at Kahala Mall!

Join us at Kahala Mall center court at 6 pm for our performance, then head over to The Counter afterwards for burgers & delicious sweet potato fries!

Na Leo Lani’s fundraiser at The Counter is happening all day on December 8, so you can also eat lunch there, order by phone, or put in an in-person take out order. (Online orders are not valid for the fundraiser.)

Simply mention Na Leo Lani to your server or when you place your order, and The Counter will donate 20% of the proceeds of your bill to the chorus.

Thank you for your support!

Burgers to please every palate — including vegetarians

Birthdays take the cake

At our last rehearsal of every month, we always celebrate chorus members’ birthdays with a birthday sash, a special “get to know you” question posed by our Birthday Captain, Wally, and a rousing round of Happy Birthday to You in our best barbershop style.

Our November birthday girl, Rosie!

This month’s birthday celebration coincided with National Cake Day,” which we marked with cake hats and more.

Talking Turkey

At our Wednesday rehearsal before the Thanksgiving holiday, we took time to express our gratitude for the gift of song . . . and have a little turkey-themed fun while we were at it. See below for photos of Na Leo Lani members strutting our stuff for turkey-style warm-ups and putting the “dressing” in dressing up for Thanksgiving.

(Photos courtesy of Chris W. & Suzanne N. — thank you!)

We really put our necks out for our physical warm-ups!
No one in this group is afraid to look like a turkey.

Celebrate the Season with Na Leo Lani in concert!

Sunday, December 18, 3:30 p.m.

Harris United Methodist Church, 20 South Vineyard Boulevard

Mark the holidays with an afternoon of song with Na Leo Lani! From favorite carols to lighthearted tunes, our barbershop harmonies will have you feeling the Christmas vibes at this most joyful time of year.

Following the concert, join us for refreshments and do some last-minute shopping at our holiday bazaar, featuring handcrafted gifts and vintage items. (Note: bazaar sales will be cash-only).

Where? Harris United Methodist Church, 20 South Vineyard Boulevard, Honolulu. Free parking in the church lot. Limited street parking also available along Nuuanu Avenue.

When? 3:30 p.m., Sunday, December 18. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 3:10.

Per Harris Methodist Church’s public health protocol, please plan to wear a mask when you are sitting in the audience. Thank you for your understanding!

Tickets: $10 per person. Purchase from your favorite chorus member, pay at the door, or click HERE to purchase online in advance via EventBrite .

Questions? Contact naleolanichorus[at]gmail.com

We can’t wait to see you!

Like ornaments upon a Christmas tree, our medley of holiday tunes will bring memories and sweet surprises.

In the spirit!

Guests and members (some dressed up in honor of “National Fast Food Day”)

Our rehearsal last night was graced by the presence of five ! guests, including two visiting Sweet Adelines from Australia — Marg Cox and Justine Cox, both of Southern Cross Region 34 Headliners Chorus in New South Wales. We had a grand time and lots of laughs, including some crazy costumes in honor of Fast Food Day (who knew?!) and an audition by quartet Loco Moco.

Rehearsing Silent Night in Japanese
Loco Moco auditioned to make official our new lead, Coralyn!

Time to get Very Merry again

. . . at the Kahala Mall Very Merry event, December 9-11, 2022

Na Leo Lani Chorus is fundraising again this year through the Kahala Mall Very Merry Event!

For just $5.00, the Very Merry savings pass offers you discounts, in-store specials and giveaways at nearly fifty stores and restaurants at Kahala Mall, Friday December 9 though Sunday, December 11, 2022.

See below for the list of participating merchants.

Ticket holders can also enter to win a one night staycation at the Kahala Hotel & Resort.

Enjoy discounted holiday shopping and support Na Leo Lani Chorus at the same time. 100% of your ticket purchase goes to support Na Leo Lani!

Please contact a chorus member or email naleolanichorus@gmail.com to purchase a Very Merry ticket today.

Guests are the best!

Tonight’s rehearsal was extra special thanks to the presence of visitors Sandy and Ruthanne from Heart of Michigan Chorus, SAI Region 2. They took time out of their vacation to join us for a full night of song — and they enriched our bari and tenor sections in the process!

Also returning were old hands, SWUFTH participants, and repeat visitors Yoko, Lissi, Allison, and Pamela. Thank you for joining us, ladies! Can’t wait to see you next week.

Ruthanne and Sandy, all the way from Heart of Michigan Chorus in Breckenridge, MI
Sporting a fitness theme at tonight’s rehearsal