We never thought we’d still be singing online a year and half after our first, quickly assembled, Zoom rehearsal back in March 2020! Alas, even though we are all fully vaccinated and eager to resume harmonizing IN REAL LIFE, the ever-mutating virus has had other plans for us. We had a brief resumption of in-person ensemble rehearsals in July with small groups of members singing outside in the fresh air with masks on — what joy to hear chords ring again! But then the Delta variant arrived on Oahu’s shores, and in the interest of precaution and in keeping with public health regulations, we ceased those gatherings.
When safety permits, we will start singing together in-person again. We are so looking forward to that day! — but for now , we are staying safe and tuneful online — apart but still together. If you are a prospective member, or just want to check out what we do, please see our “Join Us” page for info on visiting our Zoom rehearsals, now at a new day of the week — Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Here are a couple of photos from our recent August 2021 rehearsals online.
In 2020, while all of Honolulu was under pandemic lockdown orders, O’ahu’s three barbershop choruses — Na Leo Lani, the Sounds of Aloha Chorus, and Honolulu Blend Show Chorus — came together to overcome the gloom and learn a new song together for our first-ever virtual performance. It was a steep learning curve, but the results — a joyful blend of male and female voices in upbeat celebration — were well worth it. Many thanks to Adam LeFebvre of Sounds of Aloha for his extraordinary editing skills. Enjoy the performance by clicking HERE: “If There’s Anybody Here From Out of Town.”
In January 2021, we hosted our first-ever Guest Night on Zoom. Guest Nights are a longstanding tradition with Na Leo Lani. In the past, we have invited friends, relatives, fellow barbershoppers from other O’ahu choruses, and prospective members to come check us out and join in the fun of singing together. In keeping with this year’s Guest Night theme, “Good Night!”, we showed up in our pajamas, sleep masks, hair curlers, and other must-have elements of a musical slumber party and had a great time dancing, singing tags, and outdoing each other explaining why OUR parts (tenor, lead, baritone, and bass) are the BEST of all. Mahalo for coming!
See below for the flyer and a screen shot of the fun.
In August 2020, Na Leo Lani celebrated its 45th anniversary with a virtual birthday bash attended by friends from around the world. Our president, Dana Taylor, put together a slideshow of photos and memorabilia from our first four and a half decades. Our vice-president, Pam Ednie, emceed a live fashion parade of some of the many elegant costumes we have performed in over the years.
In February 2020, Na Leo Lani joined with women’s choruses from around O`ahu to sing in the No Na Wahine Festival. What a joy it was to raise our voices with so many other wonderful women from the islands in the gorgeous chapel of Sacred Hearts Academy. Enjoy our performance here of “Sha-Boom,” “Will You Promise to Be True,” and “Hawaiian Lullaby.”
This video from our chorus rehearsal on February 19, 2020 was just supposed to help us gauge our progress on “If I Give My Heart To You,” a song we were intending to sing in competition. Now it is rare footage. Because of the pandemic, we haven’t been able to sing together in person since March 2020. Instead, we have adapted and carried on by gathering on Zoom every week for our Tuesday night rehearsals. Despite the difficulties that Zoom poses to harmonizing, our virtual get-togethers make sure we keep learning new tunes, practice old ones, and keep our voices in good shape! Most important of all, we are staying connected. Come join us!