In person again from next week onward

Rehearsals are returning to in-person format from February 17 onward. For now, to keep numbers consistent for social distancing planning purposes, we are not encouraging guest participation. However, please contact the chorus at naleolanichorus [at] gmail.com if you would like to come check out our practices and learn more about the art of women’s four-part barbershop harmony.

In-person rehearsals will commence on February 17 and continue for the foreseeable future on Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rooms 4 & 5, 1404 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96822. In keeping with Hawai`i state public health guidelines, the chorus requires that all in-person rehearsal attendees — members, visitors, and prospective members alike — show proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination and follow rehearsal protocols (singing with masks on, maintain social distance as indicated by our director, and taking breaks for fresh air). See you all soon!

In the meantime, enjoy this Valentine’s Day pic of our most recent (and hopefully last for a long while!) online rehearsal.

Happy Valentines Day 2022!

Back on line but having a good time

Thanks to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, we went back on line in January and will continue holding online rehearsals on Zoom on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. through February 9.

Please contact naleolanichorus [at] gmail.com for Zoom link:

  • When we do return in person (hopefully from February 17 onward!), our rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. In keeping with state public health guidelines, we require all attendees of our in-person rehearsals to show a one-time proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and sing masked (a singer’s mask, N-95, or KN-95 mask is preferred if you have one). Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure that all of our members, young and old, can sing together in the safest feasible conditions.

Until then, we are having a good time online. In addition to working on the songs that we will be singing for our SAI International contest recording in May, we enjoy lots of laughs competing with each other for the best interpretation of our weekly themes. This week’s theme was “what’s your Chinese Zodiac animal?”

We look forward to welcoming visitors and prospective members again, so please email us at naleolanichorus@gmail.com if you would like to join us. 

Sheep, monkeys, rabbits, tigers, horses, and more!

Thank you for helping to make our Panda Express fundraiser a success

Many thanks to all of you who ordered online from Panda Express for Lunar New Year on February 1 and used fundraiser code 906118 during online checkout. Na Leo Lani received 28% of sales. The proceeds will go toward the costs of our SAI International contest recording in May.

We will hold another Panda Express fundraiser later in the year, so save your hankerings for orange chicken and egg rolls, because your chance to order Panda online and support Na Leo Lani at the same time will come again soon! Thank you!

Performing live!

Na Leo Lani Chorus was thrilled to perform the U.S. national anthem and Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī for the Diamond Head Classic Basketball Tournament at UH Manoa on December 22. Watch our video, below, and sing along with us!

For the tournament opener between Northern Iowa University and Liberty University, we sang the Star Spangled Banner and Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī.

Christmas cheer

At our last rehearsal before our holiday break, the chorus enjoyed an impromptu performance by the Friends quartet. The pandemic has made it hard for Friends to get together over the past couple of years, so they had a great time hamming it up with “Let It Snow.” (Excerpt below.) Afterwards, the chorus did a few lightning rounds of Christmas favorites, from “Veni Veni” to “Ovah Da Pali.” Warmest wishes to all for a safe and healthy holiday season. We look forward to resuming rehearsals in January.

Friends quartet: Vera, JoAnne, Rosie, and Carole
Decking the halls, or at least our heads, with holiday finery.

Happy Holidays 2021 from Na Leo Lani Chorus

Na Leo Lani sends you our very best wishes for a healthy, joyous, and harmonious holiday season with our version of “Silent Night,” with lyrics in English, Japanese, and Hawaiian, reflecting chorus members’ multicultural heritage and our love for the islands we call home.

Click the video below to watch our musical Christmas card.

Music and lyrics by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber, acapella arrangement by Arlene Fox, video-editing by Randy Sahae.

Rehearsing “in the mask”

After twenty months on Zoom, the ladies of Na Leo Lani are thrilled to be back together live and in person! Rehearsing with masks on wasn’t so hard for us to get used to — after all, as any fan of Darlene Rogers’s “Sing, Baby, Sing” warm-ups knows, singers are supposed to “stay in the mask”!

Here’s what singing “in the mask” looks like from warm-ups to sectionals, plus one group photo with our actual smiling faces. 🙂

Would you like to sing with us? Please see our “Join Us” page.

Join us on December 5 for a holiday concert to benefit the Hawai`i Theatre

Featuring the Sounds of Aloha Chorus & special guest Na Leo Lani!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 5, 4:00 p.m. Hawaii time for “Songs of the Season,” a special concert to benefit the Hawai‘i Theatre Center. The pandemic has been hard on all live music venues, and the Hawaii Theatre is no exception. To help this cultural landmark weather the storm and, hopefully, to mark a turning point toward better days ahead, the Sounds of Aloha Chorus has organized a benefit concert featuring all your holiday favorites, sung by the mellifluous male voices of SOA, plus six quartets, small ensembles, and a special guest appearance by Na Leo Lani! As you can can see in the photo from our recording session, the ladies of NLL are overjoyed to be on the risers and singing together in-person again.

Please support the Hawai`i Theatre Center with your $20 per device donation (plus $2 processing charge) to watch the concert premier online on December 5 at 4:00 p.m. HST. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Hawai`i Theatre. Click here for the instructions and access to the online concert streaming link: https://hawaiitheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S5c00000FZC5xEAH

UPDATE December 6: We hope you enjoyed the music! We hope to be able to share a video of the performance soon. Stay tuned.

An ensemble of Na Leo Lani singers gathered onstage at the Hawai’i Theatre on November 27 for the benefit concert recording.

Harmonizing again

Na Leo Lani has begun rehearsing in person again! For the past several weeks, our singers have been gathering for special weekend rehearsals on the front lanai of Director Christine Wee’s house in preparation for a live recording in support of the Hawai’i Theatre. The recording will be part of a benefit concert organized by the Sounds of Aloha Chorus, and will feature SOA, multiple quartet performances, and a special guest performance by Na Leo Lani. Stay tuned for details about when the benefit concert will be aired and how to watch.

In the meantime, here’s what live rehearsals look like in November in Hawai’i — masked up and in the open air:

Masked but marvelous — baris and basses hard at work.
Leads and basses, mostly off-paper!

Get your Very Merry tickets & support Na Leo Lani!

Na Leo Lani Chorus is fundraising through the Kahala Mall Very Merry Event this holiday season!

For the low price of $5.00, you can obtain a Very Merry pass, which grants you access to dozens of special discounts, in-store specials and giveaways Friday, December 10 though Sunday, December 12 at Kahala Mall.

Click here for the list of participating merchants.

Enjoy discounts on your holiday shopping and help support Na Leo Lani Chorus at the same time. 🙂

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

100% of your ticket purchase goes to support Na Leo Lani!