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Aloha Festival, Part 2

Behind the Lakeside Stage is Tempe Town Lake, which I mentioned last week. The calm waters of the dammed Salt River provide an excellent spot for standup paddleboarding. Looks like fun — I'll have to try it someday.

There were not only humans but a Mallard duck couple paddling about, albeit without a board.

Back to the stage to catch the next performers who called themselves "Hot Hula". My impression was that they lead hula for exercise much like Zumba but substituting an uptempo hula instead of salsa.

They did manage to gather a small group of followers.

Meanwhile on the other stage, a singing duo was entertaining the sedentary folks. By the way, these guys were really good. They said they are from Hawai‘i and have come to the festival the last few years. Nice to have performers coming all the way to Tempe for the festival.

The next act was another halau (hula school) announced by the blowing of the conch shell.

Next on stage was a kumu hula who offered the introductory chant.

The chanter and ipu players took their places...

...followed by the dancers.

They were all quite good but I was particularly impressed by the skill of the keikis.

Eventually the male hula dancer took center stage. He was really good too.

After the end of this performance, I turned around and noticed the Hayden Flour Mill. This is an important part of Tempe History. It began operation in 1874. The structure was destroyed by fire twice but rebuilt and production continued until 1998. It is now registered as an historic landmark and Tempe has been soliciting proposals for re-purposing the mill and silos. Until remodeling is begun, it is being used as a temporary event venue. I understand that one can still see the original mill equipment sitting where it was when the mill closed.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com