Arts and Entertainment

Musicians bring aloha to town


Staff Writer

If you can’t afford a trip to Hawaii, you can at least experience the music and dancing of the islands at the next concert in the city of Federal Way’s summer concert series at Steel Lake Park.

The band, Rainbow of Hawaii, will perform an all-ages concert next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Started by Gloria Fujii, a dancer and owner of the dance school Halau Hula O Napualani, the band has dancers that perform on stage during the show. This, hopes Fujii, will make the audience feel like they are in Hawaii.

There is enough stress in the world, and this should be a relaxing experience for people, she said.

Fujii has played the ukulele for 15 years and owns a number of the instruments.

“Playing the ukulele is very relaxing,” she said.

She began playing the instrument to accompany the dancers of her school when they perform and has been playing ever since.

Rainbow of Hawaii has performed at the Folklife festival and the Bite of Seattle.

The group also played at Steel Lake a few years ago. “It was fun,” Fujii said.

Janica Lockhart is a news intern. She can be reached at 925-5565 or by e-mail at


Two shows remain in the city of Federal Way-sponsored summer concert series:

• Rainbow of Hawaii (Hawaiian/Polynesian) Aug. 14.

• Bottomline Duo (classical) Aug. 21.

The shows are scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Steel Lake Park. On rainy days, they’ll be indoors at Klahanee Lake Community Center on Ninth Avenue South.

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