Day 8: and we’re off!

Aloha to everyone back on the mainland! Sorry, it’s been rather difficult to post entries because of the nature of this tour. Being settled in Honolulu for our week of performances isn’t quite the same as having all those hours on the road from place to place, so forgive me – but here’s another update! (I’ll get caught up very soon, so expect a few more things after this post)

Our eighth day on tour was Mother’s Day, so happy belated Mother’s Day to anyone reading! Funny how many times this year I heard about the commercialization of the holiday, to the dismay of its founder, who started it a century ago.

Morning Service

We begin this week with a rigorous schedule in store for us, and on Sunday morning, we sang for the morning service at Wesley United Methodist Church. The wonderful pastor’s wife is an alumnus of APU and the church warmly welcomed us by having a sweet elderly woman greet us with a lai and a kiss on the cheek!

After we sang a couple numbers, there was some liturgy and readings. It was simply beautiful the way they used creation and the ideas of the water surrounding them in relation to God. Aside from its poetic character, the reading was unnervingly calm and relaxing. Ah, Hawai’i.

Mother like a rock…?

So the pastor goes up to do the children’s message, the little ones sat on the steps in front, and the mother’s day message goes something like this:

“Boys and girls, mother is like many things. One of these is this pitcher of water. Why is mother like water?”
Boy: “She makes us not thirsty…”
“Good! And how is mother like this apple?”
Girl: “Because she keeps us healthy and feeds us!”
“Great! Now, why is mother like this rock or this stone?”
Other girl: “Because she is heavy!”

~Uh oh!~ Whoops, it was pretty entertaining watching the nice pastor avoid the little girl for the next set of questions!

Surfing the Nations

If you’ve heard of this organization before, you’ll know it’s a ministry centered around God and the 10/40 window through major surfing events and locales around the world. Through some connections with Andrea (our coordinator from APU’s Office of Advancement), we snagged an hour time slot smack dab in the middle of Waikiki beach!

The hosts on the stage for the two-day event by Surfing the Nations included an APU alumnus and there were others among the crowd as well. It was reported back that of both days, we had held the largest crowd, and had been heard all the way down the beach!

After some free time (my tan’s coming along if you’re wondering) we headed to New Life Church near Honolulu’s Chinatown district. This was a converted Chinese theater and was now a beautiful looking and sounding sanctuary for their services.

For tour this year, the concert on this night would be our final true church concert. The rest of this trip will consist of smaller singing engagements in a variety of other venues and with other groups. Since our last concert is usually, well, on our last day of tour, I sincerely did not expect some things tonight. For our graduated seniors, this would be the last church concert they do with the chorale, some of them having been a part of this for all four years! The night became a sentimental one, a very impacting one for those that were present. So there were some tears, lots of good laughs while on stage, all between the choir and the audience.

This was also the last night Terry and Nancy Franson would be with us. He was able to speak about APU’s impact on the life of Bryan Clay, Olympic Decathlon Medalist at Athens in 2004, the frontrunner to win gold in Beijing, and of course, APU alumnus. His family was able to attend our performance and Bryan’s mother spoke in the middle of the program, thanking the chorale for moving her so much that very evening.

Here’s a bonus little video of our moped adventures!

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