Kauai Chorale starts rehearsals
Central Pacific calm while Atlantic spins out storms
PUHI — Kauai Chorale has started rehearsals for its December concerts.
The vocal group meets 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Island School.
All are welcome to join Kauai Chorale but must be committed to attending weekly rehearsals.
Those interested should arrive at 7 to register and pick up music. Bring your own copies of “Messiah” if you have them. Concert dates are:
Sunday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m., St. Regis Grand Ballroom
Friday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
Director Lois Ricciardi said the group will perform sections of some major works it has enjoyed singing over the years, including Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” choruses from the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah,” and Z. Randall Stroope’s “Hodie.”
She also plans to add some traditional Christmas songs.
Guest performers will be the Immaculate Conception Church Children’s Choir. ••• The Garden Island
As Larry Rivera sits onstage and tunes his guitar, he takes a sip from a glass of red wine. The crowd at Cafe Portofino is chatting, watching, waiting.
Rivera, smiling, a gleam in his eyes, does not disappoint. “Aloha,” he shouts. “Aloha,” they shout back. Rivera recites a long phase in Hawaiian. The words flow quickly. Most don’t understand what was just said, but it sounds important. So their host explains.
“That means thanks for coming,” he says.
People laugh. Rivera is just warming up.
“My name is Larry Rivera. What is my name?”
“Larry Rivera,” they respond.
Rivera is clearly delighted. This is his stage in more ways than one.
It’s his regular Wednesday night to perform at the Italian restaurant. It’s also a birthday party. His.
Rivera, due to turn 87 the next night, has been entertaining people for nearly all of those years. He’s happy to be here, playing for some invited guests, some who are there for dinner, and some who stop in when they find out that the man who is arguably Kauai’s most famous musician is in the house.
“Uncle Larry,” wearing white pants, shirt and shoes, proudly says he was born and raised on Kauai. He and his wife Gloria have six children, 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He then, whether some like it or not, names all 19. When he’s done, he holds up that glass of wine.
“I can have one glass of wine every Wednesday,” he says. “The rest of the week, right out of the bottle.”
He gets the laughs and smiles he’s after. And he keeps getting them for the next 90 minutes as he jokes, tells stories, shares his life and, of course, sings and plays his guitar and ukulele.
Joined onstage by daughter Lurline Rivera Fernandez, he delivers some of his most popular hits: “Kamalani,” “Aloha Begins with Me,” and “Beautiful Coco ••• Kauai volunteers help with Mainland hurricane recovery, A6
Connor Marovish, 11, of Princeville, followed by Richard Stein of Lihue and Carlie Lindsey of Hanamaulu, uses a rope to pull himself up a steep climb during Saturday’s Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run. About 1,000 people participated in 5K and 10K courses on private lands of the Knudsen Trust. See story and more photos, B2.