Kauai Cho­rale starts re­hearsals

Central Pa­cific calm while At­lantic spins out storms

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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

BILL BULEY / THE GAR­DEN IS­LAND

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.

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