The ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY Ukulele Club held its very first public performance on Friday, November 18. About 25 members of the club played and sang a variety of songs for the residents at ʻIlima at Leihano, a nearby senior living facility in the community.
With supportive family members in attendance, the Kindergarten – Grade 5 students performed to the delight of about 15 residents and several staff members. The club performed some Monday Morning Assembly favorites, including “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” “I am What I am,” “ALOHA,” and “On Top of Old Spaghetti.” Some of the residents and staff recognized and clapped along to some of the songs, including “Surf” and “Island Style.” The concert ended with “The Thank You Song,” in appreciation for being welcomed by the residents, who then showed their appreciation through kind words and excited applause.
Mrs. Babas, elementary music teacher, and Mr. Ross, elementary principal, are especially proud of the Ukulele Club, which started a few years ago with only five members. It has now grown to about 30 members of Kindergarten – Grade 5 students, some of whom are beginners and some who have more experience. The club gets together each Thursday during recess to practice, play, and learn new songs. Those members who are ready lead our songs at the Monday and Friday Assemblies.