From left to right: Laura, Healani, Mitch, Manny, Paul, Karen, Royce, Brian, and Jan
Manny, Brian, Jan and Karen warming up at Da Kine Cafe. Paul and Laura are in the background.
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Karen Hali'imaile is our Band Leader. Hali'imaile was born and raised in Honolulu, where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. She joined Satuke after 15 years of experience dancing, singing, chanting, drumming and playing ukulele with Auntie Linda's Halau O Pi'ilani. Hali'imaile's duties there included working with Auntie Linda on dance choreography, performing and teaching hula. She was also instrumental in planning and coordinating various halau events such as the annual luau and live hula performances. Currently, in addition to leading Satuke, Hali'imaile teaches an ukulele class, and a hula class, and is the female lead vocalist with the Hawaiian band Mana O Ka Na'au.
And oh yes, she also is a gifted teacher at a school in Sunnyvale in her spare time..
We are an informal group of former studentsfrom the late Auntie Linda Pi’ilani Danek’s ‘ukulele class. Auntie Linda assigned “homework” to us, which we would practice together after class at each other’s homes.We coordinated these sessions through email messages, and started typing “Sat uke” in the subject window, shortened from Saturday ‘Ukulele. “Satuke” morphed into the name of our practice sessions and what we now call ourselves.
Auntie Linda gave us the very special gift of ‘ukulele music in the old Hawaiian tradition, and our mission is to carry on her legacy and share what we have learned from her.