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The 'Aloha spirit' came alive in Fallbrook!

Hooray for the Hukilau, again! John Toma and his staff at Fallbrook Golf Club’s one-and-only Hawaiian restaurant pulled off another coup on Tuesday, January 26, when Hawaii’s top female vocalist Amy Hanaiali’i and a supporting cast of great musicians gave a special command performance to a packed house.

Our Fallbrook golfing foursome felt very privileged to be front table dinner guests for this evening of wonderful food, entertainment and sharing of the warm “Aloha spirit.” We expected to see other familiar faces from Fallbrook there – but no! – tickets for this sell-out dinner theater event had been snapped up early by out-of-town Hawaiian music aficionados.

I did think I saw Village News editor-in-chief Julie Reeder in the 6 p.m. reception line, but I was mistaken. That look-alike lady with the long dark hair was actually Amy Hanaiali’i herself welcoming old friends and hula-dancing “aunties”! Amy and her musicians, including Jeff Peterson with the nimble fingers on the slack-string guitar, were visiting California as nominees for Grammy awards at the weekend’s ceremony in Los Angeles. How lucky we were to see them in Fallbrook first.

I do hope they enjoyed our Friendly Village hospitality as much as we enjoyed their lively entertainment.

Sue Thorne


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