4H Music Camp brings Hawaiian culture to Cordova

Stella Dadulla performs during the Cordova 4H Music Camp final concert at Mt. Eccles Elementary School in Cordova on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

Students and instructors gathered to create, learn, and perform music during this year’s Cordova 4H Music Camp, featuring Hawaiian Camp, Bluegrass Camp and adult classes.

Keawe and Kaloku Holt of the Ke Kukui Foundation lead the Hawaiian Camp this year with instructors Mahealani Mackenzie, Alyssa Reyes, and Ka’imipono Mohika while Bradley Murphy and Leslie Zeigler led the Bluegrass Camp.

Students learned hula dancing, ukulele, the fiddle, bass guitar, singing and more during the week-long camps.

Classic hits such as The Beatles’ “Let it Be” and The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” could be heard around town on Friday, July 20, as students, counselors and instructors gathered in groups to perform around Cordova.

Money raised from those performances went towards Cordova 4H Music Camp scholarships for next year.

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.