Kapolei performers stranded


POSTED: Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Some 31 members of the Kapolei Chorale can't go to the Maui Cultural Diversity Days Festival to perform Saturday because of the shutdown of the Hawaii Superferry.

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“;It was just a tremendous shock,”; musical director Doris Dudley said. “;We are scrambling now, looking for another way to Maui.”;

Dudley said the Superferry had agreed to provide free round-trip transportation between Oahu and Maui and she was surprised to hear about its shutdown.

Dudley said her group is one of the anchor events at the festival at Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens in Iao Valley on Saturday.

The festival, partly sponsored by the Maui County Commission on Culture and the Arts, celebrates multicultural diversity.

Dudley said chorale members come from various parts of the island, including Kalihi and Waianae, but mainly live in Kapolei.

She said the group is looking for assistance and still planning to participate in the event. Those who wish to make a contribution may contact Dudley, 672-8888.