On Saturday Primary Elections took place here in Hawaii. Elections in Hawaii are always exciting, and it’s interesting to hear what the candidates– especially newcomers– have to say. This year, the hottest topic is the rail project. The rail is a $5.26 billion project that was favored by two candidates, Peter Carlisle and Kirk Caldwell. Kalea prefers to swim and I like to fly, so until they have an underwater rail like the Eurotunnel or a fixed rail connecting the islands, we’ll stay out of the debate. It must be so hard to be a politician because you can never please everyone. Kalea met up with me at our polling place and I snapped this quick picture of him while he was in the booth:
Later that evening, a couple of girlfriends and I went to dinner and to the Alice in Wonderland Ballet at the Neil Blaisdell Concert Hall. We had great seats right near the center of the stage. My friends and I LOVE Alice in Wonderland, the Disney version and Tim Burton’s version! We couldn’t wait to see this great story translated into a ballet! When the lights dimmed, the director of Hawaii Ballet came out to introduce the creator of the ballet and director of the Washington Ballet, Septime Webre. Mr. Webre told us the story of how this ballet came to be what it is today…he had actually been reading the original novel by Lewis Carroll here on a beach in Hawaii when he realized that the book would make an incredible ballet. From that initial inspiration, his beautiful ballet unfolded.
Watching the ballet was like being in a dream. The backdrops were made on some type of thin and wispy material, painted in bold colors and enhanced with stage lighting. The soft wind blowing on the backdrops really made them seem like they were alive. The dancers wore costumes designed in brilliant colors with sequence everywhere; there were flamingos, hedgehogs, doors, cards, roses, birds, and the usual suspects like the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and of course, Alice. Now all the dancers danced beautifully, but Alice was exceptional. She did leaps effortlessly and did endless pirouettes so gracefully. It was impossible to take your eyes away from her! In the middle of Act I, I found myself actually holding my breath because I was trying to take everything on stage in at once. The ballet was absolutely sensational!