Guardsmen Share Aloha with Kyrgyzstan Kids
By 154 WG Public Affairs
/ Published October 08, 2008
MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan Republic -- Members from the 154th Services Flight, deployed to Manas Air Force Base, Kyrgyzstan, were joined by more than 15 members of the 254th Services Flight, Guam Air National Guard, to spread the Island and Aloha spirit with the community of Jeny Pahkta by hosting a Pacific Island Cultural Day.
The Airmen, deployed as part of the 376th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, visited the village prior to this event to paint, clean and distribute donated clothes and supplies to the children.
The numerous Islanders participating in the cultural day brought out their creativity and talents by performing as singers, back-up singers, and dancers. The Airmen also assisted in the set-up, break-down and most importantly in helping to encourage crowd participation.
Tech. Sgt. Lori Lopez, 154 SVF, provided the choreography for the dance portion of the performance. She taught the dancers "Ulupalakua" and "Hafa Adai." She also took care of ordering of leis and the material for the dancers.
Not only did the crowd receive a dance performance for entertainment but the Airmen also brought a little song into the event by performing Island favorites such as, "Honey baby," "Under the Boardwalk," "Hafa Adai," and "Stir it up."