Kauai Voices returns from Cuba tour

  • Photo by Pamela Varma

    A young Cuban girl reacts after realizing the trombone she was playing was being gifted to her by Kauai Voices member Dennis McGraw.

  • Photo by Pam Varma

    A beautifully restored building in Cuba is bathed in sunlight and shade.

  • Photo by Gene Padilla

    Members of Kauai Voices with Cuban choir Sine Nomine after performing for each other in Cuba. Kauai Voices director Randy Leonard is far right; Sine Nomine director Leonor Suarez Dulzaides is fourth from right, wearing orange lei.

  • Photo by Randy Leonard

    Kauai Voices members, from left Lee Miller, Lolli Hagen and Amy Lin Thomas, in a classic American car being used as a taxi in Cuba.

  • Photo by Gene Padilla

    Kauai Voices director Randy Leonard, left, holding Cuban flag, with Maria Felicia Perez, director of superb 12-member Cuban choir Exaudi, after the two groups gave a joint concert.

  • Photo by Pam Varma

    Spontaneous percussion jam session in a private home in Cuba.

Members of Kauai Voices returned home Wednesday after one week of singing in Cuba with three separate Cuban choirs, becoming the first Hawaiian vocal group to perform there. Twenty-two members of the 50-member Kauai ensemble made the trip, along with a pianist, bass player and percussionist. I was one of the singers.