With the opening of the island to visitors in April, Kaua‘i needs to remain vigilant against the novel coronavirus, said Art Umezu of Music of Kaua‘i.
The message is not new, being echoed by a lot of people, from President Joe Biden (see related story, A3) to Lt. Gov. Josh Green, and is not limited to visitors, but for everyone.
“We need to address the importance of wearing masks, washing hands and social-distancing to keep Kaua‘i safe and healthy,” Umezu said. “This is a global message.”
Jeffrey Callejo, instructor of the Kaua‘i Country Line Dancing Group, saw the message and choreographed a dance to “Everybody Wear A Mask,” a number written by Umezu and performed by Daphne Sanchez on the “We Are One World” music CD that was released in December 2020 and dedicated to front-line health workers and first responders.
Callejo, anticipating the world line dance competition in Las Vegas in November, took the message to four teen members at the Aloha Dance Studio, who joined the group in sending the message.
“I wrote the lyrics about a year ago,” Umezu said. “I got Daphne to perform it for the music CD, and now, Jeffrey choreographed the piece into a dance. I’m getting old, so I want to give the younger generation an opportunity to work on global projects with the global-message song, ‘Everybody Wear A Mask.’”
Kaua‘i High School sophomore Kate Mie Nakamura, working on the original “We Are One World” music CD as part of the KAVE KREW, picked up the camera as the lead videographer for the filming at the Kaua‘i Bowl in Lihu‘e and Kilohana Plantation in Puhi.
Ryland Balbin of Hanama‘ulu, also working on the KAVE KREW, is back home after earning a degree in studio photography from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Following that with digital-media studies in Los Angeles, he picked up the video duty when filming was done at the Aloha Dance Studio.
“He’s not going anywhere,” Umezu said of Balbin. “He’s home. He was just certified by Ho‘ike Community Television, so that’s where we got the first copies going to.”
Umezu anticipates the music video to be ready by Monday, April 5, the date when Kaua‘i will rejoin the state’s Safe Travel program for incoming trans-Pacific travelers.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or email@example.com.