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Nānākuli Performing Arts Students Travel to White House for “History of Soul” Event

CAPITOL BOUND—Deja Ceruti, Danell Casuga, Bailey Barnes, Dorian Ingram-Tavares, and Daphnei Hussein are headed to Washington for a “Women of Soul” workshop and performance.

CAPITOL BOUND–Deja Ceruti, Danell Casuga, Bailey Barnes, Dorian Ingram-Tavares, and Daphnei Hussein are headed to Washington for a “Women of Soul” workshop and performance.

Two months after traveling from Nānākuli to the White House in Washington D.C., the memories of the trip are still top of mind.

Five students from Nānākuli High School’s Performing Arts Center were among 124 students from around the country that were chosen to participate in “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” an educational workshop held on March 6th as part of the “In Performance at the White House” concert series. The trip was sponsored by AEG, a national entertainment company that also manages the Hawaii Convention Center.

Making the trip from Nānākuli were Bailey Barnes, Danell Casuga, Deja Ceruti, Dapheni Hussein, and Dorian Ingram-Tavares.

The concert portion of the event featured Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and others. The concert was broadcast on some PBS stations in April.

The trip included visits to the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial.  A donation from PVT Land Company enabled the group to spend their last evening at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts watching the Washington Ballet perform to music from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.