This past Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21st, the people of Hawaii got to experience a once in a lifetime event – watching Olympic ice skaters perform at the Blaisdell Arena in an event titled Kristi Yamaguchi’s Golden Moment.
Kristi Yamaguchi and her co-host Brian Boitano introduced a star-studded cast of both figure skaters and local musicians, and in between performances, they shared about Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and how it is helping Hawaii’s elementary schools promote early childhood literacy. Throughout the show, there were musical performances by Na Leo Pilimehana and Manoa DNA, some of their songs accompanied the skaters as they did their routines.
The show featured amazing performances by American skaters Jeremy Abbott and the Olympic Gold pair, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Canadian skater Kurt Browning also made an appearance and showed off his immaculate footwork in his high-energy performances. Russian figure skater Katia Gordeeva also made an appearance, and of course, Kristi and Brian also got their time on the ice.
Top figure skaters from Japan (Shizuka Arakawa, Miki Ando, Yuka Sato, and Takeshi Honda) also performed and wowed the crowd of locals and Japanese tourists.
It wouldn’t be a Golden Moment without special routines. Brian Boitano, Kurt Browning, and Jeremy Abbott entertained the crowd with a comical performance. Kristi Yamaguchi skated to a number with one of her daughters, also an aspiring figure skater. Katia Gordeeva also performed with her own daughter, who also skates professionally. Shizuka Arakawa, who gave birth just last year, did a beautiful performance as Na Leo Pilimehana sang “You Don’t Remember” live. During the middle of the song, she brought out her daughter and skated around the rink as she carried her.
The final performance was a never-before-seen, once-in-a-lifetime routine with Kristi, Shizuka, Yuka, and Miki all skating together in a beautiful, heartfelt routine as Na Leo Pilimehana sang “I Miss You My Hawaii.”
All in all, it was an amazing show with a great cause. Even better, all the proceeds earned from the shows will stay in Hawaii to go towards the Title I schools. This was a great event for Hawaii to have, and hopefully Kristi and her friends will come back for another great show!