Mixed Plate shares chorister's trip to EnglandUPDATED 7:22 PM HST Jul 26, 2014Video Transcript
Mixed Plate has just returned from England with the Hawaii Sacred Choir, a multi-cultural, inter-generational musical group. On tonight's mixed plate, we see the trip through the eyes of one special chorister. Tucked away in the English countryside is Ely, Cambridgeshire. throughout the centuries Ely-ites have seen roman armies, saxon mercenaries and Viking invaders. But they've never seen anything quite like Saka Hungalu. At 6'2, 295 pounds, there's no missing the mass in the back row. In the Hawaii Sacred Choir he may be called the gentle giant, but gentleness is not what he's known for. "WHEN I WAS IN HIGHS CHOOL WAS IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT AND EXECUTIVE COUNSEL AND A GREAT THING THIS CHOIR HAS ALSO TAUGHT ME IS RESPONSIBILITY, TO COME HERE ON TIME, READY TO SING. The captain of the McKinley football team is headed to Azuza on an athletic scholarship this fall, a dream come true. But singing in England was another dream he couldn't pass up. "WHOLE LOT OF PRESSURE COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD,R EPRESENTING OUR ISLAND, STATE, STATE, FAMILY, ESPECIALLY OUR CHOIRMASTER. also in the choir, Saka's 14 year old singer Lani. Among the firsts for Saka this week: first time on a train, first time eating fish and chips and drinking English tea. "I WANT TO SEE EVERYTHING. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WANT TO SEE. JUST WANT TO BROADEN MY KNOWLEDGE, COMING FROM A LITTLE ISLAND, VERY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE, ISLAND BOY, GOTTA SEE MORE. Saka's the first to admit that music's made him a better football player and football has made him a better chorister, because both disciplines require stamina, focus, and total commitment. tomorrow, dining in Hogswart Hall. That's mp.