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Indonesian dancers thank Oahu keiki for donations

Austin Horio Austin Horio
Skylar Windnagle Skylar Windnagle

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

PEARL CITY (KHNL) - Dancers from Ache Indonesia visit an Oahu school to thank students who donated money after the devastating tsunami.

Seven young men sing and dance in unison. They come to Hawaii from Ache Indonesia. It was the hardest hit area during 2004's Christmas tsunami and Friday they give thanks to these keiki for their donations.

"We did recycling drives and we donated cans and then the money that we got we donated to Sumatra Island," 4th grader Skylar Windnagle said.

"The group is from Sumatra Island Indonesia and they did a couple of dances for our school. It was really fun to learn all of the different music," 4th grader Austin Horio said.

They also taught the kids how to do their first dance.

"In their first dance we learned one of the moves that they did," Windnagle said.

"It was really fun to do the dance so I could learn some dance moves from different places," 4th grader Zoe Sano.

The group is here for a conference on rebuilding efforts in the region.

"They had sessions on religion and performing arts as well and and this group performed as part of that conference," East West Center Assistant Eric Chang said.

The rebuilding effort focuses on roads, hospitals, and schools.

"A lot has been done in the past 4 years now in terms of rebuilding but there's still a lot more to be done," Chang said.

He says thanks to giving keiki like these, Ache province in Indonesia will rise again.

Over 500,000 people were left homeless after the 2004 tsunami.

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