Who Was That Mermaid?

Mermaids perform throughout Hawai‘i.
Mermaids perform throughout Hawai‘i.

Synchronized swimming is alive and beautifully executed by Mermaids Hawai‘i, home-pooled at Windward YMCA in Kailua. Since 1971, they have been “teaching and performing water ballet for fascinated crowds.” It’s not a paid act — just teacher Alice Robert’s vision to “dance” in the pool like her Hollywood idol, the great Esther Williams, and to pass on the sport to future generations.

The Mermaids are waiting for her favorite singer/songwriter, Kumu Hula Keali‘i Reichel, to show up at one of their free shows.

Mermaid Janet 70, Mermaid Elyana, 5.
Mermaid Janet 70, Mermaid Elyana, 5.

“We swim to some of his songs,” says Alice, “while our hula dancers accompany us, poolside. I think he’d enjoy seeing us swim to his music— it’s perfect for synchronized swimming.”

The Mermaids are every age, from five to 86. They have a lot of swimmers, but need “land volunteers” to help with performance logistics: making and laundering costumes, running the sound system, taking pictures, setting up and breaking down. It’s fun! To be a mervolunteer, call Alice.

The Mermaids are rehearsing for a free Oct. 25 Halloween Show at Windward YMCA, in Kailua. Call 808-864-8122 for details.

Mermaids Hawai‘i
Artistic Director Alice P.S. Roberts


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