Want to relive the great fun of EKK 2010? Check out these great photos by Anne E. O'Malley and enjoy EKK all over again.

New Location for EKK 2010!

News flash! EKK has moved to the Kaua‘i Beach Resort, fka the Hilton, close to the airport, and will be held in the Jasmine Ballroom. Mahalo to Island School for the many years spent at their good graces. It was a grand ride—and the EKK audience has grown.

There’s a lot to love about our new location, with ample parking, rooms upstairs if you decide to sleep over, an increasing audience including some hotel guests—and more. Bye-bye to our scrumptious cookies, because we can’t sell snacks, but no worries—the Cookie Monsters will still be at EKK selling CDs, T-shirts and more.

For the time of your life, come to EKK from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays from January 18 through March 29 and on Thursday, April 1 for the Alice in Wonderland Costume Party. And don’t miss the incredible concert planned for Saturday, March 6 with Palani Vaughan and King’s Own. [See schedule.]

At times, the Garden Island Arts Council may need to make changes in its schedule. Please check this website for up to date information or call 808.245.2733.

All programs listed here take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Jasmine Ballroom of Kaua‘i Beach Resort (fka Hilton) UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.

Monday, January 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

George Kahumoku, Jr. 

Keoki Kahumoku

On opening day of EKK, the Grammy Award winning father-and-son team George Kahumoku, Jr. & Keoki Kahumoku will present a Slack Key Ukulele Workshop at Kaua‘i Beach Resort, Shutter’s Lounge and Jasmine Ballroom, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EKK also welcomes them as stellar presenters from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For information or to register for workshop, contact 808.245.2733 or giac@hawaiilink.net.

Monday, January 18

George Kahumoku Jr & Keoki Kahumoku

Father and Son team; Grammy Award winners, ‘Ohana Kiho’alu Annual Slack Key/Ukulele Festival on Maui

Click here for GREAT pictures of the EKK Opening Night by Anne E. O'Malley!

Monday, January 25

Eddie Kamae

 Cultural Icon, Leader of Sons of Hawaii, Filmmaker, Instrumental genius

Dennis Kamakahi

 Hawai‘i’s most prolific living composer of Hawaiian music

David Kamakahi

 Hot young ukulele virtuoso

Monday, February 1

Puakea Nogelmeier

 Hawaiian language specialist, translator of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele, Lo‘olaupa‘i; award-winning composer/storyteller

Lolena Niau Nicholas

Hau’oli Akaka

Monday, February 8

Ilei Beniamina

 Music of Niihau ‘Ohana

Mama Ane Kanahele


Ilei Beniamina joins with Mama Ane Kanahele and friends and families of Niihau to present at EKK. Beniamina is a Na Hoku hanohano award-winning singer/songwriter; both received Malie Foundation Lifetime Achievement awards for their contributions to Hawaiian music.”

Monday, February 15

Kaumaka‘iwa Kanaka‘ole

 five-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, 2009 Male Vocalist of the Year, singer, musician, composer, producer

Sean Na‘auao

 Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner

Sunday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pueo Pata and Friends

sharing their music and dance Shutter’s Lounge


Monday, February 22

Cody Pueo Pata

 haku mele composer, falsetto singer, kumu hula of Halau Hula Ka Malama Mahilani, tribal linguist for Paskenta Band of Nomiaki Indians

Mark Palakiko

Dennis Keohokalole

Kuulei Alcomindras

 Palakikohula dancer

Alexandra Rodriguez

 hula dancer

Christian Kelii-Lum

 hula dancer

Monday, March 1

Aaron Sala

 Na Hoku Hanohano 2006 Most Promising New Artist & Best Hakumele Hawaiian music singer & pianist

Snowbird Bento

Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m.

EKK Concert

Palani Vaughan & King’s Own:
Kimo Artis
Lance Artis
Donald Kaulia

 Guest Artist

Special Guests

Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $25 gen • $20 seniors 62+
$35 at door
Ticket Outlets: Hawaiian Music Hut, Princeville • Kauai Music & Sound, Kapa‘a • Island Soap & Candle, Koloa • Scotty’s Music, Kalaheo • Banana Patch Gallery, Hanapepe • Contact: giac@hawaiilink.net

Sunday, March 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Donald Kaulia, Kimo Artis, Lance Artis

Jam Shutter’s Lounge, Kaua‘i Beach Resort
Contact: giac@hawaiilink.net

Monday, March 8

Donald Kaulia

Wendy Fitzsimmons

Sunday, March 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jammin’ the night away with KFC and we don’t mean “chicken”!
KFC a Hawaiian music trio that features singer-songwriter Keith Haugen on vocals, guitar and ‘ukulele; 

Carmen U‘ilani

 vocals, ‘ukulele and hula

Frank Uehara

pakini bass

Jam Shutter’s Lounge, Kauai Beach Resort

Monday, March 15

KFC Trio

Monday, March 22

David Kawika Kahiapo

 Na Hoku Hanohano 2007 Song of the Year composer; Kaukahi group

Keao NeSmith

 Hawaiian language specialist, composer of chants

Monday, March 29

Nathan Kalama

Kaua‘i Museum Designated Living Treasure, cofounder of the Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival and for a decade the facilitator of EKK, Nathan Kalama returns as a presenter at EKK on March 29. Yah! We love you, Nathan!

Thursday, April 1, April Fool’s Day

EKK Final Night
Kauai Beach Resort, Nukoli‘i

Makana Alice

in EKK Wonderland Masquerade Concert

Lopaka Colon

Lono Kaumeheiwa

Tickets: $20 w/costume; $25 w/out costume
Contact: Carol Yotsuda, 808.245.2733 or

E Kanikapila Kakou 2010 Hawaiian Music Program is funded in part by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Kaua`i Office of Economic Development, and Garden Island Arts Council supporters. Kauai Beach Resort is a new partner in EKK.

Garden Island Arts Council programs are supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of Hawai‘i and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Request for sign-language interpreter for any of the EKK dates, please contact GIAC seven days before event so there is time to arrange for an interpreter. Interpreter will sign, not sing!
Contact: giac@hawaiilink.net

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