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25 11, 2018

E Kanikapila Kakou 2019 “Music is Our Mo’olelo”

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E Kanikapila Kakou 2019 “Music is Our Mo’olelo”

Garden Island Arts Council presents ten weeks of the best of Hawaiian Music, Artists, Composers, Storytellers, Kumu Hula who share their songs, stories and dance in a casual interactive setting. Many Mondays start with an hour of ‘ukulele or hula lessons for interested participants. Food and drink available for purchase.

Held on Mondays, 6:00-9:00 pm at Aqua Kauai Beach Resort Jasmine Ballroom.


January 21, 2019
January 28, 2019
February 4, 2019
February 11, 2019
February 18, 2019
February 25, 2019
March 4, 2019
March 11, 2019
March 18, 2019
March 25, 2019

Donations welcome at the door.

Supported in part by Hawaii Tourism Authority

Contact or Info: (808) 245-2733; giac05@icloud.com


25 01, 2018

Your EKK 2018 Line-up!

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Garden Island Arts Council invites you to
E Kanikapila Kakou 2018 – “35th Anniversary Year”
January 15 – March 19, Every Monday Night, 6:00-9:00 pm
Plus Ledward Kaapana in Concert
Sunday, January 28, 7:00 pm, ticketed concert
www.brownpapertickets.com + Kauai Outlets
Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, Wailua
Info:  giac05@icloud.com    

Here is the Lineup for EKK (E Kanikapila Kakou 2018)

•Monday, January 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
George Kahumoku Jr., Wainani Kealoha, Sterling Seaton,
Max Angel, Nancy Kahumoku

•Monday, January 22, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Jeff Peterson, Slack Key Virtuoso

•Sunday, January 28, 7:00 – 9:00
Led Kaapana w/ Jesse Gregorio (Ticketed Concert)

•Monday, January 29, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Malie Foundation — Community Hula Night

•Monday, February 5, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Aldrine Guerrero with Kyle Furusho

•Monday, February 12, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Mark Yamanaka with Bert Naihe & Edward Atkins

•Monday, February 19, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Ku’uipo Kumukahi w/ Band

•Monday, February 26
6:00 – 7:00 “Da Aunties Four What?” – Makaala Kaaumoana,
Hob Osterlund, Sandy Wann Swift, Sabra Kauka; “What he said? Understanding Hawaii’s Pidgin English” (comedy sketch)

7:00 – 9:00 Darlene Ahuna, Tani Waipa, Duane Yamada

•Monday, March 5
6:00 – 7:00 ‘Ukulele Circle w/ Lady Ipo
7:00 – 9:00 Kuhio Travis

•Monday, March 12, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Herb Ohta, Jr. & Bryan Tolentino present
“The Kamaka ‘Ukulele Family Story” — Chris LKW Kamaka, Christopher Kamaka, Jr., Casey Kamaka

Kamaka ‘ukulele will be available for purchase

•Monday, March 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Makana in Concert (Ticketed Event)

25 03, 2017

EKK Week #9 – KUPAOA Tops the EKK Favorites Chart

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For Upcoming 2016 Arts & Culture Calendar email giac05@icloud.com to get listing in advance

Mahalo to all who enjoy and support Art and Culture on Kaua’i
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Who’s Coming Up on Monday, March 27?

Monday, March 27, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
EKK 2017 – “Music is Our Kuleana”
Celebrate 40 Years of GIAC with Super Stars
Jerome Koko and Daniel Ho

Kaua’i Community College Performing Arts Center
Contact: giac05@icloud.com

Here is the link to EKK on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ekanikapilakakou.kauaistyle/
EKK Week #9 – KUPAOA Tops the EKK Favorites Chart

Congratulations to the 63 audience members who made it to the entire series!
It’s been a great season with some out-of-the-box performances, some new faces and some old favorites. Hawaiian music is not just one thing, and this season exhibited that very clearly. All the presenters took to heart the season theme of Music is Our Kuleana. Mahalo for your participation and we look forward to presenting our 35th Anniversary of EKK in 2018. Mahalo, also, for celebrating 40 Years of GIAC with us, bringing ARTS to the people and people to the ARTS.

“Can we ask them back every year?” came a request from several of our regulars, referring to Kupaoa, the couple comprised of Kellen Paik and Lihau Hannahs Paik. I’m not sure if the audience is affected by the “sweet, lingering after scent” of Kupaoa, which is what their name means in Hawaiian, or just because together they are so darn fabulous. They are truly an EKK favorite, because every show they bring has new music, different stories, fun stage banter, beautiful harmonies, plus unique style of singing, and always top-notch performances. It may not be easy for musicians who spend a lot of time performing to keeping it fresh … but they do! For the past two years, they gifted the island with a free Kilauea-based Christmas Concert that brings the whole town of Kilauea out. Folks from all over the island travel to Kilauea and sit under umbrellas in pouring rain to enjoy their show. Many Kilauea residents attended this final Monday of the EKK 2017 season. They even rode to Kilauea in a yellow school bus. Now that’s what we call hometown support!

Wahine ‘Ilikea, composed by Dennis Kamakahi, was the opening number. It’s one of Kupaoa’s favorites of the hundreds of songs composed by Uncle Dennis. They’ve been busy introducing new recordings to their repertoire by adding songs written earlier but just now recording them. It seems that 15 years ago in a haku mele, or songwriting class at UH Manoa, Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier, master of poetry and their instructor, told the class to put away all their reference books and spend 30 minutes writing a new song. Lihau has affection for the lehua blossom of the ohi’a tree that to her represents new life and rejuvenation, as it is the first plant to bloom anew on fresh lava.

She titled the song He Aloha No Ka Lehua. It has only now surfaced as a new song for their latest CD, titled Ho’okele. Puni Badis of Eva Beach, one of their original hula dancers and an instructor for the hula circle held in the first hour, danced to this new mele. She was stunning, wearing a red and gold hula dress, haku lei around her neck and a whole garden of flowers atop her long black hair. Puni and her husband Kepa, their two children and the two grandmothers of these keiki made this trip a family vacation — how sweet is that! Kepa made all the fabulous floral head dresses for the two dancers and also made me a very special haku lei with fragrant honohono orchids. Felt like a queen all night!

I recalled the story about the groom who wrote about his bride, who glowed with an aura from the sun behind her as put to music by Kellen. I looked it up in my 2011 wrap about Kupaoa’s second gig at EKK and this is what I had written six years ago:

Uluwehikalunaoka’ala, one of their most beautiful songs and a winner of the prestigious Haku Mele award at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, was composed in 2009 for a friend’s wedding. It describes the groom’s vision of seeing his bride’s silhouette in the archway, backlit and surrounded by an aura of sunlight. This song and the couple that got married are all tied in with how Kupaoa came to be. Kellen’s version is that he wanted three female singers with him doing the backup music and musical arrangements, but after two rehearsals, the other two ladies left the group and Kellen was left with this girl, Lihau, who played no musical instruments except a piano. Lihau said, “The other girls had lives, we had no lives.” Kellen ended playing at the wedding but Lihau was in law school and had an exam that day, so she missed playing at the chapel. She was, however, able to play at the wedding reception later that day. Six years later, Lihau and Kellen make up Kupaoa and definitely have a life together; some things happen not by chance.

According to the above story, Kellen and Lihau first met at Puni and Kepa’s wedding many years ago, but have been together as Kupaoa for 12 years. They first came to EKK in 2009, the last year we held EKK at the Island School cafeteria, where they nearly filled the house to max capacity with their 252 fans. Since that first appearance, they have won the Most Promising New Artists award at Na Hoku Hanohano Haku Mele Awards; produced many CDs; and are among the most in-demand musical performers in the state. Eight years later, they are every bit as fresh and fun and their singing is just as fantastic. They stand when they perform and they know their songs by heart. It makes a world of difference in their performance. They did a shout out to Loui and Yumi Cabebe who designed their matching outfits.

Kellen shared a bit of nostalgia about the late Uncle Bill Kaiwa who grew up at Kipu Kai Ranch behind the Ha’upu mountain range. He was educated by some of the best Hawaiian language musicians and composers of his generation, flown to Kaua’i by his hanai father, George Waterhouse. Uncle Bill spent a lifetime traveling the world and sharing his songs, many of them from the 1800s. In order to not lose these songs, Kellen and Lihau accompanied Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier every Monday night to visit Uncle Bill, have dinner and play Hawaiian songs. Kellen’s job was to record the sessions with his laptop and recorder. They learned many songs from Uncle Bill that might have otherwise been lost.

Prince Lelei’ohoku was the youngest of four royal siblings known as Na Lani Eha, who passed away in his mid-twenties. Lili’i Mokihana, tiny mokihana, composed by Lelei’ohoku was recorded on their newest album. The only other person who recorded this song was Bill Kaiwa.

As a child growing up in Kilauea, Kellen recalls going into Kong Lung Store and not being able to buy anything in there. He spent a lot of time looking at the old plantation photos and blurbs about the pictures. Although Lihau is the song composer in their team, she challenged Kellen to compose a song for the Bumbye album. He came up with a song about Kilauea, titled Kaulana Kilauea, famous is Kilauea, that they recorded on their Bumbye album. To Kellen, his garland of pua onaona are all the people who made Kilauea special to him. All four of the Ke ‘Ala Aumoe Dancers — Matt Del Rosario, Puni Badis, Kumu Hula Frank Ka’anana Akima and Kumu Hula Eleena Helenihi – shared the hula about the little town on the north shore.

Three years ago, with a Hawaiian music band called Kaulana that hails from Osaka Japan, Kupaoa recorded a song titled Na Pua Mohala after the CD of the same name. The song, also known as Hana wa Saku or Flowers Will Bloom, was written about the 2011 destruction in the Tohoku/Sendai/Fukushima area where a tsunami destroyed thousands of acres of farmlands as salt water swept over the entire area. This forced farmers to move to the city after generations of farming. When Kupaoa performed in Japan, the most memorable performance for them was in the old folks’ home where about 30 seniors were in tears, appreciative that people from across the ocean were singing a song about their plight. The EKK audience was also very moved by this beautiful song written from the Hawaiian perspective. The harmonies and sentiments were haunting.

Another new/old song on their Ho’okele album came about as Kupaoa worked with the old Hawaiian newspapers saved by the kupuna who threw nothing away. In the late 1800s, anybody could write and submit anything to the newspapers, including gossip about the personal lives of others. This made newspapers written between the mid-1800s through the early 1920s a rich source of information about life as it was back then. The song Ka Maka’ainanaby Lilokela, was published in 1896. If it had a melody, it was probably lost over time. For a concert in California about the Hawaiian language project, Kellen put the lyrics to music using the lilting melody of a waltz, a popular mode of dance in those days. Although hula is based on a 4/4 rhythm and therefore very difficult to dance to the waltz tempo, Kumu Hula Eleena floated gracefully through this song that speaks of a love triangle metaphorically labeled Roselani, Lantana and Water Lily. Probably, the readers of that day knew exactly who these “flowers” were. The song ended with the repetition of what sounded like a gentle yodel.

At the Kilauea Christmas concert in December 2016, Hoku Zuttermeister was the guest artist. He performed Lei Ana Kaua’i, written for Kaua’i by Frank Kawaikapu Hewett. The Del Rosario brothers, Reid and Mattie, danced the hula to this song at that concert. Mattie did the hula honors this night as his brother Reid was on the west coast.

Kumu Hula Frank Akima is one of Kupaoa’s secret weapons. Right before intermission, Kellen and Lihau called on Frank, who stole the stage and brought the house down with his unique, comical and very athletic hula, danced to Mele Koki, composed by Puakea Nogelmeier. Based on the lightheartedness of the hula, you could not guess that Puakea’s message in this song is “wake up and protect your beautiful home from invasion!” Miniature Koki frogs, the worst intruders to invade formerly quiet Hilo, have been driving residents and visitors stir-crazy from sunset to sunrise because of the relentless chorus of 2 million of them singing in unison. Watch out for the cows in Kilauea, Kellen.

Aunty Sabra Kauka did the honors of playing and singing Dennis Kamakahi’s Koke’e on the Kamoa ‘ukulele before the intermission. And after the break, the winner was … Ivory Shafer of Anahola. Congratulations!

The next two songs Kupaoa sang were from their newest CD. Sweet Moonlight was written by Albert K. Kunuiakea, the illegitimate son of Kamehameha III, with music by Bill Kaiwa, and recorded with the Sons of Hawai’i. Frank and Puni danced the hula to Sweet Moonlight. Their good friend, Frederick Bruce Wichman, shared with them many kupuna stories about Ha’ena, an area rich in legends that Lihau incorporated into the lyrics and Kellen set to music. Nestled between Wainiha and Hanakap’ai, Ha’ena is memorialized in songs by many other composers. The song Ha’ena tells the story of Pohaku Kane, a large rock struggling to get to the top of the mountain. But Pohaku Kane kept slipping and each time had to struggle up again, only having to repeat the process again and again. When asked by God why he was trying so hard to get to the top, Pohaku Kane replied that if he could get to the top, he could see everything.

In the 1800’s, the monarchy traveled to the U.S. and Europe to study. Consequently, they had a rich and sophisticated world view. They also wrote beautiful poetry and mele. Two of Lihau’s favorite composers were Queen Lili’uokalani and Prince Lelei’ohoku. Queen Lili’uokalani composed a vast repertoire of songs. One of Lihau’s favorites is Nani Na Pua, the first of the Queen’s songs to be published. As there were several versions of the song, they chose to record the 1897 “Ka Buke Mele O Na Himeni Hawai’i.” The ever so graceful Eleena danced the hula to this mele.

Hawaiian Soul, recorded on their Bumbye album, was composed by Dr. Jonathan Osorio, who happens to be Lihau’s brother’s godfather. Osorio wrote it in memory of George Helm, a leader of the Hawaiian Renaissance at the time when Hawaiians struggled to gain control of the island of Kaho’olawe to stop bombing by the military. They crossed the channel from Maui and illegally occupied the island to stop the bombing. George Helm was lost at sea on one of his attempts to get back to Maui. Lihau’s chicken-skin rendition of the song captured the gravity of this pivotal event.

In another huge surprise by Kupaoa, they invited the incomparable Mark Yamanaka of Hilo to the stage. He’d been here with them during the EKK 2015 season. He had been strolling around the ballroom incognito, trying to appear like a beach bum in his slippers and jeans, but when Kupaoa called, he came forward. Great balls of fire! That powerful falsetto of his filled the ballroom and you could feel a wave of excitement coursing through the audience. He sang the title tract of his two award-winning CDs Lei Pua Kenikeni and Lei Maile.

Lei Kupukupu, composed by Dennis Kamakahi and recorded on their latest CD, is about the palapalai and pala’a ferns that hula dancers fashion into graceful lei for their heads, wrists and ankles. This was the hula that the dancers learned in the hula circle held at the start of the evening, taught by Puni, Frank and Eleena. What a beautiful gift of hula for the dancers and what a beautiful gift for the audience to witness, so many graceful dancers stepping up to the stage to dance a hula that they just learned. The brave ‘ukulele players learned the same song from Lihau and Kellen, and they broke out their ‘ukuleles to sing and play for the dancers.

Ka Ho’okele, the title track for the CD by the same name, means “The Navigator.” It’s a song that pays homage to all the steersmen who guided them in this double-hull canoe journey, a metaphor for life. All the Ke ‘Ala Aumoe dancers joined the musicians for this final number. But…it was not their final number, because hana hou calls from the audience brought them back with Bumbye. In 2013, when Kupaoa, together with Puakea Nogelmeier shared their musical connections at EKK, Puakea told the story about how he came to compose Bumbye for his foster mother ‘Ululani, mother of Ku’uipo Kumukahi. Fearing for ‘Ululani’s life, for she would not drink any water, Puakea wrote this song for the “Queen of Bumbye” and sang it for her in the morning. She laughed at the lyrics, drank some water and was discharged from the hospital. It’s a tongue-twister of a song, but Kupaoa are masters at this. Puni, Frank and Eleena once again shared their hula to this song.

This evening, packed with songs, hula, ‘ukulele, stories, surprises, food, fellowship and prizes, wrapped up with Hawai’i Aloha. It was a happy crowd that bid each other adieu until next Monday’s EKK finale concert with Jerome Koko and Daniel Ho at Kaua’i Community College Performing Arts Center. What a rich 10 Mondays it will have been, and what a rich nine it’s been so far!

We are so happy to hear that the artists enjoy their EKK gig; here is message from Kupaoa: “Mahalo nui for having us once again! It is always such a wonderful experience to play at EKK. I feel as though you folks have literally watched us grow up through the years. It is such an incredible gift you give not only your audience but the performers too. We love being a part of it and hope that we can continue to be a part of your EKK programming for many years to come.”

E Kanikapila Kakou 2017 Hawaiian Music Program is funded in part by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, supported by the County of Kaua’i Office of Economic Development, the Kaua’i Beach Resort, and the GIAC/EKK supporters. Garden Island Arts Council programs are supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Hawai’i State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.



“Celebrating 40 years of bringing ARTS to the people and people to the ARTS”

22 03, 2016

EKK: Father & Son Share the Na`auao Beat, Who’s Coming Up on Monday, March 21?

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Who’s Coming Up on Monday, March 21?

Contact:  giac05@icloud.com

Here is the link to EKK on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ekanikapilakakou.kauaistyle/

“How many of you are first timers at EKK?” Each week as I welcome the guests to EKK, I ask this question and anywhere from 25 to 50 of them stand up or raise their hands. Just how do these folks find out about EKK?  Here are some of their replies:

“My landlady Ms. Adams,” say Peter and Joann from Canada
“Everyone talks about it,” says Linda Oshiro.
“Held in prison cell until this show,” says “unnamed”.
“From Makana Music,” says Felicia Cowden.
“Word of mouth,” says Charles and Phyllis McBeth.
“Come this time of year purposely for Kanikapila,” says Teresa Cooper.

It’s gratifying to know that EKK is a program that many look forward to and enjoy because GIAC and its many volunteers enjoy making it happen. This year, we had 52 persons with perfect attendance who came every week, and this number keeps growing each season.

Topping off a stellar season with Willie K and His Band is definitely the Cherry on Top of a magnificent concoction. This 2016 Leap Year season has been an energizing year for EKK. Many unexpected surprises, old favorites, new faces and renewed appreciation for the many loyal supporters of this program who have been really stepping up to the plate to show their support for EKK — unique in the islands and close to the heart of many.

EKK 2017 or Bust!  Mark it on your calendar and book your flights:  January 16, 2017 – March 20, 2017for the 34th year of EKK.

EKK:  Father and Son Share the Na`auao Beat

When Sean Na`auao first requested an appearance on EKK, he said he wanted to perform with his son Kupu`eu as a father and son team, so that was the original plan. As their date approached, he disappointingly said his son had to take a standardized test for school so could not come. At the last minute, he said that his Leap Year Surprise was that his son could, after all, be at EKK by taking the test on an alternate date. So Sean showed up at EKK with his son Kupu`eu Dalire-Na`auao. He looks like a high school freshman, but musically, he has to be older than that.

As part of the musical group Hu`ewa (pronounced Whoevah), Kupu`eu and his youthful partners walked away with two coveted Na Hoku Hanohano awards in 2015 – Most Promising Artist of the Year and Group of the Year, so naturally, Sean is very proud of his son’s budding musical career. The first half of the program was geared toward featuring his son’s music as well as songs from his own latest CD, Lehua Beauty.

Their version of Dennis Kamakahi’s Koke`e was a true duet as they went back and forth, each singing the lines solo and then in unison. What a unique voice that young man has. Most of the songs featured in the beginning were songs composed by Frank Kawaikapu`okalani Hewett, who happens to be a cousin of Kupu`eu’s mother, who is the daughter of the late Aloha Dalire, who was the first Miss Aloha Hula at the Merrie Monarch Hula Competition. Aloha Dalire’s three daughters were also crowned Miss Aloha Hawai`i and carry on the hula legacy of Keolalaulani Halau `Olapa o Laka.

Sean began with Frank’s popular Ka Pilina, which was the Song of the Year at the 2001 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and the song that he taught the `ukulele circle. He called on a long time friend, Ku`upua Kamealoha, also known as Pua Gomes, who had performed as the kumu hula representing Kanuikapono Hawaiian Charter School on Community Hula Night.

Many of Frank’s songs have become hula standards not only here in Hawai`i but wherever hula has taken hold, because his songs give hula dancers so much to work with in expressing the lyrics. They sang a medley of two popular hula songs, Ka `Eha Ke Aloha and Ka Wai Lehua A`ala Ka Honua. Kupu`eu took the solo lead on the second song and his voice was quite unique. They finished the set of Frank’s hula songs with E `Ike I Ka Nani a o Hopoe.

Turning the spotlight on Kupu`eu, the music took on a youthful upbeat tempo. Their version of Ke Aloha was quite different from the usual song played for hula dancers.  Kupu`eu took the solo lead for their animated version ofKa`ililaukokekoa.

Sean’s Dad was part of the Hawaiian Airlines promotional team that traveled all over the world, so the legacy lives on with the next generation and the next. They sang The Royal Hawaiian Hotel; it sounded very different from other versions because Sean put his own Na`auao stamp on the song.

Sean shared the story about Kupu`eu who traveled all over the world with his performing parents since he was age three, carrying and strumming his small Duke Kahanamoku `ukulele wherever he went. It was one of those small kid’s instruments from WalMart or Woolworth’s way back when. Over the years he graduated to his own real instrument and tonight he was going to show his skill on Sean’s guitar.

Kupu`eu is a left-handed bass guitar player, while Sean plays on his regular guitar. When they switched instruments and Sean took on the bass and Kupu`eu strapped on the guitar, it was pretty amazing that the song comes out right and not backward. I had to wrestle with some brain gym exercises trying to figure out how he plays the instrument upside down and still has the song coming out right side up.

When they got to Noho Paipai they were really getting into the groove and their spontaneous jam with Kupu`eu on the guitar and Sean on the bass really got the audience jazzed up; they showed their appreciation with hana hou shouts. Sean even had a hana hou song to sing. This boy is so talented, he not only plays the instrument, he knows how to play with the crowd. I guess if you start at age three doing musical tours, some of this stage presence has to rub off on you.

After they sang another song off Sean’s new Lehua Beauty CD, Kupu`eu started to play the Kamoa `ukulele that was going to given away, so Sean ended up with a guitar in one hand and a bass on his lap. “We are trying to be as talented as we can, holding a guitar in one hand, a bass in the other, and trying to sing at the same time,” joked Sean. But then they pulled it off with a song that is very special to both of them, the very beautiful himeni, `Ekolu Mea Nui,that many in the audience knew and could join in.

After the intermission, the CDs were given away and one of the CD winners was also the winner of the Kamoa `ukulele. An elated Terry Roberts from Texas was beaming the whole rest of the evening for scoring double in the good luck category. All it took was a minute to fill out the attendance form to win a great CD and about two minutes to sign up for the `ukulele giveaway.

The second half took on a mellow and audience-interactive mood as the duo sang songs that enticed the hula dancers in the house to step up to the stage. A beautiful rendition by Sean of My Sweet Lei Poina`ole was danced by Kainani Viado; Sean’s voice is so full and rich when he sings the hula songs. It’s no wonder he is so popular as a musician playing for the hula halau. Kainani also danced to the next song.

Queen Lili`uokalani’s song, Queen’s Jubilee, written for Queen Victoria, is one of her most beautiful songs. It was written in April 1887 when her brother King Kalakaua asked Crown Princess Lili`u to accompany Queen Kapi`olani to Queen Victoria’s 50th year of her reign as Queen of England. The Hawai`i contingent returned to Hawai`i in July 1887. As Sean and Kupu`eu sang it from the stage, Kamala Mersberg from the back of the audience was joining in with her heartfelt best, her voice soaring throughout the ballroom.  The song really moved her as it did everyone else.

Vern Kauanui, our resident hula dancer, requested two hula songs so he could shine on stage. Nani Kaua`i is a song that Sean recorded with Sistah Robi. Somehow with the combined instrumental accompaniment by both musicians, it had the sound of a big screen soundtrack. Vern also requested Waikiki, written and recorded by Andy Cummings. “I forget the words,” confessed Sean but he was able to sing it with hula dancer Vern calling out the words for each line.

Not to be outshined by Vern, four lovely hula dancers – Ina Lejins, Madeleine Guyett, Mahina Baliaris and Yumi Teraguchi — each danced their own choreography to Ke Aloha, a hula favorite, while Sean and Kupu`eu kept true to the Na`auao beat.

By this time, the hula dancers were raring to get up on stage and the air was electric with hana hou shouts. Sean sang Edith Kanaka`ole’s Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai, the seaweed song. Madeleine, Ina, Mahina and Kainani were joined by Elena Gillespie, Alex Nelson and Fran Nestel. It’s always interesting to see how many different hula interpretations are danced to the same song.

As the final EKK Monday of 2016 started to wind down, Sean and Kupu`eu sang the title track to Sean’s new Lehua Beauty CD. Sean called out, “If you don’t hana hou us, we will hana hou ourselves!” Hana hou! Hana hou!  Of course, Sean had to throw in his parting shot with his well-known Fish and Poisignature song.

With the singing of Hawai`i Aloha, folks joined hands for their final EKK session of 2016, happy for the opportunity to enjoy Hawaiian music at its best.

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If you have a disability and need assistance for Monday events please email Carol Yotsuda atgiac05@icloud.com.

Carol Kouchi Yotsuda, www.gardenislandarts.org — “Celebrating 39 years of bringing ARTS to the people and people to the ARTS”
E Kanikapila Kakou 2016 Hawaiian Music Program is funded in part by the Hawai`i Tourism Authority, the County of Kaua`i Office of Economic Development, and the Garden Island Arts Council supporters with support from the Kaua`i Beach Resort.
Garden Island Arts Council programs are supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Hawai`i State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

28 02, 2011

Kauai Beach Resort EKK Specials 2011

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The Kaua’i Beach Resort welcomes E Kanikapila Kakou once again!

Enjoy the concert then take the elevator home with this special promotional rate just for EKK attendees!


E Kanikapila Kakou 2011 Room Special

Rates starting at $139 per room, per night for a Mountain / Garden View room


  • Includes daily parking.
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