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E Kanikapila Kakou — Music is Our Kuleana
The Garden Island Arts Council’s E Kanikapila Kakou program — it means, literally, “Let’s play music together” — will welcome guest presenters Kupaoa on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Kellen Paik and Lihau Hannahs Paik, together known as Kupaoa, are haku mele, or Hawaiian songwriters, who have been working together since 2005. That’s when Paik agreed to do a one-time Hawaiian music set for a friend’s wedding.
He asked a college acquaintance, Lihau Hannahs to join him, and their musical history together began. Today, more than a decade later, the pair is married and create harmonious Hawaiian music with a huge audience.
He’s a Kaua`i native, she’s from O`ahu, and they make their home here.
They call themselves Kupaoa, a word that means a lingering fragrance, and that’s what their music does — stays with you in an easy way. Many CDs and Na Hoku Hanohanos later, the pair continue to impress and delight audiences.
On Monday night, the couple will share their work in a special performance titled, “A Life of Hula and Music” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Jasmine Ballroom of the Aqua Kaua`i Beach Resort, located near the Lihu`e Airport.
This night promises great original music and the stories behind their songs. They’ll be joined by the Key `Ala Aumoe Dancers.
There will be two instructional circles from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., one for `ukulele and another for hula. Participants learn a song or a hula and later in the evening, perform it for the audience.
Then, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the guest artists give an informal concert. The suggested donation at the door is $10.
The EKK program, now in its 34th season, has as its theme this year, “Music is Our Kuleana.” It immerses audiences in Hawaiian music and hula for 10 weeks.
The resort offers a no-host bar and concessions in the ballroom.
EKK FINAL NIGHT: Monday, March 27 is the final night of the EKK 2017 Season, traditionally a fundraiser for EKK. This night will offer a ticketed concert that changes location to the Kaua`i Community College Performing Arts Center.
It will feature Jerome Koko of Makaha Sons, a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner, and multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning Daniel Ho. Tickets for that night are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2883132 and also at multiple local outlets.
For more information about the concert, visit online at www.gardenislandarts.org; or Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ekanikapilakakou.kauaistyle/ where you will also find locations of ticket outlets on island.
Phone 808-245-2733 for further information.
EKK is brought to you by the Garden Island Arts Council with a grant-in-aid from the Hawai`i Tourism Authority and is supported by the County of Kaua`i Office of Economic Opportunity.