EKK welcomes award-winning Cody Pueo Pata

Cody Pueo Pata and friends Mark Palakiko and Leimana Abenes will be presenters Monday at the Garden Island Arts Council’s E Kanikapila Kakou program at Island School in back of the KCC campus in Puhi. Loosely translated, EKK means “let’s play a stringed instrument.”

From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pata and friends will teach a few songs to persons who bring instruments. The general audience gathers from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to sing along to Hawaiian music.

Pata first trained with Nona and Ke‘ala Kukona in entertainment to support his hula endeavors and later went on to become the winner of the Frank B. Shaner Hawaiian Falsetto Competition in 2000.

Although considered a contemporary artist, Pata would say that his first duty is to honor tradition.

He believes it is the responsibility of humankind to maintain a balance between the worlds of the spiritual and the physical and says, “I always let spirit move me, it’s never led me astray.”

For more information, contact the Garden Island Arts Council at giac@hawaiilink.net; 245-2733; or go online at gardenislandarts.org. EKK takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the main hall at Island School in Puhi, located in back of KCC.

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