Na Hoku award winner Kupaoa helps halau get to Merrie Monarch

KALAHEO — A wedding gave birth to Kupaoa, a musical group consisting of Kellen Paik and Kalikolihau “Lihau” Hannahs of Honolulu. In 2005, Paik was asked to play for a co-worker’s wedding. He agreed, but realized he had no band.