Aunty Bev Muraoka hosts evening of ‘ukes and hula

LIHU‘E — Hundreds of music lovers — many with ‘ukulele in hand — flocked to the Kaua‘i Beach Resort Jan. 28 for an interactive performance by Aunty Bev Muraoka and Her Gang.

The performance was part of the E Kanikapila Kakou Hawaiian Music Program, which is celebrating 30 years of bringing the best Hawaiian music performers to Kaua‘i.

The evening started with Muraoka leading an hour-long “‘ukulele circle,” while others tried their hand at hula dancing.

Sponsored by the Garden Island Arts Council, the EKK program features Hawaiian music every Monday evening through March 25. All shows are from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort, located on Kuhio Highway between the Lihu‘e Airport and the Wailua Golf Course. Donations are recommended at the door.

Upcoming performances for the 2013 season include: Bobby Moderow Jr. on Feb. 4; “Mele‘uhane” featuring Lindsay Keikilani Lindsey Jr. and his son Lindsay Lindsey III on Feb. 11; “Hui O Kalama‘ola” featuring Doric Yaris, Maka Herrod, Nathan Kalama and Puna Dawson on Feb. 18; “Hi‘ikua” featuring the hot trio of Kamuela Kimokeo, Kalehua Krug and Blake Leoki-Haili on Feb. 25; Jerry Santos & Friends on March 4; the Abrigo Family Trio on March 11; Leokane Pryor and CJ Helekahi with Kaliko Beamer Trapp on March 18; and a surprise ‘Ukulele Trio March 25.

For more information about the E Kanikapila Kakou music program visit www.gardenislandarts.com or contact Carol Yotsuda at 245-2733 or by e-mail at giac@hawaiilink.net.

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