KMF showcases local talent

The sound of Hawaiian music reverberated through the Kauai Beach Resort’s ballroom last week as this year’s Kauai Music Festival drew to a close.

The 11th annual festival and four-day songwriter’s conference, organized by Kalaheo residents Jerry and Katherine Brocklehurst, capped off on Saturday night with several instrumental and vocal compositions from talented local performers throughout the state.

The last day of the festival included performances from this year’s first, second and third place winners in the event’s annual four-day Songwriter’s Conference: LifeinPursuit members Chase Kauhane, Carl Kauhane and Ryan Higgins; Maelan Abran of Hilo; and Rich Webb.

Saturday’s lineup also included several performances from several well-known Hawaiian music artists, including Keikilani Lindsey and his son Leo Lindsey; Grammy winner Charles Brotman; two-time Grammy nominee Raiatea Helm; and 12-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Kenneth Makuakane and Barry Flanagan.

Kauai dancers from Halau Hula O Haliileo, under the direction of Kumu Hula Doric Yaris, also made a debut on Saturday night during one of the last two songs performed by Makuakane and Flanagan.  

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