‘Leap into Hawaiian Music’ Monday

LIHUE — Monday night is week eight of the 10-week E Kanikapila Kakou program.

“Leap into Hawaiian Music” continues from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kauai Beach Resort with two veteran artists from Oahu, Aaron Mahi and George Kuo. They’ll share an evening rich with old-style Hawaiian music and talk story about the backgrounds of significant composers.

All are welcome to bring their ukulele or guitar and join in a circle at the back of the Jasmine Ballroom in the first hour to learn a Hawaiian song and get tips from the musicians.

There will be a food concession and no-host bar.

Kuo is known as one of Hawaii’s premiere Hawaiian slack key guitar artists. He has been twice recognized with excellence in recording achievement by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts’ Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Mahi was the conductor of the Royal Hawaiian Band for over 24 years, until 2005, and also the conductor of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra from 1988 through 1995.

“The duo brings us the traditional folk art of Hawaiian slack key guitar and vocal melodies,” a news release said. “They are known for their deep soulful delivery projected in a language and feeling that anyone can understand and appreciate.”

The fee is a suggested donation of $5 to $10.

E Kanikapila Kakou, which means “let’s play music,” is a program of the private, nonprofit Garden Island Arts Council. It will continue through March 21.

The final night will feature a ticketed concert — Willie K and his band.


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