Music festival continues Monday

LIHUE — On Monday, E Kanikapila Kakou’s “Leap into Hawaiian Music” program at the Kauai Beach Resort will feature Sean Na’auao, who will be joined by his son, Kupu’eu Dalire-Na’auao.

Na‘auao has received multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards as a singer, musician, producer and composer. Well-known for his past work with Mana‘o Company, a group known for its Jawaiian music, Sean realized in 2013 that he was called to his roots.

“I come from a very talented family — my father and uncle were musicians,” he said in a previous interview.

This is week nine of the 10-week program. It runs 6 to 9 p.m.

Before the main program at 7, folks are welcome to bring their ukulele or guitar and join in a circle at the back of the Jasmine Ballroom to learn a Hawaiian song and get tips from the Na‘auaos.

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

E Kanikapila Kakou — which means “let’s play music” — will continue through March 21. A stellar cast of musicians, composers, kumu hula, storytellers and artists steeped in Hawaiian music, dance and culture share their unique talents with the audience.

The final night, March 21, will feature a ticketed concert — Willie K and his band. On all other nights, the entry fee is a suggested donation of $5 to $10.

E Kanikapila Kakou is a program of the Garden Island Arts Council.

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