Music program starts Monday at Aqua Kauai Beach Hotel

The Garden Island Arts Council’s E Kanikapila Kakou program — it means, literally, “Let’s play music together” — will welcome guest presenter kumu hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza on Monday.

She will share her work in a special performance, “A Life of Hula and Music,” from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Jasmine Ballroom of the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort.

A life in hula has led Kinimaka-Alquiza, with over 30 years of teaching experience, to become a recording artist and composer, as well as a world traveler, with over 5,000 students in Japan.

Her halau, Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani, will bring to life Kinimaka-Alquiza’s compositions and choreography as well as songs of many other Hawaiian composers.

The EKK program, now in its 34th season, has as its theme this year, “Music is Our Kuleana.” It immerses audiences in Hawaiian music and hula for 10 weeks.

Each week, there’s an ukulele hour at 6, followed by an informal concert from 7 to 9. The suggested donation at the door is $10.

The resort offers a no-host bar and concessions in the ballroom.

Appearing next at EKK: On Feb. 6, it’s Grammy nominee Kalani Pe‘a and his band.

Info: 245-2733 and www.gardenislandarts.org.

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