‘Kupaoa’ takes EKK stage Monday

The Garden Island Arts Council’s E Kanikapila Kakou program will welcome ”Kupaoa” on Monday.

Kellen Paik and Lihau Hannahs Paik, together known as Kupaoa, are haku mele, or Hawaiian songwriters, who have been working together since 2005. That’s when Paik agreed to do a one-time Hawaiian music set for a friend’s wedding.

He asked a college acquaintance, Lihau Hannahs to join him, and their musical history together began. Today, more than a decade later, the pair is married and create harmonious Hawaiian music.

He’s a Kauai native, she’s from Oahu, and they make their home here.

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

This night promises great original music and the stories behind their songs. They’ll be joined by the Key ‘Ala Aumoe Dancers.

There will be two instructional circles from 6 to 7 p.m., one for ‘ukulele and another for hula.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the guest artists give an informal concert. Suggested donation is $10.

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.

March 27 is the final night of the EKK 2017 season, traditionally a fundraiser for EKK. This night will offer a ticketed concert at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center.

It will feature Jerome Koko of Makaha Sons, a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner, and multiple Grammy Award-winning Daniel Ho.

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2883132

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