String playing in Poipu

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Aowl Owen and Kimberly Hope will host a concert featuring their original music at Kauai Christian Fellowship in Poipu next month.

Kimberly Hope wants people to take out their semi-formal and formal wear for Valentine’s Day.

Teaming with Aowl Owen, the duo will present a concert featuring original music by each of the artists on Feb. 14 at Kauai Christian Fellowship in Poipu.

“This is not necessarily classical music,” Hope said. “We each have compositions that are contemporary along with classical with string play.”

“We’re also trying to change the face of concerts,” she said. “’A Night of Original Music’ will be a different type of concert. It is not a vibe concert where the event keeps going on and becomes boring. It’s going to be a nice, sit-down event where people can appreciate the music in a not-too-long concert. Just enough to get people excited about the music.”

Hope started playing the violin about 14 years ago after being introduced to the instrument when the elementary school she was attending offered classes and her parents agreed to let her play.

Since then, she has progressed to where she was a special guest performer at the Zonta Club of Kauai’s “Heroine’s Concert” Saturday. She also was able to play alongside Hookena and Malia Gibson Bandmann during the recent “Beautiful Music, Beautiful Hula” event at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center.

She currently works with Owen at the Bandwagon as instructors.

Owen also has 14 years of experience playing the violin.

“It was kind of crazy,” the former Island School soccer player said. “I was watching TV when I saw this Prego spaghetti sauce (commercial) that had a classical musical track. My mother said the piece was being played by a violin, and she surprised me by enrolling me in orchestra training. That was when we were living in Colorado.”

Owen said the Kauai Christian Fellowship event will have vendors selling food from 5:30 p.m.

The show will begin shortly thereafter.

“This is more than a concert,” Owen said. “We’re using the foyer and sanctuary of the church. We’re changing things up so people will have more than just a night of music. It’ll be an experience with dessert and photos following the concert.”

Advance tickets for the concert will go on sale starting Monday at the Bandwagon Lihue in Kukui Grove Center, and at the Aloha Exchange in Kalaheo.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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