Helping young musicians at Aloha Keiki Fest

  • Photo courtesy Thomas Iannucci

    The moment Thomas Iannucci had been working toward for five years was upon him the night of May 19. His blood, sweat and, yes, tears, went into his album “Makana.”

Local entertainers Frank Cruz and Nick Castillo will join the Kapaa Middle School Ukulele Band for a few numbers during the third annual Aloha Keiki Fest that is a fundraiser for the Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band.

The Aloha Keiki Fest will open its doors at noon and run to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Kauai Veterans Center. It will feature keiki talent from around the island, local musicians, food and crafts. It is free, and donations are welcomed.

Thomas Iannucci recorded “Take Me Back” with the Kapaa Middle School group, and will make an appearance at the Aloha Keiki Fest.

Others on the entertainment lineup include Kay Monez and the Kid Fit Crew from Kapaa Elementary School, the Wilcox School Creative Arts Program, and the Kilauea School Drama Program performing selections from “Frozen.”

“There will be some fun games to finish off our entertainment,” said Mary Lardizabal, KMS Choir and Ukulele Band director.

Proceeds support the KMS Choir and Ukulele Band to attend the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif., in March.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or


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