HANAMAULU — Old-style Hawaiian mele, hula lessons and performances and storytelling are all in full swing in the Jasmine Ballroom of the Kauai Beach Resort on Monday nights for several more weeks of E Kanikapila Kakou season.
An annual celebration that spans 10 weeks, the gathering brings together kumu, storytellers, composers and artists in an interactive environment to share and teach elements of the Hawaiian culture. The event is hosted by the Garden Island Arts Council, and the suggested donation is $10 to $15 per person.
On Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the audience can expect an evening of old-style Hawaiian mele and exciting insights into the anatomy of contemporary music.
Papakolea Serenaders hail from the heart of Honolulu, and feature Puka Asing, Taneesha Asing, Cory Mau and Jonah Solatorio. Also, Kauai’s own steel guitarist, Edward Punua, joins them.
A no-host bar and food concession in the ballroom operates throughout the event. All EKK events are open to the public.
The next gathering is Monday, Feb. 3, featuring Jerry Santos of Olomana with the musical stylings of virtuoso Kamuela Kimokeo.