If you are lucky enough to find yourself on Kauai during the months of February and March 2023, you have an opportunity to experience some authentic Hawaiian music and dance. The E Kanikapila Kakou concert series celebrates the music, hula, and stories of Hawaii with a focus on Kauai. This is an eight week series running from February 6th to March 27th. Whether you go to one concert or many, you are sure to come away feeling the island spirit.
The concerts are held every Monday night, starting on February 6th, with the added bonus of a special concert on Tuesday, February 28th. E Kanikapila Kakou is held at the Jasmine Ballroom of the Kauai Beach Resort. Doors open at 5 PM when most nights will have a ‘ukulele/hula hour. The main program runs from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.
Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20.00. Kama’aina (residents) tickets are $10.00. Children 12 years and under are free. To purchase tickets ahead of time, click here. There is a small booking fee added to the cost of the ticket if booked online. The special February 28th concert will be separate with pricing to be determined.
Following is the lineup of talent. If you are not going to be on island during this time, enjoy the videos of some of the performers, especially the one for Week 7 which has beautiful melody, lyrics, and photography.
Week 1: February 6th
“Remembering Carlos Andrade” with Pancho Graham, Kirby Keough, Garret Santos, Kilipaki Vaughn and Mauliola Cook
Carlos Lawrence Andrade passed away on July 30, 2022, in Kilauea, at the age of 78. He was born on May 29, 1944, in Kilauea. He was a professor, musician and waterman.
Week 2: February 13th
“Project Kuleana Nani Kauai” with Kauai Artists
Week 3: February 20th
“Community Hula Night with Malie Foundation” featuring Kumu Hula Hinano Lazaro Puamohala Kaholokua, Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick, La’amea Almeida
Week 4: February 27th
“Celebrating the Steel Guitar” – The Bobby Ingano Trio Steel Guitar Talk Story with Kilin Reece, Luthier, Historian, Curator; Founder & President of The Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings
Special Concert: February 28th (Pricing TBD)
“Sending Aloha to Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina’ala” with musical trio Na Hoa (Ikaika Blackburn, Keoni Souza, Halehaku Seabury) and Bronson Aiwohi
Week 5: March 6th
“An Evening with Kiho’alu Slack Key Guitar Artists” – Stephen Inglis, Kamuela Kaho’ano, Dwight Kanae
Week 6: March 13th
“Focus on Kauai Youth” – Kamaha’o Haumea-Thronas, Pi’ilani Grosse, Cheyla DeFries plus others
Week 7: March 20th
“Kupuna Hula Bash” with Puni Patrick and Chucky Boy Chock and Friends
Week 8: March 27th
“Makaha Sons LIVE!!!”
E Kanikapila Kakou is the Grassroots Heritage Hawaiian Music program of the nonprofit 501(c)3 Garden Island Arts Council. Translated to English, E Kanikapila Kakou means, literally, “Let’s play a stringed instrument together.”
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Enjoy the music and dance of Kauai at this special concert series.
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