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Kanaka’ole ohana to perform at Kahilu Theatre

<p>Kaumakaiwa Kanaka`ole will perform at Kahilu Theatre on Sept. 21. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KAHILU THEATRE)</p>

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka`ole will perform at Kahilu Theatre on Sept. 21. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KAHILU THEATRE)

The award-winning mother-son duo of of Kaumakaiwa and Kekuhi Kanaka’ole along with with grandmother Pualani Kanaka’ole, and guitarist Shawn Pimenthal will come together this Saturday, Sept. 21, at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. Descendants of profoundly creative Hawaiian chanters, this ohana will present both their native and original songs in a unique multi-generational performance.

World music artist, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka`ole, is a three-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner known for his unique talent and captivating stage presence. Understanding the importance of being “articulate in a Western perspective,” his work is distinctly native yet formative enough to infuse new ideas and blaze new artistic trails. His distinctive ability to honor his ancestry yet continue to maintain innovation makes his talent especially engaging.

“Audiences will hear and enjoy beautiful mele, powerful ole and exciting hula,” said Kahilu Theatre’s artistic director Tim Bostock. “Having three generations of this revered and talented family on stage together will be very exciting — we’re delighted to be opening our season with such a unique concert.”

Kanaka‘ole has released three traditional Hawaiian albums. His dedication to the native arts of hula and ancestral music have not gone unnoticed, and he receives praise for being the voice of Hawaii’s younger generation. Kanaka’ole’s message is heralded by critics as one that both honors his kupuna and contributes significantly to the world music genre.

Joining her son on stage will be Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Kekuhi Kanahele. Known as one of the greatest Hawaiian chanters, her music exemplifies her love and passion for Hawaii and what it means to be Hawaiian today. Her singing and chanting style has been described and primeval — a sound of pristine antiquity.

Living on Hawaii Island since the 1970‘s, the Kanaka’ole ohana is committed to perpetuating Hawaiian culture and values. Music, hula, and native traditions are just a few of the strong ties that bind this talented family together. Also taking the stage will be other members of the ohana including grandmother Pualani Kanaka’ole. Pualani is one of the founders of ‘Ilio’ilaokalani, a nonprofit cultural organization set up in 1997 to ensure that native Hawaiians would continue to have access to undeveloped land for traditional religious, cultural and subsistence practices.

“This ohana represents extraordinary depths of Hawaiian culture,” continues Bostock. “Kamakaiwa has been touring nationally and internationally and is becoming world renowned as a performer. All of his knowledge comes from his ohana, and he hopes to share this knowledge with audiences and to honor his mother and grandmother.”

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $64 and can be purchased online at or by calling 885-6868.