Kainani Kahaunaele to play at ‘Imiloa
‘Imiloa After Dark Features Award Winning Singer Song Writer
Singer-songwriter Kainani Kahaunaele will perform her fresh Hawaiian compositions under the stars at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, Friday, December 27, 2013 starting at 7:00 pm. Known for her warm, dynamic vocal abilities, Kainani enables delightful encounters with the poetry she delivers.
Kainani Kahaunaele was raised by her grandparents in the rural community of Anahola, Kaua?i surrounded by four generations of musical talent. Her love for Hawaiian music was infused at an early age, playing ?ukulele and harmonizing with her Kahaunaele, Panui and Kaluahine families. Whether in church, on stage with the Kapa?a High School Show Choir, at the backyard jam, or at the lu?au, she was unknowingly in training as she was destined to share the music of her ancestors, her culture, and practices with a more global audience.
While earning her B.A in Hawaiian Studies with an emphasis in Hawaiian language at UH Hilo, this talented songstress started singing professionally and composing traditional songs (haku mele) as Hawaiian language curriculum for ?Aha Punana Leo (a pioneering Hawaiian language revitalization program) that encouraged and promoted the documentation of our history through mele while also earning several Na Hoku Hanohano Awards along the way.
“Special places and people are always the basis of my songs,” said Kainani. “It is important to know our storied areas of Hawai‘i and for me, to document through my mele, their current state, not just that fact that they were famed in the olden days. My mele reflect my acknowledgement of these places that still exist and are still ‘living.’”
Mahalo to Hawai‘i Tourism Authority for their support.
Ticketing for ‘Imiloa After Dark is $15 for non-members and $12 for members. Tickets may be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or JCB, by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours. Tickets are non-refundable.
‘IMILOA AFTER DARK is ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s evening social entertainment series featuring an eclectic array of events.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org.