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Tunana Da Band to play at the Baldwin Home lawn on Sept. 10

By Staff | Sep 3, 2009

Tunana Da Band and Halemanu will play a free concert on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 10.

LAHAINA — Pack your lunch and bring your friends to the lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum for Kanikapila with Poki on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Brought to you by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, the free lunchtime concert will feature lively tunes by Tunana Da Band and be hosted by Braddah Poki of Pacific Radio Group.

Tunana Da Band combines the classic sounds of Hawaiian music, original lyrics and the smooth voices of Ron Kuala‘au and Tarvin Makia on ukulele, upright bass and guitar.

Inspired by playing “kanikapila-style” at family gatherings, Tunana’s album, “Hawaiian Melodies,” showcases their collaborative chemistry.

Makia performed for many years with Hau‘ula, releasing several albums and touring the Mainland and Japan. A lifelong bassist, he has also learned the guitar in the last several years.

Kuala‘au has performed with Brother Noland and Solbrea and played in all 50 states with Aloha Airlines. After several solo albums, including a duet with Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom, Kuala‘au joined Tunana.

Halemanu will also join in for this performance. He comes from a musical Hawaiian family and has studied at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles. In addition to playing professionally for over 20 years, Halemanu runs his own recording studio and is working on a solo project. 

While Tunana performs at Kanikapila with Poki, the “Lei Ladies” of the Lahaina-Honolua Senior Citizens Club will string fresh flower lei under the shade of the kou trees on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn, which is located on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets.

Kanikapila with Poki, The Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina is coordinated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation and sponsored by the county Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority.

For a full series schedule, visit www.lahainarestoration.org or call 661-3262 for more information.