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Ahumanu to play free concert

By Staff | Apr 8, 2010

Part of a Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated trio, Ahumanu features bass player Joni DeMello and ukulele player/guitarist Liz Morales (right).

LAHAINA — Everyone is welcome to enjoy live music by Ahumanu at the Hawaiian Music Series on Thursday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum.

The lunchtime concert will be hosted by Allen “Braddah Poki” Pokipala of Pacific Radio Group.

The duet Ahumanu, bass player Joni DeMello and guitarist Liz Morales, is back for a repeat performance and always thrilled to play with Poki.

Ahumanu plays weekly at the Grand Wailea Hotel’s Sunday brunch and at Friday Night Happy Hour at Stella Blues in Kihei from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Ahumanu’s second CD is due out before the end of the year.

Surfer and artist DeMello learned how to play bass on the job four years ago. Her musical contributions

to the group are felt with her smoky vocals, harmonies and jazz repertoire.

Morales played music on Maui for several years as part of the female duet Lauoho before forming Ahumanu with mentor Bessie DeMello and Joni. A former radio personality at KPOA and KNUI, many still know Morales as “Kopa‘a Tita.”

While Ahumanu performs at the Hawaiian Music Series, Lahaina Restoration Foundation invites you to bring your lunch and talk story under the shade of the kou trees on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn located on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets in the heart of historic Lahaina.

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.