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Maui trio Na Wai ‘Eha will perform Hawaiian music at free concert in Lahaina

By Staff | May 25, 2017

Performances by Na Wai ‘Eha — from left, Kamaehu Kawa‘a, Kason Gomes and Kamalei Kawa‘a — include a few time-honored Hawaiian hymns.

LAHAINA – The Hawaiian musical talents of Na Wai ‘Eha will flow at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, May 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Named Na Wai ‘Eha after the four sacred waters of Maui – Wailuku, Waikapu, Waiehu and Waihe’e – the young trio is comprised of brothers Kamalei and Kamaehu Kawa’a and Kason Gomes, who were all born and raised on Maui.

Their music features the stylings of what is known as the “new traditionalists” – young musicians who sing and play classic Hawaiian music.

Inspired by their predecessors, the trio highlights classic songs from their kupuna such as “Pua ‘Ahihi,” “Ke Aloha” and “Aloha Ka Manini” along with contemporary Hawaiian tunes like “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai” and “La’ieikawai.” With a strong foundation built on faith and family, their performances include a few time-honored Hawaiian hymns as well.

Band leader Kamalei plays guitar and sings vocals. Kamaehu plays electric and upright bass. The brothers are fluent in Hawaiian language, dance with Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi, under the direction of ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes, and have competed in the Merrie Monarch Festival since 2012.

Gomes plays ‘ukulele and is studying Hawaiian language at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Gomes and Kamalei were high-ranking contestants in the Festivals of Aloha Richard Ho’opi’i Falsetto Contest.

Limited seating is provided on the lawn; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Outlets of Maui with support from KPOA 93.5FM.

For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262 or see LahainaRestoration.org/events.