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This month’s free Hawaiian music concert in Lahaina to feature the Maui trio Ahiwela

By Staff | Aug 31, 2017

Ahiwela includes band members Zacc Kekona (left) and Jacob de la Nux.

LAHAINA – Ahiwela, a trio of established Maui musicians, will perform at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Setting the local music scene on fire are Zacc Kekona, Jacob de la Nux and Jesse Tanoue, who started performing together earlier this year as Ahiwela.

Kekona comes from an entire family of musicians. With their parents, he and his brothers entertained all over the Mainland, singing Hawaiian and country tunes with the family’s band. When Zacc was 16, he struck out on his own to explore reggae music and formed a five-man group named Ahiwela. In 2001, he recorded a self-titled solo album composed of his original songs.

de la Nux is a fourth generation musician. His father performed with Leiomana, and his brother, George, was an original member of the popular band Ekolu. For 13 years, Jacob was lead musician for The Feast at Lele show in Lahaina. He currently performs with the team of Manutea Nui E at private events and as a solo guitarist at Watercress and the Ale House.

Tanoue also comes from a family of musicians, watching them perform in bands like Island Heat and learning how to play guitar and ukulele at a young age. In high school, Jesse started a band called Kohomua, which was popular around the island.

Ahiwela are busy bringing back the Country-Hawaiian music genre. The band members enjoy playing timeless pieces that they grew up listening to, from songs by Hui ‘Ohana and Kapena to Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. They perform regularly with Willie K at The King Kamehameha Golf Club and at Andaz Maui Resort.

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 93.5 FM.

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