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Matagi trio will entertain at Lahaina’s free Hawaiian Music Series concert

By Staff | Sep 28, 2017

Matagi is comprised of (from left) Kimo Brehm, Marvin Tevaga and Kalani Miles. 

LAHAINA – Seasoned performers and recording artists, the band Matagi will entertain at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. outdoors at the Baldwin Home Museum on the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Meaning “wind” in Samoan, Matagi is the name for a trio of Maui musicians: Marvin Tevaga, Kalani Miles and Kimo Brehm.

They have performed together for years at venues throughout the island, pleasing crowds with a variety of musical genres while sharing a common musical bond in vocal harmonies and rhythms.

In 2016, Matagi released its debut album entitled “Valley Isle,” which blends a signature of Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian and island contemporary sounds in covers and original songs.

The band members take you on a journey through Polynesia and back to a nostalgic era with contemporary beats put to Hawaiian music legend Ernie Cruz Jr.’s “You Don’t Write” as well as timeless classics like Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.”

Tevaga’s love for music began at the age of eight when he picked up the ukulele for the first time. He has been perfecting his talent and performing ever since. As a Samoan growing up in Hawaii with many diverse cultures, he redefines songs in his own style. He regularly entertains as a wedding musician.

Also Samoan, Miles is an accomplished guitarist who enjoys performing for couples during their wedding ceremonies.

Maui native Brehm, a bass guitarist, performs at weddings and special functions with island musicians.

Limited seating is provided; 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-FM.

For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262 or see LahainaRestoration.org/events. For updates, visit Facebook @LahainaRestoration, Twitter @LahainaRestFnd or Instagram @LahainaRestoration.