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Ikaika Blackburn and friends to play free Hawaiian Music Series concert

By Staff | Jul 30, 2015

Ikaika Blackburn and Na Hoa won a 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Extended Play Album of the Year.

LAHAINA – Award-winning entertainer Ikaika Blackburn will return to perform with his musician friends at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, July 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Maui musician Blackburn is an ukulele player and founding member of the trio Na Hoa. The group’s beautiful melodies and harmonies evoke a nostalgic era in Hawaii.

This year, the band received a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Extended Play Album of the Year for “Cha-Lang-A-Lang Christmas.”

In 2013, he released a debut solo album, “Maliu,” that showcased his leo ki’eki’e (falsetto) vocals in traditional Hawaiian songs.

Recently, he has been performing as part of the trio Leohone with Pi’ilani Arias and Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing. Accompanied by his friends in concert, Blackburn sings from the heart and soul.

Limited seating is provided for kupuna; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.

This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and County of Maui Office of Economic Development.

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