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Event to celebrate the songs of West Maui

By Staff | Oct 10, 2019

Each concert ticket serves as a discount coupon for the purchase of the songbook and the first of two accompanying CDs (above) featuring the West Maui songs and artists in concert.

KAHULUI – In celebration of the newly released songbook “Lei Nahonoapi’ilani: Songs of West Maui,” top Maui entertainers, vocalists, musicians, kumu hula and halau hula will present their collective aloha for the wahi pana (special places) of West Maui.

Enjoy mele, hula and storytelling at the event in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.

The concert will be a unique look at the stories of West Maui through the lyrics of Hawaiian mele.

Added to the well-known mele of old are newer compositions that touch nearly every ahupua’a in the West Maui districts.

“It’s going to be a sensational celebration of Maui – not only her mele and hula, but the kanaka who bring them to life in aloha ‘aina,” shared project Co-producer Zachary Lum, one-third of the musical group Keauhou.

Bringing these songs to life is a star-studded cast, including Amy Hanaiali’i, Josh Tatofi, Napua Greig-Nakasone, Kamaka Kukona, ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes, Uluwehi Guerrero, Cody Pueo Pata, Kamalei Kawa’a, Ikaika Blackburn, Trustee Hulu Lindsey, Mihana Souza, the keiki of Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi, Halau Na Lei Kaumaka o Uka, Halau o Ka Hanu Lehua and Halau Hula Kauluokala, and special guests.

The festivities will be hosted by none other than Maui’s legendary voice of the airways Alaka’i Paleka, with the world premiere of “Project Kuleana: Lei Nahonoapi’ilani.”

Proceeds of this project will benefit Na Leo Kalele, West Maui’s Hawaiian Language Immersion Program.

Supporting this event, the songbook and these albums means helping Hawaiian language revitalization for the keiki of West Maui.

Tickets can be purchased online at mauiarts.org and via the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Box Office at 242-SHOW.