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DeLima Ohana to play free concert

By Staff | Dec 12, 2019

From left, Kalenaku DeLima, Kapena DeLima and Leolani “Lilo” Tuala perform as the DeLima Ohana.

LAHAINA – On Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., enjoy the free Hawaiian Music Series featuring the DeLima Ohana on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Front and Dickenson streets in Lahaina.

Kalenaku DeLima, Kapena DeLima and Leolani “Lilo” Tuala are members of the band Kapena and the children of Kapena’s founder, Kelly Boy DeLima.

In 2017, Kapena released their first full-length family album titled “Palena ‘Ole.” That release earned the band four Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, including Album of the Year and Group of the Year.

Since 2006, Kalenaku has been the keyboardist and vocalist in Kapena. She has held the lead female vocalist role in Disney Aulani’s nighttime show called the “Aulani Starlit Hui” since the opening of the hotel in 2011, and she now performs nightly in the new Disney Luau show called “Ka Wa’a.”

Kalenaku released her first Island Reggae single, “Hideaway,” in 2010, and with that release she earned her first Na Hoku Hanohano Award nomination.

Beginning as Kapena’s keyboardist at only 11 years old, Kapena DeLima has been a member of the group for over 15 years. He is now the group’s drummer and musical director.

In 2013, he won his first Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Engineer of the Year. The following year, Kapena took home his second Na Hoku Award for Contemporary Album of the Year for his first solo CD titled “Cast Your Cares.”

Well-known for being one of the only regular gigging female bassists in Hawaii, Tuala has been with the group Kapena since 2009.

Her first single, “I Am A Queen,” earned her a Na Hoku Hanohano Award nomination and vaulted her to the top spots on Hawaii’s Island Reggae radio stations for months.

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

This ongoing program is supported by Hawaii Tourism Authority and Outlets of Maui.

The Hawaiian Music Series is hosted by Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

A paid parking lot is located behind the venue with access from Dickenson Street. Parking fees from the lot are used by Lahaina Restoration Foundation to maintain and preserve the many historic sites in Lahaina.