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Keahelawemalie to play on Baldwin Home Lawn Aug. 13

By Staff | Aug 6, 2009

From left, Ikaika Blackburn, Zachary Kekona and Pi‘ilani Arias of Wailuku form the band Keahelawemalie.

LAHAINA — Everyone is welcome to Kanikapila with Poki on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum along Front Street.

Featuring Keahelawemalie from Wailuku, the lunchtime concert will be hosted by Braddah Poki of KPOA.

Ikaika Blackburn, Zachary Kekona and Pi‘ilani Arias of Keahelawemalie have always enjoyed playing backyard-style music with friends. It was here they decided to form a group focused on Hawaiian music.

Their name means “the gentle blowing wind of Wailuku,” which is fitting because they are all from this area.

“Lawemalie is the name of the wind in this area,” said Blackburn. “It signifies our voices blending as the gently blowing of this wind.”  

While Keahelawemalie performs at Kanikapila with Poki, the “Lei Ladies” of the Lahaina-Honolua Senior Citizens Club will string fresh flower lei under the shade of the kou trees on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn, located on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets.

Kanikapila with Poki — The Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina is coordinated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation and sponsored by the county Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority.

For a full series schedule, visit www.lahainarestoration.org or call 661-3262.