Wailea Le'a Presents Kuana Torres Kahele
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Fountain Courtyard
Join us for a spectacular evening with free live performance by Hilo-born, Kuana Torres Kahele. Kuana is well known for his singing, songwriting and genre-bending creativity that has garnered him 13 Na Hoku Hanohano awards. He comes from a revered lineage of Hawaiian musicians including: Bill Aliiloa Lincoln, Victor Kala, the Lim Family and George Holokai.
At an early age, he was taken under the wing of renowned Kumu Hula and esteemed composer, Johnny Lum Ho. Lum Ho was an inspiration to Kahele’s songwriting and provided him with a crash course in Hawaiian music when Lum Ho made him a permanent musician for his Halau Ka Ua Kani Lehua. Kuana credits much of his current success to the mentorship and Aloha they all showed him.
Kuana’s musical history also includes connecting with Kehau Tamure to form the multi-award winning Na Palapalai. Together they gained critical acclaim for reviving Hawaiian classics, in addition to their original compositions, new to the industry. They continue to maintain a prominent presence in both the local and international hula and Hawaiian music scene; even to this day, Kuana’s original, Ke Anu O Waimea is the most popular hula song in Japan where there are over 10,000 hula halau groups.
Additionally, a bit of indulgence from Honolulu Cookie Company, Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Lappert’s Ice Cream, and Island Gourmet, each will be offering complimentary menu sampling for guests to enjoy. Need a touch-up or a lip-refresh after a sip? Be sure to stop by the Cos Bar station. Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening with us at the fountain courtyard. The festivities begin at 6:30 pm through 8 pm, so come early to get a great seat for this wonderful event.