HONOLULU, HI (March 6, 2014) – As Discover Kualoa comes to the close of its three-month celebration, the final event will showcase Hawaiian dance and song at Kualoa Ranch Ahupua‘a Kualoa, Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Attendees will be treated with entertainment from two established names in Hawaiian music: Kaiao and Kaiholu. Both groups are recent winners of Ka Himeni ‘Ana, a prestigious music competition highlighting traditional, unamplified “nahenahe” Hawaiian music.
Kaiao is a Hawaiian music trio made up of Kūkaho‘omalu Souza (acoustic bass), ‘Ekolu Chang (‘ukulele) and Liki Tavete (guitar). Musically, Kaiao presents strong harmonies and takes influence from the likes of Makaha Sons, Kolonahe, Holunape and Na Palapalai.
Kaiholu is a group that also seeks to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian music, playing sounds that are vibrant, full and rich, and reminiscent of the Sons of Hawaii. Kaiholu is made up of Hanale Ka‘anapu (guitar), Trax Enox (‘ukulele), Al Rowland Jr. (guitar), Mahealani Stillman (bass).
Presale general admission tickets ($5+tax for adults, $3+tax for children) are available online at http://www.kualoa.com/discover-kualoa/. At the door, tickets are $7+tax for adults, $5+tax for children. General admission grants guests access to event grounds, entertainment, hula demos and lessons, food vendors, Makahiki-style activities, and the Paliku Exploration Walk. Kualoa Ranch also offers an exclusive “Discover Kualoa Experience Pass,” which includes event-only tours such as the Petting Zoo and Animal Tour, Legends and Legacy Tour, Discover Kualoa Hike, and Movie Site and Ranch Tour. Admission to individual tours may also be purchased at the door.
This three month-long Makahiki festival kicked off in January. The final Discover Kualoa will remember the story of Kualoa through Hawaiian song and dance. Each event is held on different parts of the ranch: January in Ahupua’a Hakipu’u, February in Ahupua’a Ka’a’awa and March in Ahupua’a Kualoa.
Discover Kualoa, sponsored by Hawaii Gas and First Hawaiian Bank, is part of a larger campaign of events known as “Discover Our Islands” that was launched to recognize and honor Hawaii’s unique culture. Neighborhoods across the sate – including Kakaako, North Shore, Waikiki and Maui – hold similar events throughout the year, recognizing the unique characteristics and features of each area.