Kaneohe Ranch

Kanikapila and Hula Series


The renowned Hawaiian quartet Kaiholu kicked off the "Kanikapila in Kailua" music series in 2013.

The renowned Hawaiian quartet Kaiholu kicked off the “Kanikapila in Kailua” music series in 2013.
—Photo Courtesy of Kaiholu

The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation is continuing to sponsor the best in traditional Hawaiian entertainers as they share Hawaiian culture with the community in 2013 in the Foundation’s popular “I Love Hula” and “Kanikapila in Kailua” musical series.

The series will run throughout the year in Kailua Town, showcasing some of the state’s greatest Hawaiian talent. Every performance is free.

Kicking off “Kanikapila in Kailua” earlier this year were the renowned Hawaiian quartet Kaiholu, 12-string guitar virtuoso Mike Ka‘awa, and Na Hoku Award winner Natalie Ai Kamau‘u & Io. Other entertainers will follow one Saturday a month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the parking garage near Longs Drugs in Kailua Town. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs, pick up food from their favorite Kailua eatery and sit back, relax and enjoy amazing local music.

Halau Mohala ‘llima, with kumu hula Mapuana de Silva, took to grass mats to launch this year’s  “I Love Hula” series with great style. Following performances included Halau Hula ‘O Kawaili‘ula with kumu hula Chinky Mahoe and the Kawehionapua Hula Studio with kumu hula Adah Enos. “I Love Hula” happens on most second Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. between Macy’s and Pier 1.

Here are the performers who will be celebrating Hawaiian music and dance in coming months:

“Kanikapila in Kailua”
May 25: Jon Yamasato & Herb Ohta Jr.
June 22: Holunape
July 20: Dennis Kamakahi

“I Love Hula”
May 19: Halau Hula Aloha ‘O Pu‘uwailani (Donna Sylvester)
June 9: Puka‘ikapuaokalani Hula Studio (Darcey Moniz)
July 14: Halau Hula ‘O Kawaiho‘omalu (Ku Souza)