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Hale Pai
Pacific American-News Journal

`Aukake - August 1996 Volume 2 Issue 8

 To Culminate the weekend with a final farewell and grand thank you to supporters, dancers, sponsors, volunteers, friends and family, Sunday night closes with the


Opening the bill this year is Island Riddum. Don't miss these young multi-talented artists that hail from California's Bay Area! This group features traditional and modern Hawaiian sounds. They have rocked and swayed audiences at the 4th Annual Aloha Jam Festival in Dominquez Hills, California and in “The Battle of the Bands” competition at the Annual la `Oe E Ka La Hula Festival, Pleasanton, California.

Next on the bill is the ever popular female vocalist, Teresa Bright. Teresa has won numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii's equivalent to the Grammy's). She is a two times Best Female Vocalist and Album of the year winner for her albums “Self Portrait” and “A Bright Hawaiian Christmas.” Theresa has an abundance of love, help and support from her friends and family when it comes to painting tradition in songs. Her cousin Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, as described in the liner notes on her “Painted Tradition” album, has always been a big influence on her as an artist. Teresa will, undoubtedly, melt the hearts of all who hear her.

Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, kumu hula of O Kawaikapuokalani Pa `Olapa Kahiko, poet, musician lecturer, and noted Hawaiian cultural leader will make an on stage guest appearance. Frank began studying hula with his grandmother, later with Edith Kanak`ole and Emma DeFries. In 1983, he extended his talents to songwriting and vocalizing. Through Hawaiian language, music and dance, Hewett stresses the continuance of the Hawaiian people existing in harmony: “In all my music, these values are reflected, it is the same breath that is reflected in our language. It is the same breath that imparts healing into one's soul. Mauli ola kakou - may we live forever.” If you have listened to his first album, “Makalapua `Oe” or love the Hawaiian language you're in for an enjoyable experience.

The headliner for this evening of pure Hawaiian entertainment is. . . . HO`OKENA!! This group originally made their debut as Kipona Leo Hawai`i at the old fashioned Hawaiian singing contest in 1986. Being firm believers of the beauty and poetry of the Hawaiian language, this group intermingled sounds of old and new helping to evolve into the group we presently know as HO`OKENA. In 1991, three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards were garnered, Traditional Album, Group of the Year and Most Promising Artist(s). Their albums, “Thirst Quencher,” “Choices of the Heart” and “Ho`okena” certainly show the unique style and four-part Hawaiian Harmony of HO`OKENA - Glen Smith, Horace K. Dudoit III, Manu Boyd and William Aarona. Not only are the members of this group talented songwriters, instrumentalist and vocalists....they are agile and highly traditional oli (chant) and kahiko (ancient dance). As expressed in the note liner from their “Ho`okena” album: “It's time for you... to sit for a while and relax...and enjoy” as this talented group of special friends entertains you and yours!

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