Party With Kawao; Ho’olaule’a At WCC

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - September 16, 2009
Walt G. and China celebrate the release of their DVD at Don Ho’s this Saturday

Kawao‘s Walt G. and China are teaming up to give their fans a raging DVD release party that’s “Up Close and Personal With Love and Appreciation.”

That’s right, not only did the group step up their game with the release of a DVD to thank fans for their continued support, but they’re throwing a rager to celebrate the “Bond that Binds” them to their growing group of listeners.

“PureBreed Dezigns and Jadakis (Malcolm Mills) are promoting our DVD release party, so it is going to be done big,” says Walt G. “Lots of fun, prizes, beautiful people and great Island bands jamming unreal live Island music to help us all celebrate. Also available on site at Don Ho’s that night will be a giant movie screen with surprises being shown on it.”

Joining them on stage for the festivities are Nesian N.I.N.E., Pohaku, All Natro, Ka’ala Boys and Typical Youth. It’s all going down this week Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Don Ho’s.

“We are so happy and blessed to have these performers we call our friends to be a part of our special night,” says Walt G. “Nesian N.I.N.E., Pohaku, All Natro and Ka’ala Boys are Island groups doing big things here in Hawaii and on the Mainland with their music. And besides that, we are all good friends who believe that we, as musicians and entertainers, should stand together and help one another in full support to help celebrate each other’s accomplishments. And the group Typical Youth is a young group of family members from the West side of the island. They have won numerous Island music competitions, such as Battle To The Bash in 2008, and will release a CD of theirs sometime next year. They are rising stars to look out for.”

For those who haven’t checked it out yet, Kawao’s DVD, which released in May, is a up-close-and-personal look into their lives, including footage of various live performances, a look behind-the-scenes, interviews and music videos.

Kupa’aina, pictured here with family and friends, returns to Windward Community College for the annual Windward Ho’olaule’a Sept. 26

Tickets for this 21-andover party cost $10 presale and $15 at the door. VIP tickets also are available by calling 387-6477. The price includes two drinks, pupus and gifts from Kawao and PureBreed Dezigns.

If a regular ticket is good enough, you can grab um early at Don Ho’s, PureBreed Dezigns, McCully Bikes, 808 Automotive, Sugois Catering on Dillingham and Fat Boys ...

Heads up: The Annual Windward Ho’olaule’a is happening next week Saturday (Sept. 26) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Windward Community College.

Not only is it one of the largest community events on the Windward side, but it also has some of the largest names in Island music scheduled to perform.

Here’s the lineup: Mailani, Kupa’aina, Hawaii Loa, Pila Nahenahe, Kupaoa, Holunape, Brother Noland and Ledward Kaapana. Hula halau taking the stage are Na Kupuna O Koolau and Halau Hula O Napunaheleonapua. Attendees also will get a sneak preview of WCC’s production of West Side Story set to open Sept. 25 at Paliku Theatre.

“The Ho’olaule’a has become a tradition on the Windward side, with something for the whole family,” says chairman Herb Lee. “This year we’re emphasizing our theme, E Pu Like Kakou (Let’s Come Together as One). We wanted to send a message of hope in these challenging times that we’re one community and need to support each other.”

And better yet, there will be shows at the Imaginarium and an open house at Lanihuli Observatory and the Center for Aerospace Education.

For more information and updates, check out hoolaulea ... Mahalo to Bobby, Richard and Kahi of Maunalua for a great opening-night show at the Monarch Room. Truly worthy of the name curators of Hawaiian music, Bobby and the guys were naturals on that stage. They gave us comedy, great Hawaiian music and a snapshot of the awesome culture we are afforded here in Hawaii.

In a comedic effort to explain the history of falsetto, Kahi candidly joked that it started ‘cause guys would put their underwear in the freezer. On the way home, my date (my 6-year-old daughter) asked, “Mom, why would anyone put their underwear in the freezer?”

Yes, Uncle Kahi, “Why would anyone put their underwear in the freezer?”

Thankfully she didn’t get the joke, but what she did get was a great visual with keiki, wahine and kane hula dancers, and, of course, unbelievable music.

Also spotted that evening was Henry Kapono of C&K, checking out the show as they prepare for their two-month gig (November/December) on The Royal’s historic stage…

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