Friday - June 06, 2008
Summer nights in Waikiki are equally as beautiful as its summer days, and that’s one of the many reasons that make the Waikiki Aquarium’s annual summer concert series, Ke Kani O Ke Kai, so popular.
From June 12 to Aug. 7, some of Hawaii’s top musicians will perform on the aquarium’s oceanfront lawn, beginning next week Thursday with Kaukahi. The live entertainment continues with HAPA on June 26, Jerry Santos and Jay Larrin on July 10, Eddie Kamae on July 24 and Willie K on Aug. 7.
“Every summer for the past 12 summers we’ve held the Ke Kani O Ke Kai concerts, and the idea is to introduce the community to local artists on the aquarium grounds,” says Andrew Rossiter, Waikiki Aquarium director. “There’s very few top artists who have not been at our concerts at one time or another.”
In addition to enjoying the amazing sights and sounds, music lovers will have the opportunity to tantalize their tastebuds with a restaurant on site each evening. Participating restaurants include Hula Grill Waikiki, Yama’s Fish Market and Big City Diner.
“We try to showcase local Hawaiian restaurants, and we have a different restaurant catering at each event,” adds Rossiter.
The aquarium galleries and exhibits will remain open throughout the evening for concert-goers to enjoy. And proceeds from the concert series will support the aquarium’s plans for a new “Hawaiian Streams” exhibit.
“This concert has been really popular, especially in the last two years,” says Rossiter. “We have about 500 to 600 people at each concert.”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the music and the event concludes at 8:30. Tickets for each concert cost $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children age 6 and under. Food from restaurants will be sold separately at a nominal fee. Because of space limitations, only the first 550 reservations will be accepted. For reservations or more information, call 440-9015, or visit www.waquarium.org
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