WEST HAWAII TODAY | BIG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 | 3 Valdés Opens Kahilu Theatre’s Steinway Series South Kona halau graces Volcanoes Saturday The Volcano Art Center’s 2016 Hula Kahiko series continues 10:30 a.m. Saturday with a performance by Halau E Hulali Mai I Ka La under the direction of Na Kumu hula Chrissy Kama Henriques and Leilani Taka- Keanaaina. This young halau from Honaunau, recently placed third in the E Malama Mau I Ka Hula Festival and their soloist Tacie Kuikahi won the coveted Miss Keiki Hula title. This will be their second time performing on the kahua hula at Kilauea. The performance will take place in a one-ofa kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (hula platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. National Park entrance fees may apply. Held in conjunction with the Hula Kahiko performances, the public is invited to join Native Hawaiian culture specialist Loke Kamanu and her ohana as they set up shop on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presenting a lovely display of “Na Mea Hula” (all things hula), Loke will share a variety of instruments, implements and lei styles that play an integral role in the life of the hula practitioner. This memorable demonstration is handson and family friendly. These free events are supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority and individual funding from members of the Volcano Art Center’s ohana. ■ SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY Courtesy photo Kahilu Theatre launches its 2016/17 Steinway Series with the inaugural recital featuring acclaimed pianist Cristina Valdés. The Steinway Series, a series of piano recitals showcasing Kahilu Theatre’s prized Model D Steinway Concert Grand Piano, kicks off with the 4 p.m. performance Sunday, Sept. 25. The piano, acquired last fall, was paid for by generous donations from Theatre supporters during a fundraising campaign. This recital is the first of six Steinway Series performances during the 2016/2017 presenting season. Cristina Valdés is considered to be one of today’s most foremost interpreters of contemporary music and is known for presenting innovative concerts and recitals. She is also an avid chamber musician and has toured extensively, performing across four continents and in venues such as Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 3 p.m. for the performance, snacks and beverages will be available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. The Kapa Kahilu exhibit will be on display in the Kohala Gallery. Tickets are $8 to $28 and available for purchase online at http://www.kahilutheatre. org, by calling (808) 885- 6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Steinway Series is made possible by generous sponsorship by Mike and Ruth Bernstone, Sharon Cornish-Martin, Karen Ferrara, Betty and Lee Meyerson, Dr. Marcia Wishnick and Mr. Stanley Wishnick, and other friends of Kahilu. ■ SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY Cristina Valdés. PHOTO COURTESY MONICA-FRISELL Kahilu Theatre Releases 2016-2017 Season The Kahilu Theatre has announced its 36th Season, offering Hawaii Island a full slate of performing artists beginning this month and running through June 2017. Season subscriptions and individual show tickets are available now at www. kahilutheatre.org, and by visiting or calling the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at (808) 885-6868. The Box Office is located in the Theatre lobby at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This weekend, Halau O Kekuhi will peform at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $68 / $58 / $48 / $20. Halau O Kekuhi is celebrated on local, state, national, and international stages for its mastery of the oli and aihaa style of hula. The cultural beliefs and practices in which the EKF is anchored radiate from the traditional practices of the h‘lau that can account for eight generations of kumu hula.
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