Kokua Kailua Sunday, August 23

MAKAHA SONS AND NA LEI O KAHOLOKU TO PERFORM
FREE AUGUST KOKUA KAILUA WILL CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STATEHOOD

Shop….Dine….Buy Local


Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll will celebrate Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary of Statehood on Sunday, August 23, 2009 in Historic Kailua Village.
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As with every Kokua Kailua, Alii Drive will be converted into a pedestrian walkway from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Special features at the free August 23 event will include hula performances beginning at 1:00 p.m. by Merrie Monarch award-winning Na Lei O Kaholoku.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi will offer welcome remarks at 2:30 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. the famed Makaha Sons will perform and at 4:00 p.m., Hulihee Palace hosts their monthly free concert honoring Kamehameha III.

For more than 30 years, The Makaha Sons have captivated audiences with their rich harmonies, stage presence, and instrumental talent. Through several reorganizations over the years, they have evolved into a trio with Louis “Moon” Kuakahi, John Koko and Jerome Koko. As winners of countless Na Hoku Hanohano awards, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see and hear The Makaha Sons. Free entertainment on the mainstage is brought to you by the 50th Anniversary of Hawaii Statehood and the County of Hawaii.

Concert goers may bring their own beach mat or chair and utilize the free chair check at Emma’s Square for hands-free shopping and dining in the Village during Kokua Kailua which always features vendors, local artists and participating merchants offering special kamaaina discounts.

Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll is sponsored by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Hulihee Palace and Pacific Radio Group. The program is designed to rally support for merchants and restaurants and to remind residents to shop, dine and buy local.

The next Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll date is Sunday, September 20, 2009.

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to assist with closing and re-opening the road. If you are able to kokua Kailua so that these events can continue, please contact Marie Aguilar at 334-0562 or Dorlene Kolina Chao at 936-9202.

One Response

  1. My wife and I attended Kokua Kailua on 8/23 during our recent visit to the BI. In addition to the great selection of local vendors’s wares and a beautiful Kona day, John, Jerome and Moon’s performance was exceeded only by a hula performance by Jerome’s daughter Kealo, an accomplished hula artist and most charming young wahine.

    All in all, well worth the drive over the Saddle Road from Puna to Kailua-Kona for the event, where we ate, drank, shopped to Lois’ heart;s desire, and sat in 2nd row seats for the performance of the Makaha Sons. Good time!

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