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Waikoloa Entertainment and KWXX-FM Present Hawai’i’s Very Own Best Selling Singer Live in Concert, Keali’i Reichel

Media Release:

For the first time in Big Island history, Waikoloa Entertainment and KWXX present the entire stage production including, full band and award-winning Hula Halau with Hawai’i’s very own Grammy nominated, best selling singer, songwriter and musician; Keali’i Reichel, on Saturday, July 24 at 8:00pm at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Born and raised in Maui, Keali’i has played for huge crowds all over America for many years including headlining such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. He has also opened concerts for musical superstars such as Bonnie Raitt, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion and Sting. Keali’i has sold well over a million records just in Hawaii and has become a Hawaiian cultural icon promoting Hawaiian language and culture to a new generation of Islanders.

As Keali’i was growing up in Lahaina, he spent weekends and summers at his grandmother’s house in Pa`ia on the windward side of the island. His passion for the language and culture of Hawai’i led him to become the founding director for Punana Leo O Maui, the Hawaiian language immersion school. He has taught Hawaiian culture and language at Maui Community College, and he was the Cultural Resource Specialist and Curator at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku.

In 1980 He founded his own hula school, Halau Ke’alaokamaile and has won numerous awards over the years. In 1994 he independently produced and released a collection of Hawaiian traditional and contemporary songs and chants entitled “Kawaipunahele” (RIAA Certified Gold Record). His subsequent music releases, “Lei Hali`a” (1995), “E O Mai” (1997), “Melelana” (1999), and “Ke`alaokamaile” (2003), Kamahiwa I (2005), Kamahiwa II (2009) have cemented his place in the Hawaiian music industry. All told, he has been awarded 25 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and his consistent placement in Billboard Magazine’s World Music and Heatseeker Charts has garnered him international attention.

Tickets go on sale Saturday June 19th at 10:00am HST and are priced at $79 for Reserved seating (only sold online), $59 Resort Guests general admission and a special Kama’aina  rate of $39 available to locals  with a valid Hawaii license. Ticket prices do not include taxes and fees and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.waikoloanights.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the following local outlets: CD Wizard- Hilo, Big Island Surf – Hilo, Big Island Surf – Waimea – Persimmon at Queens’ MarketPlace and Kona Wine market in the Kona Commons. Tickets are also available at the new Ticketmaster outlets at Wal-Mart in Kona and Hilo.

Exclusively for Keali’i Reichel concertgoers, Hilton Waikoloa Village is offering special kama’aina room packages, starting at $219 per room, per night, based on double occupancy for stays on Saturday, July 24, 2010.  Packages include resort view accommodations and two general admission tickets to the concert. A limited number of VIP ticket packages are also available starting at $299 per room. To book a stay at Hilton Waikoloa Village under the Kealii Reichel Concert Kama’aina package deal, visit http://www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/kamaainaspecials/. Under reservation details, select Kealii Reichel. Hawaii ID is required at check-in for both packages.

About Waikoloa Beach Resort
Waikoloa Beach Resort is the gathering place of the spectacular sunny Kohala Coast situated on 1,350 beautiful acres. Waikoloa Beach Resort offers two championship golf courses – the challenging Kings’ Course and the sporty Beach Course, two world-class hotels, the Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. For shopping, dining and entertainment, the successful Kings’ Shops recently welcomed the Queens’ MarketPlace in 2007 making Waikoloa Beach Resort the resort shopping destination of West Hawaii and the Kohala Coast. For more information about Waikoloa Beach Resort, call (808) 886-2055 or visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com.

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