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Kuana Torres Kahele to Play in Historic Kailua Village’s “Kokua Kailua”

Historic Kailua Village’s Kokua Kailua on Sunday, December 16 from 1pm until 6pm will include Kailua Village Business Improvement District’s gift to the community, a special concert by Na Hoku Hanohano 2012 Male Vocalist of the Year Kuana Torres Kahele.  Joining Torres Kahele will be kumu hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Hula Na Pua Ui O Hawaii.

Kuana Torres Kahele holds up just one of his many Na Hoku Hanohano awards.

Kuana Torres Kahele holds up just one of his many Na Hoku Hanohano awards.

The Hilo-born Torres Kahele formed multi-award winning Na Palapalai in 1995 with Kehau Tamure and they have performed to wide acclaim.

Fans know him for his incredible vocal range, while fellow musicians seek him out for his arranging, songwriting and producing abilities. He has garnered thirteen Na Hoku awards in just two years.

His 2011 solo CD, Kaunaloa, was a project with songs that, according to Torres Kahele, took a lifetime to create. The CD went on to win seven Na Hoku Hanohano awards in 2012 tying Kealii Reichel for the most ever from any Hawaiian artist.

This holiday season, Torres Kahele’s Hilo for the Holidays takes listeners on a musical ride to his hometown with a delightful collection of classic and new songs in both Hawaiian and English which he will perform at Kokua Kailua beginning at 5:00pm on December 16 at Emma’s Square.

Etua Lopes has been teaching hula for more than 25 years.  Most of those years he has taught his Halau Hula Na Pua Ui O Hawaii at Hulihee Palace. He is the only kumu hula that has the honor and privilege of teaching on the royal grounds.

Shop, dine and enjoy Historic Kailua Village’s Kailua Kalikimaka and Kokua Kailua! The next Kokua Kailua is scheduled for Sunday, January 13.

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll is sponsored by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Hulihee Palace, West Hawaii Today and Pacific Radio Group.

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