BY LUANA MAITLAND — It’s been another wonderful year of the best Hawaiian music in Waikiki at Kani Ka Pila Grille. Locals from Waimanalo to the westside made their way to the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort March 12-19 for a staycation and to sit alongside visitors from New York to Canada to Australia to Japan.
It doesn’t get any better than local kine grinds and specialty spirits while taking in traditional Hawaiian mele (music). Na Hoku Hanohano winners Hookena, Kuana Torres Kahele, Kupaoa, Sean Naauao, Weldon Kekauoha and Jeff Rasmussen attracted fans and first-time listeners in celebration of Kani Ka Pila Grill’s eighth anniversary.
There were nightly prize giveaways and a lucky grand prize winner of a two-night staycation at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort plus a $100 Kani Ka Pila Grille gift card. Congratulations to Jesse Mendez.
Mark your calendars: Mele Mei Sunday is coming with the BEST in Hawaiian music entertainment.