Na Pali Trio Wins 5th Annual Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search

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  RELEASE NBR: 46/13

The Hawaiian music group will perform at Outrigger Reef on the Beach’s poolside restaurant throughout the month of September

Kani Ka Pila Talent Search Winner - Na Pali Trio 3

Kani Ka Pila Talent Search Winner – Na Pali Trio 3

WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, OAHU – The votes are in and Na Pali Trio was recently announced as the 5th annual Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search winner. Five finalists were initially selected based on a sample music performance submitted by DVD or link to an online performance, and later evaluated by their final performances on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Made in Hawaii Festival. As this year’s winner, Na Pali Trio receives a one-month paid contract to take the stage weekly throughout the month of September at Kani Ka Pila Grille, Outrigger Reef on the Beach’s poolside restaurant. Additionally, the Hawaiian music group will receive complimentary studio time at Honolulu Community College’s Mike Curb MELE Studios.

Kani Ka Pila Talent Search

“It was a tough competition with all five finalists performing to loud cheers and applause at this year’s Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search, but in the end it was Na Pali Trio’s traditional Hawaiian mele that blew the judges and the audience away,” said Luana Maitland, ambassador of aloha and music director at Kani Ka Pila Grille. “We’re thrilled that our guests will soon get to experience Na Pali Trio’s beautiful melodies for themselves.”

Na Pali Trio will perform at Kani Ka Pila Grille every Thursday night throughout the month of September; and in October, each of the talent search’s four remaining finalists will perform one night each along with 2012 Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search Winner Kamakakehau Fernandez. All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. with the schedule as follows:

  • Na Pali Trio: September 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Erni Kanoa & the Nahenahe Serenaders:  October 3
  • Coyne Street: October 10
  • Kamakakehau Fernandez (2012 Talent Search Winner): October 17
  • HAPA FOLK: October 24
  • ‘Ili Moa:  October 31

Two brothers and a friend come together as the Na Pali Trio. For Ikaika Leoiki, his love of music and performing came at a young age as a member of the Honolulu Boy Choir. Along with brother Kaniala Leoiki and good friend Albert Makanani, Ikaika continues to be influenced by his Papa David, the Makaha Sons, Na Palapalai and Na Hoa.

Kani Ka Pila Grille is a casual restaurant that offers delicious island-fusion dishes in a relaxed and open dining atmosphere. The fun begins each evening at 6 p.m. with live musical entertainment that includes a regular line-up of legendary Hawaiian artists such as Cyril Pahinui, Kawika Kahiapo, Weldon Kekauoha and Sean Naauao, as well as other luminaries that have included Waipuna, Amy Hanaialii, Kuana Kahele-Torres, Kupaoa, Mark Yamanaka, Brother Noland, Jeff Rasmussen, Nathan Aweau, and Na Hoa, to name a few. Kani Ka Pila Grille is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  For reservation or restaurant information, call (808) 924-4990.

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About Outrigger Reef on the Beach

The oceanfront anchor of Waikiki Beach Walk®, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach is ideally situated between beautiful Waikiki Beach and exciting Waikiki. The hotel is a haven of elegance, gracious hospitality and unparalleled commitment to Hawaiian culture. The property’s two towers offer large guest rooms and superbly appointed suites. There are two beachfront restaurants, an array of specialty stores and shops, a day spa featuring specialty services and products by Aveda, and a collection of services, all with no resort fee! The adjacent Waikiki Beach Walk® is Oahu’s spirited and stylish entertainment destination, home to shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and accommodations spanning a nearly eight-acre area in Waikiki.

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