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Outrigger Reef on the Beach presents O Ke Kai Series and Free Concert by John Keawe

Release Number: 61/14



WHAT: Celebrate Hawaii’s great  voyaging canoes. Join the Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa as they perpetuate the legacy of canoe building and restoration.  Enjoy free entertainment with special guest Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning singer and songwriter John Keawe.

WHERE: Outrigger Reef on the Beach

WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Herb Kawainui Kane Tribute – O La Kawainui Library in the Hotel Lobby (9:30 am)
  • Canoe display by the Friends of Hokule‘a & Hawai‘iloa (9 am – 12 pm)
  • Kid Activities – Hotel Lobby  (10 am – 12 pm)  
  • Concert by John Keawe – Kani Ka Pila Grille (10 am – 11:30 am)

John Keawe is a songwriter and slack-key guitarist who was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the little town of Hawi in North Kohala. Keawe grew up listening to rock and roll music and admired various singers and songwriters. After a four-year tour in the Navy, John returned to his home and was drawn to the sound of Hawaiian slack-key. He listened and watched and taught himself to play this style of music. Through the years, he has developed his own distinct style.

Of all his recordings, seven were nominated for Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. His album “Ho‘onanea” captured the Na Hoku award in 1994 for best instrumental. At the 1998 Hawaii Music Awards, John won best slack-key artist for his album “Mana‘olana.” He also won a Hoku Award for Ki-ho‘alu which is a special award given to an artist for perpetuating the art of slack-key guitar. In 2005, John was honored as a contributing artist on Hawaii’s first Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album titled “Slack-key Guitar Vol.2.”

PARKING: $6 with validation with minimum purchase – Valet Parking only. Complimentary parking provided for media covering the event

CONTACT:  For more information, call (808) 923-3111.