Kanikapila at Town Center of Mililani
• October 20 • 7-9pm
• November 17 • 7-9pm
• December 15 • 7-9pm
Kapiliela Kala, raised in Mililani, plays Hawaiian and contemporary music. He currently has a single on iTunes that was released this past January.
Nā Mea Hula O Kahikinaokalālani
• October 21 • 7-7:45pm
Nā Mea Hula O Kahikinaokalālani will perform hula Saturday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. The halau, whose name means The Dancers of the Heavenly Rising Sun, was founded in 1983 in Mililani Town. Although semi-retired, hula instructor Karla K. Keli’iho’omalu (aka Karla Akiona) continues to teach a few students. The hālau engages in hula kahiko (traditional hula), chanting, hula auana (modern hula) and in speaking basic Hawaiian language. Kumu Karla also shares cultural information and provides opportunities and experiences for her students to learn and grow.
• October 23 • 5:30-7:30pm
Mililani resident Shawn Garnett is a Hawaii-born and raised singer/songwriter and actor. He plays Cousin Flippa on Hawaii Five-0 and his voice can be heard mornings on the Augie radio show featured on 93.1 Da Paina. He has toured the US, sharing the stage with artists such as Reel Big Fish, Kymani Marley, Mad Caddies, Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads and Bowling for Soup, to name a few. Locally, Shawn plays music around the island and his CD, “Slowly but Surely” is available on iTunes and CD Baby.
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Arianna-Chenoa & Friends
October 28 • 5:30-7:30pm
Current Miss Teen Mililani 2017, Arianna-Chenoa, will be performing with her hula halau (name/details to come). Arianna-Chenoa has been dancing hula since the age of 3. She also dances Tahitian and plays the Stand Up Bass.
Arianna entertains at various Island events, but her light shines brightest when she is able to share with the community in her hometown of Mililani. She is currently a Junior at Mililani High School and you might have seen her at the public library where she spends her summers volunteering for the summer reading program. You may even have seen her in promotional posters right here on the walls of Town Center of Mililani. Arianna would like to send a shout out to all students: “No one is you, and that is your power!”
Arianna’s accolades include Miss Teen Hawaii 2017 First Runner Up, Miss Teen Hawaii 2017 Best Talent Winner, Brown Bags to Stardom 2017 Statewide 5th place winner for non musical category and she scored in the top 5 at the 2017 Talent Inc Showcase for Hula in Orlando, FL.
The Royal Hawaiian Band
November 4 • 12-1pm
Founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III, the Royal Hawaiian Band is the only band in the United States with a royal legacy and is currently an agency of the City and County of Honolulu. The mission of the band is to promote music, to preserve Hawaiian musical culture, inspire young musicians, and enrich the lives of the people of Hawai‘i. The bandmaster is Mr. Clarke Bright.
• November 11 • 6pm
• December 9 • 6pm
Longtime Mililani resident Michael Cheape has a musical background of over 40 years. He entertains at various events throughout the month and can most recently be seen entertaining at the Four Seasons, and at weddings at Sunset Ranch. Michael has an affinity for ‘70s era, counting musicians like Kenny Loggins, Cecilio and Kapano, Billy Joel, James Taylor, the Eagles and the Beatles among his inspirations.
“The first song I ever learned on the guitar was ‘Blackbird’ by the Beatles,” says Michael. “I was so blown away when I first heard that song that I thought,‘I don’t care how long it takes, but I have to learn that song.’ And I did! That song … and many, many more.”
Michael was born in Honolulu and then lived in Waialua for some time before living in Mililani for the past 31 years, attending Waialua Elementary, then Waialua Intermediate and High and, before going to college at the University of Hawaii.
Michael’s family is also active in the Mililani community. His daughter Lauren Cheape Matsumoto, is a former Miss Hawaii and currently a state representative (District 45, which includes Mililani and Waialua). Son Matt is a full time City and County Lifeguard on the North Shore, and former Libero for University of Hawaii Men’s Volleyball team. Wife Sharon manages Peterson’s Upland Egg Farm in Wahiawa.
Halau Hula mai ka Pu‘uwai a ka Mana‘o
December 10 • 6-7pm
15 dancers from Kumu Pamela Ka‘uionalani Divine’s Halau Hula mai ka Pu‘uwai will perform. a ka Mana‘o Halau Hula mai ka Pu‘uwai a ka Mana‘o opened in January 1999 under the direction of Kumu Hula Pamela Ka‘uionalani Divine on the Leeward Coast of O‘ahu. Its initial membership consisted of a combination of 12-15 teenagers and keiki. Today, membership consists of keiki (ages 3-12), teens (ages 13-17), adults, and kupuna (age 65 +).
Locally, the halau performs throughout the year at Pearlridge Mall, and at holiday programs at Ward Warehouse and Kahala Mall. The halau also engages in ongoing performances in May Day in Las Vegas, the only Hawai’i halau invited to participate.
The halau has had the honor of lighting the Christmas tree at Tripler Army Medical Center, participating in the grand opening of the Kapolei Police Station, as well as in Keiki Art Day at the Hawai’i State Art Museum.
They have also participated in the Hapa Haole Hula Competition, placing third in the Wahine Division in the preliminary competition and tying for second place in the finals in their division. Halau student Sandra Tacadena set a record by winning the title of Miss Sophisticated Hula two years in a row at the competition, something that no one else has accomplished in the 10 years of the competition.
Kumu Hula Pamela Ka’uionalani Divine studied under the direction of Hula Master George Na’ope. Upon his return to Hilo, she continued tutelage under the direction of Kumu Hula George Nae’ole. She is a previous competition dancer and performed professionally at Hilton Hawai’ian Village’s Rainbow Lanai. In addition to founding Halau Hula mai ka Pu‘uwai a ka Mana‘o in Ewa Beach, she was employed as a Federal Police Officer and is currently employed by the Hawai`i Army National Guard.