Award-winning entertainers to perform a luau

Keawala’i Congregational Church will hold its 22nd annual luau from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event will open with a performance by Grammy- and Na Hoku Hanohano-award-winning musician George Kahumoku Jr. and students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The luau’s theme is “I ulu no ka lala i ke kumu,” or “the branches grow because of the trunk of the tree.”

The event also will feature Ahumanu, a trio of women that includes seasoned entertainers Liz “Kopaa Tita” Morales, Joni DeMello and Auntie Bessie DeMello. Their style features harmonies, skilled musicianship and a “vast repertoire full of delights and suprises,” according to an announcement.

Kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero, also a Na Hoku Hanohano award winner, will share his music and hula with his haumana, the men and women of Halau Hula Kauluokala.

Tickets cost $40 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and older. Food service begins at noon.

For more information, call 879-5557 or send email to