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Top Hawaii Musicians

February 16, 2012
The Maui News
Kihei – Top Hawaii performers, two stages and LONGER hours — it doesn’t get much better than the free World Whale Day. The annual Pacific Whale Foundation event, one of Maui’s biggest and best-attended festivals that was previously called Whale Day, kicks off from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Kalama Park in Kihei. And this year, the award-winning entertainment seems to have no end. The lineup includes: Hawaii native singer/songwriter Rylee Anuheake‘alaokalokelani Jenkins (Anuhea) who blends acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has earned her a reputation as one of Hawaii’s top female artists; HAPA, the award-winning duo of Barry Flanagan and Ron Kuala‘au called “the most successful Hawaiian music group in recent history” by The New York Times; Na Hoku and Grammy award-winning artist John Cruz; Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, an American rock ’n’ roll band based out of Paia and Southern California that has opened for Dave Matthews, Blues Traveler, Toots & The Maytals and blues legend B.B. King; local reggae star Marty Dread, who has performed around the world with such greats as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and reggae legend Pato Banton; Manute‘a Nui E, a professional dance group with more than 50 years of combined hula and Tahitian experience; Nuff Sedd, Maui’s Hawaiian Music award-winning band that incorporates ska, reggae, funk, R&B, classic and alternative rock and more; and Willie K, a Maui native who has won more than 18 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. “We often have performers sharing the stage with other entertainers in our lineup, so you'll see and hear amazing combinations of musical talent throughout the day,” says Greg Kaufman, president and founder of Pacific Whale Foundation. A second stage will feature music and performances for keiki and adults by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band, Evakali Ribbon Dancing, Peter and Melinda Wing (drama for youth), Lily Meola (youth vocalist), Keisha the Hoopnatizer, Chestemere High School Jazz Band (from Canada), Zumba with Roya, Marty Dread and Friends, and Pacific Whale Foundation’s Naturalists. Kicking-off the festivities is the Parade of Whales at 9 a.m. at Alanui Keali‘i Drive, which proceeds north along South Kihei Road and ends at the Kihei Library on Waimahaihai Street. Nearly 100 local artisans, including jewelers, basket makers, potters and more will display and sell their wares at the Made on Maui Artisans Fair. And don’t miss Whale Day’s Eco-Alley. For Whale Day food, see Dining on Page 19. For information, see
Whale Day performer Anuhea provided by the Pacific Whale Foundation.


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