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Na Hoku Award-winner Kahele returns for free concert at The Shops at Wailea

Kuana Torres Kahele returns to The Shops at Wailea for an evening of Hawaiian music. -- Photo courtesy The Shops at Wailea

Hawaiian composer and recording artist Kuana Torres Kahele returns at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to The Shops at Wailea for a complimentary performance.

Hilo-born Kahele comes from a revered lineage of Hawaiian musicians including Bill Aliiloa Lincoln, Victor Kala and George Holokai. He credits much of his success to renowned Kumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho, who saw something in the young Kahele and took him under his wing.

Kahele, along with Kehau Tamure, formed the multi Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning Na Palapalai, lauded for reviving Hawaiian classics along with original compositions.

In 2015, Kahele was both narrator and male lead, “Uku,” the lovesick volcano in the Disney/Pixar hit short, “LAVA.” His theme song from “LAVA” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Soundtrack chart and remained for several months.

Concerts at The Shops is a free monthly concert series that occurs on the third and fifth Wednesday of every month. It is open to the public and features headlining musicians from the Hawaiian Islands.

As a way to give back to the community, The Shops at Wailea gives 60 percent of special event parking fees to a designated Maui non-profit. This month, the recipient is Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, which provides children and adults with disabilities professionally trained dogs that increase their independence and enhance the quality of their lives.

For more information about Concerts at The Shops, call 891-6770 or visit www.theshopsatwailea.com.