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Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a

Steel Guitars at Kalāhuipua‘a

February 10, 2020 • Addison ChingFestivals and Conventions

Steel guitar entertainment was featured at the Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection hotel's February Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a program. The Twilight event is presented each month on a Saturday close to that month's full moon. The program is held at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage museum, a quaint cottage perched above ancient Hawaiian fish ponds on the grounds of the Mauna Lani Resort.

The Twilight program was incorporated into the Special Edition Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival. Originally scheduled for December, 2019, the festival was canceled, then reinstated and rescheduled for the February 7-9 weekend to help the hotel celebrate its grand re-opening and completion of its $100+ million renovation project that began in October, 2018.

Full Moon at Kalāhuipua‘a
Full Moon at Kalāhuipua‘a
PC-Don Touchi
Kahu Hanai Danny K. Akaka, Jr.
Kahu Hanai Danny K. Akaka, Jr.
PC-Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection

The hotel describes the program experience on their website.

Each month during the full moon, music lovers bring blankets and folding chairs to the oceanfront lawn at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage. ‘Ukulele and guitar players gather on the lanai (porch) to talk story and play their favorite tunes. The stage is humble but the talent is world-class. For over two decades, the Twilight at Kalāhuipua'a concert series has served as a Who's Who of Hawaiian music.
The program features "talk story" and entertainment by some of Hawaii's greatest entertainers and is hosted by the hotel's Kahu Hanai Danny K. Akaka, Jr.

NextGen Performance
NextGen Performance. PC-Natan Goore

The Saturday Twilight program was the second night of festival steel guitar entertainment. A Friday evening ho‘olaule‘a included the featured Twilight artists and Hawai‘i Island steel guitarists Iaukea Bright, Pomai Brown, and Dwight Tokumoto in individual programs.

Featured Player Jam Session
Featured Player Jam Session. PC-Bonnie Sargent

The 4th Annual Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival is tentatively scheduled for December 18-20, 2020 at the Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection and will include the resort's Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a program. Festival details will be posted on the festival website when they become available

Header image PC-Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection

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