Tune in Saturday, Aug. 14, beginning at 5 p.m., from the comfort of your home, for two hours of mele and hula performed by Keolanui, Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelelani, Chadd Paishon & Friends, and Kainani Kahaunaele.
After a year hiatus due to COVID-19, Kamehameha Schools proudly presents the 20th Annual Tribute to Kamehameha III – A Birthday Celebration for Ka Lani Kauikeaouli – with a free virtual ʻaha mele on Saturday, August 14, from 5-7 p.m. The concert will live stream at www.ksbe.edu/kauikeaouli, ʻŌlelo: Channel 53 (Hawaiian Tel) and Nā Leo TV: Channel 53 (Spectrum).
“Kauikeaouli was a visionary ali‘i who placed great value on the importance of community and education by creating the kingdom’s first constitution and founding Hawaiʻi’s free public education system,” Kamehameha Schools Community Strategist Kaimana Barcarse said. “With this virtual event, we invite viewers here at home and around the globe to honor a King whose wisdom and desire to progress lifted all of Hawai‘i.”
The concert, which will be staged at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, will allow ‘ohana and friends to gather in the comfort of their homes to enjoy the sight and sounds from Moku o Keawe.
KAPA radio personalities, “Jaz and Kaʻea,” are set to host the celebration spotlighting mele and hula performances by Keolanui featuring David Kaʻio, Elmer Jr. “Sonny” Lim, Nathan “Keola” Grace and Kevin Kealoha, Hālau Ka‘eaikahelelani, Chadd Paishon & Friends, and Kainani Kahaunaele.
Each year, the celebration highlights an organization that extols the virtues that Kauikeaouli lived and loved – kaiāulu a me ho‘ona‘auao – community and education. This year, KS is proud to support the efforts of the Hawai‘i Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs whose members effectively advocate for the educational, civic, health, cultural, economic and social well-being of our lāhui.
A special tribute to Kauikeaouli took place on July 6, 2021 with a ceremony at the historic place of his birth at Keauhou Bay.