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First ever Na Hoku Music Festival underway

Vaelrie Wilkerson Vaelrie Wilkerson
Halona Fukutomi Halona Fukutomi

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fifteen bands performed throughout Waikiki Friday night as the first ever,Na Hoku Music Festival kicked off this Memorial Day weekend.  Kalapana performed for a big crowd on the Waikiki Beach Walk in the evening, but Muanalua was the first band to hit the stage this weekend.

Maunalua gave fans a big treat playing at Dukes at the Outrigger Waikiki.  Both tourists and locals came out to watch and listen, and there was no cover charges, all bands played  for free.

"We had no idea who they were until we got here , and Kalapana is amazing. We wrote them down on my phone so we can look them up on I-Tunes and get their music, " said Vaelrie Wilkerson of San Diego.

"When I heard Kalapana was playing, through the grapevine , I just wanted to check them out and see a classic band that has been around for a while and this is awesome, " said Halona Fukutomi of Waikiki.

"I heard it was on Beach Walk and it was short notice and I was like wow!  I live in Waikiki so I went running out my door, and here they are it's awesome," said Bronson Kight of Waikiki.

The weather is not cooperate with the festival.  Rain forced many bands to move from outside to inside at the last minute.

The Na HoKu Music will be going all weekend in Waikiki and at Ala Moana.  The Na HoKu Hanohano Award Ceremony will take place on Sunday night.  You can watch it on KGMB starting at 7pm.   

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