Willie K performs on Sunrise to preview holiday shows

Amy Hanaialii and Willie K Holiday Shows (song 1)

Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winners and GRAMMY Award-nominees Amy Hanaiali'i and Willie K are gearing up to celebrate the holidays with three shows at Hawaii Theatre Center on Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, December 20 at 4 pm. Amy Hanaiali'i and Willie K will share their unique brand of musical artistry, featuring holiday classics and songs from their recently-released Amy and Willie K Reunion album – highlighting the wide-ranging versatility that showcases their diverse musical backgrounds. Highlights promise to be Willie K's version of "O' Holy Night" and songs from Amy Hanaiali'i's A Hawaiian Christmas album.

With Rodney Villaneuva as Master of Ceremonies, the Amy Hanaiali'i and Willie K Holiday Show also features hula guests Miss Aloha Hula Jasmine Kaleihiwa Dunlap of Halau 'O Kamuela; Miss Keiki Hula Faith Paredes of Halau Kekuaokala'au'ala'iliahi; and Master Keiki Hula Inoalani Aloiau of Halau Kekuaokala'au'ala'iliahi. Tickets are on sale now and start from $22. Call the Box Office for best ticket prices: (808) 528-0506. Discounts available for students, military, youth/keiki, seniors and Hawaii Theatre members. Learn more at www.hawaiitheatre.com.

Singer-songwriter, Amy Hanaiali'i remains Hawai'i's top selling female vocalist of all time. Hanaiali'i's success as a recording artist speaks for itself and is evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements, including five GRAMMY nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album. Guitar virtuoso Willie K has been entertaining audiences with his music since the age of 10. One of Hawaii's most versatile talents, Willie K performs myriad musical genres, including Hawaiian, jazz, blues, reggae, rock, country, and even opera.

Stunning, original 30-foot backdrops created by artist Meleanna Meyer will illuminate the Hawaii Theatre Center stage for the Amy Hanaiali'i and Willie K Holiday Show. The backdrops are the result of a new collaborative program between Hawaii Theatre Center and The Arts at Marks Garage that pairs local teens with professional artists to create backdrops for Hawaii Theatre Center events.  This fall, teens in the after-school program, The Big Time Painting Workshop, have had the opportunity to work with mentor artists including Solomon Enos and Carl Pao. To date, their artwork has graced the stage for two Hawaii Theatre Center concerts, including The Rough Riders – Henry Kapono, John Cruz and Brother Noland – as well as Makana's tribute to slack key guitar legend Sonny Chillingworth.