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Entertainment: Rabbit Kekai, Makana, HAPA, Ku'uipo Kumukahi and Henry Kapono!

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The life of surfer -- Rabbit Kekai is being celebrated.
    The last of the legendary Waikiki beachboys passed away this past Friday at the age of 95.
    Kekai learned from the great Duke Kahanamoku -- and traveled the world as an ambassador of Hawaii.
    He spent decades at Kuhio Beach -- teaching visitors about the ocean.
    But Rabbit was also a surf star -- winning international competitions.
    And then he put on his own contests for keiki -- raising money for scholarships.
    I actually spent a lot of time with Rabbit on Waikiki Beach during the Summer of '87
    Rabbit let me take a surfboard into the waves, rode plenty of canoe rides with tourists and he was the first one to take me out into the waters of Waikiki.  Unfortunately if I had paid more attention to the waves, I probably would have been alot better if I wasn't trying so hard to talk to people on the beach

We told you on Friday that Hawaii Recording artist Makana was going to be on the "Hell Of A Night" Tour.
    It started at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado where these pictures were taken
    Makana will open for Bad Company and Joe Walsh in 19 cities

Hapa shared On Facebook a backstage jam session with guitarists ...SHAWN ISHIMOTO before last nights symphony show.  HAPA called it "Amazing."
    The caption read "Here we duet on the beautiful Stanley Myers song from the movie Deer Hunter entitled "Cavatina". One hour later, there was 80 symphony players adding their magic to this song but it really sounds so sweet in this very intimate "unplugged" moment backstage and pre-show."

The slack-key guitar and soothing vocals of Kuuipo Kumukahi filled the evening air in Waikiki last night.
It is all part of the Mele Mei celebrations; this video was taken down at the Outrigger's Kani Ka Pila Lounge just before Mailani took the stage there.

Speaking of Mele Mei; that is the month long celebration of Hawaii's Music
    There are a lot of venues and artists that are teaming up to feature the music of our islands for both visitors and kama'aina.
    One event you won't want to miss is Henry Kapono and Friends this Sunday at Blue Note Hawaii 
    Henry has invited friends Amy Hanaiali'i, Sean Na'auao, Robi Kahakalau, Ledward Kapana, John Cruz and Brother Noland to join him for a night of Hawaiian Entertainment.
    Tickets are available at online; we have to links on our site at hawaiinewsnow.com

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