Polynesia comes to Hollywood for AlohaFest

LOS ANGELES – A journey through the islands of Polynesia awaits as PAE Live! presents AlohaFest! at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, September 23, at 7:30pm. “Kanikapila” is the theme for AlohaFest concert.

It’s a celebration that is shared with family and friends at the beach or in someone’s backyard. The music and dance of Samoa, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii will be presented in this fun and entertaining format that even allows audience members to participate.

The Kalama Brothers, the hottest, rising stars on the Hawaiian concert scene, are the featured entertainers of the evening and will perform well known Hawaiian songs as well as music from their latest CD. Their acoustic sound blends rhythm and blues, rock and Hawaiian music.

Three of Southern California’s most prestigious Polynesian performing arts organizations will be making their Ford debut at “AlohaFest”. For 50 years, Le Polynesia, founded in 1961 under the direction of Junius and Ilima Montgomery, has been an important and integral part of the Polynesian community in Southern California.

Known for outstanding music, drumming and dance instruction and professional performance, Le Polynesia has graced some of the biggest stages with some of the most esteemed names in Polynesian entertainment. Le Polynesia has also made a name for itself in the Polynesian dance competition circuit, winning numerous “1st place” and “Overall” awards at some of the most prestigious dance competitions. Le Polynesia will begin the journey of the Pacific with dances and songs from Tahiti.

Samoa Matalasi is a cultural organization based in Orange County that promotes and preserves the dances and culture of the people of Samoa. Always present at many Southern California Polynesian events and festivals, Samoa Matalasi encourages the perpetuation of learning and sharing Samoan music and dance by teaching the younger generation.

Halau Hula a Kawika Luau ‘O Leinani has dazzled audiences for more than 15 years captivating audiences from the Hawaiian Hilton Village in Oahu to the Donny and Marie Show, from the Disney Company to the Hollywood Bowl with Keali’I Reichel and the Aloha Concert Jam to name a few. Halau Hula a Kawika laua ‘o Leinani is the recipients of several awards for their outstanding display of hula at such competitions as the annual E Hula Mau Hula and Chant Competition.

Their latest performance, “He Inoa No Kalakaua”, was a first ever collaboration of the Kumu Hula Association of Southern California featuring over 200 dancers from over a dozen hula studios. They will lead our Pacific journey to the Maori people of New Zealand and will also present the “kahiko” (ancient) and “auana” (modern) styles of hula from Hawaii.


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