Maui Arts & Entertainment

Piilani Village Summer Bash with Willie K focuses on education: July 10, 2010

July 7, 2010, 9:11 AM HST
* Updated July 7, 9:17 AM
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As part of its efforts to help education in the community, Piilani Village Shopping Center is again partnering with Helping Hands Hawaii and the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center to conduct a Ready to Learn school supplies drive. 

Event flyer. Click to enlarge.

Those attending the event are encouraged to bring along new pencils, pens, notebooks and other classroom supplies to donate.   Volunteers will then pack kits with these donations and distribute them to needy children from kindergarten to high school before the start of the new school year. 

Founded by U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye in 1998, Ready to Learn serves Hawaii school children with 2000 students in Maui alone. 

The Piilani Village Summer Bash also highlights, Singer/songwriter and local favorite Willie K on Saturday, July 10th.  The event is open to the public from 11 am to 1 pm, on Center Stage near the food court.

Raised on Maui, Willie K is one of Hawaii’s most versatile and charismatic musical talents, performing  Hawaiian, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Rock, Country Western, and even Opera.  He is also a Grammy Music Awards nominee who has earned multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards for his many CD recordings.  

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Recently, Willie K completed his first DVD, “Uncle Willie K, Live at Mulligan’s on the Blue.” In March, his latest CD project, “Lima Wela – Hands of Fire”, was released and he plans three more CDs in 2010, including a long-awaited Blues album.  

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Audiences will also be treated to the “revolutionary” ukulele stylings of Derick Sebastian.  This Maui virtuoso has infused the tradiitonal ukulele with Latin Jazz, Classical, Pop, Reggae and Contemporary soft rock to produce a distinctive new sound. 

Shane “the Hawaiian Homeboy” Kahalehau and Halau Te Tiare Patitifa add color, along with more music and dance to round out the noontime entertainment. 

The event also features a Classic Car Show featuring 75 classic models that will be on display.

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