Hawaiian band Kulaiwi will perform at LTCC on Friday

Uncle Shawn, Uncle Kawika, Aunt Pono and Aunt Lehua teach students Hawaiian words in a song.
Ashleigh Goodwin/Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Tahoe Arts Project presents Friday Kulaiwi, a Hawaiian band committed to telling stories of their homeland through haunting vocals and island harmony.

Kulaiwi, which means land of my ancestors, will be on stage at 6 p.m. at the Duke Theater at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Kulaiwi told the Tribune, “We are so grateful to be here in Tahoe to share our Indigenous culture, language and values ​​and hope this will help facilitate strong connections between people here and this land. Visit our website to learn more about our album, lyrics and mission.

After a 2-year hiatus due to COVID and the Caldor Fire, Tahoe Arts Project will complete its first basin school tour since 2019. TAP has been bringing the performing arts to schools for 36 years.

Peggy Blowney, executive director of TAP, told the Tribune that it would be difficult for just one school to get that kind of experience.

“We are fundraising and planning [performing arts groups] come and visit the schools, Blowney said.

Admission is $10 per adult and children accompanied by an adult are free. The community is encouraged to come out for a night of inspiration, education and wonder. Kulawi is a group of four individuals, all from the islands of Hawaii.

During the Kulawi tour, several schools in the basin enjoyed a small snippet of education in presentations that include songs on “Aloha Aine” or love of land. Lehua Kalima, singer of the group, described to students at Zephyr Cove Elementary School on Wednesday the natural beauty of Hawaii.

For more information, call 530-542-3632.

Kulaiwi teaches the class a song about the importance of loving and caring for the land, ocean, mountains, and fresh water.
Ashleigh Goodwin/Tahoe Daily Tribune


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