Posts Tagged ‘I Ka Wēkiu’

Free Hawaiian Music in Japantown Today Until 6:00 PM: Kōkua Japan Concert to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Looks like that rain will stay away, so why not hit Japantown today?

The scene this AM during setup:

Kōkua Japan San Francisco concert on April 2 to benefit Japan disaster relief

Free event in Japantown’s Peace Plaza to include Hawaiian music, Polynesian dance and diverse Bay Area bands

SAN FRANCISCO, California — In response to the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan, a group of concerned citizens from the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Asian American communities have organized Kōkua Japan San Francisco, a fundraising concert in Japantown’s Peace Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011. “Kōkua” means “help” in Hawaiian.

Donations to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will be solicited at the free event, which will also raise funds through raffles of donated merchandise and T-shirt sales. The nonprofit Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will collect the monies and deliver them to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), which administers the earthquake relief fund along with Union Bank. One hundred percent of the fund will be distributed for direct assistance to residents of the affected area of Japan.

The entertainment on the Peace Plaza stage, at Post and Buchanan streets, will be emceed by NBC Bay Area newsman and stand-up comedian Mike Inouye. The lineup includes: * Hawaiian music groups: Steven Espaniola & Friends, Faith Ako & Friends, Side Order Band featuring Chris Kamaka & Asa Young, ‘AHAmele ‘Ukulele Band, Ho’omana and JD Puli & Friends * Polynesian dance troupes: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (hula), Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa with kumu Meleana Manuel (hula), Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea (hula), Merahi O Tehani (Tahitian ‘ōte’a) * Diverse musical acts: Feelosophy (funk, soul), Project Gojira (fusion), Native Elements (reggae), Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra (funk, rock, ska.)

Local merchants have donated items for raffle prizes, while Hawaiian Airlines is flying in 200 special “Aloha” T-shirts for sale with the help of the Hawai’i Lieutenant Governor’s office, which is coordinating the islands’ Aloha for Japan fundraising effort. The T-shirt, which uses a rising sun for the “o” in “Aloha,” will sell at Kōkua Japan San Francisco for $25, from which the $15 profit per shirt will go to earthquake relief. Sponsors include Aloha Warehouse, Colortone Digital, Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Susie Kagami, Osaki Creative Group, and Sound Innovations. Thanks also go to Sandy Lee of the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department.


Hit and Run Hula from Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu a Huge Hit in San Francisco

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

See? The dancers of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu made a big stir in San Francisco yesterday with Hit & Run Hula. Read all about their peregrinations via Leanne’s report at SFist.com.

In front of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Click to expand:

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And then poof, they’re gone almost before you know it. But they came back to pose for a group shot:

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All and all, quite a successful execution of Hit and Run Hula.

Hit & Run Hula
Saturday, August 15
Will you be there when dozens of hula dancers ambush a San Francisco hot spot and break into dance?
Visit the Hit & Run Hula Event Page for more information!

This ONSITE performance is generously supported by: Grants for the Arts, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, San Francisco Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

  • 10:00am – Ferry Building (south end)
  • 10:45am – Pier 39
  • 11:30am – Union Square Plaza. Follow us around for more performances in the area.
    Podcast: Download the Hawaiian chant translation and play it while you watch the performance. Get mp3
  • 2:15pm – Dolores Park
  • 2:45pm – Castro (Market & 17th Street)
  • 3:30pm – Academy of Sciences
  • 4:30pm – Ocean Beach. Join us for a picnic!
  • And here are some future performances:

    Saturday, September 19
    Nā Mamo No’eau Presents:
    Wehiwa  – Choice
    Time: 8pm
    Price: $35
    Location: Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, San Ramon, CA
    Info: San Ramon Performing Arts

    Sunday, September 27
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
    (Rescheduled Performance)
    Time: 1-2:30pm
    Price: Free!
    Location: Yerba Buena Gardens,
    San Francisco, CA
    Info: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

    Saturday, October 17 – 8pm
    Sunday, October 18 – 2pm
    Director/Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne & Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu present:
    Hawaiian Music Legend – Jerry Santos

    Price: $35/$40 Reserved
    Tickets on sale Wed, 7/22
    Location: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA
    Info: CityBoxOffice.com / Tickets.com