It’s “Birthday Time” again. David KKK (as he signs correspondences) was born on Feb 1, 19?? and for the fourth year he will appear at Pono on the Friday closest to Feb. 1st.
He puts on a wonderful show singing and playing many of the classics that we all love so much. Dancers love his style of singing and guitar work (nahenahe) and beautiful hula is always attracted to him (hint hint). So inform your friends and come join us for a great evening of Aloha. It’s the perfect thing to do to ready yourself for Valentines Day. Also David will undoubtedly have copies of his CD for sale and signing.
Here is a brief bio about David and his connection to hula in Santa Cruz;
David Kahiliaulani Kuhia Ka`io – a Hawaiian, singer, musician, songwriter, producer, husband and father.
David is one of eight children, born and raised in La`ie, Pauoa and Lanakila, on the island of O`ahu. He is surrounded by a close-knit `ohana (family)with an abundant of musical talents and deep Hawaiian roots. As a young child, he can recall his aunts, uncles, and cousins playing music, singing and dancing the hula at all the family gatherings. And, every time he would watch, listen and follow their musical techniques.
David’s musical beginnings was being a part of a quartet called the “Sons of Liliha”, reminiscent of the rich melodious traditions of Eddie Kamae & Sons of Hawai`i. Following high school, David enjoyed traveling to Japan while performing in a Polynesian Show for a duration of five years. Upon his return to Hawai`i in 1986, he joined the “Moe Keale Band”. In 1991, David formed a trio called the “Anuhea Band” together with Kalani Kupau and Alan Distajo. In 1993 they recorded a CD “Kahiau Ke Aloha” and was nominated for Haku Mele and Most Promising Artist in the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
David’s talents have allowed him to extend and share his music throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and across California, Oregon, Illinois, Washington, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, and New Caledonia.
Through music, David has had the pleasure of performing with many hula halau (school) at the Queen Lili`uokalani Keiki Hula competitions, King Kamehameha Hula Competitions, and the illustrious Merrie Monarch Hula Festivals. For many years, he has worked with Halau Mohala `Ilima, Kumu Hula Mapuana and Kihei de silva in contributing his voice and music as well as providing support as a van driver and preparing meals on their halau trips. Kumu Mapuana de Silva is the kuma of Leolani Lowery, kumu of Ka Lei Wehi O Ka Mailelauloa (Hula School of Santa Cruz). Join us as we welcome David back to Pono and California.