Maui musician Kamakakehau Fernandez won first place in the fourth annual Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search held on Aug. 18 at the Made in Hawaii Festival on Oahu.
The title earned Fernandez a one-month contract to perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays during September at Kani Ka Pila Grille, located poolside at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Waikiki, plus studio time at Honolulu Community College's Mike Curb MELE Studios. He will also play at Waikiki Beach Walk on Oct. 30.
"Kamakakehau's traditional Hawaiian songs and smooth falsetto voice impressed the judges and wowed the crowd at this year's Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search," said Luana Maitland, ambassador of aloha and music director at Kani Ka Pila Grille. "We can't wait to introduce him to our guests in September. His music will definitely be a special treat for our patrons."
Maui musician Kamakakehau Fernandez will play Thursdays at Kani Ka Pila Grille in Waikiki. Fernandez won a one-year contract at the venue after winning a talent search held Aug. 18 at the Made in Hawaii Festival.
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