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See a New Side of Keali‘i Reichel

November 17, 2011
The Maui Weekly

What if you had a chance to just hang out for an evening with Keali'i Reichel? On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, you're invited into the "living room" setting of McCoy Studio Theater for a night of music, storytelling, hula, chant and more at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

Keali'i, one of Hawai'i's most popular recording artists and the award-winning kumu hula of Halau Ke'alaokamaile, is the next featured performer in the popular "Solo Sessions" series.

Keali'i is recognized internationally as an accomplished chanter, musician, vocalist, composer and storyteller. In 1994, he independently produced and released a collection of Hawaiian traditional and contemporary songs and chants entitled "Kawaipunahele." His subsequent music releases earned him an esteemed place in the Hawaiian music industry. The recipient of 19 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, his consistent placement in "Billboard's" World Music and Heatseeker charts has garnered him worldwide attention.

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On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, you’re invited into the “living room” setting of McCoy Studio Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center for a night of music, storytelling, hula, chant and more with Keali‘i Reichel.

Born and raised on Maui, Keali'i grew up in Lahaina and spent weekends and summers at his grandmother's house in Pa'ia. His passion for the language and culture of Hawai'i led him to become the founding director for the Hawaiian language immersion school, Punana Leo O Maui.

In 1980, he also founded his own hula school, Halau Ke'alaokamaile. His halau has won numerous awards over the years, including first in women's group competition for hula kahiko (traditional) and hula 'auana (modern), and top wahine overall honors at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.

The MACC's "Solo Sessions" format, which offers personalized encounters with premier artists, has been compared with the MTV's "Unplugged" and VH1's "Storytellers" concerts. These encounters allow for musical performances interspersed with personal stories, humor, insights and occasional impromptu conversations. The cozy, informal atmosphere of the McCoy Studio encourages more of a shared performance between artist and audience. A limited number of audience members may also meet the artist after the show for the ultimate experience.

Tickets are on sale for $35 and $65 for VIP seating, which includes a post-show meet-and-greet. MACC members' discount, facility and handling fees apply. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or visit



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