Star-Bulletin Features

Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Genoa Keawe is flanked by granddaughters Kawahineu'iokalani
left, and Sanoe Keawe. Behind her, from left, are granddaughter
Pomaika'i Keawe and sons Arthur, Gary and Eric.

Genoa Keawe is
joined by her family in
a celebration of song

For the inaugural offering of its third season of "Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song," Hawaii Public Television starts off with a bang, and it's a bang that extends across several generations.

Aunty Genoa Keawe, now 82 but with a falsetto that won't quit, is showcased on the popular music series, accompanied by, among others, her sons and granddaughters.

The Keawe matriarch, who by the way is a recent recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, opens the program with a vocal trip down memory lane, singing a medley of "Kuwili," "Ahuli'i" and "Hula O Makee."

But later numbers feature future torchbearers of the Keawe musical tradition. Pomaika'i Keawe, in particular, sings with a voice that is unmistakably similar to her grandmother's, yet has a personality all its own.

The family affair airs at 7:30 tonight and 10:30 p.m. Sunday on KHET/PBS.

Spring Festival

Ala Moana Center hosts Spring Festival 2001 tomorrow through Sunday, featuring live entertainment throughout the mall, fashion shows and demonstrations. For information, call 955-9517. These are the activities planned for Centerstage:


"Hawaii Stars": Live taping of the show's finale, 6 to 9 p.m. The center will bid farewell to the popular karaoke TV show hosted by Carole Kai and Kimo

Kahoano. During its eight-year run, "Hawaii Stars" has made stage dreams come true for hundreds of budding entertainers.


Festival of jazz bands: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Top high school and collegiate jazz bands perform in a showcase presented by the Oahu Band Directors Association.

Spring is in Fashion Show: 6 to 7 p.m. KITV's Pamela Young and Gary Sprinkle emcee a show featuring fashions from Cache, Celine, Ethel'ßs, Liquid Aloha, Loewe, Pacific Harley Davidson, White House/Black Market, Sephora and Tapestries by Hauoli, with makeup by Sephora, featuring the Body & Soul Collection, and hairstyles by Salon 808.


Spring Hair Fling: Noon to 1:30 p.m. How high can they go? Through the magic of hairspray and found objects, students of HCC's School of Cosmetology will stage a big hair demonstration and show some wearable styles on the heads of some of Hawaii's beauty queens.

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