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‘Imiloa After Dark: Kanani Enos

by vrecinto on July 31st, 2014

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Nominee Kanani Enos

Live at ‘Imiloa!

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Nominated for Nā Hōkū Hanohano’s 2014 Most Promising Artist of the Year Award, Kanani Enos is a rising star who will be featured with her band and dancers in a live performance in ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Planetarium on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Born and raised in Ho ̒okena, South Kona, Kanani Enos grew up around music and dance all of her life. She hails from a talented family of musicians; her father was a slack key guitarist and her grandmother, Myra Koai Enos was a well-known performer. Although Enos never actually knew her grandmother (she passed away before she was born), many say she sounds a lot like her. Enos’ childhood was rich with Hawaiian music and she started dancing hula from the time she was five-years-old. As a young student of Aunty Mahealani Perez (a student of Uncle George Na ̒ope), she continued dancing hula through her teens with different Kona-based kumu hula such as Sheraine Kamakau, Ulalia Berman and Keoni Atkinson. She went on to dance for the Lim Family and competed in the Merrie Monarch competition at age thirteen.

Enos attended Kamehameha Schools’ Kapalama campus on O ̒ahu, and that is where her love for singing grew. Her experiences singing in the Concert Glee Club and studying the Hawaiian language opened her heart to haku mele (songwriting), and it is from these experiences, combined with her first return home from school, that she wrote and composed the mele that is now the title track of her debut CD, Aloha I Ho ̒okena. A multi-talented performer who is a dancer, singer, musician and composer, Enos feels her strengths lie in writing and composing music.

Today Enos strives to find balance in juggling her music career and family, as she kanani and two soulsraises three young children. She released her debut album Aloha I Ho ̒okena in October of 2013 with the help of well-known musician Bulla Kailiwai; who is the main musician on her CD; Uncle Sonny Lim, who recorded the album; and her cousin Jeremiah Augustine, who mastered it. The album features eleven songs, eight of which are originals and honors her home and the people of Ho ̒okena and Kealia.

‘Imiloa After Dark enjoys spotlighting local artists from Hawai‘i Island and is proud to have Kanani Enos perform “under the stars” in the Planetarium. Tickets for this event are $20 for general admission and $15 for members. Seats are limited and can be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours.  Tickets are non-refundable.

‘IMILOA AFTER DARK is ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s evening social entertainment series featuring an eclectic array of events. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class informal science education center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families, visitors and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘I is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to

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