Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

Kika Pila

Keoki's Paradise in Poipu Beach hosted a pre-festival "Kika Pila" jam session on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The event was enjoyed by festival guests and the general public and featured various festival featured players, musicians, hula dancers, and guests.

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  • The Kika PIla (Kika Kila Kanikapila) was held at Keokiʻs Paradise in Poipo Beach.
  • The Next Gen getting to know their newest member Ethan Goore from Hawai'i Island. From left: Mālie Lyman, Ethan Goore, Joey Misailidis, Tai (Taibasco) Misailidis and Pono Fernandez.
  • Shirley Holu enjoying some attitude adjustment beverages.
  • Featured steel guitarist Dave "DK" Kolars awaiting his turn on stage.
  • Dave beginning his set, backed up by Addison Ching and Alan Akaka.
  • Dave's performance location was dry this year, unlike last year's Kika Pila which was pouring rain.
  • Mālie Lyman.
  • Dave "DK" Kolars from DeKalb, Illinois.
  • Featured steel guitarist Bobby Ingano.
  • Steel guitar student Mark Gaponoff is also proficient on the fiddle, which he uses to emulate the sound of the Hawaiian steel guitar.
  • Larry Holu provided the bass support.
  • A sisterly moment with U-bass player Tai and steel guitarist Joey Misailidis.
  • Heu'i Bandmann.
  • Gale Warshawsky and Dave "DK" Kolars.
  • Mark Gaponoff with Gale Warshawsky.
  • Shirley Holu sang several numbers, backed up by husband Larry on the steel guitar.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Pono Fernandez playing Hi'ilawe with Addison Ching and Alan Akaka.
  • NextGen steel guitarists switch off to backup when they are not featured. Here Ethan Goore and Mālie Lyman back Pono up on their ʻukulele, with Addison Ching and Alan Akaka on guitar.
  • Joey Misailidis watching sister Tai do her bass riffs.
  • Ethan Goore made his performance debut as a NextGen player after only four months of steel guitar lessons with Kumu Alan Akaka.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Joey Misailidis.
  • Dave "DK" Kolars is mesmerized by Mālie Lymanʻs hula.
  • Dr. Kris Oka shot video of the eventʻs performances. Also in picture: Judy Van Sickle Maierhofer and Mālie Lyman.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Mālie Lyman playing Hanalei Moon.
  • Shirley Holu, Pomaikaʻi Lyman and Mālie Lyman among restaurant guests.
  • Mark Gaponoff, Pomaikaʻi Lyman, Dave "DK" Kolars, Addison Ching, and Alan Akaka.
  • Guest vocalist Pomaikaʻi Lyman.
  • Mark Gaponoff, Pomaikaʻi Lyman, Dave "DK" Kolars, Addison Ching, and Alan Akaka.

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