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Music and Memories at Ke Kani O Ke Kai

    Kawika Kahiapo, left, and Raiatea Helm relaxed backstage with Waikiki Aquarium volunteer Debbie Lau Okamura during intermission at this summer’s third Ke Kani o ke Kai concert Thursday at the aquarium. Kahiapo dedicated “In the Real Old Style” to the memory of island theater icon Ron Bright, who died July 7, and closed his set with “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” as a tribute to Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole. Helm’s hana hou number was “Hawaiian Soul,” the song Randy Borden and Jon Osorio wrote as a requiem for her uncle, Hawaiian nationalist George Helm.
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