Carol Kouchi Yotsuda

Carol Kouchi Yotsuda heads the program and its umbrella agency. Photo by Anne E. O’Malley

by Anne E. O’Malley

January is that time of year on Kaua`i when Hawaiian music fans flock weekly to E Kanikapila Kakou. It means, literally, “Let’s strike up the music.”

But it’s so much more. Now in its 30th year, the 10 Monday night weekly season that runs from January 21 to March 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kaua`i Beach Resort brings listeners to their feet, promotes spontaneous hula and shouts of “Hana Hou” — More!


Keali`i Reiche

Keali`i Reichel, a popular and best-selling singer, songwriter, choreographer, dancer, chanter, scholar, teacher, and personality, will perform in concert for EKK on Friday, January 25. Photo by U’ilani Friedman

Each season, there’s also one concert among the less formal Monday structures, and this year, EKK will welcome for the first time the internationally recognized Keali`i Reichel on Friday, January 25. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.

“It’s a big score that we got him,” says Carol K. Yotsuda, director of the program, its co-founder and the executive director of the Garden Island Arts Council that umbrellas it. She’s been trying for years.

E Kanikapila Kakou is a huge draw, with locals as well as visitors from aroun