By Léo Azambuja

Fran Nestel and Trishana Star performing Ke Aloha O Ke Akua.

Fran Nestel and Trishana Star performing Ke Aloha O Ke Akua.

The Kaua‘i Island Singers Showcase, also known as KISS, threw a free afternoon concert for music lovers at the classy Mahiko Lounge at Kilohana Plantation July 20.

Nine talented singers plus Hank Curtis on the piano and Cary Valentine on the percussion performed 19 songs for a full house during the Island Rhythms & Songs of the New Millennium concert.

Interestingly, the afternoon concert opened and closed on a sweet — or fruity — note.

The first song was Lilikoi Lizzie, written by Fran Nestel, who performed alongside Hank Curtis. Lilikoi means passion fruit in Hawaiian language. Nestel also wrote and performed the concert’s last song, Kaua‘i Mango Man.

Stay tuned for KISS’ next concert.