Celebrate the beginning of a new semester with a free concert by award-winning singer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole and guitarist Shawn Pimental!
Kaumakaiwa brings to the stage an immense talent as a singer, chanter, and dancer as well as a deep understanding of her Hawaiian culture and her place as a modern, transgender (mahu wahine) Hawaiian in this contemporary world.
She seamlessly melds Hawaiian culture and modern sensibilities, with songs that draw from ancient ‘oli (chant) traditions, contemporary melodies, and original mele (lyrics), in deeply powerful music. With plenty of humor, she often provides wry commentary and stories to give context to her songs.
Doors open at 7 p.m.; Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Arts UC Merced Presents, Center for the Humanities, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts, and UC Merced Chancellor’s Office