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Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, a Hawaiian music legend, to perform Saturday in West Hawaii

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival will present Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom in concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Kohala Coast in Weast Hawaii.

The concert is a scholarship fundraiser for HPAF’s 2018 Summer Festival students.

Gilliom, a five-time Grammy Award nominee, comes from a family with a long history in Hawaiian entertainment circles.

Her grandmother, Jennie Napua Hanaiali‘i Woodd, was a star of Hawaiian music and dance in the past century. Woodd was one of the “Royal Hawaiian Girls” and went on to perform at the popular Hawaiian Room at the Lexington Hotel in New York City. She also worked in Hollywood, taught Shirley Temple how to hula and was instrumental in creating a popular Hawaiian review at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.

“I come from a few lines of very strong women,” Gilliom said. “These women have instilled very strong beliefs and core values about taking pride in being a cultural entertainer.”

Genette Freeman, HPAF director of development, states, “When I contacted Amy about performing on behalf of HPAF and told her about the festival and what we do, she enthusiastically agreed, recalling the value of her own college performing arts training. To this day she continues to take voice lessons.”

Gilliom has become a Hawaiian music legend in her own right. Winner of 22 Na Hoku Hanohano awards, she also is an accomplished businesswoman with her own line of signature wines.

Her wines will be featured at Saturday’s concert.

“I take the audience back in time to the original Hawaiian Room in New York City,” Gilliom said about her show. “Of course, I have traditional Hawaiian mixed in. It is a show no one has ever seen.”

Tickets are $60 for general admission, $95 for upfront seating, which includes a reception after the concert. To purchase ticketes or for more information, visit or call 333-7378.

The concert is sponsored by the Holland Foundation and the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Proceeds go toward HPAF’s 2018 Summer Festival scholarship fund.


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