Proarts Hawaiian Arts and Culture Series Presents Kūikawā 

Filmed on Sunday, May 15, 2022

Celebrated trio Kūikawā perform as a part of our Hawaiian Arts and Culture Series. Talk Story with our host and Cultural Consultant, Keola Donaghy.

Kūikawā is comprised of Joshua Kulhavy-Sutherland, James “Koakāne” Mattos, and Lukela Kanae. They met in 2016 as students in the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaii Maui campus. As avid fans of Hawaiian music and lovers of good harmony, they quickly formed a group and began to play their favorite songs, attempting to copy the arrangements of their idols (Makaha Sons of Niʻihau, Brothers Cazimero). Since then their musicianship has grown and they have begun to gig frequently around the island of Maui. You can find out more about this talented group at

This Series has been made possible in part by a grant from the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Series do not necessarily represent those of the Hawai'i Humanities/NEH.

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