Although entertainment has been a part of his life since childhood and throughout high school, Alani Woodward left Oahu to live on Kauai, has been a local island entertainer since the mid 70’s.
He has been involved with most of the major hotels on Kauai as an entertainer and several of the major luau production. He was a member of a few of the popular “Hawaiian” music groups locally and a member of the local recording group “Punalu’u Blend”. This group received top awards in song writing and local band competitions and was nominated in the preliminary ballot to receive a “Na Hoku Hanohano” award in 1989.
He is the Worship Leader at his local church, and brings his leadership skills and experience to help direct the talented group of musicians at Luau Kalamaku.
MICHAEL A. LINGATON
Michael was born and raised on Kauai and graduated from Kapaa High School. He then went on to further his education at Northeast Missouri State University and graduated with a BSE in Physical Education with a minor in Health Education.
Michael played music in high school and got more serious about it after graduating college in the early ‘70’s. “Hawaiian” is the root of his music but he enjoys many different styles. Michael has been a musician/entertainer/composer on Kauai for over 40 years. He also served as a worship leader for his home church for many years.
He loves working at Luau Kalamaku because of the tight knit cast and crew. Work is always fun!!! In his spare time he enjoys bow hunting, diving and spending time with his family. He also shares the role of the father.
Anson is a musician but also shares the role of the father and is currently training for a fire technician position in the show.
Besides being a full time musician and part time ukulele instructor in Kauai’s Elementary and Middle School level, he is a stay-at-home parent. He has been involved in theatre for most of his life and studied music theory & ensemble, musical theatre, and sound & lighting/set design in college. The most memorable theatre events he recalls are during his travels; New York to see “Cats” on Broadway, “Miss Saigon” in London’s East End, “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Paris Opera House, and Cirque du soleil’s “O” and ” Mystere”.
Anson is very grateful for this opportunity and thanks his family and all who have made his theatrical journey come this far.
KAWIKA “BUTTER” DEFRIES
Butter feels the luau is special showing Ho’olaulima or to work together, how the ancient Hawaiians voyaged and migrated to what we call our home. The cast and crew is like a reflection of the ancient Hawaiians and what we call Lokahi or Unity working hard and dedicated to perpetuate his Hawaiian culture.
He was born and raised on the island of Kauai; he grew up on Hawaiian homesteads in a little town called Anahola the east side of Kauai. He started singing about 11 years ago it began with playing music on the Wailua River Fern Grotto Cruise. On his spare time, he enjoys going fishing, diving and spending time with his ohana.
ALBERTO “ALAPETO” GENOVA
“Alapeto” or “Berto”, as he is affectionately called, was first inspired by the great guitar Master Uncle Manu Kahai`a`li`i, in a 1972 dance performance at Kamehameha III Elementary School. Seeing him triggered a desire in him to learn what it is to be “Hawaiian.”
Born in the Philippines and raised in Ka`anapali, Maui, Berto began studying music in the early 1970’s, under the tutelage of Manu Kahai`a`li`i. Musician, singer, recording artist, and teacher of music, he is a master of Hawaiian music, a pioneer who has contributed greatly to its perpetuation. Known for his warmth, humor, deep knowledge, captivating laugh, sweet angel voice, wicked `ukulele and guitar strum, Berto believes it is important for music students to know the other components of the Hawaiian culture, while learning the fundaments of the mele (song).
Berto has worked with groups, organizations, and halau throughout the Continental US, Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Japan. Luau Kalamaku is “upholding the respect of our ancestors, remembering who we are and where we’ve come from.”
Kolohe?…….. That’s a rascal——- a name which fits this vocalist perfectly. Lokelani Sasil started life on that most gentle of all islands, Kauai. By her second birthday, Loke’s Mother had already energized her with a music box full of Hawaiian songs. Grandpa George Kaleiohi, composer of that well-loved song Waiulu, added the refinements.
She learned to love music, and as the sound attests, she made it her life’s goal to present it vividly and sincerely. She teamed up with Malia Tokioka and that association grew into Leahi, one of Hawaii’s most sought-after musical groups. She dug deep into her musical garden of her soul and composed songs from her heart.
That output produced two solo albums, one in which got nominated on Hawaii’s Na Hoku Hanohano musical awards. Where does her talent spring from? Ask her, and she’ll tell you: “from my heart, and from God.