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Na Palapalai Heats Up the Stage at Chai’s

By Ali Resich
September 16, 2012

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Na Palapalai members Ioane Burns, at left, and Kuana Torres Kahele entertain guests this Friday at Chai’s Island Bistro. (Courtesy photo)

Chai’s Island Bistro has long been known for its fusion of Pacific Rim cuisine and live Hawaiian music in a breezy, yet upscale setting. Since the bistro opened in 1992, customers have fallen in love with internationally acclaimed chef Chai Chaowasaree’s artful combination of Eastern and Western flavors. Always turning to local markets, he highlights a diverse range of local ingredients to put an Island spin on conventional fine dining.

And nothing blends more harmoniously with an exquisite meal than the sweet sounds of countless local music legends who have graced the stage at Chai’s. On Friday, Sept. 21, Na Palapalai’s traditional melodies will resonate in the walls of the Aloha Tower Marketplace eatery. The group features Kuana Torres Kahele, the ever-talented musician who took home six Na Hoku Hanohano awards earlier this year for his album, Kuanaloa.

Enjoy Na Palapalai’s set from 7 to 9 p.m. while you feast on unforget-table Island fare. The restaurant showcases other musicians throughout the week as well, with performances by Robert Cazimero on Wednesdays, Olomana’s Jerry Santos Thursdays, the Brothers Cazimero Fridays (except Sept. 21) and Danny Couch Saturdays.