It's August, and it's hot.
Shirt sticking, humid hot weather that drenches your back and armpits and has you looking for some shade or even driving you back into the office where there's some air conditioning.
But, you know what? There's a whole bunch of people heading out to the desert this weekend. Crazy Hawaiians. Uncle Lincoln Kaio and Aunty Sissy Kaio will be leading their people to the land of poi and lau lau at Sam's Town in Las Vegas.
Into the burning heat of the desert comes the second annual, Kumukahi Ukulele and Hula Festival that runs from Friday through Saturday, August 8th and 9th. It brings together hula halaus (dance groups) and Hawaiian musicians from all over to perform and entertain and educate, even, on the Hawaiian culture and arts.
Featured performer this year is, Mark Yamanaka, a Na Hoku Award winner from Hawaii, as well as Kekuhi & Kaumaka'iwa Kanaka'ole, Unulehua & Kekai Moku, and Los Angeles talent, Bo Napoleon & the Kuana Reunion.
Friday night at 5:00 p.m. it all starts with ukulele groups and some hula for taste. Saturday at 10:00 a.m. the halaus begin their performances, and to round it off, a big show with Mark Yamanaka that evening.
Tickets can be purchased at Sam's Town Hotel and Casino for any of the shows, or all of them if you like.
And, guess what? Aunty and Uncle (Kaio's) just celebrated their 40th Annivversary together. Now, you have to congratulate them on that milestone. And while you're at it, drop in on Kumukahi in the desert.
It'll be air conditioned, inside.