Monday, September 28, 2020

HSTA’s Pau Hana Live! premieres Oct. 2

Our first event features performances by two bands with teachers and school employees

Join us for the launch of HSTA’s Pau Hana Live!, a series of free virtual events for educators and the community.

Our premiere event takes place this Friday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and features performances by two bands with teachers and school employees among their ranks.

Kauai Kollab

Kauai Kollab, which includes Elias Gonzales, a choir teacher at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle, and Jonah Cummings, a custodian at the same school, performs in the first hour. Fellow members are Macky Ryan (Macky) McKeague, Darrell Rapozo, Keoni Kinzie, and ​Paul Kaiminaauao.

The group formed in late 2018 by McKeague and former member Anthony Tuitapou to “kollaborate.” Each member is an accomplished musician from other established groups on Kauai, and members were able to back each other whenever musicianship was needed. Since then, they’ve experienced success in their home island of Kauai, and have made a few appearances on Oahu.

Kauai Kollab continues to develop their unique style and sound. They cover a variety of music, which includes traditional Hawaiian music, Motown, reggae, rap, hip-hop, and soft rock.


The second hour will feature TheVaitais, whose lead singer, Sunia Vaitai, is a math teacher at Waianae Intermediate. TheVaitais will concentrate on island reggae for this performance, but they also love playing R&B, gospel, slow jams, oldies, and country music.

HSTA Vice President Osa Tui Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies and provide HSTA members with updates during the concert.

Watch our live stream on:

All live streams are archived on their respective platforms, and video will be added to this page post-event.

Click here to watch this video on YouTube.

Photos: Kauai Kollab (top) and TheVaiTais (bottom).