“The Aloha Spirit is not for us to own, but it is something to be shared.” So says Saichi Kawahara, founder of the Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band and the organization, Kapalakiko I Ke Aloha. One only has to experience the band for a moment to know how deeply that conviction is shared – and passed along.

Kapalakiko I Ke Aloha – which means “In San Francisco, where the love is” — is dedicated to preserving and sharing traditional Hawaiian music. The band performs regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, delighting family and friends of all ages with songs of old Hawaii. Over the years (link to selected archival photos), it has brought leading musicians from Hawaii – among them the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohana award-winning Bryan Tolentino, Richard Ho’opi’I and the Brothers Cazimero — to share their aloha with local audiences.

Kapalakiko enthusiasts are working to preserve and protect the traditional Hawaiian style of music by capturing the stories and musical performances in a documentary film. Here’s how you can help.