By JON WOODHOUSE ( , For The Maui News

Multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Mark Yamanaka returns to George Kahumoku Jr.’s Masters of Hawaiian Music series at the Napili Kai Beach Resort on Wednesday evening.

Blessed with an exquisite falsetto voice, this Hilo-born artist was a major winner at the Hoku awards in 2011 for his exceptional debut album, “Lei Pua Kenikeni.” He took home Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Most Promising Artist of the Year.

Three years later, he delivered “Lei Maile,” another spectacular collection of primarily Hawaiian language compositions. It included a couple of his own original compositions, such as the romantic

hapa haole number “Maui Under Moonlight,” which was inspired by a trip here in 2012.

This album was bestowed with five Hoku awards, including Single of the Year for “Maui Under Moonlight,” Male Vocalist, Hawaiian Album and Album of the Year.

“My mission is to continue doing what I’m doing and stick to traditional Hawaiian music or music with the Hawaiian language,” he says.

* Mark Yamanaka will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Napili Kai Beach Resort’s Aloha Pavilion. George Kahumoku Jr., Peter deAquino, Sterling Seaton and Wainani Kealoha will also perform. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets range from $37.99 to $95 for dinner and show. For more information, visit


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