Maori Singer Maisey Rika to Perform in Waimea

January 6, 2015, 4:36 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:36 PM
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One of New Zealand’s best voices will take the stage at Kahilu Theatre on Friday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Maisey Rika, a Maori singer and songwriter, has a style described as soulful vocals with honest and thought-provoking lyrics.

During her Friday evening appearance, Rika, who has been described as having a similar sound to Tracey Chapman or Sade, will be accompanied by her brother JJ Rika on guitar, and Waimea’s own, Hawane Rios.

“When I first heard Maisey, I was so inspired by her music because of the activism and purpose behind it. Maisey and JJ are some of the most genuine and incredible people I have met on my musical journey. It is an honor to open for them in my home town,” Rios said.

The winner of five Maori Music awards, and opener for India Arie’s recent tour, Rika’s music mixes styles, blending the ancestral sounds of traditional Maori instruments and chant with modern trends.

Rika’s songs go beyond culture and touch on universal emotions of hardship, happiness, love, justice, and sorrow.


A youth show will also be held for local schools, homeschoolers, and other youth. The event will happen on Thursday, Jan. 15. Registration for the youth event is available online.


Tickets for the Friday evening show are $66/$46/$36/$20 and can be purchased online by calling (808) 885-6868 or by visiting the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rika’s performance is made possible by a sponsorship from Working Class of Hawai’i and the Fairmont Orchid Resort.

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