Kahiapo Talent hopeful on sharing aloha and culture once again
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From rentals and décor to live entertainment, Kahiapo Talent is a one stop shop for all things events. Kawena Melcher, Owner of Kahiapo Talent, says that 2020 was projected to be an amazing year until COVID struck and shut down the wedding industry. “This industry had a really hard time. A lot of people in my industry and the contractors that I employ, they weren’t able to qualify for any aid from the federal government or the state. They’ve been struggling for a long time.”
Despite the setbacks, Melcher says she did whatever she could to provide some work and cheer for her employers and clients. The company pivoted from large commercial events at hotels to private, small mini luaus with safety guidelines in place.
Kahiapo Talent’s foundation comes from a multitude of facets; One being Melcher’s deep roots in Hawaii’s culture. She was born and raised in Hawaii and says that it’s great to share her knowledge and experiences of growing up in the islands with the people she meets. The second facet is her feeling of responsibility to present Hawaii in the correct light. “I feel like I have to involve Hawaiian culture and work in pono,” says Melcher. For example, every ceremony includes a presentation and a cultural lesson on the oli aloha. In the end, Kahiapo Talent hopes to provide an authentic Hawaiian experience for visitors and guests by sharing the Hawaiian Culture.
“We look forward to the future and we’re trying to hang in there. We’re hoping that things can continue and we’re able to still share our aloha every day.”
For more information: www.kahiapotalent.com, Facebook and Instagram: @kahiapotalent
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