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July 22, 2014

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Suncoast hits the islands for the holidays

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Mele Kalikimaka: A Hawaiian Christmas” brings a tropical flavor to the holidays at the Suncoast.

If Christmas seems a bit out of place in the balmy Las Vegas winters, it seems fitting that "Mele Kalikimaka: A Hawaiian Christmas" continues to play to a local audience at the Suncoast showroom Friday through Sunday.

The show hearkens back to the holiday Hawaiian TV specials popular in the 1960s and '70s, said show producer Runi Tafeaga. This is the show's fourth year in Southern Nevada.

"We pay tribute to some of the cultural songs from the islands of Hawaii," he said. "We also pay tribute to the military, who are far away from home. Of course, we pay tribute to the spiritual aspect of Christmas and the birth of Jesus."

The lead singers are Christy Copeland, Manea Manuma, Janoe Kalawa and Bruce Collins. The are complemented by six hula dancers, headed by Epi Sala, and a four-member band. Almost all of the stars are native Hawaiians.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show at the 9090 Alta Drive casino start at $20. The show runs about 90 minutes.

For ticket information call 636-7111.

Becky Bosshart can be reached at 990-7748 or [email protected].

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