KAILUA-KONA, HI—The Kona Aloha Singers, a new adult contemporary/popular music chorus launched this year, presents a holiday concert titled “Mele Melodies” 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

The chorus will be singing songs from Elton John, Abba, Portugal, The Man, Pentatonix and more including holiday favorites.  The 19-member chorus will be accompanied by a variety of musicians and soloists including Binti Bailey, Reggie Koffman, Bill Noble, Nick Wong, Roy and Michael McGrath and Misty Mistler. Justine Smith serves as emcee. 

Chorus Artistic Director is Katya Neelova-Eaddy, a Russian native and graduate of one of Moscow’s most prestigious music colleges. She has a master’s degree in choir conducting and worked in Moscow’s Russian Orthodox churches and schools in both Russia and Alaska. While in Alaska, she perfected her English, became an American citizen and began giving music lessons. Neelova-Eaddy relocated to Kona in 2016. Even though she was raised in a classical music environment, she “loves and appreciates” all music and is very excited to be directing the Kona Aloha Singers.

Piano Accompanist Dale Ross has played piano for as long as she can remember.  She is active in Aloha Theater musical productions and served as musical director for “Mamma Mia!” Ross is the piano accompanist for the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity and is a lifelong resident of the Big Island. 

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for keiki and available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4428040. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $7 for keiki.  The Kona Aloha Singers is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and is currently seeking donations, konaalohasingers.org.