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"Globally Engaging Our Communities through LIVE Hawaiian Music & Events"

Globally Engaging Our Communities Through LIVE Hawaiian Music & Events

 

 

 

 

Pakele Live at the Willows Featuring Bert Naihe
Aug
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

Pakele Live at the Willows Featuring Bert Naihe

Join us for Pakele Live! from 6:30-8:30pm HST at the Willows Restaurant (901 Hausten St., Honolulu). Those who are unable to attend can watch the live stream at www.pakelelive.com. (The shows will also be edited for television and shown at a later date on OC16 TV and www.oc16.tv)

Admission is free, and all ages are welcome! Reservations can be made for dinner buffet guests only.  Otherwise, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  (Doors open at 5:30.) Guests may choose from the full nightly buffet ($42.95) or an a la carte menu created especially for Pakele Live! (and available only during the show), with prices ranging from $5 to $16. Validated valet parking is only $3.

Note: If you watch online, don’t forget to email the show at pakele@lava.net and let us know you’re watching! Mention your name and where you’re located – city, state – or country, if outside the U.S.!

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Hālau Nā Mamo O Pu'uanahulu Presents The 3rd Annual Ho'olau Kānaka O'ahu Ka 'Ōnohi O Nā Kai
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

Hālau Nā Mamo O Pu'uanahulu Presents The 3rd Annual Ho'olau Kānaka O'ahu Ka 'Ōnohi O Nā Kai

  1. Hālau Nā Mamo O Pu'uanahulu Presents The 3rd Annual Ho'olau Kānaka O'ahu Ka 'Ōnohi O Nā Kai


    - Hula by Award Winning Hālau ...
    - Various Hawaiian Games
    - 50 plus crafters
    - Demonstrations by Native Cultural Artists
    • Reni Bello (Kapa)
    • Wes Sen (Lomi)
    • Keone Nunes(Kakau)
    • Steve Prieto(Lauhala)
    • And more!


    • Ono Food by Hale Kealoha, Aunty Tammy Smith and participating Hālau Hula

    Time - 9am - 4:30pm
    Ke'ehi Lagoon Memorial, 2685 N. Nimitz Hwy

    • Master of Ceremonies - William Van Osdol (Billy V)
    • Mistress Of Ceremonies - LinaGirl Langi

    • 9:00am - Craft fair Opens
    • 9:45am - Festival Gates open.
    • 10:00am - 10:45am-
    2016 Merrie Monarch Festival Winners Hālau Nā Mamo O Pu'uanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula Sonny Ching and Lopaka Igarta-De Vera with Māhiehie 'Ehā - Sam Kaina, Iwalani Hoomanawanuiikanaauao Apo, Daniel Corpos-cleaver, and Keli Gobbles Viernes

    • 11:00am - 11:45am - 2017 Merrie Monarch Festival Winners Ka Lā 'Ōnohi Mai O Ha'eha'e, Nā Kumu Hula Tracie Farias Lopes and Keawe Lopes
    with Multiple 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winners Keauhou.

    • 12:00pm - 12:45pm - 2017 Merrie Monarch Winners Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua, Nā Kumu Hula Lono Padilla and Keano Kaupu
    with the 2017 *Grammy Award* Winner Kalani Pe'a

    • 1:00pm - 1:45pm - 2017 Merrie Monarch Winners Hula Hālau O Kamuela, Nā Kumu Hula Kunewa Mook and Anson Kamana'o (Kau'i)
    with 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Male Vocalist of the Year Josh Tatofi

    • 2:00pm - 2:45pm - Heretamanui, Ra'atira Io Kia Christopher Ramento and Jimmy Allen Ramento Jr

    • 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 2017 Merrie Monarch Kane Overall Winners Hālau Kawaili'ula, Kumu Hula Chinky Mahoe
    with multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner Kuana Torres Kahele

    • Special Appearances by The Merrie Monarch Festival past and reigning 2017 Miss Aloha Hula, Kelina Eldredge

    •Great Food booths by
    • Hale Kealoha
    • Hula Hālau O Kamuela
    • Ka Lā 'Ōnohi Mai O Ha'eha'e
    • Hālau Hi'iakaināmakalehua
    • Heretama Nui
    • Hālau Kawaili'ula
    • Hālau Nā Mamo O Pu'uanahulu
    • Hālau Nā Mamo O ka Upa'iaka'uaua
    • Hālau Nā Mamo O Kahalelehua
    • Ka Hula O Kealamailani
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`Aha Mele Concert at the Roya Hawaiian Center Featuring Amy Hanaiali`i and Weldon Kekauoha
Aug
26
3:00pm 3:00pm

`Aha Mele Concert at the Roya Hawaiian Center Featuring Amy Hanaiali`i and Weldon Kekauoha

Hawaii Tourism Authority established the 'Aha Mele Hawaiian Music Series to provide visitors and residents with an opportunity to experience first-hand what makes Hawaii such a unique destination.

Join us in The Royal Grove at Royal Hawaiian Center and enjoy free live entertainment on Saturday, August 26, from 3pm-6pm.

Entertainment Schedule:

3PM - The Peter Apo Band

4PM - Weldon Kekauoha

5PM - Amy Hanaiali'i
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6PM - Hula Kahiko

Schedule subject to change. For more information, please contact Helumoa Hale Guest Services at (808) 922-2299. Parking is available at the Royal Hawaiian Center parking garage. Validated parking is available with a $10 minimum purchase from any Center merchant (1st hour free, 2nd hour is $2, 3rd hour is $2. Thereafter, $2 for every 20 minutes.).

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Mele on the Marina Festival Featuring Duncan Kamakana, Kapena and Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe O Wa`ahila
Aug
26
3:00pm 3:00pm

Mele on the Marina Festival Featuring Duncan Kamakana, Kapena and Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe O Wa`ahila

Mele on the Marina

August 26 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Presented by Hawaii State Federal Credit Union

Join us Saturday, August 26th for a day of food, fun & entertainment!

Festivities start at 3pm with opening entertainment by Duncan Kamakana, followed with performances by Ka Pā Hula O Kauanoe O Wa’ahila under the direction of Kumu Hula Maelia Loebenstein Carter.

Wrapping the evening up will be headliner, Kapena from 6-7:30pm!

Hope to see you there!

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The Great Hawaiian Legends Lu`au - A Dukes OceanFest Event
Aug
26
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Great Hawaiian Legends Lu`au - A Dukes OceanFest Event

The Great Hawaiian Legends Luau

Duke’s OceanFest event

a benefit for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation

Saturday, August 26, 2017

5:30 -8:00 p.m.

Waikiki Aquarium

adults $65, children (5-10) $35

Merrie Monarch Festival 2017 overall winners

Ka La Onohi Mai o Ha'eha'e

 

Na Hoku Hanohano 2017 multiple award winners

Keauhou

 

Na Hoku Hanohano 2017 award winner

Josh Tatofi

 

Lu'au buffet with beverages from Kona Brewing Company, Barefoot Wines and Bubbly and more.   

TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kapono Na`ili`ili
Aug
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kapono Na`ili`ili

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Kapono Na 'ili 'ili and Friends

One of Hawaii’s most sought after artists, Kapono Nāʻiliʻili, has performed with everyone from Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero to pop band, Crimson Apple. He has entertained fans in Hawaii, Japan, and numerous cities across the nation including Chicago and New York. Recognized as the latest half of musical duo, HAPA, Nāʻiliʻili is now concentrating on a solo career. His second live performance at Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki, located in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, “Kapono Nāʻiliʻili & Friends,” is slated for August 29, 2017, boasting two shows that night, at 6:30pm & 9:00pm. 

Says Nāʻiliʻili, “I've come to learn that a person's job does not define their character or who they really are inside. This epiphany is what is taking me to a place of true musical expression and collaboration that satisfies my soul. My intention is simply to make, capture, and deliver music that evokes feelings and emotions which reflects a transition that speaks to this season of my life, musically and personally.” 

For more information on Kapono Nāʻiliʻili events, call (808) 253-1758, email kapono.h@gmail.com, or go to the website at http://www.kaponomusic.com.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Brother Noland
Aug
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Brother Noland

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

BROTHER NOLAND

COMPOSER, INNOVATOR, TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN MAN.

Brother Noland has deeply influenced contemporary Hawaiian music and is widely considered as the “Father of Jawaiian Music.” Fluid in both Slack Key and standard guitar tunings, Brother Noland goes wherever the music carries him. “As far back as I can remember,” Noland says, “I was always surrounded by the beautiful sounds of Hawaiian music.” Brother Noland is popular for his unique interpretations (or “Nolandization”) of songs yet remains respectful of traditional Hawaiian music and culture. 

Brother Noland lives aloha and you can hear it in every note he plays.

Born and raised in Kalihi-Palama on the island of Oʻahu, Brother Noland is most famous for his original song “Coconut Girl,” which birthed the “Jawaiian” contemporary style (fusion of Hawaiian & Reggae) music. He has won numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards including Best Reggae Album and his music is featured in several movies including “Pineapple Express” and “Snakes in the Plane.” He is regularly featured in Slack Key Guitar festivals around the islands. 

Brother Noland is an impactful player in Hawaiʻi's music scene and one of Hawaiʻi's most respected artists. He was honored in 2014 by the State of Hawaiʻi for a "Lifetime Achievement in Music" award. But despite all the accolades, Brother Noland has never forgotten his roots and the community. Through his philanthropy he helps at-risk youth define their choices and make a quality connection to the community through his Hoʻea Initiative, dedicated to teaching children about how to live off the ʻaina (land) and the ocean. As a steward of the land, Noland has a deep connection to Hawaiʻi and even cares for acreage on the island of Moloka’i while preserving Hawaiian customs, indigenous plants and animal species. His music and community spirit always carries a message of positive reflection, while rooted in the reality we face today.

In 2013, he authored the "Hawaiian Survival Handbook" where he shares the outdoor skills he has developed over a lifetime spent in Hawaiʻi's forests and waters. An author, singer, artist, poet, philanthropist, mentor, musician and family man, Brother Noland continually inspires and infuses creativity and innovation to pave new paths of music and humanity around the world.

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Mele & Mo`olelo at Kanile`a `Ukulele Featuring Pomika`i Keawe-Lyman and `Ohana
Aug
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Mele & Mo`olelo at Kanile`a `Ukulele Featuring Pomika`i Keawe-Lyman and `Ohana

Tutu Genoa always intended for her legacy to be shared amongst any and all who honor the musical tradition of our past. I know you've always wanted to try but ...maybe never had a platform to... well here it is! Bring your ukulele and let's play and sing "Alika" together! Then, let me tell you about how I learned it and what it was like living in the shadow of a legendary mana wahine.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kuana Torres Kahele
Sep
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kuana Torres Kahele

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Kuana Torres Kahele

Kuana has been involved in the music and hula scene of Hilo since he was 6 years old. He trained as a kane dancer under legendary Hilo kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho until the age of 13. Once he was discovered to have exceptional musical abilities he was pulled from the hula line and added as a permanent halau musician. Kuana’s photographic musical memory allowed the kumu to compose songs and have them recited later, as needed. It became a Hawaiian Music Boot Camp of sorts, training him in the classics of Hawaiian music and prepping him for what was to come as a professional musician.

In 2011, he released his long awaited solo debut, KAUNALOA. It won every major award at that year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. He was applauded for his songwriting abilities and contribution to Hawaiian music. His release was a welcome breath of fresh air in both style and content allowing for the creation of new hula from kumu all over the world. Subsequent blockbuster releases included his “HILO FOR THE HOLIDAYS” Christmas release which later won Christmas Album of the Year and 2013’s self-titled, “KAHELE“.

Kuana currently maintains his own Hawaiian Music & Culture School in Japan. He teaches in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka with over 200 combined students. He offers courses in voice, haku mele, mele hula, fresh lei making, ukulele and guitar. He is one of the most popular entertainers performing in Hawaii and Japan. He performs and teaches cultural workshops all over the world.

April 8, 2014 marks the birth of a 6 CD series from Kuana Torres Kahele entitled, Music for the Hawaiian Islands vol. 1 HAWAI’I KEAWE. Each CD pays tribute to an individual island with original music from Kuana, written specifically for hula. Never before have we seen such an extensive and thorough musical tribute to our islands. His poetry laden lyrics illustrate the beauty of Hawaii while documenting everything from important place names to island winds and specific rains. The legacy left by this collection will continue to prove it’s value for years to come as an inspiration for Hula and as a passionate documentation of all that we love about Hawaii. By 2016, Kuana will have completed this momentous project, contributing almost 100 new songs for Hula, in honor of Hawaii.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Martin Nievera
Sep
4
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Martin Nievera

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

MARTIN NIEVERA

They call him the concert king of the Philippines, local Hawaii Kai boy, Martin Nievera has sold out many of the major hotel casinos in America including the Las Vegas strip. From the Golden Nugget, the M resort The Planet Hollywood Hotel the Bellagio all the way to the Suncoast just to name a few.  Martin has also performed at the Main Showroom in Honolulu, Hawaii, which he considers to be his, "childhood home."

Martin has sold out concert venues all over Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada and the Middle East. All around the world Martin is best known for hosting his own talk show and for the last 23 years has been one of the main hosts of the number one Sunday afternoon show in the Philippines entitled "ASAP." His television station in the Philippines can be seen all over the world 24 hours a day live via satellite on the cable channel called "the Filipino channel" or "TFC." Martin has been one of their ambassadors for the last 25 years.

He comes from a musical family. His grandmother was a well known opera singer in the Philippines and his father a former member of of the popular singing group from Hawaii," the Society of Seven."

From Broadway to Buble, Martin also has a collection of his own hit songs that he has recorded throughout his 35 years in the business. His most popular and most requested song to date is, "Be my lady."

It has been a childhood dream to follow in his father's footsteps and every day every chance that he has to perform for Martin believes he is living the dream!

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Aloha Festivals Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony
Sep
9
4:00pm 4:00pm

Aloha Festivals Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony

Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Royal Hawaiian Center, Royal Grove

To kick off the festivities, the Aloha Festivals Royal Court will be introduced on the grounds of Helumoa, which was originally the home of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. At the ceremony, the king, queen, prince and princess take their place on the royal court. The Alii court members receive their royal cloaks, helmets, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign. Traditional hula and chants make this a special event in the heart of Waikiki.

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Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring George Kuo
Sep
9
4:00pm 4:00pm

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring George Kuo

Kailua has established itself as THE place on O‘ahu for free Hawaiian music from some of the Islands’ best-known musicians with the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and A&B Properties, Inc.’s popular “Kanikapila In Kailua” music series.

For more than two years, the monthly celebrations of Hawaiian music and culture have presented such legendary entertainers as the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, who recently passed away from cancer, 12-string guitar virtuoso Mike Kaawa and Ernie Cruz Jr., a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and former member of the legendary Ka‘au Crater Boys.

“We are grateful to Kawika Kahiapo, co-creator of this amazing Hawaiian music series, which has made the Windward side THE place for authentic Island music,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation President and CEO. “Kawika brings together the best musical talent for the enjoyment not only of Kailua residents, but of Hawaiian music-lovers from across O‘ahu. For Hawaiian music, the Windward side has become no ka oi!”

“Kanikapila In Kailua” takes place on one Saturday each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the parking garage near Whole Foods Market in Kailua Town. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, grab their favorite ono food from Kailua’s many great eateries, and sit back and enjoy true Hawaiian music by the Island’s top performers.

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Makana Mele Concert at Ka Makana Ali`i featuring Hoku Zuttermeister
Sep
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Makana Mele Concert at Ka Makana Ali`i featuring Hoku Zuttermeister

Makana Mele: A Monthly Concert Series

Saturday, August 12 from 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Please join us for our Makana Mele Concert Series on the 2nd Saturday of each month in center court:  

September 9

4:30pm - 5:30pm:  Halau ‘O Nāpuala’ikauika’iu— Kumu Hula Sallie Yoza

6:00pm - 7:30pm:  Hoku Zuttermeister 

October 14

3:00pm - 4:00pm:  Mike Tulba

4:30pm - 5:30pm:  Danny Carvalho

6:00pm - 7:30pm:  Pu’uloa 

November 11

4:30pm - 5:30pm:  Halau Hula ma ka Pu’uwai a ka Mana’o — Kumu Hula Pam Ka’uionalani Divine

6:00pm - 7:30pm:  Kaipo Kapua

December 9

4:30pm - 5:30pm:   Halau ‘O Nāpuala’ikauika’iu— Kumu Hula Sallie Yoza

6:00pm - 7:30pm:   Kailua Moon

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Melveen Leed
Sep
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Melveen Leed

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Melveen Leed (born on Molokai island, Hawaii) is an American singer. After winning the title of "Miss Molokai" she begin singing in the mid-1960s and has released a number of records in the genres of Hawaiian, Country, and Jazz music.

She won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Female Vocalist in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984 and 1987. She has had several guest roles on Hawaii Five-O and sang at the Grand Ole Opry. 

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Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Keola Beamer of the Beamer Brothers at Blue Note Hawaii
Sep
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Keola Beamer of the Beamer Brothers at Blue Note Hawaii

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Keola Beamer of the Beamer Brothers

We Are Friends ~ A Lifetime Party of 70s Music

Join Grammy nominated & multiple award winning Henry Kapono as he presents an “Artist to Artist” concert series at the legendary Blue Note Hawaii featuring: Keola Beamer of the Beamer Brothers.

Henry Kapono talks one on one “deconstructing” these artists careers as only an artist to artist can do followed by an intimate jam sessions and concert you don’t want to miss!

“Keola Beamer’s [slack key] style is the best there is on the planet”, says Willie Nelson.

Keola Beamer comes from a line of musicians five generations back, and can also trace his roots to the House of Kamehameha and Ahiakumai, 15th century rulers of Hawaii. His great grandmother was Helen Desha Beamer, an influential songwriter and hula dancer, and his mother, Winona Beamer ("Auntie Nona") has been one of the most important figures in the revival of Hawaiian culture since the 1940s: composer, dancer, educator, and coiner of the term "Hawaiiana," which describes the cultural-studies area she pioneered at the Kamehameha Schools

Ultra VIP ticket - Purchasing this ticket offers the following amenities:

  • RESERVED VIP seating in the premium seating section  
  • Pre-show backstage meet & greet with artists

**SEASON PASS** - We are offering special season pass options for Henry Kapono's entire "We Are Friends ~ A Lifetime Party of 70s Music" concert series, happening once a month from June-September of 2017. Click the following link to learn about the details and purchase your season pass: https://goo.gl/oFzFRz

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Willie K
Sep
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Willie K

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Willie K

When the Honolulu Pulse said, “Willie K can play or sing almost anything an American audience might ask for,” that wasn’t hype, it was the literal truth. The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera—and not only get away with it but leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment. No less than Prince is a huge fan, calling Willie K a “funky mother#%@&er,” while another avowed fan is a fellow Hawaiian who goes by the name Barack Obama.

“When you come to the Willie K experience you leave knowing who Willie K really is,” says Willie K himself, and now, with Warehouse Blues—the long-awaited album that returns the Grammy nominee and winner of multiple prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano awards to his roots—those fortunate enough to bask in the glow of that experience will discover another side of this multi-talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and all-around riveting entertainer. “Playing the blues makes me happy,” says Willie K, “and everybody loves it when I do.”

For Willie K—born Willie Kahaialii and known affectionately as Uncle Willie in the islands—playing the blues marks the completion of a full circle. Although he has built a reputation as one of the foremost practitioners of native Hawaiian music over the years, it was the blues that Willie first learned from his dad, himself a highly respected musician. “My father was a great influence,” says Willie K. “He groomed me to be where I am today. He was just as diverse as I am—the guy knew how to play everything: jazz, blues and Hawaiian.”

Of course traditional, indigenous Hawaiian music has always been at the core of the Willie K experience too, and it’s important to him to dispel misguided notions about what exactly Hawaiian music is. When Willie K plays Hawaiian, the beauty that emerges from his instrument and his mouth is as far from the stereotypes as Maui is from the North Pole.

But no matter what kind of music he plays, it all comes out Willie K music—even when he sings opera. “Three or four years ago I decided to try out some operatic tunes, some Italian arias, just to see how the audience would take it,” he says. “And it goes over very well. You’ll never find that in any other pub throughout the country, I can guarantee you that!” he says with a hearty laugh.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Rachael Yamagata
Sep
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Rachael Yamagata

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

RACHAEL YAMAGATA

Rachael Yamagata first broke onto the music scene with her critically-acclaimed 2004 debut album "Happenstance" released on RCA Victor and would become hailed as the "troubadour of heartbreak" in the press. She signed to Warner Bros. Records to release 2008’s "Elephants/Teeth Sinking Into Heart" and launched her own Frankenfish Records label for 2011’s "Chesapeake" and "Heavyweight."

Her extremely broad range of fans defies the age and genre spectrum and has led to praise from and work with songsmiths like Ryan Adams and Conor Oberst to Pete Townsend, Deepak Chopra and many more. She’s pioneered indie artist status as a CEO, speaking at Chicago Ideas week on the topic, running two record-breaking Pledge campaigns and is even profiled in two online classes at Berklee School of Music. She wrote "Tightrope Walker," released fall of 2016, after having a gosh darn mystical vision and has evolved an edge laden sound with a universal theme of perseverance, compassion and owning your own power. She returned to her roots and resides in Woodstock, NY.

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Kona Nui Nights Featuring Amy Hanaiali`i and Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe and Halau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniakea
Sep
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Kona Nui Nights Featuring Amy Hanaiali`i and Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe and Halau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniakea

Hosted by Bruddah Wade & Kumu Hina

Kona Nui Nights is a monthly event that honors and highlights Hawaiian Language and music, as well as the art of hula.

The event starts at 6:00 pm with limited seating and cash bar.  If you are hungry before or after the show, be sure to stop by one of the fantastic Ward Village restaurants that are just steps away from the Ward Village Courtyard.

Free parking is available in the TJ Maxx parking garage or in the Ward Centre parking garage.

If you do not have tickets, there will be a standby line that will be able to enter at 6:00 pm.

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Aloha Festivals 65th Annual Waikiki Ho`olaule`a
Sep
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Aloha Festivals 65th Annual Waikiki Ho`olaule`a

Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki

The Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea is Hawaii's largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. There will be performances by the various genres of Hawaiian music and hula halau (hula schools). Hawaiian crafts and flower leis and many varieties of island cuisine will be featured throughout the event.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kalani Pe`a
Oct
1
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kalani Pe`a

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

2017 GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER, SINGER/SONGWRITER

Kalani Peʻa, a native of Panaʻewa, Hilo, HI who currently resides on Maui has released his debut album featuring seven haku mele (Hawaiian original music compositions) and five of his favorite covers. Peʻa is all about perpetuating Hawaiian language through music and visual arts as he created his album titled “E Walea” which means to come together like birds, be elated, exuberant and enjoy. On August 5th 2016 "E Walea" hit number 1 on the iTunes world music charts and on August 15th 2016 "E Walea" hit number 12 on the Billboard world albums charts. On February 12th 2017 Kalani Pe'a's debut album "E Walea" took home the Grammy® Award for "Best Regional Roots Music Album".

Through research and planning the start of his debut album, Peʻa took the initiation to contact Dave Tucciarone, a 13 time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-Winning Engineer and Producer based in Honolulu. “I had to travel every weekend from Maui to meet Dave for seven months, collaborate with my musicians, and just sing my heart out,” Peʻa said.  Tucciarone said Peʻa totally commits himself to every song and is able to deliver with much passion using his wide vocal range. “I am very pleased to hear how well Kalani Peʻa sings, “he said. One of the songs titled “He Wehi Aloha” features Nani Lim Yap, a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement awardee and award-winning kumuhula. Lim Yap said, “We need a Kalani. The best and no less.”

“His soulful voice showcases his many influences growing up from classical, R&B, and soul, but his ʻike (Hawaiian knowledge) and love for our culture keeps it right where it needs to be,” said Jaz Kaiwikoʻo, producer and radio personality. Kaiwikoʻo said he introduced Kalani to the world with his first two singles. “With Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing and Dave at the helm, one of Hawai’i’s brightest new stars just got brighter,” Kaiwikoʻo said.

Peʻa received his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in public relations/news editorial and has background in early childhood education. “From speech therapy to being a college graduate in communications, Kalani can’t stop talking and singing,” Peʻa’s father said with humor. Pe'a also worked on his master's degree focusing on early childhood education.

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The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert Featuring Raiatea Helm
Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert Featuring Raiatea Helm

2 Shows at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm set the Hawaiian music community on fire at age 18, with the release of her debut CD Far Away Heaven in 2002. Her pure, clear voice makes her a natural performer of leo ki`eki`e (Hawaiian falsetto). She is now recognized as one of Hawai‘i’s premier female vocalists and a keeper of the Hawaiian falsetto tradition of the early to mid-20th century. Accompanying herself on ‘ukulele, Raiatea interprets traditional Hawaiian songs with the mastery and control of a jazz vocalist and has been heralded as the successor to such Hawaiian music greats as Aunty Genoa Keawe. She has earned 6 Na Hoku Awards (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) including Female Vocalist of the Year and Favorite Entertainer, and made Hawaiian history by becoming Hawaii’s first-ever solo female vocalist to be nominated for a Grammy©.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Willie K
Oct
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Willie K

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Willie K

When the Honolulu Pulse said, “Willie K can play or sing almost anything an American audience might ask for,” that wasn’t hype, it was the literal truth. The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera—and not only get away with it but leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment. No less than Prince is a huge fan, calling Willie K a “funky mother#%@&er,” while another avowed fan is a fellow Hawaiian who goes by the name Barack Obama.

“When you come to the Willie K experience you leave knowing who Willie K really is,” says Willie K himself, and now, with Warehouse Blues—the long-awaited album that returns the Grammy nominee and winner of multiple prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano awards to his roots—those fortunate enough to bask in the glow of that experience will discover another side of this multi-talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and all-around riveting entertainer. “Playing the blues makes me happy,” says Willie K, “and everybody loves it when I do.”

For Willie K—born Willie Kahaialii and known affectionately as Uncle Willie in the islands—playing the blues marks the completion of a full circle. Although he has built a reputation as one of the foremost practitioners of native Hawaiian music over the years, it was the blues that Willie first learned from his dad, himself a highly respected musician. “My father was a great influence,” says Willie K. “He groomed me to be where I am today. He was just as diverse as I am—the guy knew how to play everything: jazz, blues and Hawaiian.”

Of course traditional, indigenous Hawaiian music has always been at the core of the Willie K experience too, and it’s important to him to dispel misguided notions about what exactly Hawaiian music is. When Willie K plays Hawaiian, the beauty that emerges from his instrument and his mouth is as far from the stereotypes as Maui is from the North Pole.

But no matter what kind of music he plays, it all comes out Willie K music—even when he sings opera. “Three or four years ago I decided to try out some operatic tunes, some Italian arias, just to see how the audience would take it,” he says. “And it goes over very well. You’ll never find that in any other pub throughout the country, I can guarantee you that!” he says with a hearty laugh.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Robert Cazimero and Friends
Oct
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Robert Cazimero and Friends

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

In the 1970s, Robert Cazimero was instrumental in the resurgence of Hawaiian music and culture. That resurgence began a career that almost thirty years later is stronger than ever. Musician, composer, kumu hula...his work in all of these areas is well-known throughout the world. For Robert's Blue Note Hawaii shows, he switches things up and performs a variety of jazz standards as well as traditional Hawaiian favorites. 

His incomparable elegant voice is distinctive, whether he performs solo on piano or with his brother, Roland, as The Brothers Cazimero. Recording has played an important part of Robert's career, and he has collectively (as The Brothers Cazimero) and individually released over 30 albums over the past three decades. The success of these recording projects can easily be measured by the fact that they all remain on the market. Fans of Robert and The Brothers Cazimero boast of a complete collection of CDs and tapes.  

The many talents of Robert Cazimero have established him as a benchmark in Hawaiian music and culture. 

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Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Waipuna
Oct
14
4:00pm 4:00pm

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Waipuna

Kailua has established itself as THE place on O‘ahu for free Hawaiian music from some of the Islands’ best-known musicians with the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and A&B Properties, Inc.’s popular “Kanikapila In Kailua” music series.

For more than two years, the monthly celebrations of Hawaiian music and culture have presented such legendary entertainers as the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, who recently passed away from cancer, 12-string guitar virtuoso Mike Kaawa and Ernie Cruz Jr., a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and former member of the legendary Ka‘au Crater Boys.

“We are grateful to Kawika Kahiapo, co-creator of this amazing Hawaiian music series, which has made the Windward side THE place for authentic Island music,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation President and CEO. “Kawika brings together the best musical talent for the enjoyment not only of Kailua residents, but of Hawaiian music-lovers from across O‘ahu. For Hawaiian music, the Windward side has become no ka oi!”

“Kanikapila In Kailua” takes place on one Saturday each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the parking garage near Whole Foods Market in Kailua Town. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, grab their favorite ono food from Kailua’s many great eateries, and sit back and enjoy true Hawaiian music by the Island’s top performers.

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Makana Mele Concert at Ka Makana Ali`i featuring Pu`uloa
Oct
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Makana Mele Concert at Ka Makana Ali`i featuring Pu`uloa

Makana Mele: A Monthly Concert Series

Saturday, August 12 from 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Please join us for our Makana Mele Concert Series on the 2nd Saturday of each month in center court:  

October 14

3:00pm - 4:00pm:  Mike Tulba

4:30pm - 5:30pm:  Danny Carvalho

6:00pm - 7:30pm:  Pu’uloa 

November 11

4:30pm - 5:30pm:  Halau Hula ma ka Pu’uwai a ka Mana’o — Kumu Hula Pam Ka’uionalani Divine

6:00pm - 7:30pm:  Kaipo Kapua

December 9

4:30pm - 5:30pm:   Halau ‘O Nāpuala’ikauika’iu— Kumu Hula Sallie Yoza

6:00pm - 7:30pm:   Kailua Moon

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Kona Nui Nights Featuring Karen Keawehawai`i and Ka La `Onihi Mai O Ha`eha`e
Oct
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Kona Nui Nights Featuring Karen Keawehawai`i and Ka La `Onihi Mai O Ha`eha`e

Hosted by Bruddah Wade & Kumu Hina

Kona Nui Nights is a monthly event that honors and highlights Hawaiian Language and music, as well as the art of hula.

The event starts at 6:00 pm with limited seating and cash bar.  If you are hungry before or after the show, be sure to stop by one of the fantastic Ward Village restaurants that are just steps away from the Ward Village Courtyard.

Free parking is available in the TJ Maxx parking garage or in the Ward Centre parking garage.

If you do not have tickets, there will be a standby line that will be able to enter at 6:00 pm.

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Mission Houses Nani Ke Ao Nei Series - Na Mele koKai, Songs of the Sea
Oct
21
5:30pm 5:30pm

Mission Houses Nani Ke Ao Nei Series - Na Mele koKai, Songs of the Sea

The 2017 Mele Series is themed around the natural environment, featuring the elements of
nature: air, clouds, wind, the realm of mountains, ocean, and rain. Oli, hula, and song will describe
the wonder of birds, manu; fish, i‘a; the forest, nahele; and pua including plants and flowers. Inspired
by the verses of the song “Ke Ao Nani,” which many locals learn as keiki, the series highlights the
balance of opposites in the natural world, which is so strongly expressed in Hawaiian culture.


October 21, 2017
Na
 Mele koKai, Songs of the Sea



A concert laden with stories and lore, 
songs, hula, and chant,
 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 


$100 for season of 4, or individual

perfromances $30 in advance, or $35 at door.

For more information about tickets and shows, 

check back to this website or call 447-3926.

To purchase series tickets, please click here.

To purchase individual tickets go to that event.
 

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He Lei ʻIliahi Poinaʻole Hula Festival
Oct
22
10:00am10:00am

He Lei ʻIliahi Poinaʻole Hula Festival

F E A T U R I N G

Mele & Hula

Craft Vendors

Food Trucks

Food, beverages, alcohol  drinks,  and coolers are not permitted on the premises. Tripods and strollers will not be allowed in the auditorium.  Your cooperation will be appreciated.

T H E M E

PONO -  Righteousness is the actions, work, teachings and our community service as we perpetuate the life of Darrel 'Ihi'ihilauakea Lupenui.

Aia Ka Pono I Ka Hana

Righteousness is in the work.

T I C K E T S

General Admission  $10

Reserved Admission  $25

Handicap + (1) Guest Admission  $20

 

 

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Imua and Tiffa Garza
Oct
23
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Imua and Tiffa Garza

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Imua and Tiffa Garza

Tiffa Garza is the daughter of country musician Ernie Cruz, Sr. and comes from a musical family including older brothers John Cruz and Ernie Cruz Jr. who are two of Hawaii’s beloved musicians.   Imua Garza is a vocalist, musician, producer, recording engineer and composer.  He appears on over four dozen albums and has traveled throughout the world where he has played before appreciative and enthusiastic audiences.  In 2009 Imua and Tiffa's band “One Right Turn” was a part of SXSW in Austin Texas and featured, as one of the top 10 must see bands out of 2000 bands.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents A Touch Of Gold
Nov
6
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents A Touch Of Gold

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

A Touch of Gold

Hawaii’s Premier Show Group

Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners “A Touch of Gold” is one of Hawaii’s most premiere entertainment and unique musical groups.  Using a dazzling display of dancing and singing, “A Touch of Gold” makes its audience reminisce about the good times of yester-year.  They create a fun environment that will entertain ALL audiences.  Singing songs such as “Just My Imagination” and “My Girl”, “A Touch of Gold” mesmerizes its listeners and mixes the thrill of the golden classics and R&B to simply make you want to clap your hands, snap your fingers, and stomp your feet.

With its special interpretations of Classic Motown music as well as other standards and its own originals, “A Touch of Gold” performs like no other group in the State of Hawaii.  This style has made “A Touch of Gold” what it is today, SPECTACULAR!

“A Touch of Gold’s” Performances have been likened to shows you would see in Las Vegas or Atlantic City.  “A Touch of Gold” has been able to blend the Spirit of Aloha, with the sweetness of Rhythm and Blues, to create the unique sound of “Motown Hawaiian Style”.  

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro
Nov
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule—140 dates a year—is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

“When I first started touring the mainland,” he recalls, “everybody would say, ‘Oh man, I didn’t know you could play that kind of music on that thing.’ But now there are so many iconic artists playing the ukulele, like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Train, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Dave Mathews and Taylor Swift. Even popular cartoons like ‘Peg + Cat’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ have ukulele soundtracks. The popularity of the ukulele keeps growing every year. And I’m constantly discovering new sounds, styles and expressive possibilities within the instrument through projects like the Nashville Sessions album. By the time we finished that recording, I already had tons of ideas for the next album. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and experiment some more.”

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Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Honoka & Azita
Nov
11
4:00pm 4:00pm

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Honoka & Azita

Kailua has established itself as THE place on O‘ahu for free Hawaiian music from some of the Islands’ best-known musicians with the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and A&B Properties, Inc.’s popular “Kanikapila In Kailua” music series.

For more than two years, the monthly celebrations of Hawaiian music and culture have presented such legendary entertainers as the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, who recently passed away from cancer, 12-string guitar virtuoso Mike Kaawa and Ernie Cruz Jr., a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and former member of the legendary Ka‘au Crater Boys.

“We are grateful to Kawika Kahiapo, co-creator of this amazing Hawaiian music series, which has made the Windward side THE place for authentic Island music,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation President and CEO. “Kawika brings together the best musical talent for the enjoyment not only of Kailua residents, but of Hawaiian music-lovers from across O‘ahu. For Hawaiian music, the Windward side has become no ka oi!”

“Kanikapila In Kailua” takes place on one Saturday each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the parking garage near Whole Foods Market in Kailua Town. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, grab their favorite ono food from Kailua’s many great eateries, and sit back and enjoy true Hawaiian music by the Island’s top performers.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro
Nov
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule—140 dates a year—is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

“When I first started touring the mainland,” he recalls, “everybody would say, ‘Oh man, I didn’t know you could play that kind of music on that thing.’ But now there are so many iconic artists playing the ukulele, like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Train, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Dave Mathews and Taylor Swift. Even popular cartoons like ‘Peg + Cat’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ have ukulele soundtracks. The popularity of the ukulele keeps growing every year. And I’m constantly discovering new sounds, styles and expressive possibilities within the instrument through projects like the Nashville Sessions album. By the time we finished that recording, I already had tons of ideas for the next album. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and experiment some more.”

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Makana Mele Concert at Ka Makana Ali`i featuring Kaipo Kapua
Nov
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Makana Mele Concert at Ka Makana Ali`i featuring Kaipo Kapua

Makana Mele: A Monthly Concert Series

Saturday, August 12 from 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Please join us for our Makana Mele Concert Series on the 2nd Saturday of each month in center court:  

November 11

4:30pm - 5:30pm:  Halau Hula ma ka Pu’uwai a ka Mana’o — Kumu Hula Pam Ka’uionalani Divine

6:00pm - 7:30pm:  Kaipo Kapua

December 9

4:30pm - 5:30pm:   Halau ‘O Nāpuala’ikauika’iu— Kumu Hula Sallie Yoza

6:00pm - 7:30pm:   Kailua Moon

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro
Nov
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule—140 dates a year—is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

“When I first started touring the mainland,” he recalls, “everybody would say, ‘Oh man, I didn’t know you could play that kind of music on that thing.’ But now there are so many iconic artists playing the ukulele, like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Train, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Dave Mathews and Taylor Swift. Even popular cartoons like ‘Peg + Cat’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ have ukulele soundtracks. The popularity of the ukulele keeps growing every year. And I’m constantly discovering new sounds, styles and expressive possibilities within the instrument through projects like the Nashville Sessions album. By the time we finished that recording, I already had tons of ideas for the next album. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and experiment some more.”

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents George Kahumoku Jr & Bobby Ingano with special guest Timmy Abrigo
Nov
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents George Kahumoku Jr & Bobby Ingano with special guest Timmy Abrigo

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

George Kahumoku Jr. & Bobby Ingano; with special guest Timmy Abrigo

GEORGE KAHUMOKU
Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr., known as “Hawai‘i’s Renaissance Man”, is also a multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner.

He is also a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter & author, world-traveling performer, as well as a teacher, artist and sculptor, farmer, and chef (traditional Hawaiian cuisine). He is the producer and star of the long-running, weekly Slack Key Show® on Maui, which features the best of Hawaiian slack key and other music artists, now in its second decade.

George tours solo or with different artists from his renowned Slack Key Show®, to share the delightful experience of kī-hō‘alu (slack key guitar) – the distinctly Hawaiian style of open tunings. Shows feature good music and good humor, Hawaiian cultural knowledge, and the down-home spirit of the islands.

In 2012, he released his CD project with the late Norton Buffalo: From Paradise, which includes tracks by several Hawaiian masters. His slack key also appears on the film soundtrack of The Descendants.

BOBBY INGANO
Bobby Ingano was born in Lanai City, on Lanai Island (pop. 2500). The only means of music, aside from backyard jams, was one radio in his home. Through radio, he was introduced to rock-and-roll and steel guitar at the same time. Two songs that he remembers distinctly as his favorites are "Blueberry Hill" and "Sleepwalk".

In high school, Bobby became immersed in playing the "blues" and joined a band. By the time he turned 18, Bobby moved out on his own and met a man who was one of the most notably influential people in his life-- David "Feet" Rogers, original member of the renowned Sons of Hawaii. Feet instilled in Bobby the importance of playing with discipline and love. He would say, "When you play music, always have fun and the main thing is, making people happy...PERIOD! No worry about competition. It's not a sport. Just be happy and smile...and never, ever, put yourself above anybody else. Bobby, always, ALWAYS play from your heart!"

One of the most in-demand lap steel players in Hawaii, Bobby has played on a "who's who" list of prominent entertainer's albums, from Amy Gilliom, Cazimero Brothers, Willy K, Bill Kaiwa, Kekuhi Kanehele, Theresa Bright, Martin Pahinui to Ka'au Crater Boys, Palolo, Kapena, Valley Boys, several groups in Japan, and most recently BB Shawn.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Willie K
Nov
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Willie K

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Willie K

When the Honolulu Pulse said, “Willie K can play or sing almost anything an American audience might ask for,” that wasn’t hype, it was the literal truth. The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera—and not only get away with it but leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment. No less than Prince is a huge fan, calling Willie K a “funky mother#%@&er,” while another avowed fan is a fellow Hawaiian who goes by the name Barack Obama.

“When you come to the Willie K experience you leave knowing who Willie K really is,” says Willie K himself, and now, with Warehouse Blues—the long-awaited album that returns the Grammy nominee and winner of multiple prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano awards to his roots—those fortunate enough to bask in the glow of that experience will discover another side of this multi-talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and all-around riveting entertainer. “Playing the blues makes me happy,” says Willie K, “and everybody loves it when I do.”

For Willie K—born Willie Kahaialii and known affectionately as Uncle Willie in the islands—playing the blues marks the completion of a full circle. Although he has built a reputation as one of the foremost practitioners of native Hawaiian music over the years, it was the blues that Willie first learned from his dad, himself a highly respected musician. “My father was a great influence,” says Willie K. “He groomed me to be where I am today. He was just as diverse as I am—the guy knew how to play everything: jazz, blues and Hawaiian.”

Of course traditional, indigenous Hawaiian music has always been at the core of the Willie K experience too, and it’s important to him to dispel misguided notions about what exactly Hawaiian music is. When Willie K plays Hawaiian, the beauty that emerges from his instrument and his mouth is as far from the stereotypes as Maui is from the North Pole.

But no matter what kind of music he plays, it all comes out Willie K music—even when he sings opera. “Three or four years ago I decided to try out some operatic tunes, some Italian arias, just to see how the audience would take it,” he says. “And it goes over very well. You’ll never find that in any other pub throughout the country, I can guarantee you that!” he says with a hearty laugh.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Loretta Ables Sayre
Nov
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Loretta Ables Sayre

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

LORETTA ABLES SAYRE

Ables Sayre began singing professionally in 1979 as the first featured female vocalist with Keola and Kapono Beamer in the Ocean Showroom of the Reef Hotel in Waikiki. She was the opening act for comedian Andy Bumatai in the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in 1981.

Loretta made her London and U.K. debut in late summer 2011 in South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre and appeared in the production’s U.K. tour in cities across England, Scotland and Wales. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress and a Theatre World Award for her Broadway and NYC debuts in the role and performed Bali Hai on the nationally broadcast 2008 Tony Awards Preview Concert. The run concluded with a live, nationally-televised PBS production of “Live From Lincoln Center; South Pacific.”

In addition to her work on Broadway, Loretta is well-known in Hawaii for her performances in theater, concerts, TV series, commercials and voiceover work.  

She released her first CD, “Dreamy,” in December 2001 to public and critical acclaim and was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award and received national airplay.

Highlights in her career as a vocalist include performing as the opening act for world renowned artists including: The Four Tops (2000); James Brown (2001); Beach Boys (2002); and Kenny Loggins (2003).

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Blayne Asing
Nov
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Blayne Asing

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Blayne Asing

Born and raised on the island of O’ahu, singer/songwriter Blayne Asing began playing ʻukulele at age eight; singing in the Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus at age nine; playing guitar at age 14; and playing percussion in the Kamehameha Schools marching, concert, and pep bands at age 12. Although he grew up loving the music of popular Hawai’i artists such as Ernie Cruz, Jr., Brother Noland, Gabby Pahinui, Olomana, Kalapana, Cecilio and Kapono, Country Comfort, and the Kaʻau Crater Boys, his own music is heavily influenced by country and folk music artists such as James Taylor and Jackson Browne.

Asing had no formal music training. He had a couple of lessons in 4th grade learning the basics of the ‘ukulele, but nothing beyond that. When he first picked up the guitar in high school, he taught himself how to play by watching YouTube videos. He credits his ability to play with having a natural ear for learning.

In addition to his expertise in playing a variety of instruments, Asing is a prolific songwriter. His original songs range from country/folk to Hawaiian and island music, but he also loves performing the music of his favorite Hawaiian legends. He released his debut album “Young, Old Soul” in 2015, which earned him the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaiʻi's GRAMMY® Award) for Most Promising Artist. Of the 10 tracks on the album, six are original songs. Three of the songs from the album are currently in heavy rotation on one of the largest and most popular radio stations in Hawai’i, landing there after the station’s program director happened to hear Asing at a live performance. Radio stations clamored for more, and immediately began playing his latest single, "Molokai On My Mind" upon its release.

In addition to his solo career, Asing has worked with childhood idols such as Ernie Cruz, Jr. He plays guitar for Brother Noland, with whom he performs on a regular basis, and he has been invited to sit in with other award-winning artists such as Kawika Kahiapo and Mike Kaawa. He has also performed with a variety of popular younger artists, including Ian O’Sullivan, The Voice’s Duncan Kamakana (Osorio), and former Pure Heart lead singer and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Jon Yamasato.

However, Asing says his absolute favorite thing is getting an invitation from the legendary, multiple award-winning slack key guitarist Ledward Kaapana to come play in Kaapana’s garage for one of his infamous huge jam sessions.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends
Nov
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

ANUHEA & FRIENDS
2ND ANNUAL THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

Anuhea has enjoyed several iTunes & Radio Hit singles including “SIMPLE LOVE SONG” and "Higher Than The Clouds".  A major presence on the Islands with multiple hit songs being played in heavy rotation hourly, along with favorable critical comparison to fellow islanders Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars, ANUHEA also enjoys the distinction of being specifically requested to perform by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  


ANUHEA, who recently headlined sold-out North American venues in cities across the country including NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and many more.  She has also played NFL Halftime shows including the Pro Bowl and appeared on many music festivals including Wakarusa, Outside Lands and the Kokua Festival.

ANUHEA has also performed with a wide cross-section of top acts including Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson, Al Green, FloRida, Ziggy Marley, Katchafire, Trevor Hall, SOJA, Mishka, Donovan Frankenreiter and Taj Mahal, and is the recipient of two wins at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for “Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Most Promising Artist.”  

Her video for Simple Love Song has Millions of Views and her video for Higher Than The Clouds is well over a million views, ANUHEA’S total YouTube Views are over 8 Million.  
ANUHEA has had over 500,000 digital singles downloaded from the US iTunes store alone and sold over 150,000 full albums to date.  She has charted TOP TEN on the iTunes POP, R&B & Reggae Charts and TOP TEN on the Billboard Heatseakers & World Music Charts.  ANUHEA was designated a Discovery Download and Artist to Watch along with one of the Best New Artists by iTunes and was recently named one of the Top Dozen POP Albums of the Year and Song of The Week by GOOGLE.

ANUHEA has well over 140,000 Facebook fans and over 250,000 social media fans across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ANUHEA is drawing increasingly large crowds and selling out most venues across the USA., and her fanbase continues to multiply, drawn by an organic, pop-driven sweetness and the unmistakable Hawaiian influence complete with ukulele.  
AHUHEA is the most played female artist on the radio in Hawaii and arguably the most famous female artist to ever come from the state of Hawaii, speaks fluent Hawaiian and is involved with many charitable organizations throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific including Mana Maoli and Jack Johnson's Kokua Foundation.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends
Nov
22
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

ANUHEA & FRIENDS
2ND ANNUAL THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

Anuhea has enjoyed several iTunes & Radio Hit singles including “SIMPLE LOVE SONG” and "Higher Than The Clouds".  A major presence on the Islands with multiple hit songs being played in heavy rotation hourly, along with favorable critical comparison to fellow islanders Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars, ANUHEA also enjoys the distinction of being specifically requested to perform by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  


ANUHEA, who recently headlined sold-out North American venues in cities across the country including NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and many more.  She has also played NFL Halftime shows including the Pro Bowl and appeared on many music festivals including Wakarusa, Outside Lands and the Kokua Festival.

ANUHEA has also performed with a wide cross-section of top acts including Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson, Al Green, FloRida, Ziggy Marley, Katchafire, Trevor Hall, SOJA, Mishka, Donovan Frankenreiter and Taj Mahal, and is the recipient of two wins at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for “Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Most Promising Artist.”  

Her video for Simple Love Song has Millions of Views and her video for Higher Than The Clouds is well over a million views, ANUHEA’S total YouTube Views are over 8 Million.  
ANUHEA has had over 500,000 digital singles downloaded from the US iTunes store alone and sold over 150,000 full albums to date.  She has charted TOP TEN on the iTunes POP, R&B & Reggae Charts and TOP TEN on the Billboard Heatseakers & World Music Charts.  ANUHEA was designated a Discovery Download and Artist to Watch along with one of the Best New Artists by iTunes and was recently named one of the Top Dozen POP Albums of the Year and Song of The Week by GOOGLE.

ANUHEA has well over 140,000 Facebook fans and over 250,000 social media fans across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ANUHEA is drawing increasingly large crowds and selling out most venues across the USA., and her fanbase continues to multiply, drawn by an organic, pop-driven sweetness and the unmistakable Hawaiian influence complete with ukulele.  
AHUHEA is the most played female artist on the radio in Hawaii and arguably the most famous female artist to ever come from the state of Hawaii, speaks fluent Hawaiian and is involved with many charitable organizations throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific including Mana Maoli and Jack Johnson's Kokua Foundation.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends
Nov
23
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

ANUHEA & FRIENDS
2ND ANNUAL THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

Anuhea has enjoyed several iTunes & Radio Hit singles including “SIMPLE LOVE SONG” and "Higher Than The Clouds".  A major presence on the Islands with multiple hit songs being played in heavy rotation hourly, along with favorable critical comparison to fellow islanders Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars, ANUHEA also enjoys the distinction of being specifically requested to perform by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  


ANUHEA, who recently headlined sold-out North American venues in cities across the country including NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and many more.  She has also played NFL Halftime shows including the Pro Bowl and appeared on many music festivals including Wakarusa, Outside Lands and the Kokua Festival.

ANUHEA has also performed with a wide cross-section of top acts including Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson, Al Green, FloRida, Ziggy Marley, Katchafire, Trevor Hall, SOJA, Mishka, Donovan Frankenreiter and Taj Mahal, and is the recipient of two wins at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for “Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Most Promising Artist.”  

Her video for Simple Love Song has Millions of Views and her video for Higher Than The Clouds is well over a million views, ANUHEA’S total YouTube Views are over 8 Million.  
ANUHEA has had over 500,000 digital singles downloaded from the US iTunes store alone and sold over 150,000 full albums to date.  She has charted TOP TEN on the iTunes POP, R&B & Reggae Charts and TOP TEN on the Billboard Heatseakers & World Music Charts.  ANUHEA was designated a Discovery Download and Artist to Watch along with one of the Best New Artists by iTunes and was recently named one of the Top Dozen POP Albums of the Year and Song of The Week by GOOGLE.

ANUHEA has well over 140,000 Facebook fans and over 250,000 social media fans across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ANUHEA is drawing increasingly large crowds and selling out most venues across the USA., and her fanbase continues to multiply, drawn by an organic, pop-driven sweetness and the unmistakable Hawaiian influence complete with ukulele.  
AHUHEA is the most played female artist on the radio in Hawaii and arguably the most famous female artist to ever come from the state of Hawaii, speaks fluent Hawaiian and is involved with many charitable organizations throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific including Mana Maoli and Jack Johnson's Kokua Foundation.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends
Nov
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

ANUHEA & FRIENDS
2ND ANNUAL THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

Anuhea has enjoyed several iTunes & Radio Hit singles including “SIMPLE LOVE SONG” and "Higher Than The Clouds".  A major presence on the Islands with multiple hit songs being played in heavy rotation hourly, along with favorable critical comparison to fellow islanders Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars, ANUHEA also enjoys the distinction of being specifically requested to perform by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  


ANUHEA, who recently headlined sold-out North American venues in cities across the country including NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and many more.  She has also played NFL Halftime shows including the Pro Bowl and appeared on many music festivals including Wakarusa, Outside Lands and the Kokua Festival.

ANUHEA has also performed with a wide cross-section of top acts including Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson, Al Green, FloRida, Ziggy Marley, Katchafire, Trevor Hall, SOJA, Mishka, Donovan Frankenreiter and Taj Mahal, and is the recipient of two wins at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for “Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Most Promising Artist.”  

Her video for Simple Love Song has Millions of Views and her video for Higher Than The Clouds is well over a million views, ANUHEA’S total YouTube Views are over 8 Million.  
ANUHEA has had over 500,000 digital singles downloaded from the US iTunes store alone and sold over 150,000 full albums to date.  She has charted TOP TEN on the iTunes POP, R&B & Reggae Charts and TOP TEN on the Billboard Heatseakers & World Music Charts.  ANUHEA was designated a Discovery Download and Artist to Watch along with one of the Best New Artists by iTunes and was recently named one of the Top Dozen POP Albums of the Year and Song of The Week by GOOGLE.

ANUHEA has well over 140,000 Facebook fans and over 250,000 social media fans across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ANUHEA is drawing increasingly large crowds and selling out most venues across the USA., and her fanbase continues to multiply, drawn by an organic, pop-driven sweetness and the unmistakable Hawaiian influence complete with ukulele.  
AHUHEA is the most played female artist on the radio in Hawaii and arguably the most famous female artist to ever come from the state of Hawaii, speaks fluent Hawaiian and is involved with many charitable organizations throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific including Mana Maoli and Jack Johnson's Kokua Foundation.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends
Nov
25
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

ANUHEA & FRIENDS
2ND ANNUAL THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

Anuhea has enjoyed several iTunes & Radio Hit singles including “SIMPLE LOVE SONG” and "Higher Than The Clouds".  A major presence on the Islands with multiple hit songs being played in heavy rotation hourly, along with favorable critical comparison to fellow islanders Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars, ANUHEA also enjoys the distinction of being specifically requested to perform by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  


ANUHEA, who recently headlined sold-out North American venues in cities across the country including NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and many more.  She has also played NFL Halftime shows including the Pro Bowl and appeared on many music festivals including Wakarusa, Outside Lands and the Kokua Festival.

ANUHEA has also performed with a wide cross-section of top acts including Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson, Al Green, FloRida, Ziggy Marley, Katchafire, Trevor Hall, SOJA, Mishka, Donovan Frankenreiter and Taj Mahal, and is the recipient of two wins at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for “Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Most Promising Artist.”  

Her video for Simple Love Song has Millions of Views and her video for Higher Than The Clouds is well over a million views, ANUHEA’S total YouTube Views are over 8 Million.  
ANUHEA has had over 500,000 digital singles downloaded from the US iTunes store alone and sold over 150,000 full albums to date.  She has charted TOP TEN on the iTunes POP, R&B & Reggae Charts and TOP TEN on the Billboard Heatseakers & World Music Charts.  ANUHEA was designated a Discovery Download and Artist to Watch along with one of the Best New Artists by iTunes and was recently named one of the Top Dozen POP Albums of the Year and Song of The Week by GOOGLE.

ANUHEA has well over 140,000 Facebook fans and over 250,000 social media fans across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ANUHEA is drawing increasingly large crowds and selling out most venues across the USA., and her fanbase continues to multiply, drawn by an organic, pop-driven sweetness and the unmistakable Hawaiian influence complete with ukulele.  
AHUHEA is the most played female artist on the radio in Hawaii and arguably the most famous female artist to ever come from the state of Hawaii, speaks fluent Hawaiian and is involved with many charitable organizations throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific including Mana Maoli and Jack Johnson's Kokua Foundation.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends
Nov
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Anuhea and Friends

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

ANUHEA & FRIENDS
2ND ANNUAL THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

Anuhea has enjoyed several iTunes & Radio Hit singles including “SIMPLE LOVE SONG” and "Higher Than The Clouds".  A major presence on the Islands with multiple hit songs being played in heavy rotation hourly, along with favorable critical comparison to fellow islanders Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars, ANUHEA also enjoys the distinction of being specifically requested to perform by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  


ANUHEA, who recently headlined sold-out North American venues in cities across the country including NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and many more.  She has also played NFL Halftime shows including the Pro Bowl and appeared on many music festivals including Wakarusa, Outside Lands and the Kokua Festival.

ANUHEA has also performed with a wide cross-section of top acts including Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson, Al Green, FloRida, Ziggy Marley, Katchafire, Trevor Hall, SOJA, Mishka, Donovan Frankenreiter and Taj Mahal, and is the recipient of two wins at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for “Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Most Promising Artist.”  

Her video for Simple Love Song has Millions of Views and her video for Higher Than The Clouds is well over a million views, ANUHEA’S total YouTube Views are over 8 Million.  
ANUHEA has had over 500,000 digital singles downloaded from the US iTunes store alone and sold over 150,000 full albums to date.  She has charted TOP TEN on the iTunes POP, R&B & Reggae Charts and TOP TEN on the Billboard Heatseakers & World Music Charts.  ANUHEA was designated a Discovery Download and Artist to Watch along with one of the Best New Artists by iTunes and was recently named one of the Top Dozen POP Albums of the Year and Song of The Week by GOOGLE.

ANUHEA has well over 140,000 Facebook fans and over 250,000 social media fans across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ANUHEA is drawing increasingly large crowds and selling out most venues across the USA., and her fanbase continues to multiply, drawn by an organic, pop-driven sweetness and the unmistakable Hawaiian influence complete with ukulele.  
AHUHEA is the most played female artist on the radio in Hawaii and arguably the most famous female artist to ever come from the state of Hawaii, speaks fluent Hawaiian and is involved with many charitable organizations throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific including Mana Maoli and Jack Johnson's Kokua Foundation.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Ron Artis II
Nov
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Ron Artis II

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

RON ARTIS II

Ron Artis II is an American musician/singer-songwriter. He is best known for his work as Ron Artis II and Thunderstorm in Hawaii. Named after his father Ron Artis, Ron is the eldest son of 11 children.  He has enjoyed music since before he could walk, crawling across his father’s piano at age 1.  Ron has grown in all genres of music and loves to create new songs on the spot in his concerts.  He believes that “Music is meant to be lived, as life is meant to be lived”. Ron’s recordings include genres of music from Rock, Blues, Jazz and completely to the other side of the world into classical, flamenco, then into the streets of rap, R & B and soul. Ron has always believed in being independent to be able to create and share the most pure music possible.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Manoa DNA
Dec
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Manoa DNA

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Manoa DNA

If DNA conjures up visions of sterile science labs for you, then MānoaDNA is about to change your world. Weaving a patchwork of styles and genres into one solid sound, this multi-generational group quickly became a fixture in the music scene. They have taken the science out of DNA and replaced it with harmonies that will touch your soul.

“DNA” stands for Dad, Nick and Alx- and yes, it is all in the genes. For 11 years, MānoaDNA has been captivating audiences across the country and the Pacific. This talented family band brings 3-part harmony, upbeat sounds, and infectious enthusiasm to every stage. 

Separately they are good, together they are great.

“Dad” (Lloyd), a professional musician for over 35 years, quickly recognized the potential for perfect harmony when he saw that his sons had inherited his passion for music. He encouraged and coached them as they strived to take their sound to the next level. Lloyd often draws from personal history and friendships as he showcases the musical talents of MānoaDNA.

After graduating from the college, where he was a soloist with the University Singers, Nick returned home and joined forces with younger brother Alx. Their idea, to form a band of brothers and entertain friends and family at casual gatherings and parties, quickly began to gather steam. Their dad added a third dimension and they realized they had a sound worth perusing.

Alx, meanwhile, with one year of college on the mainland under his belt, had returned home determined to pursue his music in Hawai’i. His innate abilities and perseverance have been the catalyst to propel MānoaDNA. Armed with original compositions and a vision, he took destiny by the reigns. Alx currently lives in LA where he is learning from some of the world’s best performers and songwriters.

The have gathered a fan base spanning two continents, from one side of the Pacific to the other. The sound of MānoaDNA transcends generations, delighting audiences with their wide repertoire of music. Whether you enjoy The Eagles, James Taylor, Crosby Stills, the Beach Boys, Latino or Hawaiian music, MānoaDNA has the sounds you’ll enjoy. And, to quote James Ingram, “it doesn’t hurt that they’re easy on the eyes.”

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Danny and Nicholas Kaleikini's Holiday Concert
Dec
5
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Danny and Nicholas Kaleikini's Holiday Concert

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Danny and Nicholas Kaleikini's Holiday Concert

Danny Kaleikini, a staple in Hawaiian music and the “Ambassador of Aloha,” has been entertaining audiences from around the world for over 50 years and is most commonly known for his long-standing residency at the Kahala Hilton, a stint that ran for 30 years. He was the opening act for Paul Anka at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and has performed alongside Dolly Parton, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Ho, Hilo Hattie, and Jimmy Borges.

Nicholas, a classically trained musician and producer at Lana Lane Studios, played clarinet in his early years that developed into a lifelong love of the saxophone and piano. He is the Director of the POW! WOW! School of Music, a free two-week-long music intensive program for local youth. Nicholas also performs with internationally acclaimed emcee and activist Shing02 and recently finished touring China, Japan, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

In 2015, the duo released their first album together entitled Aloooha. The album was nominated for EP of the Year at the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. The duo released their second album, entitled Mahaaalo, December of 2016, marking the first time that Danny and Nicholas will be releasing original music.

When asked about collaborating with his grandson, Danny stated, “Aloha kekahi i kekahi, love one another. Aloha ke akua, God is love. To work with my grandson, and to share with him what I know, and to learn from him from what he knows, is a special bond. To come together as one ‘ohana, the end result is simply, aloha.”

The duo produced and arranged the EP alongside Lindley P. Cannon to create a modern take on the old sounds of Hawai‘i Nei. The jazz and blues-influenced recordings showcase Danny’s legendary vocals backed by the saxophone, piano, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and steel guitar. Other musicians featured on the EP includes Alika Lyman, Jeff Au Hoy, Wil Tafolo, Dae Han, and Lanihuli Lee.

More information at http://www.kaleikinimusic.com

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Hawaii Theatre Center presents: KUANA’S WINTER WONDERLAND
Dec
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

Hawaii Theatre Center presents: KUANA’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Hawaii Theatre Center presents

KUANA’S WINTER WONDERLAND

December 8 & 9 & 10 & , 2017

Ticket(s)

$75, $55, $45, $35 (Each ticket comes w/ a CD)

Discount(s)

$5 Off - HTC Members, Seniors (62+), Military & Students (w/ valid id), Youth (4-17), Groups (10+)

Hawaiian musician, vocalist, songwriter, dancer and educator Kuana Torres Kahele appears at the Hawaii Theatre Center to usher in the Holiday season with a few of his friends. He will host three shows featuring Hawaiian musician, vocalists, and halau. Miss Aloha Hula and Miss & Master Keiki Hula will also perform.

12 Lei of Christmas Giveaway

 

 

In addition, each night will include a rare and exciting giveaway of four Niihau Shell Lei.* A total of 12 Niihau Shell Lei, a value of $50,000, will be gifted!

*Winner must be present to win.

Special Guests:

Friday, December 8, 2017:

Music:
•Josh Tatofi Band
•Lopaka Igarta DeVera
•Maila Gibson

Hula:
•7 Miss Aloha Hula Winners
•Halau Na Mamo O Puuanahulu
•Halau Hiiakainamakalehua
•Kilohana Japan
•Ka Hale Iken Hawaii O Kuana
•2017 Miss & Master Keiki Hula

Saturday, December 9, 2017:

Music:
•Ekolu Trio
•Josh Tatofi Band
•Kamaka Kukona

Hula:
•7 Miss Aloha Hula Winners
•Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala
•Halau Ka Hanu Lehua
•Halau Hiiakainamakalehua
•2017 Miss & Master Keiki Hula

Sunday, December 10, 2017:

Music:
•Ekolu Trio
•Josh Tatofi Band
•Kamaka Kukona

Hula:
•7 Miss Aloha Hula Winners
•Halau Ka Hanu Lehua
•Halau Hiiakainamakalehua
•2017 Miss & Master Keiki Hula

Known primarily for his original acoustic compositions, Kahele is a skilled arranger of traditional Hawaiian music as well, performing and recording with instruments such as ukulele, guitar, ipu, and bass. After learning kane dancing and mele writing in his teens, in 1995 Kahele co-founded Nā Palapalai, a Hawaiian music group that has released seven albums. Several have charted in the top five on the Billboard Top World Albums chart, and the group has won a large number of Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including Group of the Year. Kahele regularly teaches cultural workshops and other classes, and operates the Na Lei Lanakila O Niihau halau on the island of Niihau. In Japan he runs the Kuana School of Hawaiian Music & Culture, teaching approximately 200 combined students in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

A $3.00 Theatre Restoration Fee & Internet Fees apply to all ticket prices/purchases.

Children under 4 years of age not permitted.

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The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert Featuring Maunalua
Dec
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert Featuring Maunalua

2 Shows at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Formed in 1993, Maunalua (Bobby Moderow, Jr., Kahi Kaonohi, and Richard Gideon) released their self-titled first album in 2000 - and promptly won the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (the Hawaiian Grammy®) for “Hawaiian Album of the Year.” Their second album (Kuleana), released in 2003, brought Nā Hōkū awards for both Group and Favorite Entertainer of the Year, and their third (Ho'okanaka, released in 2007) and fourth (He Inoa, released in 2015) albums won still more Nā Hōkū Awards, each for Group of the Year.

All strong vocalists, the group is known for its tight harmonies accentuated by Moderowʻs falsetto and prowess with slack key guitar. Long a favorite with audiences all over Hawaiʻi, as well as a number of foreign countries and the continental U.S., their always-entertaining performances range from fun, high-energy songs to sweet and soulful ballads, interspersed with banter between the three group members and with the audience. Whether performing for hundreds at inauguration festivities for then newly-elected President Obama in 2009, or for a few dozen people at a backyard paʻina (party), Maunalua never disappoints.
 

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Hawaii Theatre Center presents: KUANA’S WINTER WONDERLAND
Dec
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Hawaii Theatre Center presents: KUANA’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Hawaii Theatre Center presents

KUANA’S WINTER WONDERLAND

December 8 & 9 & 10 & , 2017

Ticket(s)

$75, $55, $45, $35 (Each ticket comes w/ a CD)

Discount(s)

$5 Off - HTC Members, Seniors (62+), Military & Students (w/ valid id), Youth (4-17), Groups (10+)

Hawaiian musician, vocalist, songwriter, dancer and educator Kuana Torres Kahele appears at the Hawaii Theatre Center to usher in the Holiday season with a few of his friends. He will host three shows featuring Hawaiian musician, vocalists, and halau. Miss Aloha Hula and Miss & Master Keiki Hula will also perform.

12 Lei of Christmas Giveaway

 

 

In addition, each night will include a rare and exciting giveaway of four Niihau Shell Lei.* A total of 12 Niihau Shell Lei, a value of $50,000, will be gifted!

*Winner must be present to win.

Special Guests:

Friday, December 8, 2017:

Music:
•Josh Tatofi Band
•Lopaka Igarta DeVera
•Maila Gibson

Hula:
•7 Miss Aloha Hula Winners
•Halau Na Mamo O Puuanahulu
•Halau Hiiakainamakalehua
•Kilohana Japan
•Ka Hale Iken Hawaii O Kuana
•2017 Miss & Master Keiki Hula

Saturday, December 9, 2017:

Music:
•Ekolu Trio
•Josh Tatofi Band
•Kamaka Kukona

Hula:
•7 Miss Aloha Hula Winners
•Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala
•Halau Ka Hanu Lehua
•Halau Hiiakainamakalehua
•2017 Miss & Master Keiki Hula

Sunday, December 10, 2017:

Music:
•Ekolu Trio
•Josh Tatofi Band
•Kamaka Kukona

Hula:
•7 Miss Aloha Hula Winners
•Halau Ka Hanu Lehua
•Halau Hiiakainamakalehua
•2017 Miss & Master Keiki Hula

Known primarily for his original acoustic compositions, Kahele is a skilled arranger of traditional Hawaiian music as well, performing and recording with instruments such as ukulele, guitar, ipu, and bass. After learning kane dancing and mele writing in his teens, in 1995 Kahele co-founded Nā Palapalai, a Hawaiian music group that has released seven albums. Several have charted in the top five on the Billboard Top World Albums chart, and the group has won a large number of Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including Group of the Year. Kahele regularly teaches cultural workshops and other classes, and operates the Na Lei Lanakila O Niihau halau on the island of Niihau. In Japan he runs the Kuana School of Hawaiian Music & Culture, teaching approximately 200 combined students in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

A $3.00 Theatre Restoration Fee & Internet Fees apply to all ticket prices/purchases.

Children under 4 years of age not permitted.

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Hawaii Theatre Center presents: KUANA’S WINTER WONDERLAND
Dec
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

Hawaii Theatre Center presents: KUANA’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Hawaii Theatre Center presents

KUANA’S WINTER WONDERLAND

December 8 & 9 & 10 & , 2017

Ticket(s)

$75, $55, $45, $35 (Each ticket comes w/ a CD)

Discount(s)

$5 Off - HTC Members, Seniors (62+), Military & Students (w/ valid id), Youth (4-17), Groups (10+)

Hawaiian musician, vocalist, songwriter, dancer and educator Kuana Torres Kahele appears at the Hawaii Theatre Center to usher in the Holiday season with a few of his friends. He will host three shows featuring Hawaiian musician, vocalists, and halau. Miss Aloha Hula and Miss & Master Keiki Hula will also perform.

12 Lei of Christmas Giveaway

 

 

In addition, each night will include a rare and exciting giveaway of four Niihau Shell Lei.* A total of 12 Niihau Shell Lei, a value of $50,000, will be gifted!

*Winner must be present to win.

Special Guests:

Friday, December 8, 2017:

Music:
•Josh Tatofi Band
•Lopaka Igarta DeVera
•Maila Gibson

Hula:
•7 Miss Aloha Hula Winners
•Halau Na Mamo O Puuanahulu
•Halau Hiiakainamakalehua
•Kilohana Japan
•Ka Hale Iken Hawaii O Kuana
•2017 Miss & Master Keiki Hula

Saturday, December 9, 2017:

Music:
•Ekolu Trio
•Josh Tatofi Band
•Kamaka Kukona

Hula:
•7 Miss Aloha Hula Winners
•Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala
•Halau Ka Hanu Lehua
•Halau Hiiakainamakalehua
•2017 Miss & Master Keiki Hula

Sunday, December 10, 2017:

Music:
•Ekolu Trio
•Josh Tatofi Band
•Kamaka Kukona

Hula:
•7 Miss Aloha Hula Winners
•Halau Ka Hanu Lehua
•Halau Hiiakainamakalehua
•2017 Miss & Master Keiki Hula

Known primarily for his original acoustic compositions, Kahele is a skilled arranger of traditional Hawaiian music as well, performing and recording with instruments such as ukulele, guitar, ipu, and bass. After learning kane dancing and mele writing in his teens, in 1995 Kahele co-founded Nā Palapalai, a Hawaiian music group that has released seven albums. Several have charted in the top five on the Billboard Top World Albums chart, and the group has won a large number of Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including Group of the Year. Kahele regularly teaches cultural workshops and other classes, and operates the Na Lei Lanakila O Niihau halau on the island of Niihau. In Japan he runs the Kuana School of Hawaiian Music & Culture, teaching approximately 200 combined students in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

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Children under 4 years of age not permitted.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Willie K
Dec
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Willie K

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Willie K

When the Honolulu Pulse said, “Willie K can play or sing almost anything an American audience might ask for,” that wasn’t hype, it was the literal truth. The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera—and not only get away with it but leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment. No less than Prince is a huge fan, calling Willie K a “funky mother#%@&er,” while another avowed fan is a fellow Hawaiian who goes by the name Barack Obama.

“When you come to the Willie K experience you leave knowing who Willie K really is,” says Willie K himself, and now, with Warehouse Blues—the long-awaited album that returns the Grammy nominee and winner of multiple prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano awards to his roots—those fortunate enough to bask in the glow of that experience will discover another side of this multi-talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and all-around riveting entertainer. “Playing the blues makes me happy,” says Willie K, “and everybody loves it when I do.”

For Willie K—born Willie Kahaialii and known affectionately as Uncle Willie in the islands—playing the blues marks the completion of a full circle. Although he has built a reputation as one of the foremost practitioners of native Hawaiian music over the years, it was the blues that Willie first learned from his dad, himself a highly respected musician. “My father was a great influence,” says Willie K. “He groomed me to be where I am today. He was just as diverse as I am—the guy knew how to play everything: jazz, blues and Hawaiian.”

Of course traditional, indigenous Hawaiian music has always been at the core of the Willie K experience too, and it’s important to him to dispel misguided notions about what exactly Hawaiian music is. When Willie K plays Hawaiian, the beauty that emerges from his instrument and his mouth is as far from the stereotypes as Maui is from the North Pole.

But no matter what kind of music he plays, it all comes out Willie K music—even when he sings opera. “Three or four years ago I decided to try out some operatic tunes, some Italian arias, just to see how the audience would take it,” he says. “And it goes over very well. You’ll never find that in any other pub throughout the country, I can guarantee you that!” he says with a hearty laugh.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Robert Cazimero and Friends
Dec
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Robert Cazimero and Friends

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

In the 1970s, Robert Cazimero was instrumental in the resurgence of Hawaiian music and culture. That resurgence began a career that almost thirty years later is stronger than ever. Musician, composer, kumu hula...his work in all of these areas is well-known throughout the world. For Robert's Blue Note Hawaii shows, he switches things up and performs a variety of jazz standards as well as traditional Hawaiian favorites. 

His incomparable elegant voice is distinctive, whether he performs solo on piano or with his brother, Roland, as The Brothers Cazimero. Recording has played an important part of Robert's career, and he has collectively (as The Brothers Cazimero) and individually released over 30 albums over the past three decades. The success of these recording projects can easily be measured by the fact that they all remain on the market. Fans of Robert and The Brothers Cazimero boast of a complete collection of CDs and tapes.  

The many talents of Robert Cazimero have established him as a benchmark in Hawaiian music and culture. 

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Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Kawika Kahiapo & Friends
Dec
16
4:00am 4:00am

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Kawika Kahiapo & Friends

Kailua has established itself as THE place on O‘ahu for free Hawaiian music from some of the Islands’ best-known musicians with the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and A&B Properties, Inc.’s popular “Kanikapila In Kailua” music series.

For more than two years, the monthly celebrations of Hawaiian music and culture have presented such legendary entertainers as the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, who recently passed away from cancer, 12-string guitar virtuoso Mike Kaawa and Ernie Cruz Jr., a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and former member of the legendary Ka‘au Crater Boys.

“We are grateful to Kawika Kahiapo, co-creator of this amazing Hawaiian music series, which has made the Windward side THE place for authentic Island music,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation President and CEO. “Kawika brings together the best musical talent for the enjoyment not only of Kailua residents, but of Hawaiian music-lovers from across O‘ahu. For Hawaiian music, the Windward side has become no ka oi!”

“Kanikapila In Kailua” takes place on one Saturday each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the parking garage near Whole Foods Market in Kailua Town. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, grab their favorite ono food from Kailua’s many great eateries, and sit back and enjoy true Hawaiian music by the Island’s top performers.

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro
Dec
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule—140 dates a year—is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

“When I first started touring the mainland,” he recalls, “everybody would say, ‘Oh man, I didn’t know you could play that kind of music on that thing.’ But now there are so many iconic artists playing the ukulele, like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Train, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Dave Mathews and Taylor Swift. Even popular cartoons like ‘Peg + Cat’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ have ukulele soundtracks. The popularity of the ukulele keeps growing every year. And I’m constantly discovering new sounds, styles and expressive possibilities within the instrument through projects like the Nashville Sessions album. By the time we finished that recording, I already had tons of ideas for the next album. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and experiment some more.”

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro
Dec
22
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule—140 dates a year—is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

“When I first started touring the mainland,” he recalls, “everybody would say, ‘Oh man, I didn’t know you could play that kind of music on that thing.’ But now there are so many iconic artists playing the ukulele, like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Train, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Dave Mathews and Taylor Swift. Even popular cartoons like ‘Peg + Cat’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ have ukulele soundtracks. The popularity of the ukulele keeps growing every year. And I’m constantly discovering new sounds, styles and expressive possibilities within the instrument through projects like the Nashville Sessions album. By the time we finished that recording, I already had tons of ideas for the next album. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and experiment some more.”

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro
Dec
23
5:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jake Shimabukuro

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule—140 dates a year—is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

“When I first started touring the mainland,” he recalls, “everybody would say, ‘Oh man, I didn’t know you could play that kind of music on that thing.’ But now there are so many iconic artists playing the ukulele, like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Train, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Dave Mathews and Taylor Swift. Even popular cartoons like ‘Peg + Cat’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ have ukulele soundtracks. The popularity of the ukulele keeps growing every year. And I’m constantly discovering new sounds, styles and expressive possibilities within the instrument through projects like the Nashville Sessions album. By the time we finished that recording, I already had tons of ideas for the next album. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and experiment some more.”

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The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert with The Makaha Sons Featuring Jerome Koko
Jan
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert with The Makaha Sons Featuring Jerome Koko

2 Shows at 2pm & 7:30pm

For 40 years, the Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawai‘i and around the globe. In 1976 the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau began its professional career with five members as an opening act in a small nightclub known as “Uptown Yokos.” Throughout the years the group has reorganized several times; from members seeking other professional careers, to the untimely passing of two key members of the original group. Eventually, the Makaha Sons evolved into a trio, consisting of members Louis “Moon” Kauakahi on 6-string guitar, John Koko on upright acoustic bass and Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar. After the passing of John Koko in 2012 and the retirement of Louis “Moon” Kauakahi in 2014, the group has started afresh.

The members include:

Founding member of the Makaha Sons, Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar and prominent Hawaiian musicians: Mark Yim on 6-string guitar and Kimo Artis on bass.

Mark Yim has been the musical director for Tihati Productions for 27 years, former member of the Hawaiian group, Olomana, and former member of the legendary group, The Peter Moon Band.

Kimo Artis is an award winning singer/musician/composer/producer. He is a member of HARA, BMI, (Songwriter/Publisher) & NARAS, (Composer/Songwriter). Moving to Hawai’i in 1992, he helped form the award winning group Kanilau. Currently, he is co-band leader of the award winning group Kapala and is serving as President of Kapala Music Group, LLC.

Kimo and Mark have traveled extensively to share their passion for Hawaiian music. Their travel includes: Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, California, Seattle, Oregon, Utah, Montana, New York and Washington. They have also graced the stage with many of Hawai’i’s stars: Melveen Leed, Genoa Keawe, Raiatea Helm, O’Brien Eselu, Palani Vaughn, Karen Keawehawai’i.

Today, the Makaha Sons is considered to be one of Hawai‘i’s premiere Hawaiian musical groups. They continue to perpetuate that vibrant sound, full and rich, with harmonies that only they can create. Their incomparable vocal arrangements and delightful stage presence is filled with comical antics which have won the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide.

In commemoration of the group’s 40th Anniversary, the Sons reflect back to the times and places they have had the privilege and honor to have been a part. Their performances have taken them to such prestigious places as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington, D. C., and here in Hawai‘i, with performances for both the President and Vice-President of the United States. They have also appeared in the movie, “North Shore” and have been featured guests on shows, such as, “The Captain and Tennille Show” and NBC’s “Today Show” with Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric. Here locally, they have appeared on shows such as “Island Music, Island Heart,” “Emme’s Island Moments” and have had the honor of performing alongside with one of America’s musical icons, Kenny Loggins of “Loggins and Messina” fame.

The Sons have also received numerous proclamations and awards both here and in the continental U.S. for their continuous and undying efforts in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through their music. Their peers in music have also acknowledged their efforts by awarding them countless “Na Hoku Hanohano Awards” for their timeless recordings and steadfast commitment to the music of Hawai‘i. They have released 21 CD’s, thus far. Their award-winning compilation, titled “Heke Wale No – Only the Very Best of the Makaha Sons,” features songs from their last five recordings from 1994 to the present. In 2007, they were the first group to receive a Na Hoku Hanohano award for "Best DVD." In 2010, they received the "Lifetime Achievement" award and to top off the year of 2013, they were inducted into the “Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.”

Currently, Jerome Koko has released his debut CD, Makaha Sons Memoirs with 6-time Grammy Award winner, producer, and songwriter, Daniel Ho. This CD serves as a tribute and commemoration to the group’s journey, thus far. Launched in early October 2015, the alluring harmonies and enchanting melodies of the magical sound that makes the Makaha Sons so memorable is captured in this highly acclaimed recording.

Ever mindful of the future for both the music and the culture of Hawai’i, Jerome Koko of the Makaha Sons continues the “Makaha Sons Foundation,” which have generously supported a variety of organizations; from helping some of Hawai‘i’s officers of the police department, families afflicted with illnesses, to providing scholarships each year to a deserving high school graduating senior. Jerome is honored to continue to carry on the foundation’s incredible efforts. He is ever-so thankful and overjoyed to see a whole new generation of young Hawaiian artists spring to life.

Let the legacy of Hawaiian Music continue…

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