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May
28
5:00 PM17:00

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Wille K

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

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.

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Sunset Mele & Night Market at the Hawai'i Convention Center
May
31
4:00 PM16:00

Sunset Mele & Night Market at the Hawai'i Convention Center

Sunset Mele and Night Market is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, artisan workshops, local eats and drinks.

Our Next Event:

Friday, May 31 2019
4:00 pm-9:00 pm
Free admission, parking is $5 per vehicle.

Entertainment Lineup:

5:00pm Conner Snow
6:00pm Evan Khay and Keilana
7:00pm Kawika Kahiapo and Robi Kahakalau
8:00pm Bobby Moderow Jr.

Featuring 94.7 KUMU “Rise & Drive” Morning Show Host Esme Infante from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Movie: Aquaman

Hawai‘i Convention Center, Mauka Side of Level 3 (Near the Charlot Courtyard and Lili΄u Theater 310)

Pau Hana in our lounge with local eats, drinks and live entertainment.

See our full list of local vendors participating here: https://blog.hawaiiconvention.com/sunset-mele-and-night-market/pop-up-marketplace/.

Mahalo to our sponsors JPG Hawaii and 94.7 KUMU & Hawaii Stage & Lighting Rentals that help make this event possible!

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents The Mana'o Company
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Blue Note Hawaii Presents The Mana'o Company

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

The 7 time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning band, Mana'o Company, has been in the Hawaiian music scene since 1989. Their latest Hoku award was in 2013 for “Anthology Album of the Year” for their efforts on a compilation album, this project titled A 20 Year Collection of The Mana'o Company has a mix of newly released songs as well a list of all their classic hits, "Drop Baby Drop," "Spread A Little Aloha" and "Roots Rockin" to name a few.

Continuing their legacy in the island music scene, The Mana'o Company is kicking off 2019 with a few new songs, their first single “Nobody Gonna Stop Me Now” featuring two of band leader Danny Kennedy’s two nephews Caleb Keolanui of The Green and Micah G Keolanui. This song is presently on high rotation on all three Honolulu island reggae music radio stations. The band strives to provide quality music for all occasions and keep on "spreading a little aloha" all around the world!

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Hoku Zuttermeister live at SunSets LIVE at the Hinana Bar at Prince Waikiki
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Hoku Zuttermeister live at SunSets LIVE at the Hinana Bar at Prince Waikiki

Listen as we streamcast live from SunSets LIVE at the Hinana Bar at Prince Waikiki featuring Hoku Zuttermiester on Friday, May 31st at 6 PM (HST) !

Looking for the hottest new Friday night destination?

Head to Prince Waikiki on Friday May 31st for SunSets LIVE at our poolside Hinana Bar! Enjoy live music by Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Hoku Zuttermeister all while taking in breathtaking sunset views and pau hana drinks starting at 6PM. Parking is complimentary.

Can't make it? We have live music here at Hinana Bar every Friday night from 6-8PM. Visit our calendar to see who's playing next: www.princewaikiki.com/events

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Kahālāwai CD Release Concert featuring Joshua Kahula & Pi‘ilani Arias at the McCoy Studio Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center -  Kahului, HI
Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Kahālāwai CD Release Concert featuring Joshua Kahula & Pi‘ilani Arias at the McCoy Studio Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center - Kahului, HI

Kahālāwai CD Release Concert featuring
Joshua Kahula & Pi‘ilani Arias

McCoy Studio Theater

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Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 3:00 PM

With special guests NA Hoa with Ikaika Blackburn, Halehaku Seabury-Akaka & Keoni Souza and Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona and Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua

Joshua Kahula and Pi‘ilani Arias, as Kahālāwai, blend vocal harmonies with a unique approach to instrumentation that lends itself well to the duo's incredible sound. Josh and Pi‘ilani draw on their many years of playing together, as well as the rich history of their musical families. Join Kahālāwai for this very special CD release concert.

“The combined musical talents of Josh Kahula and Piʻilani Arias embody the spirit and essence of their chosen names. Over the years, these two young men have established themselves as musicians and singers who are able to move effortlessly between the island music, reggae, and traditional Hawaiian music genres. Now, in this collection of old and new Hawaiian language compositions, they continue to push themselves forward into the realm of blending the past and present. In doing so, they bring their kūpuna and the collective experiences of the haku mele into the here and now – through lyric, voice, and music.”

—Keali‘i Reichel

Tickets: $25, $35 (plus applicable fees)

On sale Tuesday, May 7

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King Kamehameha Celebration Lei Drapping of the King Kamehameha statue at Ali‘iōlani Hale in downtown Honolulu
Jun
7
2:00 PM14:00

King Kamehameha Celebration Lei Drapping of the King Kamehameha statue at Ali‘iōlani Hale in downtown Honolulu

Don’t miss this annual lei draping event on June 7 of the King Kamehameha statue at Ali‘iōlani Hale in downtown Honolulu. The lei draping ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. Expect to see cultural protocols and pageantry, along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the outstretched arms of King Kamehameha. Enjoy the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band and entertainment by Hula Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima.

During the reign of King Kalākaua, seventh monarch and last king of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a statue honoring Kamehameha the Great was commissioned in Florence, Italy to commemorate the founder of the Kingdom. On its way from Europe, the ship carrying the bronze statue sank off the Falkland Islands. Fortunately, insurance covered the cost of striking a second statue. In the meantime, the first statue was recovered, and Honolulu soon had two statues. To honor the birthplace of Kamehameha, King Kalākaua gifted the original statue to the people of Kohala. The second statue proudly stands in front of Ali‘iōlani Hale, home to Hawai‘i’s Supreme Court and the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center.

All are welcome to join the regal women of ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu in stringing 30 foot plumeria lei to serve as a base of lei on the statue – a tradition that has been carried on by these gracious ladies for nearly as long as the statue has stood.

Loose plumeria flowers may also be dropped off at the statue on the morning of June 8 to be added to the 30 foot strands. Drop off is at the tent erected adjacent to the statue from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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King Kamehameha Celebration‎ 103rd Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

King Kamehameha Celebration‎ 103rd Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade

Floral Parade celebrating the life and legacy of Hawai'i's King Kamehameha I. Parade starts in Downtown Honolulu and makes its way down Punchbowl, to Ala Moana Boulevard, turning onto Kalākaua Avenue, ending at Queen Kapi'olani Regional Park.

Parade theme: "E Ku'upau a Kanile'a Nā Mele Kūpuna - Play Without Restraint Until the Songs of Our Ancestors Resound Joyously!"

We're celebrating Hawaiian marching band music, honoring Mr. Aaron Mahi and John Riggle as the Parade grand marshals. Both have played an instrumental (pun intended) role in the marching band scene in these islands.

The 103rd Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade, Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 9 am celebrates Hawaiian marching band music with the theme: Ku’upau a Kanile’a Nā Mele Kūpuna – Play Without Restraint Until the Songs of Our Ancestors Resound Joyously! Set for Saturday, June 8, the event will honor parade Grand Marshals, Aaron David Mahi and John Riggle, both of whom have played an instrumental role in Hawai‘i’s marching band scene.

As in year’s past, the parade will take a route beginning at King Street fronting ‘Iolani Palace. Participants will then head down Punchbowl Street, before making a left on to Ala Moana Boulevard and eventually Kalākaua Avenue. The parade comes to a finish at Monsarrat Avenue and Queen Kapi‘olani Park. Streets will begin to close in Downtown Honolulu at 7:30 a.m., with closures coinciding as the Parade moves along the route, several blocks before its approach arriving at Kapiolani Park at approximately 11 am.

King Kamehameha Celebration Lei Draping Ceremony on Friday, June 7, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. fronting Ali‘iōlani Hale with performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band.

King Kamehameha Celebration Ho‘olaule‘a at Aloha Tower from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. free admission featuring hula, live entertainment, Hawaii made products, food booths and more with ample parking available.

Watch the Floral Parade Live


Check out the 103rd Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade live stream provided by ʻŌlelo Community Media on June 8, 2019. The parade will start at approximately 9:00 am Hawaii Standard Time (HST) and last approximately 1.5 hours.

Watch the live stream

June 8, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST)

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Hawaii's Finest Inaugural Hawaii Music & Fashion Festival
Jun
8
5:30 PM17:30

Hawaii's Finest Inaugural Hawaii Music & Fashion Festival

Hawaii's Finest's Inaugural HAWAII MUSIC AND FASHION FESTIVAL 2019... WHERE HAWAII'S TOP ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS CELEBRATE ON ONE STAGE!   Enjoy a night of top notch music and designs from Hawaii's top fashion brands. It's an all ages event with keiki games, food, marketplace and a beer garden for the adults

Enjoy music by Maoli, Ire Love, The Vitals, Mahkess, PeniDean, Mana'o Company, Bruddah Waltah.

Fashion by Kini Zamora, Simply Sisters, Wehi Designs, Ari South, Lexbreezy, Kaulua'e, Missing Polynesia, Hawaii's Finest

 Early Bird tickets are on sale now until May 12th. (midnight)

Venue:
Honolulu Convention Center
– Doors open at 5:30PM on Saturday

Parking:
– $10

Rules:
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING
– No Re-Entry
– Keiki 4 & under are free
– Only 21+ will be given a wristband to drink alcoholic beverages
– Blankets & towels are allowed
– Absolutely no coolers, outside food, drinks (including hydro flasks with water), umbrellas, or chairs allowed
– No packages, bags, knapsacks, or backpacks allowed
– Small purses are not to exceed 12” x 12” (one per person & subject to search)
– Any outside alcoholic beverage will be confiscated
– Any patron under the age of 21 found drinking will be subject to ejection &/or arrest

Location

Convention Center, 96815

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Na Palapalai reunites for special homecoming concert at the Hilo Palace Theater
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Na Palapalai reunites for special homecoming concert at the Hilo Palace Theater

NA PALAPALAI reunites for special homecoming concert

February 20, 2019 by Hilo Palace

Multi-award-winning Hawaiian supergroup Na Palapalai, with band members Kuana Torres KaheleKapulanakehau Tamure, and Keao Costa, will reunite for a special concert at 7 pm on Saturday June 8 at the historic Palace Theater in Hilo, Hawaii.

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 is known primarily for his original acoustic compositions, written and performed in the Hawaiian language.

In 1995, at 17, Kuana and fellow Hilo native and falsetto musician, Kehau Tamure, emerged as one of the most popular Hawaiian Music groups to date, NA PALAPALAI. They were raised on traditional music and laid the foundation for what has come to be known as their distinctive Na Palapalai sound.

Na Palapalai released “Makani ‘Olu’olu” in 2002 to meteoric success and raves from the critics. Kuana’s original, “Ke Anu O Waimea” is still the most popular hula song in Japan to this day. Na Palapalai has continued to maintain it’s popularity 20 years later and has released seven albums to date. 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 released his long awaited solo album, Kaunaloa, in 2012, which reached No. 2 on the Top World Albums Charts. His album lead to a creation of new hula from kumu the world over due to its freshness of style and content. That same year it swept every major award at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

He has released several charting solo albums since, and in 2014, he embarked on an ambitious project where he planned a multi-year release of a six-CD series entitled, “Music for the Hawaiian Islands” in which he pays tribute to each individual island with original music and poetic lyrics written specifically for hula. This passionate undertaking has contributed nearly 100 new songs specifically designed to inspire new hula and will have created an indelible record of everything that is loved about Hawaii.

Also in 2014 Kahele voiced the lead character in Lava, an animated short film  by Pixar

Kahele regularly teaches cultural workshops and other classes, and operates the Na Lei Lanakila O Ni’ihau halau on the island of Ni’ihau. Kahele developed a long- standing relationship with the Niihau halau after being asked to teach hula to a small group of women based on mele he had written specifically for the island. This relationship led to him raising awareness and funds for the Ni’ihau Ohana. He passionately supports their efforts by selling their lei pupu, or shell lei, at his concerts and returning 100 percent of the profits to the lei makers. This has benefitted many families in need of assistance, as well as encouraged the art and appreciation of lei pupu.

Kuana’s skills at Lei making are unsurpassed. The Palace Theater has twice hosted his sold out Lei making workshops to delighted participants.

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.

The Palace Theater could not be more proud to host Na Palapalai in this special concert and return to their beloved hometown of Hilo.

Tickets are on sale now at the Palace Box Office.

Call (808) 934-7010 for more information or stop by the Palace Monday through Friday during box office hours between 10 am and 3 pm.

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 Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu Holokū Ball 2019 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel - Monarch Room
Jun
9
5:00 PM17:00

Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu Holokū Ball 2019 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel - Monarch Room

This year’s Holokū Ball is themed “Ka nehe o ke kai Hāwanawana” the Rustling of the Whispering Sea.

About this Event

Welina me ke aloha,

This year, the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu (HCCH) celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its’ founding by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole.

The Holokū Ball is our signature event that has been ongoing since the 1930’s. Chief among HCCH’s annual activities is the support of higher education for Native Hawaiians through this annual event, which provides post-secondary scholarships to Native Hawaiian youth seeking advancement in their educational goals. The HCCH Scholarship Committee will be presenting a Silent Auction at the upcoming Holokū Ball in Honolulu at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Monarch Ballroom, on the evening of Sunday, June 9th, 2019.

Over the past five years, HCCH has awarded more than $150,000 to more than 300 students of Hawaiian ancestry in pursuit of their educational goals both in and outside of Hawaiʻi, thus elevating the cultural identity and improving the economic welfare of Native Hawaiians. Today, HCCH continues to embody the vision of Prince Kūhiō by enhancing the lives of Native Hawaiians and building healthier communities throughout Hawaiʻi through this scholarship fund and many other civic and community outreach efforts.

The ongoing success of this Scholarship Fundraising event is due largely in part to the generosity of donors and community partners.

Please consider purchasing a ticket to this event!

Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019

Time: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Royal Hawaiian Hotel - Monarch Room

Attire: Aloha Formal, Holokū, & Lei

Invidual tickets are $150. Please note that tickets sold as "Individual Tickets" are randomly assigned to tables. If you would like your entire party to be seated at the same table, you must purchase a full table via the Sponsorship Opportunities noted below. There are two (2) Individual Ticket types available for purchase. Tables hold 10 seats.

1) You may purchase an Individual Ticket online using your credit card via this Eventbrite page. Please note that there are fees associated with purchasing via Eventbrite. HCCH does not have control over these fees or the ability to waive them. Mahalo for your understanding.

2) You may avoid the taxes and fees associated with purchasing your ticket online by selecting the ticket type "Mail in Payment". This ticket type will be available to RSVP online until May 30, 2019 or until the event is sold out (whichever occurs first). If your payment is not received within 4 business days of your registration via Eventbrite, your RSVP will be cancelled. Payments should be mailed directly to:

HCCH Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 22539, Honolulu 96823

The Holokū Ball Committee would be honored if you or your organization would consider a donation of a Silent Auction item. As always, your donation is tax deductible.

Please contact Silent Auction Co-Chairs, Mālia Sanders malia@nahha.com 594-9226 or Michele Bray lanibray5@gmail.com 226-6188. Silent Auction donations must be received by May 15, 2019 or mailed to P.O. Box 22539, Honolulu, HI 96823. Pick up can also be arranged for larger items.

For more details about this event or for information on how to purchase a full table or other event sponsorship, please contact Holokū Ball Chair, Trustee Maluhia Kauahi at (808) 457-8169. Mahalo for your continued support of HCCH and we humbly appreciate your consideration of our request for a donation to our Silent Auction.

Special Parking RatesSelf-Parking at Sheraton/Royal Hawaiian Garage --- Flat Rate $10 per vehicle

Valet Parking at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel --- Flat Rate $15 per vehicle

A Parking Agent will be on site to pay for parking and provide the parking validation near the Event Registration Desk at Check-In

For information regarding special room rate discounts at Marriott hotels in the area, please visit www.marriott.com Select Corporate, then click "Promo", then click "SET #" and type in "K6Y" in the Enter Code section.

Mahalo nui loa,

Maluhia Kauahi, Trustee & Holokū Ball Chair

Benton Kealii Pang, Trustee

Marsha Bolson, Trustee

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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jeannette Casuga Trevias
Jun
11
5:00 PM17:00

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Jeannette Casuga Trevias

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

Jeannette Casuga Trevias, born and raised in the Philippines, started playing piano at the age of 4, graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Santo Tomas major in piano.

Studied at Yamaha School of Music at the age of 14, joined Asian Yamaha Electone Competition in Singapore at 16 and won 1st place and represented Asia in the International Yamaha Festival and won the Kawakami award, most promising award. She was musical director for Lea Salonga, (Tony Awardee for Miss Saigon), and Martin Nievera. Moved to Honolulu and played with Fiji, the Local Divas, Loyal Gardner, Melveen Leed, Carol Kai and presently working with Nohelani Cypriano and headlining at Lotus Hotel's Wisp and The Marriot Hotel. She performs with the Mike Lewis Big Band. Played for Tiger Okoshi, well renowned international trumpet player at the International Jazz festival in the year 2000. Musical Director for Hawaii’s own Society of Seven.

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Territorial Airwaves 40th Anniversary Gala and Benefit for the Hawaiian Music Archives Foundation in the Monarch Room at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

Territorial Airwaves 40th Anniversary Gala and Benefit for the Hawaiian Music Archives Foundation in the Monarch Room at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Aloha!
To mark the 40th anniversary of Territorial Airwaves, the Hawaiian Music Archives Foundation has been created to facilitate the process of preparing the vast Territorial Airwaves collection to be a valuable research resource for generations to follow us. You can purchase TICKETS to our 40th anniversary benefit gala event in the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki by visiting our TICKETS button to the left.
A Magical gathering featuring Living Legends of Hawaiian music, and young traditionalists upholding Hawaiian music's rich heritage.

RAIATEA HELM
HO'OKENA
NA HOA
ALAN AKAKA & THE ISLANDERS
KIMO ALAMA KEAULANA & LEI HULU

Or if unable to attend, but wishing to offer support for the Foundation, you can forward your donations to:

HAWAIIAN MUSIC ARCHIVES FOUNDATION
3089 Puhala Rise
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822.

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Makapu'u Twilight Concert Series at Sea Life Park
Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Makapu'u Twilight Concert Series at Sea Life Park

The beloved, vibrant music of popular local entertainers will fill the air at one of the island’s best locations for evening events. The combination of these great artists performing in the open air under the stars at beautiful Makapu'u Point will make for an unforgettable experience.

VIP Package

Adult VIP $59.50
• Early access to grounds to reserve your seat!
• Admission to the park after 12 noon
• Meet the artists
• Photo op (with own phone/camera)

General Admission Ticket

Early Bird Price $39.50
• Access to grounds at 5PM.

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Mele Hali'a Hawaiian Musical Series at the Waikiki Beach Walk featuring Kapena
Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Mele Hali'a Hawaiian Musical Series at the Waikiki Beach Walk featuring Kapena

MELE HĀLI‘A Hawaiian Musical Series

April 14, 2019 to April 14, 2019

MELE HĀLI‘A Hawaiian Musical Series embodies everything that is HAWAI‘I! Waikiki Beach Walk introduces a meaningful way of presenting Hawaiian music at its finest by featuring the splendor, the shine, and the brilliance of talented, local artists that make up these incredible musical groups. We must always recall fondly, the richness of Hawaii‘s music and to instill such beauty into the minds and hearts of our visitors.

WHEN: 5 - 6 PM

April 14: The Makaha Sons

May 26: Kumu Hula, Hiwa Vaughan

June 16: Kapena


WHERE: Plaza Stage at Waikiki Beach Walk®.   All concerts and exhibits are free and open to the public.

PARKING: Valet parking for up to four hours is 6 USD with same-day purchase from any Waikiki Beach Walk® shop or restaurant.  Parking is available at Embassy Suites®-Waikiki Beach Walk® (enter at 201 Beachwalk). Parking is limited and subject to availability.

REGULAR DAILY RATES:
With Validation: $6 for 4hrs*
Without Validation: $4 per 1/2 hr*
Daily Flat Rate: $12 for 9hrs*

*$4 per ½ hour thereafter

Dates, times, performances and activities are subject to change without notice – weather permitting

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Jun
18
5:00 PM17:00

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Wille K

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

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.

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Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring  Jeff Peterson & Ian O'Sullivan
Jun
22
4:00 PM16:00

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Jeff Peterson & Ian O'Sullivan

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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Kalani Pe`a live at the Hilo Palace Theater
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Kalani Pe`a live at the Hilo Palace Theater

Kalani Pe’a took home his second Grammy for his sophmore album NO ‘ANE’I.

We are so proud of Kalani Pe’a’s big win at the 2019 Grammy Awards in the BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM category.

Kalani Pe’a will be performing at the Hilo Palace Theater this summer on June 22. Tickets are available now at our Box Office

Check out his inspiring acceptance speech below:

The following article was originally published in the Star Adviser:

Lightning struck twice for Maui-resident recording artist Kalani Pe‘a when his second album, “No ‘Ane‘i,” received a Grammy Award for best regional roots album during the nontelevised portion of the 61th Annual Grammy Awards today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Pe‘a had previously won the category with his debut album, “E Walea,” in 2017.

Taking the stage accompanied by his manager and “fiance of 10 years,” Allan B. Cool, Pe‘a accepted the award with a Hawaiian phrase that he translated into English as “the Hawaiian language shall live!” Continuing in English, Pe‘a spoke of the importance of home and family in perpetuating culture saying that “cultural learning starts in the home.” He also thanked his producer Dave Tucciarone for his work on the album, and thanked his mother for enduring a very difficult delivery in giving birth to him.

“No ‘Ane‘i” prevailed over “Aloha From Na Hoa,” by the Hawaiian trio Na Hoa, “Mewasinsational: Cree Round Dance Songs” by the Canadian powwow and round dance drum and singing group Young Spirit, and two albums representing the music of Louisiana — “Kreole Rock and Soul,” the innovative Creole-meets-rock album by African-American zydeco master Sean Ardoin and “Spyboy” by Cha Wa, a New Orleans-based group that mixes the New Orleans brass band tradition with modern funk-style rhythms and a dash of Mardi Gras costuming.

The best regional roots music category was created in 2011 as a catchall for Hawaiian, Native American/First Nation, polka and Louisiana-based Cajun and zydeco music. New Orleans-based “roots” artists have received a majority of the final nominations since the category was created, they have won it six out of eight times since it first appeared on the ballot in 2012.

Pe‘a is the only person from outside the Cajun/zydeco community to have won the best regional roots category. He is also the only Hawaii-resident recording artist to win a Grammy since the separate category of best Hawaiian music album was eliminated in 2011.

Pe‘a had been onstage earlier in the afternoon when he announced the winners in 10 other award categories. His use of basic Hawaiian phrases while doing so brought a Hawaiian sense of place to the proceedings.

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28th Annual Kī Hō`alu Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center -  Kahului, HI
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

28th Annual Kī Hō`alu Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center - Kahului, HI

28th Annual Kī Hō`alu Guitar Festival
A&B Amphitheater

Sunday, June 23, 2019
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Gates open at 12:30 pm

Join us for one of Maui’s favorite family events! Some of Hawai‘i’s best slack key guitar players will perform a full afternoon of melodious Hawaiian music. 

Artists performing in the festival this year will be announced soon!

Kī Hō`alu, translating literally from the Hawaiian as “loosen the key,” indicating the tuning in slack key guitar technique, is a musical tradition dating back to 19th century paniolo who played around the campfire after completing a day of ranch work.

Slack key has become known as one of the world’s great acoustic guitar methods, especially since the Grammy Awards recognized Hawaiian music as a category all its own.

An abundance of relaxed lawn seating gives the event an informal, local-style atmosphere, making it easy to lounge all afternoon. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, or lauhala mats and relax on the grassy lawn to fully enjoy the laid-back music by famed guitar players.

This is a family-friendly event: All generations can enjoy the slack key guitar tradition, with both new music and classic favorites. Island crafters and merchants will be on site with displays of local arts & crafts for purchase, and food trucks will serve a variety of tasty lunch and dessert options.

FREE ADMISSION

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