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Globally Engaging Our Communities Through LIVE Hawaiian Music & Events

 

 

 

 

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Sean Na`auao
Jun
26
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Sean Na`auao

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Weldon Kekauoha
Jun
27
5:00 pm17:00

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Weldon Kekauoha

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

Weldon Kekuoha

The music of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Weldon Kekauoha has been turning heads in Hawaii's music scene since 1998. Whether he's belting out soulful ballads or plucking bright riffs from his guitar, the gutsy songster from Kaneohe puts a fresh spin on the classics and brings a melodious candor to his own tasty tracks.

Lauded by the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts, Weldong grew up with an instrument in his arms and a head full of inventive lyrics. His lifelong training makes for gentle, rich and innovative music that's as musically nuanced as it is addictive. If you put a mid-career Richard Kauhi album in a room with Kenny Rankin's coloring, Lena Machado's lyric poetry, and a dose of Mahi Beamer's sharp wit - then added a couple decades of rigourous musical education - Weldon Kakauoha might come strolling out. Vivid, nostalgic melodies materialize out of Weldon's musical arrangements, alternating between achingly soulful and seductively alluring. Weldon's songwriting combines ranging acoustic textures with an anecdotal knack. His lyrics are novel and rhapsodic, cutting through the cliches and trivia to deliver something honest and truly perceptive.

He's performed throughout Japan, and the continental US at many illustrious venues - as well as pretty much every noteworthy club in Hawaii. Recently, Weldon has shared the stage with such diverse artists as Kealii Reichel, and Natalie Ai-Kamauu.

His accolades include a Grammy nomination in 2014 and numerous Na Hoku Hanohano awards that include Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Favorite Entertainer.

Weldon lives on the windward side of Oahu. He plays regularly with guitarist Jack Ofoia and bassist Alika-boy Kalauli IV developing his signature genre-defying sound. The trio continues to pair contagious melodies with crafted musical arrangements and to tell the kind of emotionally resonant stories you'll remember long after the song is over.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Pu`uloa
Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Pu`uloa

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ben Vegas
Jun
28
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ben Vegas

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Manoa DNA
Jun
28
4:45 pm16:45

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Manoa DNA

The Wildest Show In Town

Ten tropical Wednesdays in June, July, and August with Live local entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo

June 14 - August 16, 2017

Hosted by Emcee Roy Sakuma!

Come down to The Honolulu Zoo Wednesday afternoons to enjoy live local music, ‘ukulele giveaways including a Kala Soprano ‘Ukulele to children 12 and under. Keiki coloring contest, theme nights, and delicious plate lunches and snacks available.

Participation Fee: $5 (Per person over age 2)
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

(No alcohol or high-back chairs please)

Featuring Music by:

June 14 - Kapena
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Take Flight

June 21- Roy Sakuma Super Keiki
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Keiki Carnival

June 28- Manoa DNA
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Volunteer Appreciation Night

July 5 - Kamakakehau Fernandez
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Kanikapila

July 12 - Melveen Leed
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Red, White and Zoo

July 19 - Willie K.
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Let’s Get Wild

July 26 - Ohta San & Nando Suan
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Members Mahalo

August 2 - Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
A Tribute To Hawaii’s Legendary Jazz Vocalist
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Bayou Boogie

August 9 - Beat-Lele
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala & Mele ‘Ukulele
Theme: Come Together

August 16 - Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Salsa Sayonara

PUNCH PASS

Back by popular demand, the Honolulu Zoo Society is offering a PUNCH PASS for the Wildest Show in Town. Use your PUNCH PASS one entry at a time or bring the whole herd down for a roaring good time. Valid for entry to the 2017 Wildest Show in Town concerts only. One punch per person ages 2 and up. No refunds or replacement for lost or stolen passes. Purchase your PUNCH PASS at the counter

For more information call 926-3191.
Schedule Is Subject To Change Without Notice

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Mike Ka`awa
Jun
28
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Mike Ka`awa

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Robi Kahakalau
Jun
29
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Robi Kahakalau

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Ke Kani O Ke Kai Featuring Streetlight Cadence, Hoku Zuttermeister and Kalani Pe`a
Jun
29
5:30 pm17:30

Ke Kani O Ke Kai Featuring Streetlight Cadence, Hoku Zuttermeister and Kalani Pe`a

The Waikīkī Aquarium’s popular annual summer concert series offers visitors and residents an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars. The five-concert series is held on alternating Thursday evenings from mid-June through early August. Featuring some of Hawai‘i’s top entertainers, ticket sales are announced via mailer to members first, then to the general public. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the concerts begin at 7 pm Guests are encouraged to explore the Aquarium galleries that remain open throughout the evening and bring blankets/chairs to sit on the beach-front lawn – making this major fundraiser one of the best, and unique, ways to experience the Aquarium and Waikīkī.

2017 CONCERT SERIES

  • June 15
    • Performances by: Jerry Santos & Kamuela Kimokeo, Hot Club of Hulaville, Osorio Ohana
    • Restaurant Partner: Haili’s Hawaiian Food
  • June 29
    • Performances by: Streetlight Cadence, Hoku Zuttermeister, Kalani Pea
    • Restaurant Partner: Cactus
  • July 13
    • Performances by: Amy Hanaialii, Keauhou, Special Guest Halau
    • Restaurant Partner: Laverne’s
  • July 27
    • Performances by: Led Kaapana, Weldon Kekauoha, Maunalua
    • Restaurant Partner: HASR
  • August 10
    • Performances by: Josh Tatofi, Alx Kawakami, Blayne Asing
    • Restaurant Partner: Cactus

To purchase tickets at the Aquarium, please visit The Shop. Purchase both series and individual concert tickets. See below for pricing:

AdultJunior
(5-12 YRS)Children
(4 and under)

Series Package
(5 Concerts)FOWA Members
General$120
$200$45
$75FREE
FREE

Single Concert TicketsFOWA Members
General$30
$50$15
$20FREE
FREE

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo
Jun
29
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Christian Yrizzary
Jun
30
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Christian Yrizzary

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ka Hehena
Jun
30
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ka Hehena

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honolulu Professionals Foundation's Party 4 A Purpose!
Jul
3
6:00 pm18:00

Honolulu Professionals Foundation's Party 4 A Purpose!

Please join us for an amazing evening of great food, live entertainment, drinks, a silent auction and raffle, and more!
We will be supporting two important local organizations - Kids Hurt Too Hawaii (KHTH) and the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA).

KHTH is the only program in the state that exists to exclusively provide support to grieving and traumatized children who have lost one or both parent(s). Children are referred after losing a parent through death, divorce, domestic violence, incarceration, deployment or placement in foster care. There is nothing more devastating to a child than the loss of a parent. The program understands the needs of these children. In addition to the group meetings KHTH pr...ovides Hawaiian based cultural activities on the weekends such as Surf for the Soul, Poi for the Soul, Seeds of Love, and ukulele lessons. Over 3500 children have participated in KHTH’s programs since 2001.More information about KHTH can be found at http://kidshurttoo.org/.

HARA is a 501(c)(3), Hawaiʻi-based nonprofit organization established in 1981 to preserve, protect, promote, foster and advance Hawaii’s recording industry and the music of Hawaiʻi. HARA’s activities foster a positive image of Hawaiʻi with a particular focus on its music and video markets, providing opportunities for recording artists and musicians to help grow the industry. HARA holds quarterly educational workshops open to students of all ages and in addition, in partnership with Tropical Music, administers an annual scholarship fund, awarding two scholarships to students attending a Hawaiʻischool pursing studies in music and/or Hawaiian poetry. More information about HARA can be found at www.nahokuhanohano.org.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Sean Na`auao
Jul
3
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Sean Na`auao

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

2nd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "North Shore Style" at the Turtle Bay Resort
Jul
4
2:00 pm14:00

2nd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "North Shore Style" at the Turtle Bay Resort

Don't miss the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival "North Shore Style" on the beautiful grounds of the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku on the island of O'ahu. The action starts at 2:00 PM and runs for a solid 6 hours until 8:00 PM. Then,... that will be followed by an awesome and spectacular fireworks show around 8:15 PM. It will be a fabulous day on the North Shore filled with great music by 15 artists, "Eat The Streets" food trucks, a beautiful beach adjacent to the festival grounds and tons of parking. Best of all___The festival is free to attend. Last year we had about 8,000 people in attendance. This year we should get upwards of 10,000 people. Let your friends and family know that lives on the Windwardside and all along the Windward Coast and North Shore including Wahiawa, and Mililani. For those that don't want to hassle with the drive to Ala Moana/Waikiki for their fireworks display, consider joining us on the North Shore. 

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Weldon Kekauoha
Jul
4
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Weldon Kekauoha

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ben Vegas
Jul
5
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ben Vegas

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Kamakakehau Fernandez
Jul
5
4:45 pm16:45

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Kamakakehau Fernandez

The Wildest Show In Town

Ten tropical Wednesdays in June, July, and August with Live local entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo

June 14 - August 16, 2017

Hosted by Emcee Roy Sakuma!

Come down to The Honolulu Zoo Wednesday afternoons to enjoy live local music, ‘ukulele giveaways including a Kala Soprano ‘Ukulele to children 12 and under. Keiki coloring contest, theme nights, and delicious plate lunches and snacks available.

Participation Fee: $5 (Per person over age 2)
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

(No alcohol or high-back chairs please)

Featuring Music by:

June 14 - Kapena
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Take Flight

June 21- Roy Sakuma Super Keiki
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Keiki Carnival

June 28- Manoa DNA
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Volunteer Appreciation Night

July 5 - Kamakakehau Fernandez
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Kanikapila

July 12 - Melveen Leed
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Red, White and Zoo

July 19 - Willie K.
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Let’s Get Wild

July 26 - Ohta San & Nando Suan
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Members Mahalo

August 2 - Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
A Tribute To Hawaii’s Legendary Jazz Vocalist
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Bayou Boogie

August 9 - Beat-Lele
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala & Mele ‘Ukulele
Theme: Come Together

August 16 - Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Salsa Sayonara

PUNCH PASS

Back by popular demand, the Honolulu Zoo Society is offering a PUNCH PASS for the Wildest Show in Town. Use your PUNCH PASS one entry at a time or bring the whole herd down for a roaring good time. Valid for entry to the 2017 Wildest Show in Town concerts only. One punch per person ages 2 and up. No refunds or replacement for lost or stolen passes. Purchase your PUNCH PASS at the counter.

For more information call 926-3191.
Schedule Is Subject To Change Without Notice

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Mike Ka`awa
Jul
5
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Mike Ka`awa

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Robi Kahakalau
Jul
6
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Robi Kahakalau

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo
Jul
6
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Christian Yrizzary
Jul
7
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Christian Yrizzary

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Kupaoa
Jul
7
6:00 pm18:00

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Kupaoa

Hawaiian music and hula 'auana (hula’s modern form) fill The Royal Grove Monday through Friday at twilight. Hour-long performances feature top island entertainers with a focus on Hawaiian language musical favorites — shared with kama 'äina (locals) and malihini (visitors) with aloha.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena
Jul
7
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring John Cruz
Jul
8
4:00 pm16:00

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring John Cruz

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.

Honey's At Ko`olau Presents Mikie Ka`awa
Jul
9
4:00 pm16:00

Honey's At Ko`olau Presents Mikie Ka`awa

Bring your families and friends to dine at Honey’s Restaurant at the Ko’olau Golf Club to enjoy the local flavors and soothing entertainment like the good ol’ days.

Reservations Recommended: 235-3211

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kuana Torres Kahele
Jul
9
5:00 pm17:00

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.

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center
Jul
10
6:00 pm18:00

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center

2017 marks the 8th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival and the 1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki will offer weeklong steel guitar entertainment during the week of July 10-15, 2017, culminating with the festival's nightly ho'olaule'a pageants on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, 2017. Performances will be showcased on the center's Royal Grove stage.

Monday through Thursday entertainment will include hour-long performances between 6-7 P.M. and will be hosted by Harry B. Soria. The Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a pageants begin at 5:30 P.M. and will showcase five different steel guitar masters each evening. Hosts for these programs will be Harry B. Soria and Kimo Kahoano.

This year's event will again precede the annual Roy Sakuma 'Ukulele Festival Hawaii which will be held at Kapi'olani Park on Sunday, July 16, 2017. This year's festival is presented by the Royal Hawaiian Center and produced by HIMELE - The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. All Waikiki Steel Guitar Week events are free and open to the public.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Sean Na`auao
Jul
10
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Sean Na`auao

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center
Jul
11
6:00 pm18:00

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center

2017 marks the 8th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival and the 1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki will offer weeklong steel guitar entertainment during the week of July 10-15, 2017, culminating with the festival's nightly ho'olaule'a pageants on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, 2017. Performances will be showcased on the center's Royal Grove stage.

Monday through Thursday entertainment will include hour-long performances between 6-7 P.M. and will be hosted by Harry B. Soria. The Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a pageants begin at 5:30 P.M. and will showcase five different steel guitar masters each evening. Hosts for these programs will be Harry B. Soria and Kimo Kahoano.

This year's event will again precede the annual Roy Sakuma 'Ukulele Festival Hawaii which will be held at Kapi'olani Park on Sunday, July 16, 2017. This year's festival is presented by the Royal Hawaiian Center and produced by HIMELE - The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. All Waikiki Steel Guitar Week events are free and open to the public.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Weldon Kekauoha
Jul
11
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Weldon Kekauoha

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ben Vegas
Jul
12
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ben Vegas

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Melveen Leed
Jul
12
4:45 pm16:45

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Melveen Leed

The Wildest Show In Town

Ten tropical Wednesdays in June, July, and August with Live local entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo

June 14 - August 16, 2017

Hosted by Emcee Roy Sakuma!

Come down to The Honolulu Zoo Wednesday afternoons to enjoy live local music, ‘ukulele giveaways including a Kala Soprano ‘Ukulele to children 12 and under. Keiki coloring contest, theme nights, and delicious plate lunches and snacks available.

Participation Fee: $5 (Per person over age 2)
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

(No alcohol or high-back chairs please)

Featuring Music by:

June 14 - Kapena
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Take Flight

June 21- Roy Sakuma Super Keiki
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Keiki Carnival

June 28- Manoa DNA
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Volunteer Appreciation Night

July 5 - Kamakakehau Fernandez
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Kanikapila

July 12 - Melveen Leed
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Red, White and Zoo

July 19 - Willie K.
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Let’s Get Wild

July 26 - Ohta San & Nando Suan
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Members Mahalo

August 2 - Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
A Tribute To Hawaii’s Legendary Jazz Vocalist
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Bayou Boogie

August 9 - Beat-Lele
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala & Mele ‘Ukulele
Theme: Come Together

August 16 - Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Salsa Sayonara

PUNCH PASS

Back by popular demand, the Honolulu Zoo Society is offering a PUNCH PASS for the Wildest Show in Town. Use your PUNCH PASS one entry at a time or bring the whole herd down for a roaring good time. Valid for entry to the 2017 Wildest Show in Town concerts only. One punch per person ages 2 and up. No refunds or replacement for lost or stolen passes. Purchase your PUNCH PASS at the counter.

For more information call 926-3191.
Schedule Is Subject To Change Without Notice

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center
Jul
12
6:00 pm18:00

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center

2017 marks the 8th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival and the 1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki will offer weeklong steel guitar entertainment during the week of July 10-15, 2017, culminating with the festival's nightly ho'olaule'a pageants on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, 2017. Performances will be showcased on the center's Royal Grove stage.

Monday through Thursday entertainment will include hour-long performances between 6-7 P.M. and will be hosted by Harry B. Soria. The Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a pageants begin at 5:30 P.M. and will showcase five different steel guitar masters each evening. Hosts for these programs will be Harry B. Soria and Kimo Kahoano.

This year's event will again precede the annual Roy Sakuma 'Ukulele Festival Hawaii which will be held at Kapi'olani Park on Sunday, July 16, 2017. This year's festival is presented by the Royal Hawaiian Center and produced by HIMELE - The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. All Waikiki Steel Guitar Week events are free and open to the public.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Mike Ka`awa
Jul
12
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Mike Ka`awa

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Robi Kahakalau
Jul
13
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Robi Kahakalau

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Malani Bilyeu of Kalapana at Blue Note Hawaii
Jul
13
5:00 pm17:00

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Malani Bilyeu of Kalapana at Blue Note Hawaii

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

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Malani Bilyeu of Kalapana

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: Malani Bilyeu of Kalapana. 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!

In 1973, childhood friends Carl James Malani Bilyeu & David John (DJ) Pratt auditioned at the Rainbow Villa for Cecilio & Kapono.  Malani was soloing at the Oar House in Hawaii Kai and DJ was downstairs at Chuck's in Sunlight with Kirk Thompson. They got together in DJ's grandfather's garage with Bryant Mackey Feary, another solo act, playing at the Oar House. They wrote songs, rehearsed, and at one point discussed the meaning of Kalapana. The literal translation of the word "Kalapana" is "sprouting money". Kirk said the meaning was "beat of the music" and DJ thought it meant "Black Sand". Regardless, they named themselves Kalapana, playing their first gig at Chuck's in Hawaii Kai.

Today, with 18 albums under their belt, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and decades strong popularity in Hawaii, the west coast, Japan and the pacific, Kapalana still performs and tours extensively.

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

Ke Kani O Ke Kai Featuring Amy Hanaiali`i, Keauhou and a Special Guest Halau
Jul
13
5:30 pm17:30

Ke Kani O Ke Kai Featuring Amy Hanaiali`i, Keauhou and a Special Guest Halau

`The Waikīkī Aquarium’s popular annual summer concert series offers visitors and residents an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars. The five-concert series is held on alternating Thursday evenings from mid-June through early August. Featuring some of Hawai‘i’s top entertainers, ticket sales are announced via mailer to members first, then to the general public. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the concerts begin at 7 pm Guests are encouraged to explore the Aquarium galleries that remain open throughout the evening and bring blankets/chairs to sit on the beach-front lawn – making this major fundraiser one of the best, and unique, ways to experience the Aquarium and Waikīkī.

2017 CONCERT SERIES

  • June 15
    • Performances by: Jerry Santos & Kamuela Kimokeo, Hot Club of Hulaville, Osorio Ohana
    • Restaurant Partner: Haili’s Hawaiian Food
  • June 29
    • Performances by: Streetlight Cadence, Hoku Zuttermeister, Kalani Pe`a
    • Restaurant Partner: Cactus
  • July 13
    • Performances by: Amy Hanaiali`i, Keauhou, Special Guest Halau
    • Restaurant Partner: Laverne’s
  • July 27
    • Performances by: Ledward Ka`apana, Weldon Kekauoha, Maunalua
    • Restaurant Partner: HASR
  • August 10
    • Performances by: Josh Tatofi, Alx Kawakami, Blayne Asing
    • Restaurant Partner: Cactus

To purchase tickets at the Aquarium, please visit The Shop. Purchase both series and individual concert tickets. See below for pricing:

AdultJunior
(5-12 YRS)Children
(4 and under)

Series Package
(5 Concerts)FOWA Members
General$120
$200$45
$75FREE
FREE

Single Concert TicketsFOWA Members
General$30
$50$15
$20FREE
FREE

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center
Jul
13
6:00 pm18:00

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center

2017 marks the 8th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival and the 1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki will offer weeklong steel guitar entertainment during the week of July 10-15, 2017, culminating with the festival's nightly ho'olaule'a pageants on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, 2017. Performances will be showcased on the center's Royal Grove stage.

Monday through Thursday entertainment will include hour-long performances between 6-7 P.M. and will be hosted by Harry B. Soria. The Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a pageants begin at 5:30 P.M. and will showcase five different steel guitar masters each evening. Hosts for these programs will be Harry B. Soria and Kimo Kahoano.

This year's event will again precede the annual Roy Sakuma 'Ukulele Festival Hawaii which will be held at Kapi'olani Park on Sunday, July 16, 2017. This year's festival is presented by the Royal Hawaiian Center and produced by HIMELE - The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. All Waikiki Steel Guitar Week events are free and open to the public.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo
Jul
13
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

The 11th Annual George Na'ope Hula Festival - Sacramento, CA
Jul
14
12:00 pm12:00

The 11th Annual George Na'ope Hula Festival - Sacramento, CA

2017 festival schedule

July 13, Thursday All Day: Halau check in - Stage Rehearsal and Sound Check throughout the day, and vendor set up. Closed to the public

July 14, Friday Morning - Stage Rehearsal, Sound Check, Vendor set up, Closed to public Doors Open to the Public at 12:00pm - Festival Starts at 1:00pm with introductions and opening ceremonies - First Performance begins approximately 2:30pm. All Performances today are Hula 'Auana Solo - All Categories

July 15, Sat. Morning - Doors open to the public at 9:00am - Festival Starts at 10:00am - 7:30pm (approx.) All Performances today are Hula Kahiko both solo and group performances - Finish the evening with Solo Hula Performance Awards

July 15, Sat. Evening - Kani ka pila in honor of Uncle George will be held in the hotel grand lobby. This is an important part of our festival to share the aloha that Uncle George always enjoyed. If you plan to be here with us all, you will see why! Bring your instruments and join us with Hawaiian music and dance for everyone to enjoy. The hotel will be serving food (full lounge menu and specials) until 1:00am and the usual last call for drinks soon to follow. Our music and fun gathering is open to the public and hope to see you all there. Officially this will start anytime people want to gather and play music. Officially our House Musicians will join us at a time about 9:00pm until pau. For all of us who were there this year know that it was a wonderful time of music, hula, food and aloha overflowing everywhere!

July 16, Sun. Morning - Doors open to the public at 9:00am - Festival starts at 10:00am - 6:00pm (approx.) All Performances today are Hula 'Auana group performances - Finish the event with all group and over all awards & closing ceremonies

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Christian Yrizzary
Jul
14
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Christian Yrizzary

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Ukulele Festival Hawaii Gala
Jul
14
5:30 pm17:30

Ukulele Festival Hawaii Gala

Friday, July 14, 2017 – 5:30 pm
Ala Moana Hotel — Hibiscus Ballroom

2017 Gala Reservation Form

Distinguished Honorees 2017

Celebrating 47 years of Ukulele Festival in Hawaii, join us as we honor and celebrate Hawaii’s treasures Eddie Kamae and Herbert Ohta “Ohta San” for their lifetime of contributions over the course of their illustrious careers.

Eddie Kamae Ohta San

More About Eddie Kamae and Ohta San...

Willie K Danny Kaleikini

Herb Ohta, Jr.

This year we will hold our 8th benefit “Ukulele Festival Hawaii Gala” on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Ala Moana Hotel. Come and join us for a delicious dinner, silent auction of ukuleles and entertainment by Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K, Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha Danny Kaleikini, and prolific ukulele artist Herb Ohta, Jr. Steve Uyehara, Sunrise anchor on Hawaii News Now, serves as master of ceremonies.

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center
Jul
14
5:30 pm17:30

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center

2017 marks the 8th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival and the 1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki will offer weeklong steel guitar entertainment during the week of July 10-15, 2017, culminating with the festival's nightly ho'olaule'a pageants on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, 2017. Performances will be showcased on the center's Royal Grove stage.

Monday through Thursday entertainment will include hour-long performances between 6-7 P.M. and will be hosted by Harry B. Soria. The Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a pageants begin at 5:30 P.M. and will showcase five different steel guitar masters each evening. Hosts for these programs will be Harry B. Soria and Kimo Kahoano.

This year's event will again precede the annual Roy Sakuma 'Ukulele Festival Hawaii which will be held at Kapi'olani Park on Sunday, July 16, 2017. This year's festival is presented by the Royal Hawaiian Center and produced by HIMELE - The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. All Waikiki Steel Guitar Week events are free and open to the public.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena
Jul
14
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

The 11th Annual George Na'ope Hula Festival - Sacramento, CA
Jul
15
10:00 am10:00

The 11th Annual George Na'ope Hula Festival - Sacramento, CA

2017 festival schedule

July 13, Thursday All Day: Halau check in - Stage Rehearsal and Sound Check throughout the day, and vendor set up. Closed to the public

July 14, Friday Morning - Stage Rehearsal, Sound Check, Vendor set up, Closed to public Doors Open to the Public at 12:00pm - Festival Starts at 1:00pm with introductions and opening ceremonies - First Performance begins approximately 2:30pm. All Performances today are Hula 'Auana Solo - All Categories

July 15, Sat. Morning - Doors open to the public at 9:00am - Festival Starts at 10:00am - 7:30pm (approx.) All Performances today are Hula Kahiko both solo and group performances - Finish the evening with Solo Hula Performance Awards

July 15, Sat. Evening - Kani ka pila in honor of Uncle George will be held in the hotel grand lobby. This is an important part of our festival to share the aloha that Uncle George always enjoyed. If you plan to be here with us all, you will see why! Bring your instruments and join us with Hawaiian music and dance for everyone to enjoy. The hotel will be serving food (full lounge menu and specials) until 1:00am and the usual last call for drinks soon to follow. Our music and fun gathering is open to the public and hope to see you all there. Officially this will start anytime people want to gather and play music. Officially our House Musicians will join us at a time about 9:00pm until pau. For all of us who were there this year know that it was a wonderful time of music, hula, food and aloha overflowing everywhere!

July 16, Sun. Morning - Doors open to the public at 9:00am - Festival starts at 10:00am - 6:00pm (approx.) All Performances today are Hula 'Auana group performances - Finish the event with all group and over all awards & closing ceremonies

Makapu'u Twilight Concert Series at Sea Life Park
Jul
15
5:00 pm17:00

Makapu'u Twilight Concert Series at Sea Life Park

Makapu'u Twilight Concert Series at Sea Life Park

Stars will be in the sky and on stage as vibrant music of popular local entertainers 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.

Select your concert date!

Early Bird Price: $39.50

April 8th

Na Leo Pilimehana
Willie K.
Hapa
Kupaoa

May 6th

Anuhea
Makaha Sons
Kapena
Paula Fuga

July 15th

Raiatea Helm
Kalani Pe'a
Maunalua
Melveen Leed

Music will begin at 5 p.m., with the concert doors opening at 4:00 p.m.

3 Concert Package Tickets

Cant decide on one? Purchase tickets for all three events for $99.

Adults (11+): $99
Child (0-10): FREE

Event Schedule:
12:00pm Park Entrance Begins
5:00pm Music Begins
11:00pm Concert Ends

Exclusive prices to Sea Life Park Annual Pass Holders! Contact our Reservations Department if you have an annual pass to purchase your ticket.

Poke bowls, pizza, popcorn and other food and beverages available for purchase. Limited chairs available as well as lawn seating for blankets, mats and low chairs allowed.

For more information, please call (808) 259-2500.

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center
Jul
15
5:30 pm17:30

1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week at the Royal Hawaiian Center

2017 marks the 8th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival and the 1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki will offer weeklong steel guitar entertainment during the week of July 10-15, 2017, culminating with the festival's nightly ho'olaule'a pageants on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, 2017. Performances will be showcased on the center's Royal Grove stage.

Monday through Thursday entertainment will include hour-long performances between 6-7 P.M. and will be hosted by Harry B. Soria. The Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a pageants begin at 5:30 P.M. and will showcase five different steel guitar masters each evening. Hosts for these programs will be Harry B. Soria and Kimo Kahoano.

This year's event will again precede the annual Roy Sakuma 'Ukulele Festival Hawaii which will be held at Kapi'olani Park on Sunday, July 16, 2017. This year's festival is presented by the Royal Hawaiian Center and produced by HIMELE - The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. All Waikiki Steel Guitar Week events are free and open to the public.

The 11th Annual George Na'ope Hula Festival - Sacramento, CA
Jul
16
10:00 am10:00

The 11th Annual George Na'ope Hula Festival - Sacramento, CA

2017 festival schedule

July 13, Thursday All Day: Halau check in - Stage Rehearsal and Sound Check throughout the day, and vendor set up. Closed to the public

July 14, Friday Morning - Stage Rehearsal, Sound Check, Vendor set up, Closed to public Doors Open to the Public at 12:00pm - Festival Starts at 1:00pm with introductions and opening ceremonies - First Performance begins approximately 2:30pm. All Performances today are Hula 'Auana Solo - All Categories

July 15, Sat. Morning - Doors open to the public at 9:00am - Festival Starts at 10:00am - 7:30pm (approx.) All Performances today are Hula Kahiko both solo and group performances - Finish the evening with Solo Hula Performance Awards

July 15, Sat. Evening - Kani ka pila in honor of Uncle George will be held in the hotel grand lobby. This is an important part of our festival to share the aloha that Uncle George always enjoyed. If you plan to be here with us all, you will see why! Bring your instruments and join us with Hawaiian music and dance for everyone to enjoy. The hotel will be serving food (full lounge menu and specials) until 1:00am and the usual last call for drinks soon to follow. Our music and fun gathering is open to the public and hope to see you all there. Officially this will start anytime people want to gather and play music. Officially our House Musicians will join us at a time about 9:00pm until pau. For all of us who were there this year know that it was a wonderful time of music, hula, food and aloha overflowing everywhere!

July 16, Sun. Morning - Doors open to the public at 9:00am - Festival starts at 10:00am - 6:00pm (approx.) All Performances today are Hula 'Auana group performances - Finish the event with all group and over all awards & closing ceremonies

47th Annual Ukulele Festival
Jul
16
10:30 am10:30

47th Annual Ukulele Festival

47th Annual Ukulele Festival
Sunday, July 16, 2017
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Oahu

Every July – as welcome as summer itself – Ukulele Festival Hawaii presents the annual Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park on Oahu. Families jam the park. Ukulele fans wouldn’t miss it. Tourists follow the sounds of music. The music swirls over the tops of ironwood and monkeypod trees toward Diamond Head. It’s upbeat, infectious, bouncy about surf and sunny days. It’s music you want to dance to or sing to like a beachboy. It embraces everyone who hears it. That’s the irresistible charm of the ukulele.

For the next four hours ukulele virtuosos, internationally known musicians, local celebrities donate their time and talented ukulele players from around the world and a ukulele orchestra of over 800 students, mostly children will take the stage and delight the crowd with laughter, love and hope.

It’s summer’s best musical treat and it’s free.  Come and join us!

The 2010 Festival marked the 40th anniversary of this very special celebration of Hawaii's famous and beloved instrument.

Honey's At Ko`olau Presents Mike Ka`awa
Jul
16
4:00 pm16:00

Honey's At Ko`olau Presents Mike Ka`awa

Bring your families and friends to dine at Honey’s Restaurant at the Ko’olau Golf Club to enjoy the local flavors and soothing entertainment like the good ol’ days.

Reservations Recommended: 235-3211

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Duncan Kamakana and the Osorio Ohana
Jul
17
5:00 pm17:00

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Duncan Kamakana and the Osorio Ohana

Duncan Kamakana and the Osorio Ohana

Duncan Kamakana grew up on the island of Oahu in a family richly steeped in music, Hawaiian culture, intellectual stimulation and abundant love and creativity.  Born on February 21, 1988 in Honolulu, Duncan Andrew Kamakanaonakuahiwi Osorio lived in Palolo Valley with his older brother and three younger sisters. His dad Jon Osorio is a Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning musician for his collaboration with the late Randy Borden on the 1981 Song of the Year "Hawaiian Eyes." He's also an esteemed scholar and expert in Hawaiian language, history and politics at the University of Hawaii. Duncan's mom Mary Osorio is a social worker.

Strong supporters of the performing arts, the family often attended Jon's various gigs in local bars and churches. As a folk musician, he introduced Duncan to a vast array of music, ranging from traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, to singer songwriters like James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt. One of Duncan's favorite childhood memories is falling asleep to the sound of his dad strumming songs on the guitar.

It wasn't until 8th grade at Kamehameha Schools that Duncan first seriously picked up a guitar and discovered his love for singing and songwriting.  He was accepted to the prestigious Kamehameha Concert Glee Club as a bass singer. The calibre of musicians there encouraged him to express himself artistically. He would often work on music deep into the night.  

After graduation, Duncan spent time in Oregon, California and Michigan honing his musical skills on various projects and attending college. He came back to Hawaii in 2010 to regroup. In 2012, he scored a significant break by landing a Burger King commercial that featured a modified version of the hit song "Fish and Poi." It catapulted his career locally. While playing a gig at Rumfire in Waikiki that July, a prominent LA music supervisor recognized him from the commercial and helped him get a private audition for NBC's hit show "The Voice."  Producers chose him out of 50,000 other contestants vying for the coveted opportunity. Maroon 5's Adam Levine chose Duncan for his team and coached him alongside the other finalists. It was a whirlwind experience that he hopes to build on, as he creates his own musical legacy and from his humble beginnings, finds his own voice. 

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Sean Na`auao
Jul
17
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Sean Na`auao

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Weldon Kekauoha
Jul
18
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Weldon Kekauoha

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ben Vegas
Jul
19
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ben Vegas

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Willie K
Jul
19
4:45 pm16:45

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Willie K

The Wildest Show In Town

Ten tropical Wednesdays in June, July, and August with Live local entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo

June 14 - August 16, 2017

Hosted by Emcee Roy Sakuma!

Come down to The Honolulu Zoo Wednesday afternoons to enjoy live local music, ‘ukulele giveaways including a Kala Soprano ‘Ukulele to children 12 and under. Keiki coloring contest, theme nights, and delicious plate lunches and snacks available.

Participation Fee: $5 (Per person over age 2)
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

(No alcohol or high-back chairs please)

Featuring Music by:

June 14 - Kapena
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Take Flight

June 21- Roy Sakuma Super Keiki
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Keiki Carnival

June 28- Manoa DNA
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Volunteer Appreciation Night

July 5 - Kamakakehau Fernandez
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Kanikapila

July 12 - Melveen Leed
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Red, White and Zoo

July 19 - Willie K.
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Let’s Get Wild

July 26 - Ohta San & Nando Suan
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Members Mahalo

August 2 - Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
A Tribute To Hawaii’s Legendary Jazz Vocalist
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Bayou Boogie

August 9 - Beat-Lele
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala & Mele ‘Ukulele
Theme: Come Together

August 16 - Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Salsa Sayonara

PUNCH PASS

Back by popular demand, the Honolulu Zoo Society is offering a PUNCH PASS for the Wildest Show in Town. Use your PUNCH PASS one entry at a time or bring the whole herd down for a roaring good time. Valid for entry to the 2017 Wildest Show in Town concerts only. One punch per person ages 2 and up. No refunds or replacement for lost or stolen passes. Purchase your PUNCH PASS at the counter.

For more information call 926-3191.
Schedule Is Subject To Change Without Notice

Kona Nui Nights Featuring Melveen Leed
Jul
19
6:00 pm18:00

Kona Nui Nights Featuring Melveen Leed

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.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Mike Ka`awa
Jul
19
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Mike Ka`awa

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Robi Kahakalau
Jul
20
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Robi Kahakalau

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo
Jul
20
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Kupaoa
Jul
21
6:00 pm18:00

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Kupaoa

Hawaiian music and hula 'auana (hula’s modern form) fill The Royal Grove Monday through Friday at twilight. Hour-long performances feature top island entertainers with a focus on Hawaiian language musical favorites — shared with kama 'äina (locals) and malihini (visitors) with aloha.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena
Jul
21
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Mission Houses Nani Ke Ao Nei Series - Na Mele koUka, Songs of the Uplands
Jul
22
5:30 pm17:30

Mission Houses Nani Ke Ao Nei Series - Na Mele koUka, Songs of the Uplands

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.


July 22, 2017
Na
Mele koUka, Songs of the Uplands


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.
 

Honey's At Ko`olau Presents Mike Ka`awa
Jul
23
4:00 pm16:00

Honey's At Ko`olau Presents Mike Ka`awa

Bring your families and friends to dine at Honey’s Restaurant at the Ko’olau Golf Club to enjoy the local flavors and soothing entertainment like the good ol’ days.

Reservations Recommended: 235-3211

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Sean Na`auao
Jul
24
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Sean Na`auao

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Weldon Kekauoha
Jul
25
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Weldon Kekauoha

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ben Vegas
Jul
26
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ben Vegas

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Ohta San & Nando Suan
Jul
26
4:45 pm16:45

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Ohta San & Nando Suan

The Wildest Show In Town

Ten tropical Wednesdays in June, July, and August with Live local entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo

June 14 - August 16, 2017

Hosted by Emcee Roy Sakuma!

Come down to The Honolulu Zoo Wednesday afternoons to enjoy live local music, ‘ukulele giveaways including a Kala Soprano ‘Ukulele to children 12 and under. Keiki coloring contest, theme nights, and delicious plate lunches and snacks available.

Participation Fee: $5 (Per person over age 2)
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

(No alcohol or high-back chairs please)

Featuring Music by:

June 14 - Kapena
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Take Flight

June 21- Roy Sakuma Super Keiki
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Keiki Carnival

June 28- Manoa DNA
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Volunteer Appreciation Night

July 5 - Kamakakehau Fernandez
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Kanikapila

July 12 - Melveen Leed
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Red, White and Zoo

July 19 - Willie K.
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Let’s Get Wild

July 26 - Ohta San & Nando Suan
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Members Mahalo

August 2 - Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
A Tribute To Hawaii’s Legendary Jazz Vocalist
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Bayou Boogie

August 9 - Beat-Lele
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala & Mele ‘Ukulele
Theme: Come Together

August 16 - Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Salsa Sayonara

PUNCH PASS

Back by popular demand, the Honolulu Zoo Society is offering a PUNCH PASS for the Wildest Show in Town. Use your PUNCH PASS one entry at a time or bring the whole herd down for a roaring good time. Valid for entry to the 2017 Wildest Show in Town concerts only. One punch per person ages 2 and up. No refunds or replacement for lost or stolen passes. Purchase your PUNCH PASS at the counter.

For more information call 926-3191.
Schedule Is Subject To Change Without Notice

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Mike Ka`awa
Jul
26
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Mike Ka`awa

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Robi Kahakalau
Jul
27
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Robi Kahakalau

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Ke Kani O Ke Kai Featuring Ledward Ka`apana, Weldon Kekauoha and Maunalua
Jul
27
5:30 pm17:30

Ke Kani O Ke Kai Featuring Ledward Ka`apana, Weldon Kekauoha and Maunalua

`The Waikīkī Aquarium’s popular annual summer concert series offers visitors and residents an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars. The five-concert series is held on alternating Thursday evenings from mid-June through early August. Featuring some of Hawai‘i’s top entertainers, ticket sales are announced via mailer to members first, then to the general public. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the concerts begin at 7 pm Guests are encouraged to explore the Aquarium galleries that remain open throughout the evening and bring blankets/chairs to sit on the beach-front lawn – making this major fundraiser one of the best, and unique, ways to experience the Aquarium and Waikīkī.

2017 CONCERT SERIES

  • June 15
    • Performances by: Jerry Santos & Kamuela Kimokeo, Hot Club of Hulaville, Osorio Ohana
    • Restaurant Partner: Haili’s Hawaiian Food
  • June 29
    • Performances by: Streetlight Cadence, Hoku Zuttermeister, Kalani Pe`a
    • Restaurant Partner: Cactus
  • July 13
    • Performances by: Amy Hanaiali`i, Keauhou, Special Guest Halau
    • Restaurant Partner: Laverne’s
  • July 27
    • Performances by: Ledward Ka`apana, Weldon Kekauoha, Maunalua
    • Restaurant Partner: HASR
  • August 10
    • Performances by: Josh Tatofi, Alx Kawakami, Blayne Asing
    • Restaurant Partner: Cactus

To purchase tickets at the Aquarium, please visit The Shop. Purchase both series and individual concert tickets. See below for pricing:

AdultJunior
(5-12 YRS)Children
(4 and under)

Series Package
(5 Concerts)FOWA Members
General$120
$200$45
$75FREE
FREE

Single Concert TicketsFOWA Members
General$30
$50$15
$20FREE
FREE

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo
Jul
27
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Kawika Kahiapo

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Blue Note Hawaii Presents HAPA
Jul
28
5:00 pm17:00

Blue Note Hawaii Presents HAPA

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

HAPA

For over 30 years, HAPA has brought it unique sound to delighted audiences across Hawai‘i and around the world.Like the islands themselves, HAPA's music is an amalgam of influences ranging from ancient Polynesian rhythms and genealogical chants to the strummed ballads of Portuguese fisherman and Mexican cowboys, and the inspired melodies and harmonies of the traditional church choirs of the early missionaries. Add a dose of American acoustic folk/rock, and you have what has been described as the “most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows!” --Maui Time

The HAPA name reflects the diverse backgrounds of its musicians and the mix of cultures that converge in Hawai‘i. Award-winning, brilliant guitarist Barry Flanagan has been the guiding force of HAPA since its beginnings in 1983. He is joined by Ron Kuala‘au, one of Barry’s first teachers in Hawaiian music and culture and one of the early influences on the HAPA sound.

BARRY FLANAGAN
A prolific composer and performer, and one of Hawai’i’s most respected and celebrated recording artists and producers, Barry has composed some of Hawaii’s most popular songs of the last three decades. In 1994, the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts honored Flanagan, and Hawaiian Language Professor S.H. Kiope Raymond, with the prestigious “Haku Mele” award, an acknowledgement for Excellence in the Art of Song composition in the Native Hawaiian Language. In 2004, Flanagan co-composed a song with friend Kenny Loggins for his Grammy-nominated release More Songs from Pooh Corner. The song, entitled Hana Aluna Lullaby includes a chorus in the Hawaiian language, the first song utilizing Hawaiian lyrics to receive that distinction.

RON KUALA'AU
The evolution of HAPA as one of the most imaginative and diverse Hawaiian groups continues with the addition of their newest member, singer-songwriter Ron Kuala'au. Born in Honolulu and raised in Kailua on the windward side of O'ahu, Ron's earliest memories are of large family gatherings with lots of music and singing. In the early 1980s Ron moved to Maui and began performing professionally, finding audiences who resonated with his soulful vocals and beautifully penned Hawaiian songs. After releasing five full length solo albums, Ron joins HAPA to the delight of founding member and HAPA's songwriter, Barry Flanagan.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena
Jul
28
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Keauhou
Jul
31
5:00 pm17:00

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Keauhou

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

KEAUHOU BAND

Keauhou finds passion and joy in the performance, preservation, and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian music.

The name, “Keauhou,” was suggested by Hailama Farden, while the trio played music at the Kamehameha School’s Midkiff Library. This library is home to the waʻa (Hawaiian canoe) named “Makani Hou o Keauhou,” under which the group performed was named. Translated as “the new wind of Keauhou” this waʻa became the inspiration for the group name, “Keauhou.” While the Hawaiian language offers a multiplicity of meanings and translations, the groups name can be translated as “the new/renewed generation.”

This name defines the young trio, Kahanuola Solatorio, and brothers, Nicholas and Zachary Lum, as they strive to bring forth inspiration from Hawaiian music of the eras preceding them, and contribute to a renewed respect and interest for the incomparable beauty of traditional Hawaiian music.

These three graduates of the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama found their musical roots through their involvement in the many musical and cultural opportunities offered at Kamehameha Schools. They sang in the Concert Glee Club, played in the Band, and both Lum brothers held the esteemed positions as their class’ student director in the world-renown Song Contest.

Currently, Kahanuola, Nicholas, and Zachary are Masters candidates in the fields of Education, Hawaiian language, and Ethnomusicology, respectively, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. All three are active and passionate educators and cultural practitioners in their field.

In 2008, Keauhou was awarded first place in the unamplified traditional Hawaiian music contest, “Ka Himeni Ana,” held annually at the Hawaiʻi Theater. Since then, the group has performed at a variety of esteemed public and private events.

Kahanuola, Nicholas, and Zachary are truly thankful for the many opportunities and honors with which they have been blessed, as well as the many more to come. With the relationships between them and the guidance of Ke Akua as top priorities, the members of Keauhou hope to offer a seemingly-new sound to the Hawaiian music scene, inspired by those who have come before.

E koʻolau ke kō a Keauhou!

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Weldon Kekauoha
Aug
1
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Weldon Kekauoha

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ben Vegas
Aug
2
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ben Vegas

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
Aug
2
4:45 pm16:45

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars

The Wildest Show In Town

Ten tropical Wednesdays in June, July, and August with Live local entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo

June 14 - August 16, 2017

Hosted by Emcee Roy Sakuma!

Come down to The Honolulu Zoo Wednesday afternoons to enjoy live local music, ‘ukulele giveaways including a Kala Soprano ‘Ukulele to children 12 and under. Keiki coloring contest, theme nights, and delicious plate lunches and snacks available.

Participation Fee: $5 (Per person over age 2)
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

(No alcohol or high-back chairs please)

Featuring Music by:

June 14 - Kapena
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Take Flight

June 21- Roy Sakuma Super Keiki
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Keiki Carnival

June 28- Manoa DNA
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Volunteer Appreciation Night

July 5 - Kamakakehau Fernandez
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Kanikapila

July 12 - Melveen Leed
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Red, White and Zoo

July 19 - Willie K.
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Let’s Get Wild

July 26 - Ohta San & Nando Suan
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Members Mahalo

August 2 - Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
A Tribute To Hawaii’s Legendary Jazz Vocalist
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Bayou Boogie

August 9 - Beat-Lele
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala & Mele ‘Ukulele
Theme: Come Together

August 16 - Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Salsa Sayonara

PUNCH PASS

Back by popular demand, the Honolulu Zoo Society is offering a PUNCH PASS for the Wildest Show in Town. Use your PUNCH PASS one entry at a time or bring the whole herd down for a roaring good time. Valid for entry to the 2017 Wildest Show in Town concerts only. One punch per person ages 2 and up. No refunds or replacement for lost or stolen passes. Purchase your PUNCH PASS at the counter.

For more information call 926-3191.
Schedule Is Subject To Change Without Notice

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Mike Ka`awa
Aug
2
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Mike Ka`awa

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena
Aug
4
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Ka Hehena

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honey's At Ko`olau Presents Mike Ka`awa
Aug
6
4:00 pm16:00

Honey's At Ko`olau Presents Mike Ka`awa

Bring your families and friends to dine at Honey’s Restaurant at the Ko’olau Golf Club to enjoy the local flavors and soothing entertainment like the good ol’ days.

Reservations Recommended: 235-3211

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Lehua Kalima & Shawn Pimental
Aug
6
5:00 pm17:00

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Lehua Kalima & Shawn Pimental

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

Shawn Kekoa Pimental is a 5-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and Grammy Nominated Music Producer and Artist. He has produced records for Kealii Reichel, Lehua Kalima, Na Palapalai, Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole, Na Leo Pilimehana, Kainani Kahaunaele, Justin Young, Chad Takatsugi, Three Plus, Rebel Souljahz and many more. Shawn has also composed and produced music for Mike Post, Disney and other Award-Winning shows. He has also toured the world as a Musical Director and Band Member for many other artists, sharing the stage with Janet Jackson, Colbie Caillat, Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse, America and Jack Johnson. Shawn has worked with just about every well known Musician and Award Winning Kumu Hula in Hawaiʻi. He has produced shows for many venues, corporate events, concerts and cruise ships. Shawn also owns the award winning record label KOOPS2 Entertainment and co-owns Studio Ala Moana.

One third of the group Na Leo Pilimehana since 1984, Lehua Kalima has been performing for over 30 years. With her roots in Hawaiian music and her passion in folk and pop, Kalima has penned and recorded over 35 songs both with Na Leo Pilimehana and as a solo artist. A recipient of over 20 Na Hoku Hanohano awards with Na Leo, Kalima has also won an umprecedented 3 individual awards as a songwriter for Songs of the Year and the Hoku for Contemporary Album of the for her solo album 'Rising in Love' released in 2011. She has also recorded with such Hawaii notables as Kealii Reichel, Willie K, HAPA and many more. She continues to perform today with Na Leo Pilimehana and also with Shawn Pimental as a duo. 

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Weldon Kekauoha
Aug
8
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Weldon Kekauoha

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ben Vegas
Aug
9
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Ben Vegas

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Beat-Lele
Aug
9
4:45 pm16:45

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Beat-Lele

The Wildest Show In Town

Ten tropical Wednesdays in June, July, and August with Live local entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo

June 14 - August 16, 2017

Hosted by Emcee Roy Sakuma!

Come down to The Honolulu Zoo Wednesday afternoons to enjoy live local music, ‘ukulele giveaways including a Kala Soprano ‘Ukulele to children 12 and under. Keiki coloring contest, theme nights, and delicious plate lunches and snacks available.

Participation Fee: $5 (Per person over age 2)
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

(No alcohol or high-back chairs please)

Featuring Music by:

June 14 - Kapena
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Take Flight

June 21- Roy Sakuma Super Keiki
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Keiki Carnival

June 28- Manoa DNA
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Volunteer Appreciation Night

July 5 - Kamakakehau Fernandez
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Kanikapila

July 12 - Melveen Leed
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Red, White and Zoo

July 19 - Willie K.
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Let’s Get Wild

July 26 - Ohta San & Nando Suan
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Members Mahalo

August 2 - Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
A Tribute To Hawaii’s Legendary Jazz Vocalist
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Bayou Boogie

August 9 - Beat-Lele
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala & Mele ‘Ukulele
Theme: Come Together

August 16 - Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Salsa Sayonara

PUNCH PASS

Back by popular demand, the Honolulu Zoo Society is offering a PUNCH PASS for the Wildest Show in Town. Use your PUNCH PASS one entry at a time or bring the whole herd down for a roaring good time. Valid for entry to the 2017 Wildest Show in Town concerts only. One punch per person ages 2 and up. No refunds or replacement for lost or stolen passes. Purchase your PUNCH PASS at the counter.

For more information call 926-3191.
Schedule Is Subject To Change Without Notice

Ke Kani O Ke Kai Featuring Josh Tatofi, Alx Kawakami and Blayne Asing
Aug
10
5:30 pm17:30

Ke Kani O Ke Kai Featuring Josh Tatofi, Alx Kawakami and Blayne Asing

The Waikīkī Aquarium’s popular annual summer concert series offers visitors and residents an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars. The five-concert series is held on alternating Thursday evenings from mid-June through early August. Featuring some of Hawai‘i’s top entertainers, ticket sales are announced via mailer to members first, then to the general public. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the concerts begin at 7 pm Guests are encouraged to explore the Aquarium galleries that remain open throughout the evening and bring blankets/chairs to sit on the beach-front lawn – making this major fundraiser one of the best, and unique, ways to experience the Aquarium and Waikīkī.

2017 CONCERT SERIES

  • June 15
    • Performances by: Jerry Santos & Kamuela Kimokeo, Hot Club of Hulaville, Osorio Ohana
    • Restaurant Partner: Haili’s Hawaiian Food
  • June 29
    • Performances by: Streetlight Cadence, Hoku Zuttermeister, Kalani Pea
    • Restaurant Partner: Cactus
  • July 13
    • Performances by: Amy Hanaialii, Keauhou, Special Guest Halau
    • Restaurant Partner: Laverne’s
  • July 27
    • Performances by: Led Kaapana, Weldon Kekauoha, Maunalua
    • Restaurant Partner: HASR
  • August 10
    • Performances by: Josh Tatofi, Alx Kawakami, Blayne Asing
    • Restaurant Partner: Cactus

To purchase tickets at the Aquarium, please visit The Shop. Purchase both series and individual concert tickets. See below for pricing:

AdultJunior
(5-12 YRS)Children
(4 and under)

Series Package
(5 Concerts)FOWA Members
General$120
$200$45
$75FREE
FREE

Single Concert TicketsFOWA Members
General$30
$50$15
$20FREE
FREE

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Christian Yrizzary
Aug
11
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Christian Yrizzary

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

2nd Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina
Aug
12
10:00 am10:00

2nd Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina

The Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina is scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2017, and confirmed artists are Keauhou, Kuana Torres Kahele, Pōmaika‘i Lyman & the Keawe ‘Ohana, and special guests.  The Pāʻina is a timely celebration with Keauhou, a fresh new trio comprised of Kahanuola Solatorio, Nicholas Lum, and Zachary Lum, earning nine awards for their debut album at the 40th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards Celebration on May 20th.

The theme, E Nānā I Ke Kumu, is representative of our practices in Papakōlea – taking the ʻike (knowledge) of our kūpuna (ancestors), and sharing it with others, so our present-day practices remain authentic and vibrant.  Last year, the Pāʻina served as a fundraiser for Mrs. Pōmaika‘i Lyman, 2016 Mrs. Hawaii International, in her bid for the international title. This year, the 2nd Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina proceeds will support the Papakōlea Community Scholarship Program, and other educational activities.

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Teresa Bright
Aug
12
4:00 pm16:00

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Teresa Bright

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.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Weldon Kekauoha
Aug
15
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Weldon Kekauoha

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawai`i
Aug
16
4:45 pm16:45

Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show In Town Featuring Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawai`i

The Wildest Show In Town

Ten tropical Wednesdays in June, July, and August with Live local entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo

June 14 - August 16, 2017

Hosted by Emcee Roy Sakuma!

Come down to The Honolulu Zoo Wednesday afternoons to enjoy live local music, ‘ukulele giveaways including a Kala Soprano ‘Ukulele to children 12 and under. Keiki coloring contest, theme nights, and delicious plate lunches and snacks available.

Participation Fee: $5 (Per person over age 2)
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

(No alcohol or high-back chairs please)

Featuring Music by:

June 14 - Kapena
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Take Flight

June 21- Roy Sakuma Super Keiki
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Keiki Carnival

June 28- Manoa DNA
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Volunteer Appreciation Night

July 5 - Kamakakehau Fernandez
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: KoAloha ‘Ukulele
Theme: Kanikapila

July 12 - Melveen Leed
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Red, White and Zoo

July 19 - Willie K.
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele
Theme: Let’s Get Wild

July 26 - Ohta San & Nando Suan
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Pono ‘Ukulele
Theme: Members Mahalo

August 2 - Jimmy Borges Jazz All Stars
A Tribute To Hawaii’s Legendary Jazz Vocalist
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Bayou Boogie

August 9 - Beat-Lele
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala & Mele ‘Ukulele
Theme: Come Together

August 16 - Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii
‘Ukulele Giveaway by: Kala ‘Ukulele
Theme: Salsa Sayonara

PUNCH PASS

Back by popular demand, the Honolulu Zoo Society is offering a PUNCH PASS for the Wildest Show in Town. Use your PUNCH PASS one entry at a time or bring the whole herd down for a roaring good time. Valid for entry to the 2017 Wildest Show in Town concerts only. One punch per person ages 2 and up. No refunds or replacement for lost or stolen passes. Purchase your PUNCH PASS at the counter.

For more information call 926-3191.
Schedule Is Subject To Change Without Notice

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Jerry Santos of Olomana at Blue Note Hawaii
Aug
17
5:00 pm17:00

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Jerry Santos of Olomana at Blue Note Hawaii

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

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Jerry Santos of Olomana

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: Jerry Santos of Olomana.

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!

Best known for his work in the musical group Olomana, Jerry Santos has maintained an influential presence on the Hawaii music scene for over four decades.  Born and raised on the windward side of Oahu and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Jerry established himself early on as one of Hawaii’s most prolific song writers. As a founding member and lead singer of the legendary group, Olomana, Jerry helped to create a unique and easily recognizable musical style, blending Hawaiian music with contemporary rhythms. 

Over the years, Jerry has performed all over the world and his work has been recognized by the Hawaii musical community with numerous Na Hökü Hanohano (Hawaii’s Grammy’s) awards.  Including male vocalist, for both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, and a composer’s award for his composition “Come to Me Gently”.  Jerry has also received the Moe Keale “Aloha Is” award for his charitable work in the community over the years and has been recognized by the Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs for his commitment to Hawaiian Culture through music.  He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists and was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. 

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

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Christian Yrizzary
Aug
18
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live featuring Christian Yrizzary

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kapono Na`ili`ili
Aug
29
5:00 pm17:00

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.

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Brother Noland
Aug
30
5:00 pm17:00

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.

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kuana Torres Kahele
Sep
3
5:00 pm17:00

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.

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring George Kuo
Sep
9
4:00 pm16:00

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.

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Melveen Leed
Sep
10
5:00 pm17:00

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. 

Henry Kapono's Artist to Artist Series: Keola Beamer of the Beamer Brothers at Blue Note Hawaii
Sep
14
5:00 pm17:00

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

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Kalani Pe`a
Oct
1
5:00 pm17:00

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.

The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert Featuring Raiatea Helm
Oct
7
2:00 pm14:00

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©.

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Robert Cazimero and Friends
Oct
11
5:00 pm17:00

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. 

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Waipuna
Oct
14
4:00 pm16:00

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.

Mission Houses Nani Ke Ao Nei Series - Na Mele koKai, Songs of the Sea
Oct
21
5:30 pm17:30

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.
 

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Honoka & Azita
Nov
11
4:00 pm16:00

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.

The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert Featuring Maunalua
Dec
9
2:00 pm14:00

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.
 

Blue Note Hawaii Presents Robert Cazimero and Friends
Dec
13
5:00 pm17:00

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. 

Kanikapila in Kailua Featuring Kawika Kahiapo & Friends
Dec
16
4:00 am04:00

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.

The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert with The Makaha Sons Featuring Jerome Koko
Jan
20
2:00 pm14:00

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…

The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert Featuring Willie K
Mar
17
2:00 pm14:00

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

2 Shows at 2pm & 7:30pm

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.

“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.”

As part of a family band—he was the second of nine boys and four girls—Willie learned how to play every instrument that might be needed in the show, from guitar and bass to the ukulele, quickly becoming a virtuoso on each. And he learned how to make music in virtually any genre that might please an audience. That eclecticism is evident on the amazing DVD release, Willie K Live at Mulligan’s On the Blue, and the stunningly diverse CD Live at Hapa’s. His other albums released over the past two decades are devoted to everything from pure traditional Hawaiian music to Christmas tunes.

But although he’s always been close to the genre, Warehouse Blues takes Willie K’s artistry to another level altogether. His gruff, impassioned vocals, blistering guitar licks and frank songwriting are something his work until now has only hinted at. Consisting of 17 Willie K originals, recorded in Maui with Willie K on guitar and vocals, Jerry Byers on bass and Kris Thomas playing drums, Warehouse Blues marks the first time that Willie K has devoted an entire album to the genre that was his first love. The songs, he says, all come from his personal life experiences—“they’re about ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, lost love, heartache, watching TV shows, life.”

As he writes in the liner notes, “Anyone who has been there since day one knows how much I love the blues. Ever since the age of 6, I’ve been singing the blues.” In fact, that’s how he’s always approached all music. Since he was little, Willie K took in every sound that came his way—at a Willie K show, audiences understand that just about anything might get played, from blistering rock to the most romantic, blissful acoustic music. “You want to taste it, you want to try it and give it a shot and see what will happen,” says Willie K about his open approach to music.

By the time he was in his twenties, that could mean anything from country to punk to salsa to jazz. “A lot of people came in and out of my life as far as music is concerned, people who were playing certain kinds of genres,” he says. “We became close friends and they taught me their favorite songs and I learned that style and vice versa, and I continued on after that.”

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.

As beloved as he is in Hawaii, over the years, Willie K’s reputation has spread far from his home state. He’s toured the mainland and, for a few years, he resided in San Francisco, mixing it up with the local musicians and making new fans. While on the West Coast his music had such a powerful impact on one particular group of fans that it caused them to give up a dangerous, dead-end lifestyle. Willie explains:

“There were these kids that came to my show in California and they said, ‘Hey, Uncle Willie. Because of your music we quit being part of a gang.’ They were in the Crips and the Bloods and all that stuff. They were some really rugged-looking kids and they said, ‘Your music made us think that there’s something else we can do with ourselves. You don’t need to have this type of lifestyle to prove something.’ They took all of their gang handkerchiefs and stuff and put it in a little bag and gave it to me and they said, ‘Please throw this away. We’d be honored.’”

For Willie K, too, music is a life force, never something to take lightly. “It’s all turned out pretty good, actually,” he says, and he’s far from done—Willie has plans to make another Hawaiian album, a contemporary rock album, and what he describes as “an epic project, one of those projects where one song lasts for 20 minutes.”

Whatever he tackles, one thing is for sure: it will be distinctive. “I am unlike any other Hawaiian that’s ever been seen or heard before,” says Willie K, and truer words have never been spoken.

-Written by Jeff Tamarkin

 

The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert Featuring Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei
May
26
2:00 pm14:00

The Ruth B. Shannon Center For The Performing Arts at Whittier College Aloha Concert Featuring Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei

2 Shows at 2pm & 7:30pm

In 1975, one man brought about a permanent change in the practice of hula. His name is Robert Cazimero and his vision was Halau Na Kamalei, the only male halau hula in the Hawaiian Islands. Today, Robert Cazimero is considered to be one of the most respected kumu hula of Hawaiian dance. The men of Na Kamalei perform around the world, and for over 40 years, they have carried on the tradition of male hula.

Through the years, Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei have blazed their journey with Hawaiian pride, dispelling deep-rooted stereotypes of grass skirt girls and coconut bras. The men of hula have swayed the heart of hula by reclaiming the masculine side of the ancient dance.

For Hawaiians, coming of age in the 1970’s was a turbulent time, but for Robert Cazimero it was the time when he discovered himself and his life’s purpose…Hawaiian music and the art of Hula. This discovery has taken him on an amazing journey. While the journey was not without turbulence, his path became clear and he followed it to where he is today; at the top of his game in his music and certainly in the art of Hula.

Robert’s twin passions have always been inter-related. They are the threads that weave the intricate patterns that are Robert Cazimero. His musical talent was recognized at the age of three, followed quickly with piano lessons while still in elementary school where his quickness endeared him to his instructors while his ability to vary and improvise astounded them. Robert’s secondary education required participation in the Kamehameha Schools’ Concert Glee Club and Hawaiian Ensemble. His knowledge of music deepened but more importantly, he came in contact with the person who would serve as his Kumu Hula (hula teacher), Maiki Aiu Lake and just at the right time for the Hawaiian cultural renaissance was blooming.

And so it came to be that at the height of the Hawaiian cultural renaissance, Robert Cazimero was learning the art of hula from one of the most respected masters of the dance form. Already known for changing the familiar sound of Hawaiian music, Aunty Maiki infused Robert with her vision of him starting an all male halau (hula school). Men dancing hula as a halau was something that had not happened in decades. She envisioned men dancing hula with pride and masculine grace and Robert soon shared this passionate image.

Over the ensuing decades Robert has realized Maiki’s dream again and again, dedicating his energy to the once vanishing tradition of male hula. With the knowledge passed on from Maiki coupled with his own talent and passion, Robert has inspired hundreds of men to carry on this magnificent art form.

In 1975 Robert Cazimero created Hālau Nā Kamalei O Lililehua, the only male halau in the Hawaiian Islands. Starting with six students from Kamehameha Schools, his hālau went on to compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival in 1976, the first year kane (men) were allowed to participate, and won the overall men’s award. The hālau also swept the kane divisions and the overall title in 2005, as well as took 1st place in the ‘auana, 2nd in the kahiko and 1st overall in the 2015 Festival. The hālau continues to live by Aunty Maiki’s motto: “Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance expressing all that we see, hear, feel, taste, touch and smell; hula is life.”

Today, Robert Cazimero is considered to be one of the most respected kumu hula of Hawaiian dance. The men of Nā Kamalei perform around the world, and for 40 years, they have carried on the tradition of male hula. Cazimero has taught about 200 students across two generations, with several who went on to start their own hālau.

Robert’s elegant voice is so distinctive that whether he performs on piano or with his brother Roland as the Brothers Cazimero, he is instantly recognized and people are compelled to listen. Recording music has also played a vital part of Robert’s life journey. During that journey he has been a part of close to 40 full album projects; many considered classics in the history of Hawaiian music. The popular success of the music he has made and participated in is recognized through dozens of awards, performances on the world’s most prestigious stages and the millions of albums that have been bought by people around the world.

Robert’s passion and talent have played a huge role in taking Hawaiian music and dance to diverse stages from Carnegie Hall, Wolftrap, Tokyo, and the Hollywood Bowl; his voice has graced the orchestra’s of the New York Pops, the LA Philharmonic, the Boston Pops and of course, the Honolulu Symphony. Hula is always an integral part of these shows as it is in all performances large and small of the Brothers Cazimero and whenever he performs a solo engagement.

While it’s not too early to measure the impact of Robert Cazimero on the world of Hawaiian music and dance, it is way too early for Robert to stop creating for the passion continues as does his life’s journey on the path of hula and Hawaiian music and so we joyously present to you Hula, a collection of some of Robert’s favorite music for the Hula.


Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Waipuna
Jun
25
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Waipuna

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Brunch on the Beach at Kani Ka Pila Grille Featuring Melveen Leed
Jun
25
11:00 am11:00

Brunch on the Beach at Kani Ka Pila Grille Featuring Melveen Leed

Kick-off summer with a new brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at KaniKa Pila Grille in the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.  Sunday Brunch on the Beach features the music of the incomparable Melveen Leed.  Free validated valet parking for the new Sunday brunch at the Kani Ka Pila Grille with Melveen Leed.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Pu`uloa
Jun
24
6:30 pm18:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Pu`uloa

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.

Hanohano Helumoa Concert Featuring Ho`okena
Jun
24
6:00 pm18:00

Hanohano Helumoa Concert Featuring Ho`okena

Enjoy spectacular music and entertainment in The Royal Grove. Our Hanohano Helumoa Quarterly Concert Series is a great opportunity for kamaʽāina and malihini alike to spend some time at the gathering place of Waikīkī.  In support of music in our public schools, the concert opens with a stellar high school performing group, then highlights a local hālau hula, and culminates in a musical finale with top Hawaiian music artists.  He mai!

Entertainment schedule:

6-6:45PM: Hālau ʽO Kaululauaʽe, Kumu Hula, Mikiʻala Lidstone

7-7:10PM: Rock-A-Hula

7:30-8:30PM: Hoʻokena

Schedule is subject to change. For more information, please call Helumoa Hale Guest Services at 808-922-2299.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Chris Mercado
Jun
24
4:30 pm16:30

Kani Ka Pila Grille Live Presents Chris Mercado

Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is Honolulu's hot spot for live Hawaiian music. Hawaii's most legendary musicians -- new local talent and island artists of international renown -- fill the weekly schedule of nightly performances.