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Hawaiian Music

Hawaiian music is a special part of Hawaiian culture and life in Hawaii. It is our sincere hope that visitors and people moving to the islands will make it a part of their experience too. We keep this list of events to make it easier for all of us to be able to enjoy the sounds of slack key guitar, 'ukulele, and Hawaiian steel guitar, and to take advantage of the great workshops and learning experiences available here on the Big Island.

The swinging band, Kahulanui, at their CD release party at the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Malolo Lounge - December, 2012.
Some of the members of Puna 'Ukulele & Kanikapila Association,
with host Andy Andrews on the right. This energetic group is
dedicated to fun. It does not focus on Hawaiian music, but there is
plenty of aloha! (See listing below for contact numbers.)

December 9, 2015
The world-renowned `ukulele artist performs at 7pm. For more info, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call the Box Office at 885-6868.

December 11, 2015
Presented by Kona Hospital Foundation, 6-10pm at Lava Lava Beach Club. Enjoy the sounds of LT Smooth and Henry Kapono & Band. Savor and Sip
from the delicious food and beer and wine stations. This event makes a great place to have your company's holiday party or go with a group of
friends for a fun evening out! $125 plus tax, Stand, Dance & Dine; $1,400 plus tax, Reserved Table for 8. Get your tickets now as this event will be a
sell-out! For tickets or more info, call Kona Hospital Foundation at (808) 322-4587 or visit www.khfhawaii.org.

December 13, 2015
Free Hawaiian Music Concert featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i on the
Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru
Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at
participating restaurants & merchants. Award-winning uke player/vocalist Mark Yamanaka takes center stage at 5 pm for a free holiday
concert under the monkeypod tree at Emma's Square. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about 
Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

December 16, 2015
Be entertained by this wonderful vocalist beginning at 7pm. For more info, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call the Box Office at 885-6868.

December 16, 2015
Award-winning musician, songwriter and producer Kenneth Makuakāne has received more than 150 nominations and a total of 15 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, and
in May 2015, Kenneth received the prestigious Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award – the youngest recipient to receive the honor.
Kenneth’s songs have been performed many times at the Merrie Monarch Festival and his music is featured in major motion pictures, including Honeymoon in Las
Vegas, Ka‘iulani, and Parent Trap in Paradise. He has five solo CDs and two `ukulele instrumental CDs to his credit. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Nā Leo Manu,
"Heavenly Voices" performances. Free. When: Wed., Dec. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium.

May 1, 2016
The beloved Hawaiian musician will be honored at 4pm. Performers TBA. Co-produced by Kahilu Theatre, Hawaii Theatre and Mountain Apple
Records. For more info, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call the Box Office at 885-6868.

May 14, 2016
Wonderful entertainer and kumu hula Robert Cazimero will perform at 7pm. For more info, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call the Box Office at 885-6868.

Nitely at 5pm, enjoy Hawaiian music at Lava Lava Beach Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort, on Anaeho'omalu Bay.

Mondays at 10am  at Kaloko National Historical Park in Kona, there is a beginners' `ukulele class with Teri Stewart and a kanikapila led by
Rance Pinao.

Monday nights, Lorna Lim performs with a hula dancer from 6-7:45pm pm at the Atrium at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Free.

Monday evenings at 6 pm there is a free Polynesian hula show at The Shops at Mauna Lani's center stage.

Every third Monday, from 5:30-8pm, there's a free Polynesian Hula and Fire Knife Dance show at the Shops at Mauna Lani stage area.
Participants will be able to wear the fiercesome face-paint of Maori warriors while they pound Tahitian drums, and even take the Samoan fire knife for a
spin. More peaceful pursuits like coconut leaf weaving, Konane (checkers) and hula lessons are available, plus lessons in poi ball twirling for adults and
keiki. For more info, call 808-885-9501.

Kona Hongwanji Temple in Honalo, Kona has a Beginning 'Ukulele Class & Kanipila on the 4th Monday of every month from 7-8:30pm. 
$2 per person fee. Song sheets and written instructions will be provided. For more info: Mayo Chinn at 329-8078.

Mondays and Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm you can hear Sonny Lim perform at the Canoe House restaurant at Mauna Lani resort.
Every Tuesday from 10 AM to 12 noon Aunty Lani Lee, her hula halau "Na Kupuna O Kona Ali'i", and her hula group, perform at the Kona Coast Shopping
Center on Palani Rd. in Kailua-Kona.

Aunty Irma DiCenso teaches a Children's 'Ukulele Class at SKEA in Capt. Cook on Tuesdays, from 3-4pm, for ages 8-11.
Call 938-1617 for more info.

Every Tuesday, with some exceptions, John Keawe plays slack key guitar at the Waikoloa Beach Resort's Kings Shops from 7pm-8:30pm. Ph: 808-886-8811.

Tuesday evenings at Hilo Town Tavern, Ben Kaili's group, Kanakapila, plays from 6:30-9:30pm. All ages are welcome to attend. Call Stacey to 
confirm at 854-5424.

Tuesdays in Volcano, Intermediate 'Ukulele with Wes Awana is offered. This class is for the 'ukulele student that has a basic knowledge of chords
and strums. The class will help the student learn various basic picking skills and more complicated strum techniques. Class is ongoing and costs $40 per month. 
Time: 5:30-7pm. Call 967-8222 to register. 

Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm in Volcano, Kanikapila jam sessions that are open to all musicians are offered, led by Wes Awana. Bring your
instrument and enjoy “garage style” jamming with your neighbors and community. Donations are appreciated. Ongoing. Call for more information, 967-8222.

Tuesday evenings there is keiki hula at The Shops at Mauna Lani's Center Stage at 6:30pm.

Tuesday evenings dynamic Hawaiian group Kahulanui performs at the Kohala Suites Clubhouse at Waikoloa Beach Resort from 4:30-6:30pm.

Ponchoman gives free 'ukulele lessons at  6pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Just Ukes at Kona Village Marketplace, near the junction of Hualalai and Ali i Dr.,

Tuesdays thru Thursdays Darlene Ahuna performs at the Reef Lounge at the Hapuna Beach Hotel from 5:30-8:30pm.

Wednesday nites there's an 'ukulele kanikapila (jam session) at the Regency Hualalai Retirement Center in Kailua-Kona from 6 to 7:30 pm with
Jack Knight. You can download many songs from the "Files" section at www.meleohana.org. The He Mele Aloha book is also be used as a song source.

Wednesday evenings, Aulani's hula halau performs from 6-7pm at Queens' Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Wednesday nites, MaryAnn Lim performs with two other musicians and a hula dancer in the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel's Atrium from 6-7:45pm.

First two Wednesday nites of the month, check out the dynamic band, Kahulanui, at the Kings Shops, Waikoloa Beach Resort, 7pm. 

Wednesday thru Saturday nights from 6-9pm at Cafe' Pesto in Hilo enjoy Hawaiian music by Sean Robbins (Wed.), Rupert Tripp (Thurs. & Sat.), 
and Bruddah Waltah (Fri.) from 6-8pm. Ph: 969-6640.

Thursday mornings from 9:30-11am, join Alan Hale for a kanikapila at Akule Supply Company, 78-7138 Kaleiopapa Street, near the Sheraton
Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. For directions, call (808) 498-4987. All types of music are played.

Thursdays, from 10am till 3:30pm, Rance Pinao and friends play Hawaiian music and host a kanikapila at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, 
north of Kailua-Kona. For more info, call the Park visitor center at 326-9057.

Every second Thursday of the month,popular slack key guitarist John Keawe plays at Don's Tiki Bar at the Royal Kona Resort, from 5-7pm.

Every third Thursday of the month, Henry Kapono plays at Don's Tiki Bar at the Royal Kona Resort, 5-7pm.

Every fourth Thursday of the month, enjoy Cyril Pahinui, Jeff Au Hoy and Peter Moon, Jr. at Don's Tiki Bar at the Royal Kona Resort, 5-7pm.

Thursday nights, catch Ben Kaili and Friends at Coconut Willy's at Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be some hula too!

Thursday evenings, the dynamic Hawaiian group Kahulanui performs at the Kohala Suites Clubhouse at Waikoloa Beach Resort from 4:30-6:30pm.

Thursdays at 6 pm there is a free Polynesian hula show at The Shops at Mauna Lani's center stage.

Thursday nights, Lorna Lim performs with a hula dancer from 6-7:45pm pm at the Atrium at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Free.

Catch "Island-Style Thursdays" at the Blue Dragon restaurant in Kawaihae, 6-9pm. Featuring well-known local entertainers.
Call to confirm music: 882-7771.

Thursday nites, catch Ben Kaili and Friends at Coconut Willy's at Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be some hula too! 

Fridays at 10am, Lale Kam teaches 'ukulele lessons at historic Hulihe`e Palace on Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona.

Fridays, from 4-5pm, Aunty Irma DiCenso teaches an Intermediate 'Ukulele Class for Adults at SKEA in Capt. Cook. Call 938-1617 for more info.

Friday evenings, the dynamic Hawaiian group Kahulanui performs at the Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort from 4-6pm. Ph: 886-7979.

First Fridays Free Music Series at The Shops at Mauna Lani The series features a diverse array of local sounds, from contemporary Hawaiian to jazz, 
on the Outdoor Stage from 5:30-7:30pm. Free 'ukulele lessons from 1-3pm (other cultural activities offered, as well). For more information, call (808) 885-9501, 
email info@shopsatmaunalani.com or visit http://www.shopsatmaunalani.com/.

Fridays, from 6-7pm at Keauhou Shopping Center, there is a free hula show featuring various hula halau.

Friday evenings from 6-7pm at Queens' Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort, see Lehua E Liko No Kawailani hula halau perform.

Christy Lassite, JJ Ahuna and Lono Kanaka`ole play Hawaiian music (with hula! ) at Hilo Airport's Departure Lounge from 4-8pm Friday evenings.

On the 2nd Friday of every month, Keoki Kahumoku performs from 6-8pm at Hana Hou Restaurant in Na'alehu. Reservations are recommended: ph. 929-9717.

Friday nights once a month see John Keawe, one of Hawaii's best slack key guitarists, with his wife Hope dancing hula, perform at Hawi's Bamboo

Friday Kanikapilas at Ma's Kava Stop in Kainaliu (below Sandy's Drive In) from 6-8pm. Music, dance and pupus. Hapa haole songs, Hawaiian,
and Oldies. For more info, contact Maka at 322-2228.

Friday and Saturday nites, from 7-9pm at Kona Inn Shopping Village, see Bosco, the amazing "one man band" perform. It's a fun show!

On Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9:30pm, enjoy the slack key guitar music of Sean Robbins at Browns Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid.

Every other Saturday at 2:30pm, Andy Andrews leads a kanikapila at the Leilani Estates Community Center in Puna. All types of music are played. 
He also teaches a beginning and intermediate `ukulele class prior to the jam, at 1pm. "Loaner ukes" and songbooks are available. Get on
Andy's mailing list for current info/schedule, by emailing andy@cruzio.com.

Saturdays nights, hear hot 'ukulele player Brian Pi`ikea Vasquez at Don the Beachcomber's at Royal Kona Resort in Kailua-Kona from 4:45-
6:45pm. If you're up north, you can hear him later on Saturday evenings, from 8-11:00pm at the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Malolo Lounge at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Saturday evenings, the dynamic Hawaiian group Kahulanui performs at Na Pua Restaurant at the Mauna Lani Beach Club from 5:30-8:30pm 
except Saturdays closest to the full moon. Phone 885-5910 to confirm.

Saturday evenings once a month at the Queens' Marketplace Coronation Pavilion at Waikoloa Beach Resort, enjoy the free `Ahamele Hawaiian
Music Concert Series, featuring some of the island's best musicians and halau. Event begins at 6pm. For more info, call 886-8822.

Every third Saturday at the Coronation Pavilion at Queens' Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort, enjoy a free mini-concert featuring local Hawaiian
musicians, from 6-8pm.

On third Saturdays of the month, enjoy Aloha Saturdays at Kalakaua Park in Hilo. Featuring musical performances by Hawaii Island musicians and
hula halau, along with presentations by community groups. Also featured are authentic arts and crafts vendors and food booths. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 
Info: (808) 961-5711.

On the last Saturday of the month, enjoy a well known Hawaiian musician in performance at Keauhou Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona, 6pm.
Admission is 2 cans of food per person for the Hawaii Island Food Bank. For more info, call 886-8822 or visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

Sunday afternoons from 4-5pm at Queens' Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Halau O Po`ohala presents hula free to the public.

Sundays from 5:30-8:30pm catch Grammy award winning slack key guitarist Sonny Lim at Na Pua restaurant at the Mauna Lani resort.

The last Sunday of the month, from 4-7pm, attend Mo`o `Olelo O Ke Au, a free series of talk story presentations featuring music, chant and
dance at Pa`akai Point at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Kumu Keala Ching and local musicians, along with dancers from Na Wai Iwi Ola
halau, will enthrall you. 

Kona Brewing Company's Brew Pub sometimes features Hawaiian music on Sunday eves from 5-8pm. Slack key guitarist John Keawe plays
regularly at the Brew Pub (and also some Sundays at Blue Dragon Restaurant in Kawaihae).

Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton Kona on Keauhou Bay features Hawaiian music, both contemporary and traditional, some nites of the week, from 

Most evenings, beginning at 5pm, Huggo's on the Rocks on Ali`i Drive in Kailua-Kona features Hawaiian music with some hula.

Hawaiian Wedding Music
Premier slack key guitar artist John Keawe's calendar
The versatile and talented young Brittni Paiva's Web Site
Hilo `ukulele and Grammy award-winning slack key player, Keoki Kahumoku, can often be found teaching 'ukulele and slack key guitar lessons and 
workshops around the island, as well.
Big Island slack key guitar and Hawaiian musician, Don Kauli`a's website. 
Chris Yeaton is a contemporary Hawaiian slack key guitarist and fingerstyle picker. He regularly tours on the mainland too.

Beginning `Ukulele (Holualoa, Kona) - Alan Hale (808) 640-7723
Beginning thru Intermediate 'Ukulele - (So. Kona) Irma DiCenso (808) 938-1617
Beginning thru Advanced 'Ukulele (Kealakekua, Kona) - Lorenzo Carlson (808) 329-8846
Slack key Guitarist Don Kauli`a (Waimea) offers private slack key guitar instructions. 
Beginning Acoustic Hawaiian Steel Guitar (Holualoa, Kona) - Konabob Stoffer (808) 322-4714

Holualoa 'Ukulele Gallery - a small store specializing in fine, locally made 'ukulele (808) 324-4100
Kiernan Music - in Kainaliu, Kona. Specializes in repairs, with some great instruments too (808) 323-9777
Just Ukes - on Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona at the southern end of Uncle Billy's Kona Inn Shopping Village
Just Ukes - a second location at the Shops at Mauna Lani, (808) 885-4194
Soundwave Music - a large store with a wide selection of guitars, 'ukulele & accessories. Repairs, professional lighting & sound. Kailua-Kona, (808) 326-2297
Music Exchange Kailua-Kona - has a wide selection of guitars, 'ukulele & accessories (808) 329-3200
Music Exchange (Hilo) (808) 961-3363
Music Exchange (Waimea) (808) 885-8900
Pacific Music Hilo, 969-9342
Hilo Guitars & Ukuleles - repairs and instruments (808) 935-4282

If you are a Big Island musician who plays slack key guitar, 'ukulele, or Hawaiian steel guitar, and would like to add your event info to this page, please email Shirley

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