KONAWEB - Kona Hawaii

Big Island
Hawaiian Music
Events

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.)
THE MUSIC SCENE CHANGES OFTEN, SO WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONTACT THE VENUES TO CONFIRM EVENTS.

April 19, 2014
COMMUNITY PICNIC AND FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free! Bring your own chairs & mats, and have a picnic while enjoying the music of award-winning entertainers Darlene Ahuna and John Cruz. There will
be games for the keiki too. Picnic option: A food truck will be available for purchases. It takes a Village! Let's bring community back to Hale Halawai. Brought
to you by Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Hawaii Tourism Authority and County of Hawai`i. Time: 4 pm to sunset at the oceanfront lawn at
Hale Halawai County Pavilion, Kailua Kona. For more information, call 808-936-9202, email hkvevents@yahoo.com
or visit www.historickailuavillage.com

April 25 ,2014 
HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY, HULA & TALK STORY - KAILUA-KONA 
Mele Koa Concert presented at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel by Big Island musician Chris Yeaton. Chris Yeaton & world-class Italian guitarist
Antonio Calogero will perform slack key and fingerstyle guitar. Limited seating. $20 adv/$25 door. Dinner packages avail. Time: Doors open 7pm/7:30pm
Show. Purchase tickets by calling 808-960-1026. For more information, email woodsongconcert@aol.com
or visit www.woodsongacousticgroup.com

May 2 ,2014 
KIHO`ALU SERIES FEATURES BEN KAILI - HILO HAWAIIAN HOTEL
Na Hoku Hanohano award nominee Ben Kaili, with Special Guests, will play slack key guitar at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel's Mokuola Room on Banyan drive.
Tickets at Basically Books, Hilo Guitar and Ukulele, and Gallery One. $15 door; $12 adv. & $10 for kupuna & 10yr under.

May 3 ,2014 
NA WAI IWI OLA'S ANNUAL HO`IKE - KING KAMEHAMEHA'S KONA BEACH HOTEL
Free. 3:30-6:30pm at the Back Courtyard of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel; Doors open 3pm. Kumu Keala Ching's halau will present hula. Enjoy the
music of popular Hawaiian music group Waipuna; the Songbird of Miloli`i Aunty Diana Aki; and The Ladies of Waiku`i with Konabob. The 60th birthday of 
legendary kumu Frank (Loea Kawaikapuokalani) Hewett
will be celebrated!

May 3 ,2014 
SLACK KEY GUITAR CONCERT - KING KAMEHAMEHA'S KONA BEACH HOTEL LU`AU GROUNDS
6pm at the hotel's Lu`au Grounds. Featuring stellar guitarists/vocalists LT Smooth, Donald Kauli`a and Walter Keale. Parking $2 onsite. Food & cocktails will
be available for purchase. Tickets: $25 Presale Gen. Admission/$40 Presale VIP includes Preferred Seating plus 2 Drink Tickets/$30 at Door. 
Tickets available at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel Front Desk, Rumley's Fine Art (in hotel lobby), by phone at 808-331-6366, or email tfonoimoana@konabeachhotel.com. 
For more info, visit Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key

May 9, 2014
BROTHERS CAZIMERO IN CONCERT - PALACE THEATER, HILO
The legendary duo returns. 7pm. General Admission $30 advance/$35 door. Reserved Seating $50 advance/$55 door. Palace Box Office: 934-7010, 
38 Haile St. Hilo. 

May 10, 2014
BROTHERS CAZIMERO IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
7:00pm. Tickets $64/$44/$34/$20. Call the Box Office at 885-6868. 

May 26, 2014
WILLIE K IN CONCERT - BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL'S BEST OF THE FEST EVENT - FAIRMONT ORCHID, SO. KOHALA
5:00pm at the Plantation Estate at the Fairmont Orchid.
------------------------------------------------
WEEKLY OR MONTHLY EVENTS (CALL VENUES TO CONFIRM):

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

Mondays from 11am to 12:30pm, Mana Hasegawa teaches Beginning 'Ukulele lessons at Kaloko National Historical Park.

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

Every Monday, at 7pm and 8pm, there's a free hula show at the Shops at Mauna Lani stage area.

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

Mondays and Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm you can hear Sonny Lim perform at the Canoe House restaurant at Mauna Lani resort.

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.
 
Every Tuesday from 10 AM to 12 noon Aunty Lani Lee, her hula halau "Na Kupuna O Kona Ali'i", and her band, perform at the Kona Coast Shopping
Center on Palani Rd. in Kailua-Kona.

Tuesday afternoons from 1-2pm, Rolinda Bean teaches Intermediate 'Ukulele at the rotunda at the Hawai'i Civic Center in Kona. By donation.

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.

Auntie Margie Spencer leads an advanced uke class on Tuesdays at Tutu's House in Waimea.

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 cost $40 per month. 
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.,
Kailua-Kona.

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

Wednesday mornings - "Hawai'iana Live!" Join Leilehua Yuen in this local's-eye-view of Hawai'i Island each Wednesday in Hilo's historic 
Palace Theater. Through traditional chant and storytelling, music, hula, and video featurettes, Leilehua explores different facets of Hawai'i
Island. Topics and films change weekly as the program revolves around the Hawaiian lunar calendar, and surprise guests and musicians 
often appear. A few of the past guests are Mary Ann Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Leina'ala Lassiter, Diana Aki, and Stan Kaina. Sometimes there 
is hula! The show also features some of Hawai'i's most beloved melodies played on the theater's historic pipe organ. Wednesday 
mornings 11:00 to 11:45, except Christmas and New Year weeks. Admission: $5; Kids free. Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. Call 934-7010 for 
more information.

Wednesday mornings from 10-11am, Aunty Irma offers beginning `ukulele classes at Kona International Marketplace, Kailua-Kona.

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. 

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

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

Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am, join Alan Hale for a kanikapila at the stage area of Kona International Marketplace. All types of music are played.

Thursdays, from 10am till 2pm, 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.

Thursdays, Auntie Margie Spencer offers free 'ukulele lessons at The Shops at Mauna Lani, from 1-3pm. For more info, call Debbie at 885-9501.

Every third Thursday of the month, Henry Kapono plays at Don's Tiki Bar at the Royal Kona Resort, preceded by Sean Wilkinson on vibes at 5pm.

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!

Every Thursday night Lanihau Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona presents live Hawaiian music from 6-8pm in the Center Court. Bring your own
beach chairs; no coolers please. Free to the public. For more info, call 960-1392.

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! 

Thursday 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.

There's a weekly intermediate 'ukulele kanikapila at the Kona International Marketplace (Old Industrial Area by HPM) in Kailua-Kona 
from 10-11am on Fridays.

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.

Aloha Fridays at Sam Choy's in Kailua-Kona, 6-9pm. Uncle Dona Kuali`i, Joe Spencer and Don Kaulia, with hula by Wendy Fitzsimmons. 
Call 344-3434 to confirm.

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.

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.

1st Saturdays of the month, join Joyce Flaugher, the " 'Ukulele Lady," at East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo for a Beginning `Ukulele class from
10am to noon. Drop-ins welcome! Call Claudine @ EHCC, 961-5711, for more info.

Saturdays eves, enjoy Kupuna Open Mic Nite at Saffron's in Waimea with Don and Duke Kauli`a with hula by Wendy Fitzsimmons

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.

Saturdays from 6-9pm Kevin Teves, who was on the Grammy-winning cd by Kohala, plays slack key and sings at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach
Hotel's outdoor bar.

`Auana Saturdays at Sam Choy's in Kailua-Kona, 6-9pm. Contemporary hula nite. Don Kaulia on slack key guitar, and Wendy Fitzsimmons, hula. 
Call 344-3434 to confirm.

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

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 Napua restaurant at the Mauna Lani resort.

Kona Brewing Company's Brew Pub sometimes features Hawaiian music on Sunday eves from 5-8pm.

Sundays from 5-7pm Hear Konabob on steel guitar and Eke Kekauoha on vocals and guitar/uke at Daylight Mind restaurant at Waterfront Row,
Kailua-Kona.

Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton Kona on Keauhou Bay features Hawaiian music, both contemporary and traditional, many nites of the week, from 
6:30-9:30pm.

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

BIG ISLAND HAWAIIAN MUSIC ARTISTS' WEBSITES:
Hawaiian Wedding Music - Kaleo Lindsey and Konabob
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.

ADDITIONAL MUSIC INSTRUCTION INFO:
Beginning `Ukulele (Holualoa, Kona) - Alan Hale (808) 640-7723
Beginning thru Intermediate 'Ukulele - 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

BIG ISLAND MUSIC STORES:
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


Advertise your business on KONAWEB!
 
KONAWEB HOME PAGE
Big Island Events Calendar
Visiting the Big Island Forum
Moving to the Big Island Forum
Become a Forum Member
5606 Current Members
Visitors Per Day
Travel Info
Keauhou/Kailua Trolley Schedule
Map of the Big Island
Real Estate
Vacation Rentals
B&Bs
 
Activities
Kona Coffee
Food/Entertainment
Restaurant Reviews
Hawaiian Music Events
KONAWEB Parties
 
News from Hawaii
Weather
Sunset Calculator
About Vog
Email Forum Members
Photos from Friends
 
Webcam
Roving Cam Archives
Featured Articles
Kokua
Contact KONAWEB
KONAWEB LLC Info.
Facebook