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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.

July 26, 2015
JOHN KEAWE AT BLUE DRAGON RESTAURANT, KAWAIHAE
6-9pm. Hula too! Phone 882-7771 for more info.

August 7, 2015
JAKE SHIMABUKURO IN CONCERT AT PALACE THEATER, HILO
7pm. Call (808) 934-7010 for details.

Beginning August 18, 2015
GUY SASAKI'S FALL `UKULELE BUILDING CLASS - KEALAKEHE HIGH SCHOOL, KAILUA-KONA
Kona Community School for Adults is again offering its popular ukulele construction class taught by Guy Sasaki at Kealakehe High School. The 16-
session class begins Tuesday, August 18 and continues each Tuesday until December 8. Class fee is $120, plus some materials. A list of required tools
and supplies will be provided during the first session. Registration is from August 3-14 at Kona Community School for Adults on the campus of 
Kealakehe Intermediate School. Office hours are 8:30am-4pm, M-F. (808) 313-3032. For more information, contact Chris Stewart at (808) 756-6111 or
email chrisstewart1455@msn.com.

August 19, 2015
FREE HULA PERFORMANCE - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
​​Free Hula Performance by​ ​Hālau O Mailelaulani.​ Hālau o Mailelaulani​ is a Hilo-based hālau under the direction of kumu hula Mailelaulani Canario.
Kumu Mailelaulani established her hālau in the mid-1970s to perpetuate the kahiko (ancient) as well as `auana (modern) style of hula. Today, her `auana
performers participate in the annual Merrie Monarch festivities and are regular entertainers for the cruise ships through Destination Hilo. The hālau
placed third in the 32nd annual Kupuna Hula Festival, Wahine Group Competition, held in Kona in 2014. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Kīlauea
Visitor Center auditorium.

September 12, 2015
ROUGH RIDERS CONCERT - PALACE THEATER, HILO
Contemporary Hawaiian music "super group" featuring John Cruz, Henry Kapono and Brother Noland. For more info, visit http://roughridershawaii.com.

September 18, 2015
LEDWARD KA`APANA & MIKE KA`AWA IN CONCERT - HILO
Ledward Ka`apana & Mike Ka`awa will perform at the Palace Theater in Hilo, on Friday, September 18, from 7 PM to 9 PM. Tickets are $45 for Center
Reserved seating, $35 for Side Reserved seating; General Admission is $25. Tickets are available by calling The Palace Theater at 808-934-7010.
Please buy your tickets early as this concert will sell out. This event is a benefit for the Big Island Slack Key Guitar Festival, sponsored by the non-
profit, East Hawaii Cultural Council. For more information, call 808-315-2374, email gtolar01@gmail.com.
September 12, 2015

September 19, 2015
ROUGH RIDERS CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Contemporary Hawaiian music "super group" featuring John Cruz, Henry Kapono and Brother Noland. For more info, visit http://roughridershawaii.com.

September 20, 2015
BIG ISLAND SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - HILO
There will be 12 performances from 12 noon to 6 PM, featuring some of Hawai`i's finest slack key guitar recording artists and local performers. The
festival is held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. So far, the line-up includes, Ledward Ka`apana, Jeff Peterson, Cyril Pahinui, Keoki
Kahumoku, Darlene Ahuna, Ken Emerson, and The Kalapana Awa Band. Tickets are $10, or $8 with a canned goods donation for the Hawai`i Food
Basket. There will be festival t-shirts for sale, Hawaiian craft and food booths. Sponsored by the non-profit East Hawaii Cultural Council. Time: Noon to
6 PM at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. For more information, call 808-315-2374 or email gtolar01@gmail.com.

November 1-7, 2015
HAWAI`I ISLAND`UKULELE RETREAT - HAWI
"Six days of `Ukulele Fun & Frolic." For more info, visit http://hawaiiislandukuleleretreat.com/home/.

November 7-13 23, 2015
KAHUMOKU `OHANA HAWAIIAN MUSIC AND LIFESTYLE WORKSHOP - PAHALA
This event will mark the 10th anniversary of the popular camp which features some of Hawai`i's greatest talents (plus James Hill from Canada!) as instructors. 
Go to http://www.konaweb.com/keoki/ for more info.
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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 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 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 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.

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
restaurant.

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.

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 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.

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.

Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton Kona on Keauhou Bay features Hawaiian music, both contemporary and traditional, some 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
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 - (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

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


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