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.
October 2-29, 2015
BIG ISLAND `UKULELE GUILD EXHIBIT - HILO
The Big Island `Ukulele Guild's annual exhibit will open Friday October 2 at Wailoa Center in Hilo at 5 p.m. The formal opening will feature live music
from Alan Hale, Konabob and Shirley Stoffer, with hula by Sammi Fo, pupus, and a drawing for a free `ukulele, and will close at 8 p.m. This exhibit,
which featured over 50 handmade instruments last year, will also feature other invitational pieces from woodworkers across the Island, including
furniture, sculpture, and turned bowls. The show is open Mon.-Fri. from 9am-4:30pm. The public is invited to join in the fun for the formal opening, or
to visit the show throughout the month, and vote for their favorite `ukulele for the People's Choice Award. The public is also invited to join `ukulele
kanikapila (jam sessions) on Saturdays October 3rd with Alan Hale, and on Oct. 17th with Keoki Kahumoku (tentative) from 12 until 3 p.m. On Saturday
October 10th, members of the `Ukulele Guild will present demonstrations for the public. For more information about the `Ukulele Guild or upcoming
exhibit, contact coordinator Dave Stokes (808) 989-8890 or visit BigIslandUkuleleGuild.org. For more information about the Wailoa Art Center,
contact (808) 933-0416.
October 3, 2015
NIGHT OF NOSTALGIA FUNDRAISING CONCERT - HILO
A lineup of fantastic hula halau and musicians, with Special Guest Darlene Ahuna, will perform to raise funds for Halau Hula O Kahikila Aulani. To be
held at Kawananakoa Gym, 156 Baker St., Hilo. Showtime 6pm (doors open at 5pm). For ticket availability and more info, call (808) 935-8878 or email
October 15 & 16, 2015
KUANA TORRES KAHELE AT ACE HARDWARES, KONA AND WAIMEA
Popular Hawaiian vocalist and multi Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Kuana Torres Kahele will be at the Kona Ace Hardware from 10am-noon on Oct.
15, and the Waimea Ace Hardware from 11am-1pm on Oct. 16 to host lei making workshops and promote the release of his new lei making tutorial DVD.
October 15 2015
FREE SCREENING OF DOCUMENTARY "THE HAWAIIAN ROOM" - VOLCANO ART CENTER
A new documentary about The Hawaiian Room, a venue that shared Hawaiian music and aloha in New York City for three decades, will be shown at 7pm.
Free, but suggested donation is $5. The films director and a few of the "Lexi Girls" from the Lexington Hotel Hawaiian Room days will be present.
See next Events listing for info about a special hula workshop to be held in conjunction of the film. For more info, call VAC at (808) 967-8222.
October 16, 2015
HAPA HAOLE HULA WORKSHOP - VOLCANO
TeMoana Makolo, who worked as a choreographer and dancer at New York City's The Hawaiian Room in the '60s, will teach a hula workshop entitled
"Hapa-Haole Hula Workshop: Hawaiian Room Style," from 4:30-6pm on Oct. 16. Location: Volcano Art Center. Cost: $15 for VAC members; $18 non-
members. For more info, or to register, call VAC at (808) 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org.
October 21, 2015
FREE SLACK KEY GUITAR CONCERT AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Sean “Olanui” Robbins, a 21-year-old ki ho`alu (slack-key) guitarist and songwriter who is a protégé of legendary slack-key musician Cyril Pahinui will
perform from 6:30-8pm at Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium. His recently released debut CD, Olanui, will be available for sale at the concert.
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 1, 2015
HAPA IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
This famous contemporary Hawaiian music duo will perform at 4pm. For more info, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call the Box Office at 885-6868.
November 7, 2015
MAKANA IN CONCERT - ALOHA THEATRE IN KAINALIU, KONA
Popular Hawaiian guitarist/vocalist Makana will perform at the Aloha Theatre, 79-7984 Mamalahoa Hwy. Kainaliu, Hi. 96750.
Doors open at 7:00 pm; show at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $25 & $30 Gen. Adm./$45.00 Gold Circle.
For Tickets, Gold Circle Premium Seating and information, visit www.lazarbear.com or call 808-896-4845.
Ticket Outlets: Kiernan’s Music in Kainaliu; Aloha Theater; Sound Wave Music in Kailua-Kona; Waimea General Store at Parker Square,
November 19-22, 2015
WAIMEA `UKULELE AND SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Workshops, kanikapila and concerts with the well-known Hawaiian music instructors. "Invited artists" include two noted ladies of the `ukulele - Raiatea
Helm and Paula Fuga - plus Ledward Kaapana, Mike Ka`awa, Bobby Ingano, Jeff Peterson, Sonny Lim and special guest Victor Wooten. Some events
free. For more info, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call the Box Office at 885-6868.
December 9, 2015
JAKE SHIMABUKURO IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
The world-renowned `ukulele artist performs at 7pm. For more info, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call the Box Office at 885-6868.
December 16, 2015
AMY HANAIALI`I IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Be entertained by this wonderful vocalist beginning at 7pm. For more info, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call the Box Office at 885-6868.
May 1, 2016
TRIBUTE TO BROTHER IZ - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
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
ROBERT CAZIMERO IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
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.
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
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.,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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.
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