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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.

February 28, 2015
JOHN AND HOPE KEAWE CONCERT/BENEFIT - MOUNTAIN VIEW
Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning slack key guitarist John Keawe will entertain with his wife, Hope. Tickets $10, will benefit musician
Ronnie Harris, who is battling a brain tumor. 2-5pm at The Oneness Center, 17-7946 Kulani Rd., Mountain View. Also appearing will be Dennis and
Christy Soares. Call (808 )345-1800 to purchase tickets.

March 1, 2015
WHALE WATCH ADVENTURE W/JOHN KEAWE BENEFIT - KAWAIHAE
Purchase a 2 hour whale watch adventure ticket and help support West Hawai`i Community Health Center's mission to make quality, comprehensive
and integrated health services accessible to all, regardless of income. Check-in time is noon at Kawaihae Harbor; Tour from 12:30-2:30pm. Famed
island slack key guitarist John Keawe will be performing on board. $100 per person. Only 60 seats available. To purchase tickets call Terri at 808-329-
0400, or email westhawaiicommunityhealth@yahoo.com.

March 7, 2015
WAIKOLOA `UKULELE FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Free `ukulele workshop with Roy Sakuma from 10am-11:30pm in the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Monarchy Ballroom. Festival with live music from 1-7pm at the Kings' Shops and the Queens' MarketPlace. Special Self-parking fee of $ at the Hilton; there is also parking at the Kings' Shops or Queens' MarketPlace - catch the Waikoloa Shopping Trolley - one way $2/roundtrip $4. 

March 7, 2015
"LIHAU'S JOURNEY" HULA DRAMA - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Featuring keiki to kupuna members of the Beamer Solomon Halau O Po`ohala and special guests Kumu Keala Ching and musician Gary Washburn.
4:30pm Doors open; Showtime 5:30-7:30 p.m. Presentation follows the Beamer-Solomon halau's recently released film by Ari Bernstein about a young
Hawaiian woman's spiritual journey to connect with her cultural roots and the true meaning of the hula. This performance will take audiences on a
similar journey blending video footage with stage performances of both kahiko and auana hula. Conceived of and presented by E Hula Mai Kakou, a
new educational nonprofit to perpetuate and preserve the hula, and in particular, the Beamer-Solomon method of dance and oral cultural tradition. The
performance will explore the halau's multi-generational commitment to empowering children, young teens and adults to find their spiritual center
through the dance disciplines of hula. Accompanied by Russell Paio on lead guitar with Kama Hopkins on rhythm guitar, Ha'i Kelly on bass, and Hula
Loea Hulali Solomon Covington on `ukulele and ipu heke. Special guest musician Gary Washburn will present several piano solos, including the
`ohana's beloved song, Paniau, written by their Great Grandmother Helen Desha Beamer. Cost: $20/Presale; $25/Day of event. For more information, 
call 808-938-8620, email poohala1860@ymail.com
or visit www.Facebook.com/E HULA MAI KAKOU presents "Lihau's Journey".

March 18, 2015 
STAN KAINA IN CONCERT - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
From 6:30-8 p.m. in the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium, relax and enjoy an evening of Hawaiian music featuring the sweet falsetto voice of Hilo’s 
own Stan Kaina and Leo Nahenahe o Pohai Kealoha and the talented and beautiful dancers of Kumu Hula Ab Valencia’s hula group Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu 
from Volcano. Free admission.

March 20, 2015 
BRADDAS HO`ANALU - HAWI
7pm; /$5 donation, at the Tiki Barn at Kohala Village Inn. Colin John (lap slide guitar, resonator, 12-string Weissenborn and electric sitar) and Dagan
Bernstein (Paniolo singer, songwriter and `ukulele artist). Also appearing, Hula Halau o Kukui Aloha o Kohala. Refreshments available.

April 19, 2015 
KAILUA "KANIKAPILA" COMMUNITY CONCERT/PICNIC
Relax. Kick back. Bring your own chairs and mats. Enjoy the sunset. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family down to Hale Halawai for a Hawaiian
style picnic including live entertainment. Time: 4 pm until sunset at 75-5760 Alii Drive. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-936-9202, 
email hkvevents@gmail.com or visit http://historickailuavillage.com/.

May 9, 2015
BROTHERS CAZIMERO - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
7pm. Tickets $20-$64. For more info, contact Kahilu Theatre Box Office (808) 885-6868.

May 31, 2015
KEALI`I REICHEL - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
4pm. Price $66/$56/$46/$20. For more info, contact Kahilu Theatre Box Office (808) 885-6868.

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 poi ball twirling for the keiki.

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.

Wednesdays from 6-8pm, Joanie Collins and Kaleiula Makekau (The Hualalai Girls) perform at Daylight Mind restaurant at Waterfront Row.

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! 

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.

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 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.

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

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.

Sundays from 6-8pm Hear Konabob on steel guitar and Eke Kekauoha on vocals and guitar/uke at Daylight Mind restaurant at Waterfront Row,
Kailua-Kona.

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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