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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.

December 27, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND FOOD BASKET BENEFIT CONCERT - KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER
This month the event will feature Hawaiian singer/guitarist Mailani at 6pm; Hawaiian band opening at 5:30pm. Admission is 2 cans of food for the 
Food Basket per person. For each can over 2, get an entry into the raffle for prizes from the event sponsors.

December 28, 2014
THE LADIES OF WAIKU`I AND KONABOB PERFORMING AT THE TALK STORY AT THE SHERATON KONA
The band is on fire! Enjoy them in this rare public performance. They will be joining Kumu Keala Ching and his halau Na Wai Iwi for Ola Mo`o `Olelo O
Ke Au, a free talk story presentation featuring music, chant and dance at Pa`akai Point at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Not to be
missed! Time: 4-7pm. 

January 31, 2015
MAKANA, GEORGE KUO, LEABERT LINDSEY AND MARLENE SAI AT KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Makana Tribute to Sonny Chillingworth at 7pm. Tickets $20-$64. For more info, contact Kahilu Theatre Box Office (808) 885-6868.

February 8, 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.

February 8, 2015
`UKULELE PICNIC - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS' KEKAHA LAWN
Grammy and Na Hoku award winners meet Japan's finest! Free admission. Opens at 11am; show begins at 11:30am and will go till sunset. Featuring
Mark Yamanaka, John Keawe, Kris Fuchigami, Kohala,Sonny Lim, Kunia Galdeira, Kevin Kealoha, Britain Paiva, Kainani Kahaunaele, Kazuyuki
Sekiguchi, Kimiko Wakiyama, Hiroshi Okada, IWAO and more. Food will be available for purchase. For more info, visit www.ukulelepicnicinhawaii.org.

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.

May 23, 2015
BROTHERS CAZIMERO - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
7pm. Tickets $20-$64. For more info, contact Kahilu Theatre Box Office (808) 885-6868.
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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 beginning at 10am  at Kaloko National Historical Park in Kona, there is a beginners' `ukulele class with Teri Stewart. Rance Pinao
leads a kanikapila at 11am.

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 hula group, 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.

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 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. 

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 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.

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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