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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.)

January 8-19, 2018
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 Monday, January 22 from 6-9 pm and continues each Monday evening until May 28. Class fee is $120, plus about $100 for materials. A list of required
tools and supplies will be provided during the first session. Registration is January 8-19 at Kona Community School for Adults on the campus of Kealakehe
Intermediate School. Office hours are 8:30 am-4 pm, M-F. (808) 313-3032. Enroll early because the class fills up very quickly. For more information, contact
Chris Stewart at (808) 756-6111 or chrisstewart1455@msn.com.

January 20, 2018
Help support hula halau O Kou Lima Nani E as they prepare to compete in the prestigious Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in April, by attending this Hawaiian
music event that features some of the state's best musicians. The lineup will include Na Leo Pilimehana, the biggest-selling Hawaiian group in the
world; recent Grammy award winner Kalani Pe'a; and one of Hawaii's foremost female vocalists, Darlene Ahuna. Tickets are $30 presale/$35 at the door.
Advance tickets are available at Oshima Surf & Skate in Waimea; Basically Books, Keaukaha General Store and CD Wizard in Hilo; and Liquid Life in Keaau. 
For more information, call 895-4000.

February 10 and 11, 2018
Feb. 10 at 7pm; Feb. 11 at 4pm.
Phone: 885-6868, or visit kahilutheatre.org.

February 14, 2018
Lions Club of Kona Community Foundation Presents Valentine's Day by the Sea with Kahulanui: A Benefit for Lions Club of Kona Community Foundation. Concert with famous Hawaiian Swing Band Kahulanui, silent auction, no host bar, food available for purchase. Rain or shine. Time: 5:30-8PM at Lu'au Grounds, Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel., Cost: General Admission $75 Advance/$80 Door. VIP tables of 10, $1200. Tickets are available for purchase at www.kahulanui.com and at Soundwave Music (74-5599 Luhia Street, #F6, Kailua-Kona). For more information, email lionlindarossmyers@gmail.com. February 17, 2018 THE MAKAHA SONS AT HILO PALACE THEATER
7pm. Tickets $25, $30 and $40. Box Office at 38 Haili St., Hilo, or call (808) 934-7010. March 10, 2018 JOHN CRUZ IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA 7pm. Phone: 885-6868, or visit kahilutheatre.org. May 12, 2018 ROBERT CAZIMERO IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA 7pm. Phone: 885-6868, or visit kahilutheatre.org. ------------------------------------------------ WEEKLY OR MONTHLY EVENTS (CALL VENUES TO CONFIRM): 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 6:30 pm there is a free Polynesian hula and fire dancing 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. Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11am, join Aunty Marjie Spencer for Advanced 'Ukulele kanikapila. For experienced players who have iPads or laptops with forScore or unrealBook apps installed in them for music sharing. 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. Hilo Hula Tuesdays at the Bandstand - Music and hula featuring well-known local artists entertain weekly at the Mo'oheau Park Bandstand. Time: 11:00 a.m. to noon. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 896-7284, email destinationhilo@gmail.com or visit www.destinationhilo.com. 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. 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 costs $40 per month. Time: 5:30-7pm. 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 (when the group is not on tour!). 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 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 the pavilion at West Hawai`i Civic Center, Kailua-Kona. All types of music are played. Video at https://www.facebook.com/alan.hale.39# For more info, call (808) 640-7723. 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 first Thursday of the month, popular contemporary Hawaiian music entertainer John Cruz performs at Don's Tiki Bar at the Royal Kona Resort, from 5-7pm. For information, call 808-930-3255. 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. For information, call 808-930-3255. Every third Thursday of the month, popular contemporary Hawaiian music entertainer Henry Kapono plays at Don's Tiki Bar at the Royal Kona Resort, 5-7pm. For information, call 808-329-3111. 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. For information, call 808-930-3255. Thursday evenings, the dynamic Hawaiian group Kahulanui performs at the Kohala Suites Clubhouse at Waikoloa Beach Resort from 4:30-6:30pm. Thursdays at 6:30 pm there is a free Polynesian hula and fire dancing 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. On the first Friday of every month, talented 'ukulele player and guitarist Dagan Bernstein is at the Big Island Brewhaus playing Hawaiian paniolo music, slack key guitar and his original pieces from 6-9 pm. 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 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 evenings from 6-7pm at Queens' Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort, see Lehua E Liko No Kawailani hula halau perform. Christy Lassiter, JJ Ahuna and Lono Kanaka'ole play Hawaiian music (with hula! ) at Hilo Airport's Departure Lounge from 4-8pm Friday evenings. Friday nights hear wonderful Hawaiian vocalist Darlene Ahuna play at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. 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 nights once a month from 6:30-7:30pm, the West Hawai'i County Band performs a free concert at Hale Halawai on Alii Dr. in Kailua-Kona. Hawaiian music plus a range of different genres. For the band's complete performance schedule, visit www.westhawaiiband.com. 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. On the first Saturday of every month, Dagan Bernstein entertains from 9am-noon at Waimea Farmer's Market at Pukalani Stables. He plays 'ukulele and guitar - Hawaiian Paniolo music, slack key guitar, and his original pieces. Every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month, hear Dagan Bernstein play Hawaiian paniolo music, slack key guitar, and his original music on 'ukulele and guitar at Waimea Coffee Company, from 9-11am. 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 andy@cruzio.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. Saturdays from 6-9pm enjoy the 'ukulele and vocals of Ron Seno, playing Hawaiian music, Pop, standards, and soft rock at Foster's Kitchen, on Ali'i Drive in Kailua-Kona. Ron can also be heard often at the Hilton Waikoloa Beach's Lagoon Grill. Every third Saturday at the Coronation Pavilion at Queens' Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort, enjoy a free mini-concert featuring local Hawaiian musicians, from 6-8pm. Some Saturday nites, hear wonderful vocalist Darlene Ahuna perform at Napua Restaurant at the Mauna Lani Beach Club. See contact below. Some Saturday evenings, the dynamic Hawaiian group Kahulanui performs at Napua Restaurant at the Mauna Lani Beach Club from 5:30-8:30pm except Saturdays closest to the full moon. Phone 885-5910 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. On the last Saturday of the month, from 5:30-6:30pm, enjoy Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays at Cocout Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona. Hawaiian music and hula! Bring a lawn chair or beach mat. Free to the public. Sundays from 11am - 2pm, bring your 'ukulele and voice to join Lunakanawai Hauanio for a kanikapila at Ali'i Gardens Marketplace. Call (808) 990-7232 for more info. Sunday afternoons from 4-5pm at Queens' Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Halau O Po`ohala presents hula free to the public. Sunday afternoon 'ukulele lessons with Andy Andrews at Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Puna. Free. Beginners at 4:15pm; "Not Beginners" at 5:15pm. Third Sundays from 5:30-7pm, there is a kanikapila led by Alan Hale at Gertrude's Jazz Bar on Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona. Bring your instruments! 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. 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 6:30-9:30pm. Many nites of the week, at 5pm, enjoy Hawaiian music at Lava Lava Beach Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort, on Anaeho'omalu Bay. 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 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 Beginning thru Advanced 'Ukulele (Honoka'a, No. Kohala) - Brad Bordessa (808) 775-0303 Beginning thru Advanced 'Ukulele (Waikoloa Beach Resort) - Ron Seno 619-794-6899 or email alohasurfkona@hotmail.com. Beginning Acoustic Hawaiian Steel Guitar (Holualoa, Kona) - Konabob Stoffer (808) 322-4714

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
Pacific Music (Hilo), 969-9342

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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