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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.

THE MUSIC SCENE CHANGES OFTEN, SO WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONTACT THE VENUES TO CONFIRM EVENTS.

January 24, 2020
CULINARY ARTS UNDER THE STARS/BENEFIT CONCERT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Dine for the Dry Forest! The 2020 Culinary Arts Under the Stars event will bring together the premier chefs of our region to showcase inspired culinary creations that reflect our island’s unique blend of cultures and cuisines. This year’s event will feature Four Seasons Hualalai Resort’s Chef Thomas Bellec as well as Mauna Kea Resort’s Chef Rio Miceli and many other renowned chefs. This year’s event will also feature culinary students from UH Hilo's Culinary Arts Program. Dine, drink, and enjoy live music from wonderful slack key virtuoso Jeff Peterson from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. You can also bid for fantastic items at the silent auction featuring the businesses at Kings’ Shops. Limited VIP tables available this year! Tables for up to eight guests may be reserved near the stage to listen to Jeff Peterson while drinking and dining. VIP tables will include two complimentary bottles of wine and a dedicated server to bring tastings from up to six booths right to your table! All proceeds from this culinary celebration will benefit the Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative and its mission to protect, promote, and restore native Hawaiian dry forest. Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by the public. Donations may be tax deductible. Purchase tickets here: www.waikoloadryforest.org/culinary-arts-under-the-stars/

January 24, 25 & 26, 2019
'IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 18th annual 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. The Festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of kumu hula 'Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. This year the festival will again include hula presentations, and a challenge to kumu hula with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of 'Iolani Luahine: education and Hawaiian culture. The festival will feature hula workshops, Ni'ihau shell jewelry workshops and a feather flowers workshop to create a lei pua papale. Hula presentations will feature keiki, opio, makuahine, makuakane, and kupuna. The hula presentations on both days are a free community event and everyone is invited to attend! Donations will be gratefully accepted to support the festival. There will be a Friday evening Hawaiian music concert featuring Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Friends, which also helps support the festival. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the festival and at the door. On Saturday, there will be Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11:00 am. For workshop registration, or more information about the festival, please visit www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more information, email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

Beginning January 28, 2020
'UKULELE BUILDING COURSE -
Waipahu Community School for Adults - Kona Campus, will be offering Guy Sasaki’s "ukulele-making course beginning Tuesday, January 28 and ending on Tuesday, May 12. Classes are each Tuesday, except holidays, from 5:30-8:30 PM. Registration fee is $120 (cash or money order), plus $100 for materials, which is paid during class. A list of required tools and supplies will be provided during registration.Registration will be from Monday, January 13 until Friday, January 24 between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. The office is closed on weekends and January 20 for Martin Luther King Day. Registration must be done in person and is open on a first come, first served basis (payment and registration) until the class size of 12 students is reached. The office is located on the campus of Kealakehe Intermediate School, 74-5062 Onipa'a St., F-2, Kailua-Kona. If you have any questions, please call (808) 313-3032.

January 31, 2020
THE ORIGINAL HAPA - KAHILU THEATER - WAIMEA
The HAPA's self-titled album, released in 1993, remains the number one selling recording by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music. The group's groundbreaking music has established them as the most recognized name in Hawaiian music. Due to popular demand, the original members will reunite once again for this special concert on the Kahilu stage. Time: 7pm. Price: $68/$48/$33. Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org.

February 7, 2020
SONNY LIM - KAHILU THEATER - WAIMEA
Unplugged; at the Mike Luce Studio. Show begins at 7pm. Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org.

February 14, 2020
KALANI PE'A IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATER, WAIMEA
Celebrate Valentines Day with this Hawaiian Grammy award-winning vocalist. There will also be lovely hula! Show begins at 7pm. Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org.

March 7, 2020
MAKANA IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATER, WAIMEA
Slack key guitar virtuoso Makana will blend old and new styles of ki ho 'alu, and more. Show begins at 7pm. Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org.

March 27, 2020
CHARLES BROTMAN - KAHILU THEATER, WAIMEA
Guitarist and founder of Palm Records. Unplugged; at the Mike Luce Studio. Show begins at 7pm. Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org.

April 17, 2020
MARK YAMANAKA - KAHILU THEATER, WAIMEA
Multi-award winning 'ukulele player and falsetto singer. Unplugged; at the Mike Luce Studio. Show begins at 7pm. Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org.

April 25, 2020
LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764, from 10am till 3pm, rain or shine. Music, food, a silent auction and craft vendors. This is an alcohol and drug-free event; no coolers. Buy tickets online for a discount at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org. Ages 10 and under are free; pre-sale tickets $15; at door $20.

May 9, 2020
ROBERT CAZIMERO - KAHILU THEATER, WAIMEA
One of Hawaii’s most revered kumu hula, musician and singer, Robert Cazimero will perform in his annual visit to the theater. Show begins at 7pm. Tickets are available at 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.

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.

Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11am, enjoy an intermediate to advanced 'ukulele kanikapila at Tutu's House in Waimea. 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.

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.

Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm catch wonderful vocalist/'ukulele player Ramon Camarillo and his trio at the Sheraton Kona Resort's Rays on the Bay restaurant/bar. Enjoy hula by Ramon's wife Kamaka during the evening too. (Konabob on steel guitar!) www.islandmeliodies.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 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.

Tuesday evenings from 630-8:30pm, catch vocalist/'ukulele player Ramon Camarillo, with Randy Shelor on bass and Konabob Stoffer on steel guitar, at Sheraton Kona's Rays on the Bay..

Wednesday evenings, Aulani's hula halau performs from 6-7pm at Queens' Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Every Wednesday, rain or shine, from 5-9 pm, Uncle Robert's Kalapana Farmers Market has live Hawaiian music with hula. Good food available, too.

First two Wednesday nites of the month, check out the dynamic Hawaiian Swing band, Kahulanui, at the Kings' Shops, Waikoloa Beach Resort, 7pm.

The first and third Wednesdays of the month, enjoy slack key guitarist Kelly Noonan Stern at Sam Choy's Kai Lanai, from 5:30-7:30pm,

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 Imin Center in Holualoa. All types of music are played. Chairs provided. 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 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.

Thursday evenings, the dynamic Hawaiian group Kahulanui performs at the Kohala Suites Clubhouse at Waikoloa Beach Resort from 4:30-6:30pm.

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.

Friday nites, from 5:70-7:30pm enjoy slack key guitar music by Kelly Noonan Stern at Aloha Vista Bar and Grill in Keauhou. Reservations required, unless seated at the bar.

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.

On first Fridays, from 7-9pm at the Aka'ula Lanai at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, enjoy a free Hawaiian music performance. First to come, first served. Free self parking; valet parking $5. Event times may change, so call 886-8165 to reconfirm.

Fridays, from 6-7pm at Keauhou Shopping Center, there is a free hula show.

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.

Every month on the Friday nearest the full moon at the West Hawaii Community Health Center in Kailua-Kona. Storytellers, kupuna, Hawaiian entertainers, Kumu Hula and their halau will bring the past to the present with mele, dance, and storytelling on the lawn of the West Hawaii Community Health Center 74-5214 Keanalehu Drive 96740. This is a free event for the public. Seating starts at 5pm; Talk Story from 5:30-7pm. Attendees should bring their own mat and chairs; coolers are welcome. For more information, call 808/896-2241 or email hulamaunalei@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Saturdays from 6-8pm at Don's Mai Tai Bar in the Royal Kona Resort, enjoy a variety of excellent Hawaiian musicians selected by Henry Kapono who will be entertaining you for free!

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.

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.

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.

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 Royal Kona Resort. Music and hula!

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.

Second Sundays of the month, from 5:30-8:30pm, there is a kanikapila led by Alan Hale at Gertrude's Jazz Bar on Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona. Bring your instruments!

Beginning Sunday, January 12, 2020, SKEA (The Society for Kona's Education & Art) will host "Music is...Art " on the second Sunday of each month, hosted by Clive Salmon and Robert Chung. Bring your instrument, your voice, and something you are working on and let it fly. Printed copies of your piece would be appreciated. All styles of music are encouraged. There will be a P. A. set up and percussion on site. The first session will include a discussion of goals and desires for future meetups. A donation of $5 will be greatly appreciated by SKEA. Time: 2:00-4:00PM at SKEA, in Honaunau. For more information, call 808/328-9392, email skea@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.skea.org.

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.

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.

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 (Honoka'a, No. Kohala) - Brad Bordessa (808) 775-0303
  • Beginning/Intermediate Hawaiian Steel Guitar - in G 6 tuning (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
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 contact KONAWEB using the link below.

     

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