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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 26, 2019
HUI KAKO'O BENEFIT CONCERT - KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER, KONA
Keauhou Shopping Center proudly presents the return of the Hui Kako'o Benefit Concert Series, featuring Kawika Kahiapo, on Jan. 26. Kahiapo has won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, including Slack Key Artist of the Year, Slack Key Album of the Year and Island Music Album of the Year. The concert supports The Food Basket. Time: 5-6:30pm. Admission to this family-friendly event is two cans of food for the Food Basket. Bring more for a chance to win a prize from concert sponsors. Sponsors include Bianelli’'s Gourmet Pizza, Blue Sea Artisans Gallery, Kona Stories, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, Paradise Found Boutique and 2nd Wave. The concert will be held at the Kai Malo‘'o Reef Stage, in front of Longs Drugs. For more information, call 808-457-0155 or email clientservices@6pillarsmarketing.com.

January 28-May 20, 2019
'UKULELE BUILDING CLASSES - KAILUA-KONA
Waipahu Community School for Adults - Kona Campus, will be offering Guy Sasaki's 'ukulele making course from Monday, January 28 to Monday, May 20. Classes are each Monday, except holidays, from 6 to 9 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 14 until Friday, January 25 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The office is closed on weekends and January 21 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. For more info, please call (808) 313-3032.

February 8, 2019
"CULINARY ARTS UNDER THE STARS" BENEFIT - KINGS' SHOPS, WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
A benefit for the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. Stroll under the stars at Kings' Shops and sample fine cuisine from local chefs at tasting stations throughout the center. Entertainment by Grammy award-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson. Time: 5:30-7:30pm. Cost: $45 per person. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email jen@waikoloadryforest.org or visit waikoloadryforest.org.

February 16, 2019
"AN AFTERNOON AT MAKA'EO" FUNDRAISER - KAILUA-KONA
A Merrie Monarch fundraiser concert benefitting Kumu Hula Kenneth "Aloha" Victor and his award-winning Halau Kala'akeakauikawekiu. Featuring Na Hokuhoku award-winning The Lim Family, Grammy nominated group Na Hoa, Kamaka Kukona, and Surprise Guests! Time: 2pm. $25 General Admission and $40 VIP Tickets available. For more information, call 808-989-4616.

May 11, 2019
ROBERT CAZIMERO IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Musician, composer, kumu hula; Robert's work in each of these areas is known throughout the world. Showtime: 7pm. For more info/tickets, visit kahilutheatre.org, call (808) 885-6868 or visit the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela HI, 97643.


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, 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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 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!

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).

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 (Kealakekua, Kona) - Lorenzo Carlson (808) 329-8846
  • Beginning thru Advanced 'Ukulele (Honoka'a, No. Kohala) - Brad Bordessa (808) 775-0303
  • Beginning/Intermediate 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
    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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