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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.


July 28, 2019
The Hawaiian Kings of Swing, Kahulanui, winners of this year’s Grammy’s Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Original Instrumental Composition, will perform at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona on July 28, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $35 at www. or $40 at the door. Info: or call 327-5299.

August 18, 2019
A benefit concert presented by Conservation Council for Hawai'i to help protect the endangered native birds of Hawai'i, with entertainment by Grammy award-winning Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui, and bluesman Larry Dupio and Friends. There will also be a Silent Auction, Door Prizes, and Country Store. From 11am to 4pm at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel's Mokuola Ballroom. $50 per person includes lupus and no host bar. To purchase tickets, visit or call (808) 593-0255.


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.

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 or visit

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!)

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.

July 5, 2019
On the first Friday of every month, 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.

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

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.

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!

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.

  • 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

    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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