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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.
	
November 24, 2018
HENRY KAPONO AND KEOLA BEAMER - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA			
Henry Kapono will share the stage with his old friend Keola Beamer to talk story and share their love of music in the second presentation of the three part series hosted
by Henry Kapono. Keola was one of the first to introduce Hawaiian slack key guitar to the world, and he is at home with Hawaiian, jazz and many other music genres, in
addition to being an award winning songwriter in his own right. 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.

December 13, 2018
SLACK KEY GUITAR, SHAKUHACHI FLUTE AND TAIKO DRUMS! - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Time: 7 pm. Award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson, shakuhachi grand master Riley Lee, and taiko drum master Kenny Endo will once again join
forces in trio called Island Breeze to create a unique blend of music crossing culture and tradition. Tickets are $65/$45/$25 and can be purchased at
kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea.

December 15, 2018
KALANI PE'A CHRISTMAS SHOW - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Kalani Pe'a returns with a new and festive Christmas Show steeped in Hawaiian tradition. His Christmas song, Kanakaloka, was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano
Award for 2018 Hawaiian Single of the Year. There will be hula, too! 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.

January 19, 2019
HENRY KAPONO AND MALANI BILYEU - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA	
This is the third and final presentation of the three part series hosted by Henry Kapono. He will talk story and share the stage with Hawaiian music legend Malani Bilyeu,
who was one of the founding members of the group Kalapana and has been an instrumental force of the Hawaiian music scene since the 1970s. 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.

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.
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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.

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 from 5:30-6:30 pm there is a free Polynesian hula and fire dancing 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.

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.

Wednesday nites, enjoy Hawaiian 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 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.

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 from 5:30-6:30 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.

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.

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:
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.

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 email Shirley


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