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.
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July 13, 2018
JOHN CRUZ BENEFIT FOR KEIKILANI LINDSEY - GERTRUDE'S JAZZ BAR, KAILUA-KONA
Popular Hawaiian musician John Cruz will perform from 6:30-9:30pm. Tickets are $35, 100% of ticket price will go toward Lindsey's medical bills from a major
car crash. More info at gertrudesjazzbar.com.
July 21, 2018
ALOHA PUNA BENEFIT CONCERT - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI, SO. KOHALA COAST
This concert benefiting those affected by the lava eruption will begin at 7pm at the Tommy Bahama Courtyard, with entertainment by Grammy-winning Kalani
Pe'a and other Na Hoku Hanohano award winners. Info: Tickets for the Aloha Puna benefit concert are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aloha-puna-
benefit-concert-tickets-47511676704. Each $75 ticket will include a Tommy Bahama restaurant dinner entree, two drinks, and a three-hour concert by Na Hoku
Hanohano award-winning musicians.
August 3, 2018
LEDWARD KA'APANA IN CONCERT AT HILO'S PALACE THEATER
Slack key guitar master Ledward Ka'apana, with special guests, will perform at 7pm, celebrating Ledward's Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning CE "Jus Bes".
Tickets are $25; $30 Side Reserved; $35 Center Reserved. All tickets will be $5 more day of show. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or over the
phone with a credit card by calling (808) 934-7010, Mon-Fri from 10am-3pm.
August 25, 2018
HUI KAKO'O BENEFIT CONCERT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Hui Kako'o Benefit Concert Series continues at Keauhou Shopping Center! On April 28, from 5-6:30 p.m., enjoy the music of Mauka Soul followed by Na Hoku
Hanohano award-winning vocalist Darlene Ahuna. Admission is two cans of food that will be donated to The Food Basket, Hawai'i Island’'s food bank.
Bring more than two cans and get an entry form for a chance to win a prize from one of the concert sponsors. This family-friendly event is held in the Heritage
Courtyard. For more information, visit www.keauhoushoppingcenter.com.
September 7-9, 2018
2nd ANNUAL HAWAI'I ISLAND STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL, KOHALA COAST
Featuring steel guitar performances by Hawai'i steel guitar masters, workshops, jam sessions where festival guests play along with the steel guitar masters, and
Open Stage sessions where amateur and professional Hawaiian Steel guitarists present their own program to festival guests. Free to the public. For more info,
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.,
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 in the back conference room of Hale Halawai, Alii Drive, 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 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
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-
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
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 email@example.com.
Beginning 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