Posts Tagged ‘2011’

PostHeaderIcon Aloha 2011 . . . Aloha 2012 !!

It seems that many folks are wrapped up in wrapping up 2011. Tis the season to reflect back, take stock, make resolutions, etc. etc. I am mindful that my blog posts have fallen victim this past month to end-of-semester madness, which coincided with some crazy travel, some crazy ceiling repairs (and the accompanying blanket of dust everywhere), some roller-coaster property transactions, lots of escapist LP digitizing . . . and holiday travel to Dallas, where I will mark the new year in several hours.

Was 2011 a good year? It was certainly a busy year. I began my second semester of guest teaching at University of Hawai’i, and produced a series of five public events on “The Present & Future of Hawaiian Music,” held at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. Reflections on the first two of those programs were blogged here; and at some point I owe it to many folks to post reflections from the other three programs. The fifth program was the focus of intense interest, as I had the opportunity to bring my collaborators Daniel Ho and Tia Carrere to Honolulu for a performance and panel discussion. It drew an overflow audience to UH that balmy April evening.

Other activities? I attended the Hawai‘i Music Awards, where the chant CD Lili‘uokalani (produced with Kūlia i ka Pūnāwai Kumu Hula Association of Southern California) was honored for Liner Notes. I also attended the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in May, where the chant CD Ancient Hula Hawaiian Style Vol. 1 Hula Kahiko was nominated for liner notes. It was bested by Kupaoaʻs mellifluous English Rose, liner notes co-written by Līhau Hannahs-Paik, Kellen Paik, and Puakea Nogelmeier. In their acceptance remarks, we were treated to Puakeaʻs uniquely singular (and singularly unique) perspective: “Iʻm so glad you folks are still reading liner notes!!” Indeed. ʻa ʻoia!

I also attended the 2 days of workshops organized by HARA the weakend of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards. So much valuable experience, insight and information was gathered at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, on aspects of the music industry, music instruments and gear, and an entire track of sessions devoted to haku mele, with at least one of them conducted entirely in ‘ōlelo. E ola ka ‘ōlelo!

This is the year that Aaron Sala completed a masterʻs thesis in ethnomusicology, on the aesthetics of Hawaiian-style piano playing, with some very 21st-century digital analysis. This is also the year that Keola Donaghy completed his Ph.D. dissertation, also in ethnomusicology, on an aesthetics of language and poetry in Hawaiian music.

This was the year that the contentiousness around the Grammy award in Hawaiian music . . . imploded, as The Recording Category collapsed us, along with numerous other diverse ethnic traditions like Cajun, zydeco, polka, and the spectrum of Native American musics into one category to be called “Best Regional Roots Music.” Congratulations to Uncle George Kahumoku, Jr., for his Wao Akua CD garnering one of the nominations in the new category. It is extremely problematic, however, that no musics of the United Statesʻ aboriginal settlers were recognized with a nomination in that category. Hmm, a roots music category that is entirely emptied out of the continentʻs first nations peoples.

And speaking of Uncle George, he is shepherding the exciting new Institute of Hawaiian Music and the University of Hawai’i Maui College, which makes valuable music industry training accessible beyond Honolulu. The first cohort of students have prevailed in auditions, and will enter a program directed by a Grammy award-winning producer!

The closing of Borders Books and Music nationally has had a major impact on Hawaiian music, because the Hawai‘i stores were particularly well stocked with Hawaiian music inventory, and supportive of new releases. The loss of Borders, along with continued growth in online music distribution, has left Hawaiian music fans with new challenges to continue learning about and acquiring new Hawaiian music releases. Artists and groups have been strengthening their use of social media like Facebook to get words out to their fans. Yet traditional outlets for music retailing, including Barnes & Noble, and online veteran Hawaiian Music Island (www.mele.com), and indie bookstores Native Books (Honolulu) and Basically Books (Hilo) –uh, sorry, I just donʻt know what exists on Maui or Kauaʻi or Molokaʻi–these retailers are showing signs that no one outlet is successfully staying on top of the production activity outside of the main distribution channels like Mountain Apple and Booklines.

On the positive side, venues for live music performance continue to materialize. In addition to Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef Hotel, regular events at Royal Hawaiian Center and Embassy Suites Beach Walk, the city-run series at Kuhio Beach, and a smattering of other venues, Ilikai Bar and Grille came online with a roster of younger groups, and chef Mitch Ueno has also extended his sponsorship of Hawaiian music to his Kapahulu eatery The Corner. Ku‘uipo Kumukahi has also taken up lunchtime serenading at Hailiʻs Kapahulu Ave. restaurant as well. Where thereʻs a will, hopefully there will be even more establishments willing to consider supporting Hawaiian music and musicians!!

The November premier of the feature film The Descendants drew critical notice, not only for George Clooneyʻs Oscar-worthy performance, but also for the filmʻs sountrack, which consists entirely of kī hō’alu slack key guitar music. Mainland critics have suggested that The Descendants may do for slack key music what films like Oh Brother Where Are Thou? did for “roots” music.

What have I got to show for 2011? Well, I continue to plug away at my book projects. I did complete a major encyclopedia article. And I dove headlong into digitizing LPs so that I could finally access the music. Nephew Nate did a tremendous amount of digitizing several years ago, which jumpstarted my own efforts . . . and I am very appreciative of the support of U.K.-based producer, steel guitarist and record collector Basil Henriques who introduced me to the venerable John Marsden.  I look forward to tapping their wellsprings of knowledge and experience!!

Where will 2012 take us? Ah, I am not clairvoyant. We shall see where 2012 takes us. Iʻve been writing this blog for nearly 2-1/2 years now. So allow me to express my appreciation to you all, dear readers, for walking along this path with me. I have lots of ideas for 2012, and I hope that you all will continue in our shared passion for Hawaiian Music for our listening pleasure!!

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou iā ‘oukou ā pau!!


Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure

PostHeaderIcon HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR December 2011

HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR December 2011
MONDAY
• The St. Regis Hotel in Princeville features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Michael Keale from 6-8PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is appearing at The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu from 6-8 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents `Elua from 7-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa features Ho`aka during Happy Hour from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM
• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30

TUES
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Atttack with Darryl Gonzales & Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Michelle & Lance from 7-9 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

WED
• Aunty Bev Muraoka offers a free Hula Show at 12:15 at the Harbor Mall on Rice Street in Nawiliwili
• There is also a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PMl
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Michael Keale from 6-9 PM
• Cafe Portofino in Nawiliwili presents Larry Rivera & daughter Luraline from 7:30-9:30 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM
• The Seaview Terrrace at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Darryl Gonzales from 6-8PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Chico & Darren at 6:30
• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30

THURSDAY
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features KK Kauilani from 4:30 -6:30 PM
• The Waimea Plantation Cottages in Waimea presents “the Kama`aina’s” from 7-9PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Keamoku at 6:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Pancho Graham from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Attack with Darryl Gonzales, Garrett Santos and Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa presents Haunani Kaui and Friends from 6:30-8:30 PM

FRIDAY
• The Hanapepe Café presents Cindy Combs from 6-9PM in Hanapepe Town
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Po`ipu at 6:30 PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 4 PM
• The Pono Kane Trio with Steve Landis, Bruce Lumsden & David Helder are featured at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei during Happy Hour from 4-6 PM followed by Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30-9 PM
• Calypso in Hanalei presents Windjammer (Chad Pa, Del Seeger & Koko Kaneali`i)6-9 PM
• The Tiki Room at the Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili features Ho`aka from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• Sean Carillo is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Dennis Chun from 6-9 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Shutter’s Lounge at The Kaua`i Beach Resort from 7-10 PM

SATURDAY
•There is a free Hula show, featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa at 1PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Children Of The Land Center at Safeway Shopping Center near the Clock Tower from 5-7 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Wally & Polei Palmeira from 6-9 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Moku & Lenny at 6:30 PM

SUNDAY
• Roy’s Tavern On The Green, at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville, features Pancho Graham from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
• The Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei presents The Mango Brothers from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Darryl Gonzales from 7-10 PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Center presents Nick Castillo from 7-9PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 3 PM
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kauilani Kahalekai & Kalani Kaimina`aoao from 4:30 -6:30
• The Casablanca’s Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu presents Mike Young from 7-9 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM
• Wahoo’s Island Grill in Kapaa features Keola Worthington at 7:30

MAHALO NUI LOA, Have a Great Hawaiian Day!

Hawaiian Music Calendar

PostHeaderIcon Musing over Hawaiian Music in the Grammy Nominations for 2011

Click here to go to the Recording Academyʻs website where a pdf file of the complete list of nominations is posted.

The web has been a-buzz over the Grammy nominations, which were announced last Wednesday Nov. 30. Many folks–fans and industry professionals alike–were curious to see what things were going to look like in the wake of last Aprilʻs radical restructuring of all of the categories. Hawaiian music was one of those categories collapsed into the broader category named “Best Regional Roots Album” within the field named “American Roots,” and this year is competing with other musics like polka, Cajun, Zydeco, Native American, and others that apparently do not fall into any other more specific category like “blues.”

The nominees in the “Best Regional Roots Music Album” are:

  1. C. J. Chenier, Canʻt Sit Down.
  2. George Kahumoku, Jr, Wao Akua – The Forest of the Gods.
  3. Rebirth Brass Band, Rebirth of New Orleans.
  4. Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Grand Isle.
  5. Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, Not Just Another Polka.

First observations:

  1. Hawaiian music was not completely shut out of nominations.
  2. Native American music submissions failed to garner any nominations.
  3. Three of the five submissions are musics whose geographic center is New Orleans.

Congratulations to George Kahumoku, Jr. Already a Grammy Award winner as a co-producer of four slack key compilations from the “Slack Key Masters” concert series he produces, this is his first nomination as an artist.

Hawaiian music also made an appearance in another category. In “Best Pop Instrumental Album”–one of the categories in the extremely crowded Pop Music field–is a nomination for Daniel Hoʻs solo piano album, E Kahe Mālie. Because that album contains pianistic interpretations of classic Hawaiian songs, it was originally submitted to the “Best Regional Roots Music” category. At some point in the verification process, it got moved to the “Best Pop Instrumental” category, where it earned its nomination. How about that!! Hawaiian music rises to mainstream recognition in one of the mainstream categories!! Congratulations to Daniel Ho, whose perseverance and commitment to artistry is continuing to take Hawaiian music to new audiences.

As much as there is to celebrate in this news, there is without a doubt many Hawaiian musicians and fans who are pissed off because their favorites have failed once again to garner recognition in this broader national area. So there are comments posted on bulletin boards, blogs, and FaceBook walls again to the effect of insisting that Hawai’iʻs Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards are a true reflection of those who know Hawaiian music. (Many folks do not realize that the requirement of Hawaii residency in many Hōkū categories excludes the work of many artists who work on Hawaiian music outside Hawaiʻi. HARA has instituted one new “international” category that will go into effect this year.)

One has to wonder about The Recording Academyʻs structure that places Hawaiian music in direct competition with polka, Cajun, Zydeco, and funk-jazz brass band musics, AND mainstream pop music.

Personally, I marvel at the fact that Hawaiian music has not disappeared entirely off the Grammy radar, even without a dedicated category. Naysayers will certainly trumpet up assertions that the Grammy nominations and awards are about popularity, marketing, and networking. Such charges are ill-informed and even disrespectful of many voting members in the Recording Academy, whose votes do represent the assessment of artistic and technical merit by professional peers in the music industry.

Disclaimer:  I am a voting member of both the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (“The Recording Academy”), and the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”). My eligibility for membership is based on production, co-production, and liner notes credits for eight recordings on three different record labels.)


Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure

PostHeaderIcon Hawaiian Music Submissions to the Grammy Awards for 2011

In a sweeping restructuring of categories announced back in April 2011, The Recording Academy will no longer recognize Hawaiian music with its own category. Rather, Hawaiian music is incorporated into a new and broader category named “Best Regional Roots Music” within the “American Roots Music Field.”

The call for submission of eligible products is issued mid-summer, and all recordings whose eligibility is verified by The Recording Academy go onto a Preliminary Ballot. The top 5 vote-getters within each category are designated “GRAMMY Nominees.” A second voting period takes place, out of which the winners are announced at the February awards program.

The results of the preliminary voting will be announced this week. For those curious, there were 55 albums in the “Best Regional Roots Music” category. The following 13 were the Hawaiian music albums included on the preliminary ballot:

  1. Ahumanu, No Ku‘uipo
  2. Kawika Alfiche, Kale‘a
  3. Robert Cazimero, Hula
  4. Hi‘ikua, Aia i Hi‘ialo
  5. Kuana Torres Kahele, Kaunaloa 
  6. George Kahumoku, Jr., Wao Akua — The Forest of the Gods
  7. John Keawe, Play With Me Papa
  8. Mailani, ‘Aina”   [e kala mai the absence of kahakō over the capital "A"]
  9. Kenneth Makuakane, Kawaipono
  10. Doug & Sandy McMaster, In My Heart
  11. Various Artists, A Tribute to Nā Lani ‘Ehā
  12. Various Artists, Nā Haku Mele o Hawai‘i 
  13. Various Artists, Wahine

Collectively this is a strong set of products. There is a mixture here of CDs that focus on new versions of old songs, as well as CDs that introduce newly-written material. Three CDs have prominent kī hō‘alu slack key content. All vocal CDs contain predominantly Hawaiian-language songs. Happily the 13 submissions span four islands–Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu–as well as San Francsisco. E ō!


Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure

PostHeaderIcon Hawaiian “Live” Music Calendar – November 2011

HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR October 2011
MONDAY
• The St. Regis Hotel in Princeville features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Michael Keale from 7-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is appearing at The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu from 6-8 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents `Elua from 7-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa features Ho`aka during Happy Hour from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

TUES
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Atttack with Darryl Gonzales & Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Michelle & Lance from 7-9 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

WED
• Aunty Bev Muraoka offers a free Hula Show at 12:15 at the Harbor Mall on Rice Street in Nawiliwili
• There is also a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PMl
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Michael Keale from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Cafe Portofino in Nawiliwili presents Larry Rivera & daughter Luraline from 7:30-9:30 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM
• The Seaview Terrrace at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Darryl Gonzales from 6-8PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Chico & Darren at 6:30
• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30

THURSDAY
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features KK Kauilani from 4:30 -6:30 PM
• The Waimea Plantation Cottages in Waimea presents “the Kama`aina’s” from 7-9PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Keamoku at 6:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Pancho Graham from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Attack with Darryl Gonzales, Garrett Santos and Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa presents Haunani Kaui and Friends from 6:30-9:30 PM

FRIDAY
• The Hanapepe Café presents Cindy Combs from 6-9PM in Hanapepe Town
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Po`ipu at 6:30 PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 4 PM
• The Pono Kane Trio with Steve Landis, Bruce Lumsden & David Helder are featured at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei during Happy Hour from 4-6 PM followed by Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30-9 PM
• Calypso in Hanalei presents Windjammer (Chad Pa, Del Seeger & Koko Kaneali`i)6-9 PM
• The Tiki Room at the Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili features Ho`aka from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• Sean Carillo is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Dennis Chun from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Shutter’s Lounge at The Kaua`i Beach Resort from 7-10 PM

SATURDAY
•There is a free Hula show, featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa at 1PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Children Of The Land Center at Safeway Shopping Center near the Clock Tower from 5-7 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Wally & Polei Palmeira from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Moku & Lenny at 6:30 PM

SUNDAY
• Roy’s Tavern On The Green, at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville, features Pancho Graham from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
• The Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei presents The Mango Brothers from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Darryl Gonzales from 7-10 PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Center presents Nick Castillo from 7-9PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 3 PM
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kauilani Kahalekai & Kalani Kaimina`aoao from 4:30 -6:30
• The Casablanca’s Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu presents Mike Young from 7-9 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

MAHALO NUI LOA, Have a Great Hawaiian Day!

Hawaiian Music Calendar

PostHeaderIcon October 2011 Hawaiian Music Calendar

HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR October 2011
MONDAY
• The St. Regis Hotel in Princeville features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Mike Keale from 7-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is appearing at The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu from 6-8 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents `Elua from 7-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa features Ho`aka during Happy Hour from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

TUES
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Atttack with Darryl Gonzales & Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Michelle & Lance from 7-9 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

WED
• Aunty Bev Muraoka offers a free Hula Show at 12:15 at the Harbor Mall on Rice Street in Nawiliwili
• There is also a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• Cafe Portofino in Nawiliwili presents Larry Rivera & daughter Luraline from 7:30-9:30 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM
• The Seaview Terrrace at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Darryl Gonzales from 6-8PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Chico & Darren at 6:30
• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30

THURSDAY
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features KK Kauilani from 4:30 -6:30 PM
• The Waimea Plantation Cottages in Waimea presents “the Kama`aina’s” from 7-9PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Keamoku at 6:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Pancho Graham from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Attack with Darryl Gonzales, Garrett Santos and Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa presents Haunani Kaui and Friends from 6:30-9:30 PM

FRIDAY
• The Hanapepe Café presents Cindy Combs from 6-9PM in Hanapepe Town
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Po`ipu at 6:30 PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 4 PM
• The Pono Kane Trio with Steve Landis, Bruce Lumsden & David Helder are featured at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei during Happy Hour from 4-6 PM followed by Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30-9 PM
• Calypso in Hanalei presents Windjammer (Chad Pa, Del Seeger & Koko Kaneali`i)6-9 PM
• The Tiki Room at the Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili features Ho`aka from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• Sean Carillo is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Dennis Chun from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Shutter’s Lounge at The Kaua`i Beach Resort from 7-10 PM

SATURDAY
•There is a free Hula show, featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa at 1PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Children Of The Land Center at Safeway Shopping Center near the Clock Tower from 5-7 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Wally & Polei Palmeira from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Moku & Lenny at 6:30 PM

SUNDAY
• Roy’s Tavern On The Green, at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville, features Pancho Graham from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
• The Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei presents The Mango Brothers from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Darryl Gonzales from 7-10 PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Center presents Nick Castillo from 7-9PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 3 PM
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kauilani Kahalekai & Kalani Kaimina`aoao from 4:30 -6:30
• The Casablanca’s Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu presents Mike Young from 7-9 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

MAHALO NUI LOA, Have a Great Hawaiian Day!

Hawaiian Music Calendar

PostHeaderIcon IRONMAN 2011

Exciting once again … our little seaside town was a wash of white racing uniforms speckled with a few bright colors for the 2011 Ironman (and woman) world championship triathlon.

Really Hawaiian

PostHeaderIcon Hawaiian Music Calendar – September 2011

HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR JULY 2011

MONDAY

• The St. Regis Hotel in Princeville features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Mike Keale from 7-9 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM

• Darryl Gonzales is appearing at The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu from 6-8 PM

• There is a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents `Elua from 7-9

• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa features Ho`aka during Happy Hour from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

TUES

• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.

• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Atttack with Darryl Gonzales & Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Michelle & Lance from 7-9 PM

• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

WED

• Aunty Bev Muraoka offers a free Hula Show at 12:15 at the Harbor Mall on Rice Street in Nawiliwili

• There is also a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM

• Cafe Portofino in Nawiliwili presents Larry Rivera & daughter Luraline from 7:30-9:30 PM

• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

• The Seaview Terrrace at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Darryl Gonzales from 6-8PM

• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Chico & Darren at 6:30

• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30

• Honeygirl Ho`omanawanui is at the Princeville Shopping Center, back food courtyard 6-8

THURSDAY

• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features KK Kauilani from 4:30 -6:30 PM

• The Waimea Plantation Cottages in Waimea presents “the Kama`aina’s” from 7-9PM

• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.

• Keoki’s Paradise the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Keamoku at 6:30 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM

• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Pancho Graham from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Attack with Darryl Gonzales, Garrett Santos and Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9

• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa presents Haunani Kaui and Friends from 6:30-9:30 PM

FRIDAY

• The Hanapepe Café presents Cindy Combs from 6-9PM in Hanapepe Town

• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Po`ipu at 6:30 PM

• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 4 PM

• The Pono Kane Trio with Steve Landis, Bruce Lumsden & David Helder are featured at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei during Happy Hour from 4-6 PM followed by Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30-9 PM

• Calypso in Hanalei presents Windjammer (Chad Pa, Del Seeger & Koko Kaneali`i)

• There is also a free Hula show featuring Larry Rivera & Halua Hula `O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa

• The Tiki Room at the Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili features Ho`aka from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• Sean Carillo is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM

• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Dennis Chun from 6:30-8:30 PM

• Darryl Gonzales is at Shutter’s Lounge at The Kaua`i Beach Resort from 7-10 PM

SATURDAY

•There is a free Hula show, featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa at 1PM

• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Wally & Polei Palmeira from 6:30-8:30 PM

• Darryl Gonzales is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM

• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Moku & Lenny at 6:30 PM

SUNDAY

• Roy’s Tavern On The Green, at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville, features Pancho Graham from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

• The Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei presents The Mango Brothers from 6-9 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Darryl Gonzales from 7-10 PM

• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Center presents Nick Castillo from 7-9PM

• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 3 PM

• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kauilani Kahalekai & Kalani Kaimina`aoao from 4:30 -6:30

• The Casablanca’s Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu presents Mike Young from 7-9 PM

• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

MAHALO NUI LOA, Have a Great Hawaiian Day!

Hawaiian Music Calendar

PostHeaderIcon HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR JULY 2011

MONDAY
• The St. Regis Hotel in Princeville features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Mike Keale from 7-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is appearing at The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu from 6-8 PM
• There is a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents `Elua from 7-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa features Ho`aka during Happy Hour from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM
• Ho`omanawanui w/ Jonathan Ho`omanawanui, Chookie and Harry Boy are at the Princeville Shopping Center, back food courtyard 6-8

TUES
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Keola Yokotake during Happy Hour from 5-6 followed by Kanak Atttack with Darryl Gonzales & Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Michelle & Lance from 7-9 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

WED
• Aunty Bev Muraoka offers a free Hula Show at 12:15 at the Harbor Mall on Rice Street in Nawiliwili
• There is also a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• Cafe Portofino in Nawiliwili presents Larry Rivera & daughter Luraline from 7:30-9:30 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM
• The Seaview Terrrace at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Darryl Gonzales from 6-8PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Chico & Darren at 6:30
• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30
• Honeygirl Ho`omanawanui is at the Princeville Shopping Center, back food courtyard 6-8
• The Eastside Cafe in Kapaa features Tropical Groove with Haunani Kaui, Linda Tani and Mele Mande from 7-9:30 PM

THURSDAY
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features KK Kauilani from 4:30 -6:30 PM
• The Waimea Plantation Cottages in Waimea presents “the Kama`aina’s” from 7-9PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Keamoku at 6:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Pancho Graham from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Attack with Darryl Gonzales, Garrett Santos and Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa presents Haunani Kaui and Friends from 6:30-9:30 PM

FRIDAY
• The Hanapepe Café presents Cindy Combs from 6-9PM in Hanapepe Town
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Po`ipu at 6:30 PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 4 PM
• The Pono Kane Trio with Steve Landis, Bruce Lumsden & David Helder are featured at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei during Happy Hour from 4-6 PM followed by Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30-9 PM
• Calypso in Hanalei presents Windjammer (Chad Pa & Friends)
• There is also a free Hula show featuring Larry Rivera & Halua Hula `O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa
• The Tiki Room at the Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili features Ho`aka from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• Sean Carillo is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Shutter’s Lounge at The Kaua`i Beach Resort from 7-10 PM

SATURDAY
•There is a free Hula show, featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa at 1PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Wally & Polei Palmeira from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Moku & Lenny at 6:30 PM

SUNDAY
• Roy’s Tavern On The Green, at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville, features Pancho Graham from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
• The Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei presents The Mango Brothers from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Darryl Gonzales from 7-10 PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Center presents Nick Castillo from 7-9PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 3 PM
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kauilani Kahalekai & Kalani Kaimina`aoao from 4:30 -6:30
• The Casablanca’s Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu presents Mike Young from 7-9 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

MAHALO NUI LOA, Have a Great Hawaiian Day!

Hawaiian Music Calendar

PostHeaderIcon Hawaiian Music in Waikiki 2011

Casual Hawaiian music is making a comeback . . . in Waikiki! Well, it never really disappeared out of Waikiki. But with hotel food & beverage decision makers going in different directions, and contractors reducing what bands can make on a steady gig, and locals using the “too-expensive-and-where-do-we-park?” rationale to avoid Waikiki, well, there was a perfect storm waiting to carry Hawaiian music in Waikiki out beyond the reef.

Old mainstays to find live “traditional-kine” Hawaiian music have long been the Moana Terrace at Waikiki Marriott, poolside happy hour at the Sheraton Princess Kaʻiulani, Banyon Courtyard at Moana Surfrider, Dukeʻs at Outrigger Waikiki, Mai Tai Bar at Royal Hawaiian, Halekulani‘s fabled House Without a Key, and Hilton Hawaiian Village‘s Tapa Bar.

But the tides are turning, and exciting new venues have come online:

Kuhio Beach Hula Mound

FREE nightly torchlighting hula show, 6:00pm. Operated by the City & County of Honolulu, a different hula hālau is featured every night. This has been going on for several years, so “new” is relative. But this venue is a newbie compared to the fabled venues like House Without A Key. Parking–youʻre on your own. Many locals park at Honolulu Zoo right off Kapahulu Ave. and walk the few blocks over. Food & drink: strictly BYO. But this is Waikiki–there are lots of options.

  

These photos from 2010 feature Hālau Kawaianuhealehua, directed by Kumu Hula Ina Kanei, in the center. Note that the musicians have the best view!!

Royal Hawaiian Center

The 2008 completion of extensive renovations at the Center heralded a renewed commitment to presenting Hawaiian cultural experiences with integrity. Cultural Director Manu Boyd–renowned kumu hula and musician–created a FREE nightly 6:00pm sunset-hour showcase for local performers, at Helumoa, the royal coconut grove at the heart of the complex. Saturday evenings are devoted to the ancient hula kahiko, with prominent hula troupes on the invitation list.

While you are at Royal Hawaiian Center, you must also visit the Kaulani Heritage Room, adjacent to Helumoa and across from the Lei ‘Olu Guest Services desk. Multiple brief videos share various aspects of history of the site and its owners, in an air-conditioned oasis sheltered from the bustle outside. The Center‘s parking validation program is designed to entice locals, and food & drink options abound.

Kani Ka Pila Grille

At Outrigger Reef Hotel on Kalia Road (next to Halekulani). Completion of the hotelʻs extensive renovation in 2009 heralded the opening of this gold-standard venue–an open-air poolside bar and grill establishment with headline recording artists such as Cyril Pahinui, Kawika Kahiapo, Weldon Kekauoha, Manoa DNA, and Kaukahi. Relaxed informality and a delightful menu, presided over by “Ambassador of Aloha” Luana Maitland. Iʻve been down there maybe eight times over this past year.

Kani Ka Pila Grille Wednesday night headliner Cyril Pahinui, with Jeff Au Hoy on steel guitar.

and . . . <<<drumroll>>>  the most recent addition

‘Ilikai Bar & Grill

The original venue of the ‘Ilikai Hotel‘s venerable Canoe Club–a hub of Hawaiian music in the 1960s and 1970s–is becoming once again a Waikiki destination for live Hawaiian music. And what a lineup!! Welo, Holunape, Kaukahi, Hoku Zuttermeister . . . Casual open seating, with tables in the line of speakers and also away from speakers, if conversing with oneʻs companions is important. A wonderful menu of pupus, salads, and burgers; and check out the macadamia nut creme pie, too. What locals know: There is free parking opposite the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor on the back street, but make sure your car moves before the tow trucks arrive promptly at 10pm.

and now, the editorializing . . .

The launch of Kani Ka Pila Grille and the Ilikai Bar & Grill as venues for live Hawaiian music entertainment mark notable to reach out to local folks as well as visitors, and to support Hawaiian music groups and artists who enjoy great community following and aloha. Hawaiian music fans who care about musicians having venues to perform in, and entertainment to enjoy, must get out there and support our friends. Show your aloha, and patronize these establishments so that they will continue to invest in having live music.

Be there. Aloha.


Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure