Category: Music

Return to Waikiki

Return to Waikiki

It’s called “Return to Waikiki,” and like many things in Hawaii, its name has more than one meaning. The lu’au and cocktail show debuts Saturday with a special “VIP Opening Night,” and it’s a daring attempt to bring the magic back to the tourist Mecca: Return to Waikiki celebrates the...

Veterans to be Honored at Iolani Palace

Veterans to be Honored at Iolani Palace

A unique event will be held tomorrow at Iolani Palace, including live music, food booths, presentations, and  one of the first bon dances of the season. You can take a tour of the palace, enjoy local favorites like saimin and shave ice, savor special performances by ManoaDNA and ‘ukulele virtuoso...

Waitiki Hits Honolulu

Waitiki Hits Honolulu

Waitiki is a Boston-based musical collective, but their sound — dubbed “exotica” — is undeniably influenced by the islands. And the group will have its only public Honolulu performances of 2010 this week… two different shows with two different sounds in the city that inspired them. Founded by Hawaii-born bassist Randy Wong and...

Hawaii County Band on Chopping Block

Hawaii County Band on Chopping Block

The Hawaii County Band, a 127-year-old institution on the Big Island, has been singled out for elimination in the county budget, expected to be unveiled on Monday. The news was announced tonight to stunned musicians and volunteers by Bob Fitzgerald and Clayton Honma, director and deputy director of the county...

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Members of the Oahu Songwriters Group will be featured in “Songwriters in the Round” at Hawaii Public Radio this Saturday, Aug. 22. Performers include Ruth Shiroma Foster and Norm Foster, Barefoot Bob, Ev Fox, Brad Mossman, Otis Schaper and Jenna Tague. Ruth Shiroma Foster is an old friend and former...

Stayin’ Alive with CPR

Stayin’ Alive with CPR

A doctor in Hawaii mixed the Bee Gees with CPR, and is helping to save lives the world over. I love the RadioLab podcast out of WNYC. In today’s 15-minute short, they close with a segment by show producer Ellen Horne. She visits a CPR class in New York City,...

Waikiki Aquarium Concert Series Announced

Waikiki Aquarium Concert Series Announced

Tickets are now available for the popular Waikiki Aquarium Summer Concert Series, “Ke Kani O Ke Kai,” which brings talented local artists to the aquarium’s cozy and picturesque oceanside lawn. The Thursday night performances offer great music, great food, and great company for the entire family. Thursday, June 18: The...

Songs in Support of Kids

Songs in Support of Kids

Kenneth Makuakane is putting his music where his mouth is, offering his latest album as a gift to anyone who donates $10 or more to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii‘s Windward Clubhouse. Makuakane — an accomplished Hawaiian music producer and talented musician in his own right — has...

Breathe Concert for Clean Air

Breathe Concert for Clean Air

A spectacular line-up of local musicians will grace the stage in the first-ever second-annual “Breathe Concert,” taking place tomorrow at the Hawaii Theatre. Coming on the heels of the opening of the Hawaii State Legislature, the American Lung Association of Hawaii is seizing the spotlight to call attention to the...

Hawaii Goes to SXSW

Hawaii Goes to SXSW

South By Southwest (SXSW) is one of the nation’s largest music, film, and interactive festivals. Now in its 23rd year, it now draws over 11,000 people to Austin, Texas each year. Among them, many of Hawaii musicians, filmmakers, and online entrepreneurs. Some of the musicians making the trek this March...

Kenneth Makuakane CD Release Party

Kenneth Makuakane CD Release Party

Renowned local music producer and musician Kenneth Makuakane will be celebrating the release of his new album, “The White Bathtub,” on Thursday with a CD release party at the Ala Moana Hotel‘s Pakele Lounge.  Special guests include Barry Flanagan, Walt Keale, Obrian Eselu and Stephen Inglis. And as with all...

Sensational “Saltimbanco”

Sensational “Saltimbanco”

UPDATE: A special $20 discount is propagating on Twitter. If you’re thinking of checking out “Saltimbanco,” be sure to use the special link and save! Acrobats, gymnasts, dancers, a cyclist, a juggler and jester, and hapless subjects pulled from the audience. Around them, a kaleidoscope stage, and behind them, a...

Kava Festival on Saturday

Kava Festival on Saturday

Kava, or ‘Awa as it’s known in Hawaii, will be explored and celebrated at UH on Saturday at the Kawa Festival. The plant is playing a central role in the resurgence of Hawaiian cultural practices. Drink kava while learning about it from Hawaiian cultural practitioners, ‘awa growers, health and nutrition specialists,...

New Grim Smiley Drops Thursday

New Grim Smiley Drops Thursday

When we last checked in with Grim Smiley (formerly known as “The Crud”), the band was getting settled in Seattle and readying the release of their first EP under their new name. Less than a year later, the island-grown, Seattle powered grunge-pop trio is now set to release “Age of...

‘So Sari!’ Art Party This Friday

‘So Sari!’ Art Party This Friday

This month’s Art After Dark is not to be missed. On Friday, the Honolulu Academy of Arts presents “So Sari! Bollywood Nights.” The soundtrack to the evening will be provided by New York’s famed D.J. Rekha, and E&O Trading Company will provide some flavor. You can wander the courtyards of...

Get Ready to Celebrate Palolo Pride

Get Ready to Celebrate Palolo Pride

How well do you know Palolo Valley? I’d wager you don’t know it half as well as its neighbors, Manoa, Kaimuki and Kahala. Once filled with farms, then home to a rock quarry and even a World War II airfield, today’s Palolo is a country-style neighborhood in the middle of...

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Honolulu’s best bargain for book buffs has begun! The Friends of the Library annual book sale at McKinley High School runs through Sunday, July 6 (though they’re taking July 3 and 4 off). It’s an unmatched literary treasure trove — refreshed daily — of used and out-of-circulation books… often including...

Circuit Bending

Circuit Bending

Beatrix*JAR in Hawaii from hawaii on Vimeo. Beatrix*JAR is Bianca Pettis and Jacob Roske, sound artists out of Minneapolis. They were in Honolulu for a concert at The Arts at Mark Garage yesterday, and also put on a couple of “circuit bending” workshops for the community. This workshop was hosted...

Explore Found Sounds with Beatrix*JAR

Explore Found Sounds with Beatrix*JAR

The music of Beatrix*JAR is a mix of beats, sound samples, and random noise, a “fuzzy sound collage” that’s unique and original every time the Minneapolis-based duo performs. From toys to circuit boards to radio interference, found sounds are a key ingredient to their art.  And Hawaii will get to...

Aunty Genoa Keawe Dies

Aunty Genoa Keawe Dies

Aunty Genoa Keawe, 89, passed away early this morning at home. She was a local legend and an unstoppable force in Hawaiian music and culture. Word of her passing is just beginning to spread through the Hawaiian music community. The news was posted to HawaiiThreads, and confirmed by her granddaughter...