See the premiere of Pixar’s LAVA on Oahu!

o-UKU-LAVA-PIXAR-570See the premiere of Disney Pixar’s new short, LAVA, on November 7, 2014! LAVA is a musical love story between two volcanoes that spans millions of years.

The film stars Hawaiian award winning musicians, Kuana Torres Kahele as Uku and Napua Greig as Lele! The short film makes use of both of their incredible voices to tell a story for the ages!

The premiere of LAVA will feature live music, a presentation with the director and producer as they discuss the influences of Hawaii in LAVA, and finally a screening of the film!

Find out more information here!

This event is FREE and open to the public! 6PM at the IBM Building Courtyard at Ward.

Check out this radio interview of Kuana Torres Kahele discussing LAVA with Hawaiian 105 KINE:

Last Dance to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Here’s a very touching article via the Huffington Post and KTVU Channel 2! A groom and his sick mother shared one last dance at his wedding to Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole’sSomewhere Over the Rainbow“. It was a truly special moment that was captured on the video above!

For more of IZ’s music and other great songs, visit the IZ Hawaii website!

Makua Rothman on Tour with Dirty Heads & Rome!

Mountain Apple Company 2014-10-01 12-32-01Champion surfer & hit musician Makua Rothman is going on tour with Dirty Heads and Rome! Makua will be the opening act at sixteen different venues across North America, including a stop in Toronto, Canada!

Oct 10 – Majestic Ventura Theatre | Ventura, CA
Oct 11 – The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA
Oct 13 – The Catalyst | Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 29 – Phoenix Concert Theatre | Toronto, Canada
Oct 30 – Upstate Concert Hall | Clifton Park, NY
Oct 31 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom | Hampton Beach, NH

Nov 4 – Toad’s Place | New Haven, CT
Nov 5 – Best Buy Theater | New York, NY
Nov 7 – The NorVa | Norfolk, VA
Nov 8 – The National | Richmond, VA
Nov 9 – 9:30 Club | Washington D.C.
Nov 11 – Lincoln Theatre | Raleigh, NC
Nov 12 – The Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
Nov 13 – Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA
Nov 14 – Mavericks at the Landing | Jacksonville, FL
Nov 16 – Culture Room | Fort Lauderdale, FL

These shows will be FANTASTIC, so don’t miss it! Ticket information on all these dates can be found HERE.

Kuana Torres Kahele’s Kahelelani Ni’ihau debuts on the Billboard Charts!

Kuana Torres Kahele BillboardKuana Torres Kahele’s new album, Music for the Hawaiian Islands Vol.2 Kahelelani Ni’ihau, debuts at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers – Pacific Chart and at #6 on the Billboard World Chart!

This marks the 25th & 26th time Kuana has charted, and his 8th time on the Heartseekers chart!

World Album Heatseekers Pacific - Page 1 Billboard 2014-09-18 09-21-05

A mere 36 years old and quickly becoming a luminary in Hawaiian music, Kuana Torres Kahele brings us Volume 2 of his popular music series. This time, the award winning composer, choreographer, and musician takes us on a rare journey to The Forbidden Isle: Ni`ihau.

Each song is an original composition by Kuana, inspired by the natural beauty of Ni’ihau.


PHOTOS: Kuana Torres Kahele at Walmart!

Check out these pictures of Kuana Torres Kahele at Walmart stores around Oahu! To celebrate the release of his new album, Music for the Islands Vol. 2 Kahalelani Ni’ihau, he performed for some great fans, and even did a CD signing after! He was joined by some of his musical friends, including very special hula performances by Miss Hawaii Skyler Kamaka and Miss Aloha Hula TeHani Gonzado!

Check out the music HERE if you haven’t already! Don’t miss Kuana’s upcoming performance at the Doris Duke Theatre, September 17th!

Kuana Torres Kahele Walmart Performances!

KuanaTorresKahele_Walmart_2014Kuana Torres Kahele is celebrating the upcoming release of his new album, Music for the Hawaiian Islands Vol. 2 Kahelelani Ni’ihau, with performances at Walmart stores around the island of Oahu! You can catch him at one of these performances, autograph sessions to follow:

SEPT 9 – Walmart Pearl City | 11AM
SEPT 9 – Walmart Mililani | 5PM
SEPT 10 – Walmart Kapolei | 2PM
SEPT 10 – Walmart Waipahu | 5PM

PRE-ORDER Kuana’s upcoming album now!

His birthday is coming up THIS SUNDAY, so go over to his Facebook page and wish him the best!

Kunewa Mook at Pakele LIVE!

Kumu hula and musician Kunewa Mook took to the Pakele LIVE stage last Thursday, August 28th! He brought along an entourage of musicians and dancers to serenade the night away! A good crowd watched his performance at Pakele LIVE, and if you missed it, no problem! Catch a rebroadcast of the livestream HERE.

This episode of Pakele LIVE will be aired on OC16 at a later date, so look for it soon!

Kunewa’s latest album, `Oia Ka Manawa is available now!

Mahalo to our #MountainAppleCo’s Francis Tam for these awesome pictures!

SOJA in Hawaii!

SOJA-Press_2014_Credit-Eric-Ryan-AndersonSOJA is celebrating the release of their new album, Amid the Noise and Haste, now available in stores everywhere! We love the new original music by these reggae superstars, and now you can experience the music LIVE! They’ll be performing at the spectacular Maui Arts & Cultural Center this FRIDAY, and then at the Waikiki Shell on SATURDAY!

Check the links below to find out where you can get tickets!

August 29Maui Arts and Cultural Center
August 30Waikiki Shell

The Wonderful World of IZ

Halekulani Living Spring-Summer 2014 2014-08-07 14-15-06“The Wonderful World of IZ” is a great article written about the legendary Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole as featured in the Spring-Summer 2014 issue of Halekulani Living, written by Dawna L. Robertson. Read a digital version of the magazine here. Mahalo to Dawna, Halekulani Living, and everyone involved!

We also love the artwork by Michael Volpicelli!