Congratulations to the Na Hōkū Hanohano Nominees!

2016 Hoku NomineesWe want to congratulate all of this year’s Na Hōkū Hanohano nominees! The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards have been called the Grammy’s of Hawaiian Music. Each year, the Hawaiian music community gathers together to honor the achievements of excellence in the recording arts. Some of the brightest stars in Hawaiian music perform and present awards to their peers, making the Nā Hōkū Awards the biggest annual entertainment event in Hawai’i.

Here are this year’s nominees from the Mountain Apple Company! We are honored to be working with these talented individuals and we are always amazed by their talents.

Best of luck to all of this year’s nominees! Tune in to the Nā Hōkū Awards on May 28th to see who wins!


Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival is being held in Ewa Beach!

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

For the first time in its 30 year history of perpetuating this uniquely Hawaiian music, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival is being held in Ewa Beach for all west side ohanas! Sunday, October 28th from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Hoalauna Park!

For folks that can’t make it, performances will be live streamed online at this site!

Join Brother Noland, Hi’ikua, Ho’okena, John Cruz, Maunalua, and more for a day of great music and fun on the west side! Live music, ono food, crafts, ukulele and guitar exhibit, Halloween costume contest, exciting prizes and more!

For more info please visit here or here.

Brother Noland’s Lessons of Aloha

On Saturday, March 31st, spend the day with Brother Noland and Malia Helala at the Still & Moving Center for: Lessons of Aloha!

They day will consist of several classes that will be full of fun and aloha!  Check out the schedule below for more details!


For more information contact Malia Helela at Still & Moving Center (808) 397-7678 or

Events are $20 each or $50 for the evening.

Brother Noland- Lessons of Aloha Talk Story Session $20
“Everything that happens to you is a lesson of aloha.” -Brother Noland

Weaving stories, narratives, and good old fashioned wisdom, Brother Noland shares some of the lessons of aloha he has learned along the way. His humorous and upbeat style is easy to relate to and his stories will compel you to think about ways to spread aloha in your own life. In this talk story session, Noland will share his `ohana song “Pa`ani” and also an oli (chant) from his family’s collection.

Brother Noland – Lessons of Aloha – `Ukulele Workshop (Papalina Lahilahi) $20
Bring your `ukulele and learn Papalina Lahilahi from the master of hula swing! Brother Noland will give an introduction to musical intelligence and methods of approaching music mathematically, poetically and rhythmically. For Papalina Lahilahi, he will cover much more than just the words and chords to this classic party hula. Participants will gain insight into how to infuse spirit and personality into their performance. The lesson will culminate with a group kanikapila during the Heroic Spirit Concert. Basic knowledge of `ukulele chords required.

Also happening from 5:30 to 6:30pm, there will be a Hula Workshop (Papalina Lahilahi) for $20. All levels welcome. Kumu Hula Mālia Helelā will teach the hula steps and motions to Papalina Lahilahi. A must in any hula dancer’s repertoire, this is one of the classic party hula songs that most musicians are guaranteed to play. Class will begin with basic steps and a warm up. Then we will delve into the meaning of each verse so that dancers can express themselves with great enthusiasm!

Lessons of Aloha – Heroic Spirit Concert $20
It takes a strong spirit to practice aloha in this day and age. Experience how Brother Noland puts his lessons aloha into practice through music. Students in the `ukulele and hula classes will have the chance to perform live during the concert. This promises to be an unforgettable evening of music and dance!