PHOTOS | Hawaii Kalikimaka with Robert Cazimero

Mahalo for coming out to Hawaii Kalikimaka and making the show incredibly special! Or if you couldn’t go, mahalo for being there in spirit! Here are some pictures from the concert, full of special guests, lovely hula, great mele, and fun had by all.

A big mahalo to the Hawaii Theatre for making this possible. We are grateful to the cast and crew for putting on a hectic three nights of a memorable Christmas concert. See you all again next year!

HAWAII KALIKIMAKA with Robert Cazimero!

Hawaii Theatre Center | Pride Of The Pacific 2014-12-04 13-01-55Hawaii Theatre’s HAWAII KALIKIMAKA stars Robert Cazimero, one-half of the award-winning Brothers Cazimero, with this year’s special guest star Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner, Starr Kalahiki.

The holiday presentation will also feature hula by Robert’s Hālau Nā Kamalei O Līlīlehua; Miss Aloha Hula 2014, Keʻalohilani Tara Eliga Serrao, of Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe; Miss Keiki Hula 2014, Keolani Hokuleʻakeaouli Hosino, and Master Keiki Hula 2014, Kamaka Leao Kaleionapali Hoʻopiʻi, from ʻIliahi and Haunani Paredes’ Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi; vocals by  the Hawaii Theatre Christmas Glee singers, comprised of local, award-winning 19th Avenue and Aloha Spirit Quartets; and music will be provided by the Hawaii Theatre Hawaiian Ensemble under the musical direction of Aaron Sala. HAWAII KALIKIMAKA will be produced and directed by Hawaii Theatre Center’s artistic director and general manager, Burton White.

There are THREE shows to see! Don’t miss these performances:

Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.


Thanksgiving Hawaiian Playlists!

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We hope your Thanksgiving holiday is pleasant and full of great food and song! While you’re busy cooking, eating, and cleaning during this holiday, put on some fantastic Hawaiian music to make your holiday even greater! Leave the music choices to us with these three playlists of music:

Mahalo for supporting the music & happy holidays!

Good Luck to all the 2014 Preliminary GRAMMY® Nominees!

We want to congratulate every Hawaiian music artists that made it to the preliminary 2014 GRAMMY® ballot! Good luck to you all! Here are the albums nominated in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category:

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Lito Arkangel


Kuana Torres Kahele

George Kahumoku Jr.


John Keawe

Kamaka Kukona


Keikilani Lindsey

Kapono Na’ili’ili

Kupaoa & Kaulana

Herb Ohta, Jr.

Cyril Pahinui

Various Artists


Mark Yamanaka

The Story of Kamalani

Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole sings a song called Kamalani, written by Larry Rivera, a songwriter from Lana’i. You may not know that there is a intricate story behind the song. Here’s the lyrics:

israel-bioWhere is my love, Kamalani
Please answer me, Kamalani
Puukaninui, Puukaninui
Oh here I am, Kamalani
Here in this paradise

Kamalani, Kamalani
Is this the fullness of heaven
Here in this paradise

Please come to me, Kamalani
When nights are still, Kamalani
You can hear the voice of Puukaninui
You’ll be together again

Kamalani, Kamalani
You’ll hear the sound of his voice
Here in this paradise

Larry Rivera shared with us the story behind this beautiful song:

“I was home ill with the flu, when the manager of Coco Palms, Grace Guslander, called to find out how I was doing. She always was concerned about “her children”. After finding out I was getting better she said, “Larry why don’t you write a song about the frog. Meleana Soong wrote a beautiful legend called The Legend Of The Frog and it would be wonderful if you could write a song for this legend”. After we talked, I said to myself, how am I going to write a song about a frog. Just then outside my window I heard a whistle coming from the trees. I looked out and saw a beautiful bird with a long tail and white chest. The bird kept singing and the tune was so clear and that’s when I put the words and music together.

The Legend Of The Frog tells of a place far above Wailua called Pihanakalani which means “The Fullness of Heaven”. Here lived Puukaninui “Great Singer”. He lived with his grandmother Kealohilani, a beautiful chieftess of high rank.

One day Puukaninui decided to visit Walua-Nui-Hoano, the ancient capitol of Kaua’i , a land taboo to the common people. Before leaving he was warned by his grandmother that he music return to pihanakalani before sundown. If he did not, he would surely be transformed to a frog.

It was there in Wailua-Nui-Hoano that Puukaninui met and fell in love with Kamalani, the granddaughter of a high chief. Kamalani means “Child of a Chief”. After declaring their love for each other Puukaninui suddenly realized that it was late in the day and remembered what his grandmother told him about being late in returning home. Before he knew it he felt a sudden sensation come over him and in a few moments he was transformed into a large frog, “Polokanui”. He was a large handsome frog, as handsome as a frog can be. He sat on a lily pad singing their favorite love song, for at the Coco Palms lagoon he found a haven. Kamalani knew it was Puukaninui even before she saw his mamo-shaped ila (birthmark) in the center of his forehead.

If you are a favorite of the gods, you can see and hear him some evenings as he sits on his lily pad serenading his beloved one. Some nights if you are fortunate, you might see Kamalani as she joins him in song.”

Hear the song for yourself on his album, E Ala E!

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!

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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.