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willie k & friends bluesfest 2019, saturday, january 5, maui arts & cultural center

Maui Arts & Cultural Center and Maui Tribe Productions has announced the annual Willie K & Friends Bluesfest on Saturday, January 5 in the MACC’s A&B Amphitheater /Yokouchi Pavilion. The music will start at 6pm and gates open at 5pm. Special guest artists for Bluesfest 2019 include Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Tavana, and John Akapo; additional artists will be added.

Willie K’s annual Bluesfest traditionally hosts special guests from near and far for an evening that is as diverse and eclectic as it is electrifying. A living legend in Hawai‘i, Willie K continues to push the musical envelope with his diverse range of musical genres, attracting some of the world’s top musical talents to the MACC as his guest artists. Widely considered one of the founders of contemporary Hawaiian music, Willie K considers himself to be, first and foremost, a blues guitarist. In fact, Willie K and his Warehouse Blues Band has been called “the best blues band in the world” by Alice Cooper. Continue reading ‘willie k & friends bluesfest 2019, saturday, january 5, maui arts & cultural center’

feast at mokapu: andaz maui at wailea resort’s top shelf lu‘au experience

Fresh off being ranked Number 6 on the 2017 list of Top Hawai‘i resorts by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort rolled out a luxury lu‘au experience earlier this year. Named Feast at Mokapu, and billed as “a beautifully curated cultural and culinary experience set among our iconic grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu beach,” this out-of-the-ordinary lu‘au is positively top shelf—a feast for all the senses, not just the palate.

Did you know early festivities of this type were called ‘aha‘aina, not lu‘au? ‘Aha translates as “gathering” and ‘aina (without the kahako over the first letter) means “meal.” Native Hawaiians held an ‘aha‘aina to celebrate important events such as a victory at war, the successful launch of a new canoe, or a baby reaching its first birthday (origin of the “baby lu‘au”). At these gatherings, men and women ate separately, and commoners and women of all ranks were forbidden by the ancient Hawaiian religion to eat certain delicacies. Continue reading ‘feast at mokapu: andaz maui at wailea resort’s top shelf lu‘au experience’

the hawaiian room: amy hanaiali‘i gilliom’s new show at grand wailea resort

The Hawaiian Room is the new home to Singer-Songwriter, Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom, Hawai‘i’s top-selling female vocalist of all time. A five-time Grammy® Nominee, and recipient of 18 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hanaiali‘i’s success as a recording artist speaks for itself.

Amy’s world-class musical show will take you on a journey of her family’s story and roots as cultural performers across the globe. From the 1930s in Waikiki, to the 1940s in New York City, the original Hawaiian Room across from the Waldorf Astoria NYC, to the 1950s and 1960s in the glimmering luxury of the Las Vegas strip and the Silver Screen in Hollywood, to the present sultry vocals of blues, jazz, Pop and Hawaiian with Amy Hanaiali‘i. This amazing Ambassador of Hawaiian Music will give you a glimpse of how Hawaiians bring Aloha to the world’s most prominent stages. Continue reading ‘the hawaiian room: amy hanaiali‘i gilliom’s new show at grand wailea resort’

feast at lele: a musical, cultural & culinary journey through polynesia

FeastDancersPart lu‘au, part dinner show, part international dance revue, Feast at Lele is in a class all its own. A musical, cultural, and culinary journey through the Pacific Island nations of Hawai‘i, Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand), Tahiti, and Samoa, Feast at Lele is a spectacular fusion of sumptuous cuisine and superior entertainment that is, indeed, a feast for the senses.

Upon arrival, Susan and I are presented with fresh dendrobium orchid lei, and escorted to the bar, where she selects a Mai Tai, while I opt for POG. One of the aspects that sets Feast at Lele apart from other Polynesian dinner shows is private-table seating. The hostess shows Susan and me to our table for two that’s situated in the second row, front and center of the performance stage. Our table has been pre-set with some goodies to munch on while we enjoy our drinks: tasty banana and Moloka‘i sweet potato chips served with an addictive tropical salsa that I can’t seem to stop eating! Continue reading ‘feast at lele: a musical, cultural & culinary journey through polynesia’

you got it! a salute to roy orbison: vocal phenom john stephan belts out a tribute to ‘the big o’

John StephanJohn Stephan is the only singer who can do justice to my father’s music,” says Roy Orbison’s son Wesley in a recorded message that opens “You Got It! A Salute to Roy Orbison,” showing four evenings per week at The Maui Theatre in Lahaina. Australian-born Stephan’s four-octave range deftly handles Orbison’s complex compositions and dark emotional ballads in a show that takes you on an entertaining journey down Memory Lane.

Stephan doesn’t try to imitate Orbison’s unique vocal style. Instead, he takes audience members through the storied career of Orbison, covering a multitude of his chart-topping hits. Orbison’s son Wesley provides commentary on his father’s life throughout the show, and Stephan puts the music in the context of Roy Orbison’s life—one that was filled with great success, and an equal measure of sadness and heartbreak. Continue reading ‘you got it! a salute to roy orbison: vocal phenom john stephan belts out a tribute to ‘the big o’’

maui theatre, home of `ulalena, welcomes two new shows

John Stephan_RoyOrbisonShowOn June 29, 2013 The Maui Theatre launched two new shows to Maui’s evening entertainment scene.

“You Got It! A Salute to Roy Orbison” is the only show of its kind in the world and is officially endorsed and presented by Roy Orbison’s eldest son Wesley Orbison. The show is a live concert production accompanied by a full band and dancers performing Roy Orbison’s major songs, including his 15 number one hits which made him an internationally recognized superstar.

Australian singing sensation John Stephan makes his Hawai‘i debut with a salute to the legend. With a voice filled with warmth, emotion and a four-octave range, “The Voice From Down Under” will take audience members on an incredible trip through the storied career or Orbison. Covering a multitude of his chart-topping hits including “Pretty Woman”, “Crying”, “Blue Bayou”, “Only the Lonely”, and many more. Continue reading ‘maui theatre, home of `ulalena, welcomes two new shows’

george kahumoku jr.’s slack-key show: masters of hawaiian music

GeorgeKahumokuSlack-key guitar is nearly as iconic to the Hawaiian Islands as hula, although it’s a much more recent form of expression. No matter where you are, when you hear the dulcet tones of the slack-key guitar you’re instantly transported back to Hawai‘i. Called ki ho‘alu in Hawaiian (“loosen the [tuning] key”), the style originated from Mexican cowboys in the late 19th century. These paniolo taught the Hawaiians the rudiments of playing, and then left, allowing the Hawaiians to develop the style on their own.

Since 2003, George Kahumoku Jr. has been presenting the great slack-key performers of the day in a relaxed venue at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. Dubbed “Masters of Hawaiian Music,” the weekly show has showcased more than 40 different artists since its inception. The kanikapila-style show is hosted by George himself, along with his hanai sons Peter deAquino, Garrett Probst, and Sterling Seaton. Guests can enjoy the show all by itself ($37.99) or combine it with a pre-show dinner at Napili Kai’s Sea House Restaurant ($78.35). Continue reading ‘george kahumoku jr.’s slack-key show: masters of hawaiian music’