Get ready for some toe-tappin', shoulder-swayin', fascinatin' rhythms when the Hawai'i Island band Kahulanui comes to town next week for a gorgeous concert under the glowing glass roof of Yokouchi Pavilion and Courtyard at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC). This is Hawaiian Swing at its finest, and delivered in one of the most picturesque places on the island to enjoy it! The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, and there will be dinner and beverage options to enjoy before and during the show, starting at 6 p.m.
Kahulanui draws its inspiration from the Hawaiian Swing music orchestras of the 1920s and '30s, and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style to make Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive for today.
Bandleader Lolena "Lena" Naipo Jr. goes back to his roots in Kahulanui's music; he remembers stories of his grandfather, who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music.
Kahulanui draws its inspiration from the Hawaiian Swing music orchestras of the 1920s and ’30s, and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style to make Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive for today.
As a youngster, Lolena accompanied his father, who played music with Aunty Genoa Keawe and Andy Cummings, among others. As Lolena grew in his own abilities, he would accompany musicians such as Darrell Lupenui, Kekua Fernandez, the Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders and others.
Kahulanui is comprised of Lolena, Patrick Eskildsen, Robert Duke Tatom and Tim Taylor, with special guests on horns. Their debut album, "Hula Ku'i," has been anointed as one of the most innovative releases to come out of the islands, and was nominated for a Grammy this year in the "Regional Roots" category--the only Hawaiian group nominated in that category. "Hula Ku'i" was produced by Hawai'i's first Grammy Award-winner, producer Charles Michael Brotman, for Palm Records at Lava Tracks Recording Studio on Hawai'i Island. "Hula Ku'i" was also a finalist in 2013 for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in three categories: "Album of the Year," "Group of Year" and "Most Promising New Artist of the Year."
You will want to come see this show, and you will not be sitting for long once you hear that enthralling Hawaiian Swing!
Tickets are $35 per person advance, but don't wait: the price goes up to $45 day of show, and seating is limited in capacity for the pavilion area! Tickets are available at The MACC Box Office, 242-SHOW (7469) Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or online at MauiArts.org.