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Lopaka Kapanuiʻs Ghost Stories of Hawaiʻi

Friday, October 6, 2023   7:00p

Join us for an evening of Ghost Stories of Hawai'i with master storyteller LOPAKA KAPANUI. From ancient Hawaiʻi to the present day, we'll hear stories of spirits, curses, possessions, night marchers, mo'o wahine, the goddess Pele, and more!

Sometimes known as “the ghost guy,” native Hawaiian storyteller Lopaka Kapanui makes a business of leading guests into some of the darkest, spookiest places in Hawai‘i. His family’s legends, history, customs, and protocol were passed down to Lopaka in the traditional Hawaiian way: through mo‘olelo, from mouth to ear, sitting at the foot of his elders as they relayed the lessons to him. Later, after working with a renowned historian and the godfather of ghost tours in Hawai‘i, Lopaka began writing and chronicling the supernatural experiences of himself and others. Having been in the storytelling business for more than 20 years, hundreds of people have come forward to share their own stories with Lopaka, making him a repository for some of the islands’ spookiest tales. Sharing more than just Hawaiian ghost stories, Lopaka shares his knowledge of the history and legends of Hawai‘i.

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Kamuela Philharmonic presents Rich & Deep

Sunday, October 8   2:00 PM

Experience the magnificent breadth of sound that a philharmonic orchestra brings to life at Kahilu Theatre. Join the Kamuela Philharmonic as they present a concert overflowing with rich and deep musical masterpieces.

Enjoy Wagner’s heartfelt birthday gift to his wife with a showcase of solo lines that flow effortlessly. Dive into the musical rivalry between Salieri and Mozart as the Philharmonic performs Salieri’s graceful and innocent first symphony and get ready for a driving and energetic finale that will leave you in awe with Mozart’s iconic Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

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Saturday, October 14  7:00 PM

KALAPANA emerged as one of the most popular bands on the Hawaiian music scene in the 70's, producing a steady stream of hits. Their 1975 debut album was hailed as one of the best of the mid-70s Hawaiian renaissance. Tracks like "Naturally," "Nightbird," "The Hurt," and "When the Morning Comes” became household tunes and still enjoy frequent play on contemporary Hawaiian radio.

Musical trends have come and gone, but Kalapana's many hits have remained Island classics. Kalapana still stands as a symbol of inspiration for contemporary Hawaiian music today.

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Friday, November 3 at 7:00pm 

This is a concert you donʻt want to miss! Makana will perform vocal and slack key guitar renditions of some of the most beloved and moving classics from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. You might call it "slack folk" or “slack rock” — and it will be performed acoustic — of course! For years Makana has performed with and on tour opening for legends including: Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Santana, Bad Company, Sting, Elvis Costello, Leon Russell, Eddie Vedder, Gotye, Jason Mraz, Chris Isaak, and many other bonafide rock stars. Makana has since then created a repertoire of his favorite classics, sung in English, played in his unique, impossible-to-imitate symphonic style of slack key guitar. Come enjoy an evening of Makana singing and playing some of the most cherished songs from some of the greatest artists of our time — all in his own signature style. Be prepared to feel every emotion… and experience a whole new level of solo acoustic performance.

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Mahani Teave

Sunday, November 5  3:00 PM

On the heels of her Billboard chart-topping debut album, Easter Island’s only professional classical musician, the award-winning pioneering pianist and environmentalist Mahani Teave, embarks on her debut U.S. concert tour.

Her eagerly-anticipated appearances include works by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, and world premieres by Chilean composers José Miguel Tobar and Alejandro Aravealo. Experience what BBC Music magazine calls Mahani’s ”…“Natural pianism….genuine virtuosity…. sincere, pure and magnificent artistry” in her debut recital tour.

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21st Annual 'Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival

Saturday, November 18  3:00 PM

A festival like no other, these musicians take the stage for the Hoʻolauleʻa and Kanikapila concert. The artists take turns leading each other in both song and story, finding new inspiration in the music they love to share. During the second half of the concert, audience members are given an opportunity to bring a guitar or ‘ukulele from home and join the masters on the Kahilu stage in an all-out jam session. On-stage seating for instrument players is limited and will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. This fantastic festival will feature Hawaiian musicians Jeff Peterson, Sonny Lim, Brittni Paiva, Nathan Aweau, Sean Parks, and more!

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Waimea Community Chorus—Sing in the Season

Sunday, November 26, 2023  3:00pm

Kahilu is delighted to present WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS—SING IN THE SEASON. Thirty years ago, Waimea Community Chorus formed in the fall of 1993, and has been under the direction of Barbara Kopra since 2005. This year the 50-voice chorus will “Sing in the Season” with songs of winter and holiday celebrations.

The repertoire is varied and includes familiar titles like “Snows of Mauna Kea,” “Winter Wonderland of Snow,” “I Love the Winter Weather,” and “Sleigh Ride” in the first half. After intermission the songs will pay tribute to the celebrations of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas. Start your holiday season by joining us for a joyful afternoon of song!

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Kalani Pe'a - Purple Hawaiian Christmas

Friday, December 15  7:00 PM

Three-time Grammy winner & four-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner KALANI PEʻA returns to Kahilu for this special PURPLE HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS concert. The show will feature special guests Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winners Lorna Lim, Wailau Ryder, and featured hula performances throughout the show. Peʻa celebrates the release of his latest holiday album "Purple Hawaiian Christmas".

Kalani Pe’a is a singer, songwriter, and producer of Hawaiian contemporary and soul music. Born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i and now living on Maui, he is a proud Hawaiian immersion graduate, praised for his Hawaiian language fluency, songwriting, and commitment to his Hawaiian roots. Kalani believes music is medicine; Hawaiian music is essential and recognizes the indigenous peoples and lands of Hawai‘i. E ola ka hā (“Long live the breath of our people”).

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Sunday, January 14  3:00 PM

Welcome to OperAloha, a true celebration of the power and beauty of opera, where talent from diverse backgrounds harmonizes to create an unforgettable experience!

This January, OperAloha brings you an extraordinary lineup including tenor Moisés Salazár, mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz, bass-baritone Samson Setu, soprano Maria Valdes, and pianist/producer Ronny Michael Greenberg. This exceptional ensemble will delight you with their voices and performances, transcending language barriers and celebrating a wide range of genres and cultural diversity. They will take you on a journey through their artistic lives, sharing their earliest musical experiences, what drew them into the world of opera and where they are on their journeys today.

Join us for this one of a kind multi-cultural and multi-genre showcase of world renowned opera artists at Kahilu where the universal language of music takes center stage!

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Kamuela Philharmonic presents Riding the Tides of Music

Sunday, January 21  2:00 PM

Join the Kamuela Philharmonic for an extraordinary concert featuring the Richard Wagner’s adventurous Götterdämmerung: Rhine Journey, the world premiere of Hawaiian composer Paul Csige’s Surfing Symphony, and performances from the always magnificent Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition winners.

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Kamuela Philharmonic presents Greatness from Start to Finish

Sunday, March 24  2:00 PM

The Kamuela Philharmonic’s MasterWorks season finale promises to captivate and delight! Witness the magic of Haydn’s very first symphony, a true masterpiece. Be mesmerized by Maestro Dollinger’s wife and guest artist, Rei Hotoda, as she graces the stage with Jesse Montgomery’s acclaimed Rounds for piano and string orchestra—a moment to cherish for both artist and conductor. Feel the enchanting power of Dvořák's Symphony No. 8, a favorite of Maestro Dollinger; a brilliant uplifting and triumphant piece.

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Kamuela Philharmonic presents POPS!

Sunday, May 5  2:00 PM

The Philharmonic is very pleased to bring back the POPS!, a true fan favorite. Get ready for a musical extravaganza featuring not only well-known classical pieces but also an eclectic mix of selections from the stage and silver screen. Don't miss this unforgettable event that blends timeless classics with modern favorites. Join the Philharmonic for an enchanting experience.

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