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Marta Pereira da Costa

Sunday, October 2  4:00 PM

Playing with intense precision, emotion and grace, Marta Pereira da Costa is the world’s first and only professional female player of the Portuguese guitar. Specializing in fado, the soulful music from her native country, Marta will entertain the Kahilu audience with an international blend of melodies and rhythms.

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Take Me Back to Chicago

Friday, October 7  7:00 PM

In the beginning, there was Chicago Transit Authority. Danny Seraphine, along with his bandmates, set out to change the face of Rock and Roll by creating a rock band with horns. During his tenure with Chicago, they scored 20 top-10 hits, (five reaching #1) and ten Grammy nominations. He is considered the father of jazz rock drumming.

Rolling Stone magazine ranks him as one of the top 100 drummers of all time, and Larry Thomas, the former CEO of Guitar Center, calls him one of the top 5 living drummers. Danny was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and in 2020 received the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2006, Danny came full circle, forming California Transit Authority (CTA). Guitarist Marc Bonilla and Keyboardist Ed Roth have been with CTA since its inception. In 2022, former Chicago bassist/singer Jeff Coffey joined the lineup, making this iteration the most powerful and dynamic in the band’s history. Joining them will be Travis Davis (bass/guitar/vocals).

CTA’s “Take Me Back to Chicago” tour features a dynamic horn section and the iconic hits of Chicago, including all-out rockers “25 or 6 to 4” and “I’m A Man,” pop hits “Saturday In The Park” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” and chart-topping ballads “Hard Habit To Break” and “You’re The Inspiration”.

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Kalaʻe Parish & Friends

Saturday, October 8, 2022,  7:00 pm   

Kalaʻe Parish has been a professional musician and entertainer in Hawaiʻi since 2013, performing throughout the islands and abroad. In 2016, he began his solo journey as an artist performing at steady spots in Honolulu and recording his very first EP. This new EP titled, Where I Reside, hit the airwaves in December 2020. With all original songs written and composed by Kalaʻe, this eclectic, 6-track EP is a fresh twist of music from pop country infused with lyrics about his island home to smooth Latin rock to love ballads.

Kala’e has performed with top artists Henry Kapono, Brother Noland, and John Cruz. As a Hawaiʻi Island artist residing in beautiful Waimea, he continues to perform regularly throughout all the islands and is actively in the recording studio with new original music to be released soon.

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Shangri La with Sun Hui featuring Pierre Grill & Wade Cambern

Sunday, October 4  2:30 PM

A world class Erhu (Chinese violin) player Sun Hui will be joined on stage with award-winning recording engineer and pianist Pierre Grill, and Wade Cambern, founding member of Hawaiian Style Band and one of the most famous Hawaii song writers. Shangri La embraces music around the world — focusing on traditional Chinese music, music fusion with Tango, Hawaiian, French, and more.

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Saturday, October 15, 2022 7:00pm
Sunday, October 16, 2022  2:30PM

We are celebrating the 29th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene. The band, cofounded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger). Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s efforts to promote and revitalize swing music have taken shape as much more than a simple tribute. Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form, the band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces the genre to a new and younger generation while remaining cognizant and respectful of the music’s rich legacy.

The band's music has appeared in countless films and television shows, including The Wild, Despicable Me, Phineas & Ferb, Friends, Third Rock from the Sun, Ally McBeal, and So You Think You Can Dance. They have appeared live on Dancing with the Stars, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a remarkable seven appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show. The band has also appeared as special guests with many of the country's most distinguished symphony orchestras and has performed for three U.S. Presidents.

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Alphabet Rockers

Tuesday, October 18  6:00 PM

Come celebrate the fabulousness of fall and community with the Alphabet Rockers! Together, we explore elements of hip hop and get our bodies MOVING in celebration and joy! Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change. Our families need content that is healing, that reflects who we are and empowers us—that embraces Black liberation, Queer liberation, Indigenous rights, immigrant rights and intersectionality. Alphabet Rockers curates this content with the community, centering children’s voices. They amplify authentic stories and interrupt the patterns that got us here. Witness how they do this collective work—Join us in the embodiment of real change!

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Actors from the London Stage in Macbeth

Saturday, October 22  2:30 PM

Actors From The London Stage, the renowned five-actor touring group, is bringing the extraordinary tale of MACBETH to life at Kahilu. With five actors each portraying multiple roles, the dynamic energy of Shakespeare's thrilling tale will be revealed like never before.

Ruthless ambition gives way to murder in Macbeth, Shakespeare’s always-relevant examination of the lacerating effect of the reckless desire for power. This poisonous cocktail of ambition, guilt, and paranoia, with subtle seasonings of the supernatural, explores fascinatingly conflicted characters with the velocity of a riveting thriller. Intense, disturbing, and, ultimately, profoundly moving, Macbeth is one of the playwright’s greatest dramatic achievements.

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Cliburn Medalist - Dmytro Choni

Wednesday, October 26  7:00 PM

Classical pianist Dmytro Choni took home bronze at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2022, only the second Ukrainian pianist to medal at the prestigious contest. He won hearts and accolades with a compelling and colorful musicality that is fortified by a genuine, immediately engaging stage presence. As one critic noted: “Each time he strode onstage, it was with winning confidence and a big smile. He’s clearly an accomplished, assured―and communicative—pro” (Dallas Morning News).

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Brother Noland with Michael Paulo "Together"

Saturday, October 29, 2022,   7:00pm  

Synergy, synergy, synergy is the only way to describe the high-energy performances of Hawaiian music legend Brother Noland and internationally acclaimed saxophone player Michael Paulo. For over decades, these two high-impact players on the forefront of their musical genres, continue to globally pioneer and share their musical styles. After Michael returned from London and Indonesia, and Noland returned home following his North America tour, they decided to put together a show that has been long overdue. Merging their sounds together with a world-class band as their back-up, Brother Noland and Michael Paulo will produce a historical show that you will not want to miss.

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1st Annual BOO FEST

Sunday, October 30  2:00 PM

Kahiluʻs inaugural BOO FEST!

Join us for a hauntingly fun afternoon full of costumes, goody bags, a screening of A Nightmare Before Christmas, and more!

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Ei Nei

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 7:00 pm

Ei Nei is composed of Dane Fujiwara (Wailuku), Grant Kono (Oneawa), and Ekolu Chang (Kāne`ohe). After establishing themselves as individual artists, Ei Nei began their musical journey together in 2016. The following year, they captured the title at the Made in Hawai‘i Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search, and in late 2019 released their debut album, Hui!, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes world chart. In 2020 they were nominated for several Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards and won the award for Most Promising Artist. Together, they feature a smooth vocal blend with rich harmonies and a refreshing glimpse into the traditional past with their sights set on the future of Hawaiian music.

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Friday, November 11, 2022  7:00 PM

Makana is a singer, composer, and master of the Hawaiian slack key guitar tradition. Esquire Magazine refers to him as “the greatest living player,” and The New York Times calls him "dazzling."

Makanaʻs style honors the rich legacy of slack key guitar by both perpetuating the many family traditional lines as well as pioneering new ways of playing. His original music has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film The Descendants.

Beyond slack key guitar, Makanaʻs music transcends the traditional to include folk, cross-cultural blends, as well as bluegrass, blues, Latin, rock, and modern forms like hip-hop. His live performances are raw, spontaneous, and transparent; his oeuvre is vast and diverse — he's released over 300 songs through albums, singles and social media, with billions of listens — and all of his music is inspired by a deep commitment to serving and lifting others. His concerts offer a moving and unforgettable window into humanity through the lens of Hawaiian values and a rare integration of ancient and contemporary artistry.

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Sunday, November 13  5:00 PM

Join us for an evening of enchantment at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in the Kauna'oa Ballroom

Dinner, Entertainment and Auction to benefit Kahilu Arts Education and Community Engagement Programs

Cocktails : 5:00 PM

Dinner : 6:00 PM

The evening entertainment will feature internationally acclaimed slack key guitar artist, singer, and songwriter - Makana


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Dover Quartet

Wednesday, November 16, 2022,  7:00 pm

The Dover Quartet features Joel Link (violin), Bryan Lee (violin), Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (viola), and Camden Shaw (cello).

Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, the Grammy-nominated Dover Quartet has followed a “practically meteoric” (Strings) trajectory to become one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world. In addition to its faculty role as the Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Dover Quartet holds residencies with the Kennedy Center, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Artosphere, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. The group’s awards include a stunning sweep of all prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand and first prizes at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. Its prestigious honors include the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, and Lincoln Center’s Hunt Family Award.

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20th Annual 'Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival - HO'OLAULEA

Friday, November 18  7:00 PM

A festival like no other, musicians will take the stage together to talk story, play music, and share their experiences as award-winning Hawaiian music artists.

Each of the artists will take the stage individually as well as invite small groups to join them as they showcase their favorite songs and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations. This fantastic festival will feature Hawaiian musicians Jeff Peterson, Sonny Lim, Honoka Katayama, Ledward Kaapana, Nathan Aweau, Mike Kaʻawa, and more!

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20th Anniversary 'Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival - KANIKAPILA

Saturday, November 19  4:00 PM

Join us today as the musicians say farewell to Kamuela with their Kanikapila concert. This truly is a one-of-a-kind performance as the musicians take the stage in a slightly less formal concert setting. The artists take turns leading each other in both song and story, finding new inspiration in the music they love to share. This performance will feature Hawaiian musicians Jeff Peterson, Sonny Lim, Honoka Katayama, Ledward Kaapana, Nathan Aweau, Mike Kaʻawa, and more!

After intermission, audiences with tickets with an instrument will be invited to join our guest artists.  Please note there are only limited tickets available to join the artists on stage.

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Waimea Community Chorus "Christmas Makes Me Crazy

Friday, December 9, 2022,  7:00 PM

Under the direction of Barbara Kopra, the Waimea Community Chorus ushers in the holidays at Kahilu Theatre by presenting chorus member Patty Bigelow's original musical, Christmas Makes Me Crazy, as a choral concert. The music brings to life the dream of a frazzled mother as she falls asleep writing her "to do" list. As she sleeps, she is inspired by the carolers singing outside her home and has visions of the Christmas story. The concert features soloists, small group numbers, and the full chorus. A singalong of holiday favorites will conclude the concert.

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Island Breeze

Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7:00 pm

Island Breeze is a trio of world-class musicians, each masters of their own instruments, who have come together to create new and beautiful music. Award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson and shakuhachi master Riley Lee have been working together for many years, but they joined forces with taiko master Kenny Endo during a week-long residency in which each artist conducted intensive workshops.

The trio put together a program of refreshing music, like an “island breeze,” and have presented it in concerts throughout Hawaiʻi and on their celebrated group recording.

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Na Leo Pilimehana

Friday, December 16, 2022, 7:00 pm

Na Leo Pilimehana, which in Hawaiian means the voices blending together in warmth, are the most popular, award-winning and biggest selling female Hawaiian group in the world. Na Leo consists of three childhood friends, Nalani Jenkins, Lehua Kalima, and Angela Morales.

Na Leo has won the most Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards of any Hawaiian music group, becoming the most recognized music group from the islands, with styles ranging from Hawaiian contemporary to pop ballads.

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The Lim ʻOhana

Sunday, January 8, 2023,  3:00 pm

We are excited to celebrate the rich cultural legacy of Kohalaʻs first family of music — the award-winning Lim ʻOhana! Together they will share an intimate look at their journey through Hawaiian music and dance. The Lim ʻOhana is composed of Grammy Award winning Sonny Lim and multi Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winners Nani Lim Yap and Lorna Lim.

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Saturday, January 14  7:00 PM

It's grand! It's moving! It's playful! Join us for an evening of genre-busting opera performances by some of the most exciting emerging voices in opera today. First, fresh from his Metropolitan Opera debut is Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, a countertenor (countertenors are the falsetto singers of opera). He is joined by San Francisco Opera favorite, Mexican-American baritone Efrain Solis and Korean-American mezzo-soprano Alice Chung, a recent principal artist at Hawai’i Opera Theatre. The singers are accompanied by talented pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg.

The performance will feature popular opera arias by Handel, Bizet, and Rossini as well as selections from Spanish opera, Mexican canciones, and songs from The Queen’s Songbook, compositions by Hawaii’s beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani. The concert includes special appearances by guest artists and young rising local talents, baritone Solomon Shumate and soprano Stacee Firestone.

It's a great family concert and opera introduction as well as a night of celebration for opera enthusiasts.

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Raiatea Helm

Friday, January 20, 7:00 PM

Two-time Grammy nominee, and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano award recipient, Raiatea’s Hawaiian music career spans 20 years. She has released multiple albums, recorded and performed with legendary musicians such as Keola Beamer, Aunty Genoa Keawe, Kealiʻi Reichel, Willie K, and Mick Fleetwood, to name a few. Beginning at a young age, she has taken her love for Hawaiian music and performed throughout the U.S., China, Japan and Tahiti. Raiatea is now recognized as one of Hawaiʻi’s premier female vocalists, and a passionate keeper of the Hawaiian falsetto tradition. She has captivated audiences throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the world, masterfully interpreting traditional Hawaiian songs with classical elegance, poise, and grace. Raiatea has a degree in music from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is the first Hawaiian Musical Artist Fellow of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation. Raiatea currently serves as a Youth Development Outreach Specialist at the Liliʻuokalani Trust in Honolulu, developing music programs for Native Hawaiian children.

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Kamuela Philharmonic presents The Talent That Surrounds Us

Sunday, January 22,  2:00  PM

Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition Winner Performances
Irminsul – The Three Virtues of Zarathustra
Jean Sibelius – Finlandia

Concert Description
When looking around our island, there are many talents that we could come across every day from our neighbors, friends, and ‘ohana. This performance features the very talented young winners of this year’s annual Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition. Every year, the talent level displayed by these young students is remarkable, and this concert is a perineal fan favorite. The Philharmonic will also highlight a Hilo-based composer, Irminsul, in the World Premiere performance of his The Three Virtues of Zarathustra. A multimovement work that takes us through the virtues of “Good Thoughts,” “Good Words,” and “Good Deeds,”—virtues we should all strive to embrace. A beautiful and thought-provoking introspective that touches the soul.

Throughout history, music has been used as a call to action or a quiet and subversive patriotic reminder. In Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia, we see such a work. During the late 1800’s Finland was heavily weighted under Czar Nicholas II, and the people of Finland were fighting for their freedoms. Sibelius’ music became a rallying point for this movement. The piece takes the listener on a journey through this oppression culminating in a triumphant ending.

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Giordano Dance Chicago

Saturday, January 28, 2023 7:00 PM

America’s original jazz dance company is celebrating 60 years of boundary-expanding jazz dance! Join Giordano Dance Chicago for an evening of breathtaking movement and diverse musical styles displaying the vast reach of this iconic dance company. Experience Gus Giordano’s classic and elegant choreography, Peter Chu’s fluid, contemporary rhythms, and Ray Leeper’s grasp of the pulse of jazz dance, in an evening of power, sensuality, and athleticism that will feed your soul and elevate your spirit!

The company includes Ashley Downs, Ryan Galloway, Rosario Guillen, Amanda Hickey, Adam Houston, Skyler Newcom, Onjélee Phomthirath, Katie Rafferty, Fernando Rodriguez, and Erina Ueda.


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Kuana Torres Kahele

Saturday, February 18, 2023 7:00 PM

Known for his lei making and original compositions for hula, Hilo born Kuana strives to inspire others while showcasing the unique beauty of Hawaii in his music and lei. He recently completed a five year project, creating 100 new original songs for seven of the Hawaiian Islands.

Kuana gained worldwide notoriety in 2014, starring as both the narrator and male lead, UKU, a lovesick volcano in Disney Pixar’s hit animated movie, Lava. The theme song from Lava debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, remaining there for months. It was nominated for an Academy award the following year and has achieved over half a billion streams worldwide.

Kuana teaches all over the world conducting hula and Hawaiian music and culture workshops that celebrate and educate enthusiastic students on all things Hawaiian.

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Storm Large

Friday, March 3  7:00 PM

Storm Large is a musician, actor, playwright, and author. With a career spanning more than three decades, Storm has curated a musical repertoire that defies categorization. She has performed with icons like George Clinton and Rufus Wainwright as well as accompanied classical groups such as the New York Pops and BBC Symphony. She’s no stranger to the spotlight, either. Her appearance on Rock Star: Supernova launched her national career while her more recent appearance on America’s Got Talent compelled viewers to give her their “wildcard” vote, a segment of the competition that featured her as an audience favorite. Her first major release, Le Bonhuer, is a collection of canonical jazz tunes transformed by Large’s personal and contemporary interpretation.

“She is an intoxicating and unmissable cocktail of power and vulnerability.” − The Times (UK)

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Atamira Dance Companyʻs Te Wheke

Tuesday, March 21, 2023  7:00 PM

Te Wheke is a powerful full-length dance work from Atamira Dance Company, the inspirational collective who premiered this 2021 showcase in Aotearoa (New Zealand) to mark 21 years as a globally esteemed creator and presenter of Māori contemporary dance. Eight dancers and eight choreographic practitioners journey into the esoteric dimensions of human experience, revealing the eight tentacles of Te Wheke — the Octopus, a powerful guardian on this journey from the past into the future.

Solo and ensemble movement expressions occur within a sleek shape-shifting world of floating black silk. Layers of Te Ao Māori (The Māori World) emanate through accomplished patterns of video design, mesmeric soundscapes, and subtle shimmering garments with reflective lighting enhancing the darkness and light.

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Tom Lee's - Tomte

Friday, March 24  6:00 PM

Tomte is an intimate shadow puppet performance adapted from “The Tomten” by Astrid Lindgren and the poem by Victor Rydberg. A Tomte is a Swedish gnome, a quiet and unseen caretaker who watches over the lives of humans and animals.

On a cold winter night on a snow-covered farm, Tomte teaches us about the importance of kindness and looking after living things.”

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Kamuela Philharmonic presents Brilliant

Sunday, March 26  2:00 PM

Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1
Antonín Dvorák – Violin Concerto in A

Concert Description
Ending this MasterWorks season is a performance that Maestro Dollinger uses just one word, “Brilliant.”

The breadth and scope Johannes Brahms used to compose his symphonies are awe-inspiring. Colors and textures that music students have studied since the 1800s. The finale’s unforgettable horn solo and melody of this Symphony No. 1 have captivated audiences for over 150 years.

International violin competition winner, and virtuoso violinist, Sirena Huang, will join the Philharmonic for this performance. Having performed with Ms. Huang on two other occasions, Maestro Dollinger knew that our Hawai‘i Island audience would fall in love with this amazingly talented musician. Her impeccable technique, elegant musicality, infectious smile, and personality will genuinely bring a treasured memory for everyone who shares in the experience. Do not miss her stellar performance of the Violin Concerto in A minor by Dvorák.

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Mads Tolling & The Mads Men

Saturday, April 22  7:00 PM

Mads Tolling is a Grammy award-winning violinist and composer originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, now living in San Francisco. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Leo Kottke and Sergio & Odair Assad. Mads celebrates the music of the 1960s “mad men era” with his own distinctive style and innovative flair.

Mads Tolling & The Mads Men bring a fun and exciting program that is as nostalgic as it is contemporary, with re-imagined jazzed-up songs from 1960s television, film, and radio. The band will perform songs from their critically acclaimed release, “Playing The 60s,” ranging from “Mission Impossible” and “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” to “A Taste of Honey” and “Georgia on my Mind.”

Joining Mads on this journey are his Mads Men—world-class musicians Frank Martin on piano, Gary Brown on bass, and Eric Garland on drums.

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Robert Cazimero

Saturday, May 13, 2023, 7:00pm

Hawaiʻi’s revered and beloved kumu hula, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, ROBERT CAZIMERO offers viewers a memorable evening of music, hula, and storytelling. In between the music and dance numbers, Robert often shares heartfelt stories about growing up on Oahu and fond memories of his grandfather who lived in Kohala. Robert’s charismatic stage presence evokes many emotions for audience members of all ages as he shows his unparalleled ability to connect with the spectators and invite them on the journey of his life’s story. Having family roots on the Big Island, Robert’s performances often include a special invitation of friends and relatives from near and far to join him on stage.

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Kamuela Philharmonic Pops Concert

Sunday, May 21  2:00 PM

Concert Description
The Philharmonic is pleased to bring back a favorite performance for our audience. With a generous private sponsorship, the Philharmonic will bring many talented Hawai‘i Island musical artists to be front and center for our POPs concert at the Kahilu Theatre.

The concert will not only include light famous classical works but intermixed in the repertoire is an eclectic collection of selections from the stage and silver screen that will have every generation saying, “I Know That One!”

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Waimea Community Chorus - Get Happy

Sunday, May 28  2:30 PM

Waimea Community Chorus' Spring Concert will inspire everyone to "Get Happy" as they sing songs that share the bright side of life. The repertoire ranges from classics like "Sittin' On Top of the World" and "Singin' in the Rain,” to musical numbers such as "Happiness is" and "Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” to the pop hit “Happy," with many numbers in between! Join the chorus for a toe-tapping, happy hour of music!.

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