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JOSH TATOFI

December 1, 2022 at 7pm

Josh Tatofi is a solo artist born and raised in Hawaii. He is an artist, composer, and producer who sings island reggae, R&B and traditional Hawaiian music. His debut album gained him recognition throughout Hawaii as a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominee for Most Promising Artist in 2011. His follow up single, a traditional Hawaiian song titled “Pua Kiele,” gained him a lot of attention in the Hawaiian music scene and he has been invited every year to perform at the prestigious Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. Josh was also a fan favorite at the 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards winning Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Island Music Album of the Year, and Hawaiian Single of the Year. You wonʻt want to miss the chance to hear the velvety voice of the "Luther Vandross of Hawaii."


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Tutu's Hale ... Getting ready for the Holidays!

Saturday, December 3  2:00 PM

HULIAU presents TUTU’S HALE, Getting Ready for the Holidays!

Come experience a production of hula favorites from Hula Hālau Malanai (Kumu Liana Aveiro), Hula Maunalei (Lehua Bray Heinicke) and Hālau Waiau (Keikilani Curnan).

You will be entertained a wide range of talent from the Na Keiki to the Gracious Ladies. They celebrate our Kupuna with some of their oldtime dances along with Hapa Ha’ole and Christmas Hula! Meet special guest Tutu Loke (Loke Kapela), as she prepares for the Holidays… gracefully entertained by family and
friends.


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The Kingston Trio

Tuesday, December 6  7:00 PM

Fans of legendary folk icons The Kingston Trio can re-discover their timeless music all over again, after a forced nearly two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions as the group returns to their national tour.

All three current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton and Buddy Woodward have intrinsic links to and experience with the original group: Mike is the adopted son of founding member Nick Reynolds, who was also his musical mentor; Tim, a close friend since boyhood, is one of the few musicians outside the Trio who has recorded with Nick Reynolds; and Buddy, who has performed with longtime Kingston Trio member George Grove.

Many of their personal memories recall the iconic trio’s performances and journey as folk music made its extraordinary ascent to the pinnacle of popular culture – and the top of the music charts. They’ll perform such timeless classics “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” and “Tom Dooley”.


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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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Prince Dance Company presents Winter Wonderland

Sunday, December 11  4:00 PM

Prince Dance Company presents Winter Wonderland: Holiday Celebrations Around the World.

Travel the world with Prince Dance Institute as they celebrate festivities from all over the globe, with Winter Wonderland: Holiday Celebrations Around the World.

Winter Wonderland is a spirited and jolly theatrical dance performance for the entire family as Prince Dance Institute’s (PDI) youngest and brightest dance, swing, and sing their way through an hour-long showcase of ballet, hip-hop, trapeze, contemporary dance, and much much more!

PDI students ages five to 16 will perform as swirling snowflakes, radiating stars, and other luminous and wonderous aspects of the season of celebration.

Enjoy the season. Enjoy the celebrations!

Directed by Angel Prince
Choreography by Prince Dance Institute Instructors

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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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“PURPLE HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS” WITH KALANI PE’A & SPECIAL GUEST WELDON KEKAUOHA

December 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Kalani Peʻa is a singer of power, sensitivity, and charisma, and one of the most promising talents in a new generation of Hawaiian musicians. He has won 3 Grammy Awards for Best Regional Roots album, one for each of his two CD releases. He is the only Hawaiian artist to win in this category. Kalani Pe’a’s first CD also garnered a 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award, making Hawaiian music history as the only album to win both a Grammy and Nā Hōkū. He is joined on stage by Grammy nominee & multi Nā Hoku Hanohano award recipient, Weldon Kekauoha.


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The Nutcracker by West Hawaii Dance Theatre

Friday, December 23  2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

West Hawaii Dance Theatre lights up the holidays with a presentation of The Nutcracker. This festive, family-friendly production includes more than 45 local dancers and professional guest artists from New York City Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and more!

Both new and original choreography will delight the audience as this iconic and charming fairy tale—based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King—is performed to music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Join us in this fun-filled fantasy that captures the spirit of the season.

All proceeds support West Hawaii Dance Theatre, a local nonprofit educational arts organization.


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OperAloha

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

Repertoire
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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ANUHEA

January 26, 2023 at 7:00 pm

The name "Anuhea" translates from Hawaiian as a fragrance or cool breeze. In the world of island/ reggae music, Maui songbird Anuhea Jenkins has been JUST that: a cool breeze in the island music scene. This multi-talented artist entered the scene in 2009 like a breath of fresh island air, blending vibes of reggae, pop, R&B, and even country. Anuhea's eclectic and multi-faceted musical style is paralleled by her work ethic and funloving personality. After 10 successful years in the music scene, she has garnered dozens of hit songs and multiple awards.


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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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KAINANI KAHAUNAELE

February 9, 2023  7:00 pm

Charismatic performer Kainani Kahaunaele started singing professionally and composing traditional songs (haku mele) as Hawaiian language curriculum for ʻAha Pūnana Leo, a pioneering Hawaiian language revitalization program. She is an advocate for Hawaiian language revitalization and the perpetuation of Hawaiian music through education and performance. She encouraged and promoted the documentation of Hawai’i’s history through mele and garnered five Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards along the way for her CDs Naʻu ʻOe (2003) and Waipunalei (2010), including Haku Mele of the Year (Composer of Hawaiian Song award), Hawaiian Language Performance, Most Promising Artist, and the highly coveted Female Vocalist of the Year, establishing Kainani as one of the most notable talents of her generation.


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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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PAULA FUGA

March 2, 2023  7:00 pm

Acclaimed for her originality in song composition and spellbinding, soulful vocals, Paula Fuga is one of Hawaii's top female musicians in generations. A poet at heart and an accomplished ‘ukulele player under Master Instructor, Roy Sakuma, she has intertwined her passions into award-winning songwriting. Her debut album, LILIKOI lauded the prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for ‘Most Promising Artist.’ Since the release of her EP Misery’s End, which featured guest appearances by Ziggy Marley and Jack Johnson, Fuga has headlined the global music circuit and performed on the stages of Good Morning America, Madison Square Garden, The Sydney Opera House Forecourt and is a three-time return guest artist to The White House. Today, with a global fan base and a thriving music career, Paula Fuga’s music is dedicated to inspiring positive social change, rooted in perseverance and hope. She is fiercely committed to bringing the evocative voice of the Hawaiian people to global audiences. Fuga released her second full-length album, “Rain on Sunday” in 2021. “…I love being in Waimea,” she says. “I have some roots there on the Spencer side of my family. There’s always such a warm welcome from the community, and I look forward to that aloha whenever I roll through.”


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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

Repertoire
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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