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Niall de Burca

Sunday, November 18  4:00 pm

Niall de Burca is one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers. Recognized for the diversity of his tales and talents, he has a fine ability to reach all ages. His “Storytelling As A Tool Of Education” workshops are highly recommended by educators to help students find their voices.

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Artist2Artist Series : HENRY KAPONO & KEOLA BEAMER

Saturday, November 24  7:00 pm

Henry Kapono will host three duo concerts sharing the stage with some of his legendary contemporaries, with songs and stories about music that has been a part of our lives for a long time. The artists will play individual hits then collaborate on a fun jam. Per Henry, “Guaranteed to leave people smiling and happy.”

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All That Is Now : A Live Tribute to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Thursday, November 29  7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (2 shows)

Musicians from across the Big Island come together to form All That Is Now, a live tribute performance of Pink Floyd's 1973 masterpiece album.  In allignment with the 45th Anniversary of the album's release, the music comes to life in a re-creaction of the progressive pyschedelic sounds made eternally famous by Pink Floyd.  Experience revolutionary lyrical themes of conflict, greed, the passage of time, death and insanity in a live journey to the Dark Side of the Moon.

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Halau Malanai - "Nani Ke Ao Nei" Christmas Calabash

Saturday, December 1  2:00 pm

Hālau Malanai under the direction of Kumu Hula Liana Leiʻilima Aveiro jubilates in this holiday season presenting “Nani Ke Ao Nei” With special guest artists Kumu Hula Keikilani Curnan and Hālau Waiau, Kumu Hula Lelehua Bray and Hālau Hula Maunalei, and Miss Megan Minottiʻs Dance Academy. Melding the past and present for our future through hula, chant and dance. Come celebrate with us this Holiday Season in the beauty of our world and the spirit of Christmas filled with hula, dance and presents at the Honolulu Hale Christmas Parade!

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ON STAGE - A "Smart" Affair

Sunday, December 2, 5:00 pm

An Evening to Benefit Kahilu Theatre

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Waimea Community Chorus - Christmas Concert

Saturday & Sunday, December 8 (7:00 pm) & December 9 (4:00 pm)

The Waimea Community Chorus will be performing The International Carol Suites, I - V arranged by Mark Hayes.  The New York Premier of this work was in November 2017 at Carnegie Hall.  Each suite features carols from a different part of the world.  Suite I - Western Europe, Suite II - Eastern Europe, Suite III - The British Isles, Suite IV - Central & South America and Suite V - North America.  The International Carol Suite will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra.  The concert will end with an audience sing-a-long!

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Island Breeze

Thursday, December 13  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.  Grammy-nominated slack key guitarist, Jeff Peterson, and shakuhachi master, Riley Lee, have been working together for many years.  They joined forces with taiko master, Kenny Endo, in 2012 during a week-long artists residency in Honolulu.  They composed new music together and recorded an acclaimed CD afterwards.  The unique blend of slack key guitar, taiko drums and Japanese flute is an inspired sound not to be missed 

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Alsarah & the Nubatones

Friday, December 14  7:00 pm

Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist.  Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA; finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY where she has been residing since 2004.  She is a self-proclaimed practitoner of East-African Retro pop music.  Working on various projects, she has toured both nationally and internationally.

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Kalani Pe'a Christmas Show

Saturday, December 15  7:00 pm

After last year’s Kahilu Theatre premiere and sold-out performance, Kalani Pe’a returns with a new and festive Christmas Show steeped in Hawaiian tradition. His Christmas song, Kanakaloka, was just nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Hawaiian Single of the Year.

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Nutcracker Ballet 

Friday, December 21 (6:00 pm) / Saturday, December 22 (2:00 pm) / Sunday, December 23 (2:00 pm)

West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting "The Nutcracker Ballet" with a Full Orchestra under the baton of Maerstro Brian Dollinger with members of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra and special guests will accompany the dancers.

The visually stunning festive family-friendly production includes more than 70 dancers and Guest Professional dancers.  Included in this years roster is Frederick Davis, star of the PBS Documentary "From the Street to the Stage", Shaina Liebson, Alberta Ballet and Ballett im Revier in Germany, Miho Tsutsumi, Matsuyama Ballet Company, Ryuske Kishida, Yanomoko Ballet Company, and Timour Bourtasenkov, Carolina Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet. 

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Straight No Chaser - One Shot Tour

Saturday, January 5  7:00 pm

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch.  Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor. 

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JP Sears Live

Sunday, January 6  7:00 pm

JP Sears takes his uplifting humor that's accumulated over 300 million video views and brilliantly adapts it to the stage for his LIVE stand-up comedy show!.  Heavy on satire, JP slices through the nuances of the new age community, self-help movement, health practices, and his own life that that'll have you laughing at yourself while feeling inspired to live your best life.

JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, international teacher, speaker at events, world traveler, and curious student of life.  His work empowers people to live more meaningful lives.  JP speaks and performs at numerous events, conferences, festivals, and retreats around the world.  He is very active on his YouTube channel, AwakenWithJP, where he encourages healing and growth through his entertaingly informative, humourous, and inspiring videos including his hit Ultra Sprititual comedy series.

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Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll sings Judy Garland

Saturday, January 12  7:00 pm & Sunday, January 13  4:00 pm

Award winning artist Angela Ingersoll presents a tribute to the great Judy Garland. “Ingersoll conducts a veritable master class with her acting, and vocally her performance is equally as astounding. She dives into each of the songs with an intoxicating blend of mesmerizing vocal prowess and raw emotion, just as Garland herself was able to do.”

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Saturday, January 19  7:00 pm

Henry Kapono will host three duo concerts sharing the stage with some of his legendary contemporaries, with songs and stories about music that has been a part of our lives for a long time. The artists will play individual hits then collaborate on a fun jam. Per Henry, “Guaranteed to leave people smiling and happy.”

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Giordano Dance Chicago

Wednesday, January 23  7:00 pm

Giordano Dance Chicago is America's original jazz dance company, captivating audiences worldwide with dynamic performances and the diversity and wide appeal of its repertoire.

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KAHILU GOLD - Storm Large

Saturday, January 26 : Doors Open - 5pm + Performance - 6pm

Art transforms the mundane into magic through the energy of creative expression.  Kahilu Gold concerts reach out to build awareness and new audiences. These special events are at exclusive venues on the famed Kohala Coast.

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Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra - "En Pointe Brilliance"

Sunday, January 27  4:00pm

The Philharmonic's winter concert features the winners of its annual youth concerto competition—always a crowd favorite—highlighting three of Hawai‘i's young incredibly talented musicians. En Pointe Brilliance also includes Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite and Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours.

Program - Competition Winners

- Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Suite, op. 20A

- Ponchielli – Dance of the Hours

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John Sebastian

Tuesday, January 29  7:00 pm

Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-60’s rock revolution. You know the songs by heart: Do You Believe in Magic?, You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice, Daydream, Summer In The City, and John Sebastian brings his iconic song catalog to Kahilu Theatre January 29th.

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Derek Gripper

Friday, February 1  7:00 pm

Derek Gripper is a solo classical guitarist from Cape Town, South Africa.  Specializing in the kora music of Mali, is talent transports us to another and distant culture with no separation of time and space.

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Moore & Maroudas 2

Sunday, February 3  4:00 pm

The duo behind one of our most popular concerts last season return for an evening on two pianos. Cheryl “Quack” Moore and Anthony Maroudas will perform a concert featuring Shostakovich, Mozart, Cui, Debussy-Ravel, Guastavino, and a big blockbuster finale: the Rachmaninoff 2nd Suite for two pianos, Op. 17

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Tomas Kubinek - Certified Lunatic & Master of the Impossible

Wednesday, February 6  7:00 pm

Tomas Kubinek is a collision of theatre and classic music-hall performance art. His exuberant one-man show is in equal parts comic brilliance, virtuosic vaudeville and irresistible charm.

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KAHILU GOLD - Blayne Asing

Thursday, February 14 : Doors Open - 5pm + Performance  - 6pm

Art transforms the mundane into magic through the energy of creative expression. Kahilu Gold concerts reach out to build awareness and new audiences. These special events are at exclusive venues on the famed Kohala Coast.

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Chunhajeil Tal Gongjakso

Friday, February 15  7:00 pm

Chunhajeil Tai Gongjakso (aka The Greatest Masque)  was founded in 2006 by young emerging traditional Korean mask dancers.  The company's work is rooted in the traditional mask dance - Talchum.  Chunhajeil Tai Gongjakso has received numerous awards for their traditional performing arts works as well as their contemporary performances that intergrate and experiment with traditional Korean mask-drama.

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The Manhattan Transfer

Sunday, February 17  4:00 pm

Known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic and a cappella music, The Manhattan Transfer became the first act to win Grammy Awards in pop and jazz categories in one year (1981).  In 1985, their album Vocalese made history as the single greatest Grammy nominated album with 12 nominations.  Their hits include Java Jive, Birdland, The Boy from New York City, Twilight Zone, A Nightingale Sang in Barkley Square and Route 66.

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Jacob Jonas The Company

Tuesday, February 26  7:00 pm

Led by 25-year old namesake, Jacob Jonas The Company is gaining an international profile for its honest storytelling, visceral performances, and visual content creation.  A mix of contemporary ballet and acrobatic movement guaranteed to honor and celebrate the art of dance.

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Brother Noland & Special Guest

Saturday, March 9  7:00 pm

Brother Noland is an impact player. Before his first smash hit, Coconut Girl, the term Hawaiian music didn’t really exist. But like true innovators, Noland refuses to be easily defined. He excels in traditional Hawaiian music, slack key and Hawaiian swing because music makes him feel good, and good music, no matter what the flavor, makes us feel a whole lot better.

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Daniel Hsu - Cliburn Winner

Sunday, March 10  4:00 pm

20-year-old American pianist Daniel Hsu captured the bronze medal at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2017. He is increasingly recognized for his easy virtuosity and bold musicianship, and we are proud and pleased to bring him to the Kahilu Theatre stage.

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L.A. Dance Project

Wednesday, March 20  7:00 pm

L.A. Dance Project is a platform for the development, creation, support and presentation of world-class dance in Los Angeles.  This show is pure comtemporary, California style.

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Ana Vidovic

Thursday, March 21  7:00 pm

A major force in the classical guitar world, Ana Vidovic has a finely honed technique and a remarkable stylistic sensitivity that allows her to communicate eloquently. A child prodigy, she started playing guitar at the age of five in Croatia, inspired by her brother Viktor. Ana began performing at the age of eight and has never looked back.

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Zakir Hussain

Friday, March 22  7:00 pm

A master percussionist and classical Indian tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir Hussain's consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, but have also earned him worldwide fame.

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Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra - "Of History and Nature"

Sunday, March 24  4:00 pm

During its season finale, the Kamuela Philharmonic will premiere principal cellist—and accomplished composer of Hawaiian opera—Herb Mahelona's newly composed symphonic suite that depicts The Battle of Kuamo‘o. Also featured during the concert are Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in D major and Verdi's Overture to Nabucco.


- Verdi – Overture to Nabucco

- Mahelona – Symphonic Suite from The Battle of Kuamoʻo *World Premiere

- Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73

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Laurence Hobgood Trio

Sunday, April 7  4:00 pm

Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood is a contemporary jazz piano virtuoso, composer, arranger, producer, lyrycist and educator.  Perhaps best known for his twenty-year collaboration with vocalist Kurt Elling, Hobgood has had a varied and dynamic career.

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Taimane - Elemental -

Saturday, April 13  7:00 pm

Taimane Gardner has been blowing away audiences for most of her 26 years. A prodigy with a contagious zest for performing, she honed her showmanship and stagecraft at age 13 with mentor and legendary crooner Don Ho. Under the tutelage of modern ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, she added flamenco to a style palette that already included classical and rock.

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e'ōlelo - Shipment Day  

Friday, April 26  7:00 pm

A reading series of Hawaiian works directed by Bree Peters in the Mike Luce Studio. Shipment Day by Lorenzo DeStefano is the next reading in the series.

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Robert Cazimero

Saturday, May 11, 2019  7:00pm

In the 1970’s Robert Cazimero and his family were the driving force behind the Hawaiian renaissance of arts and culture. That resurgence launched his career in which, now, thirty years later, is stronger than ever. Musician, composer, kumu hula; his work in each of these areas is known throughout the world. No Kahilu Season would not be complete without hosting the man whose voice in story or song makes us take flight.

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e'ōlelo (to speak) - Ola Na Iwi

Friday, May 17  7:00 pm

A reading series of Hawaiian works directed by Bree Peters in the Mike Luce Studio. Ola Na Iwi by Victoria Knuebel is the next reading in the series.

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Waimea Community Chorus - Spring Concert - WCC Rocks the 70s

Saturday, May 25  7:00 pm

Waimea Community Chorus presents music recorded by Queen, ABBA, Jim Croce, Three Dog Night, Led Zeppelin, Carole King and more.  Songs from musicals Evita, A Chorus Line, The Wiz and the Phantom of the Opera will round out the sounds of the 1970s.

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West Side Story - Kahilu Youth Troupe Musical

Friday, June 21  7:00 pm & Saturday, June 22  7:00 pm & Sunday, June 23  4:00 pm

A collaboration between Waimea’s own Beth Dunnington and Angel Prince, West Side Story will showcase our Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe. This production will extend our students singing, acting and dancing horizons in this brilliant and relevant musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

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