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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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La Serena Folkloric Ballet

Friday, February 10  6:00 PM

The Folkloric Ballet of La Serena is an artistic cast of excellence, which seeks to promote through dance the solical and cultural manisfestations of the people of Chile with an emphasis on the local heritage of the city of La Serena.

Created under the administration of Mayor Roberto Jacob Jure, in 8 years it has recoeded more than 2,000 performances through out Chile, in addition to participating in multiple stages in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Ecquador.

It has a wide and diverse repertoire acclaimed by critics specializing in traditionalo Chilean culture, which positions it as one of the best artistic casts in its area.


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Johnny Nicholas & the Dragon Jazz Band

Saturday, February 11, 2023
 7:00 pm

Join us for a memorable evening as blues musician and Grammy award winner Johnny Nicholas and big island music educator Gary Washburn, hit the stage at Kahilu with the Dragon Jazz Band. The Dragon Jazz Band is formed from Washburn’s Honoka’a High School music students and professional musicians in Nicholas’ band. The Dragon Jazz Band, an extension of Nicholas’ Big Band Bash project, encourages, supports, and gives opportunity to music students through mentoring, the experience of performing with professional musicians, his dedication to nurturing students, and appreciation of the true “South Texas/Louisiana Blues.”


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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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The Manhattan Transfer's 50th Anniversary & Final World Tour

Thursday, February 23 & Friday, February 24 7:00 PM

Ten-time Grammy Award-winning vocal group The Manhattan Transfer is hitting the road for the final time. As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, the group looks back on a career that has spanned genres from pop to jazz to rock & roll and more. After their recording debut in 1975, the group was primarily known as an East Coast cult act, but quickly expanded their following after starring in their own 1975 CBS-TV variety series and garnering a number-one hit in Europe with “Chanson D’Amour.” Join Trist Curless, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Cheryl Bentyne for a special evening celebrating their long and dazzling career with their pitch-perfect vocals and impeccable style.


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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

Saturday, March 4  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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