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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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Lorenzo's Army Dance Night

Friday, February 22  7:00 pm (Mike Luce Studio)

Lorenzo's Army has been playing music on the Big Island for almost 20 years at well-known local hot-spots, jazz clubs, and private events.  The band specializes in "good time music for the masses" covering everything with strong grooves and powerful harmonies from Etta James to Bruno Mars that are guaranteed to make you want to dance.

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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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e'ōlelo (to speak) - Purple Hearts

Friday, March 1  7:00pm

A reading series of Hawaiian works directed by Bree Peters in the Mike Luce Studio.  Purple Heart by Burgess Clark is the first reading in the series.

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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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Kahilu Dance Night featuring Lucky Tongue

Friday, April 5  7:00 pm

Dance Night at Kahilu is all about giving audience members the opportunity to move their bodies on the mainstage of the Kahilu Theatre with excellent live entertainment. Featuring local sensation band Lucky Tongue, this rock n' roll group is inspired by the classics from the 60's and 70's.  They are known for bringing high energy that is sure to make you want to dance!

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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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Prince Dance Institute presents Perspektives

Saturday, May 4 (7:00 pm) + Sunday, May 5 (4:00 pm)

What is your reality?

The Prince Dance Institute (PDI) production of Perspektives is a theatrical dance performance that examines how the point of view effects perception.

From which side is the story seen?

How does that filter impact the experience?

PDI collaborates with the West Hawaii Medical Center to bring this production featuring over 100+ performers and dancers to life.  Perpektives is all about navigating the tricky waters of conflict resolution, told through performance art.  Dance, theatre, and song will put your point of view into perspective.

Perspektives is an original PDI production, performed by students and teachers of all ages from Prince Dance Institute.  It is a family-friendly performance.

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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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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

Friday, May 31  7:00 pm

The Grammy Award winning singer who has appeared in the Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, now steps out on her own with her backing trio, Grand Baton.

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Miss Hawaii Island Jr. High, High School, Collegiate Pageant

Sunday, June 9  6:00 pm

Preliminary Scholarship pageant to the Miss Hawaii Jr. High, High School, Collegiate Pageant

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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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Streetlight Cadence

Saturday, June 29  7:00 pm

Winners of two successive NaHoku Hanohano Awards for Alternative Album of the Year, Streetlight Cadence is an alternative folk pop trio. Jonathon (violin), Jesse (accordion), and Brian (cello) began as street performers in Honolulu. The group is known for its unique instrumentation and arrangements in their music. Jonathon, Jesse and Brian can be described as fun-loving, energetic and demonstrate an enormous love for music and friendship in their live performances.

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