Maui Beat

Lei‘ohu and Maydeen

Lei‘ohu Ryder’s latest album, “Mama’s Land,” finds this acclaimed Maui musician collaborating with her partner, Maydeen ‘Iao, on an impressive collection of songs inspired by their journeys and experiences performing around the world. In tandem with the CD, “Mama’s Land,” ...

New CD release shares ‘medicinal musical mojo’

Over the years, Maui’s musicians have produced impressive albums which bear comparison to national acts in terms of quality, accomplishment and vision. The latest notable discovery, the husband and wife team of Tempa & Naor, just released the marvelous “Ember’s Fire,” which they ...

Iggy Jang loves the tango

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Iggy Jang remembers first being mesmerized by tango music when he was a student in Paris. That love for Argentina’s most popular musical style has never dimmed, and at 7:30 tonight he will perform at a special “Tango Extravaganza” in the Maui Arts ...

Disco is alive at the MACC

The founding lead singer of the Village People and co-writer of their hits, Victor Willis is amazed that the group’s most popular song, “Y.M.C.A.,” still delights audiences around the world. “It still brings joy to the world,” says Willis. “Everywhere we perform, people love the ...

Groove to the return of reggae favorite Rebelution

One of the most popular reggae bands to play in Hawaii, Rebelution returns at 6 p.m. Friday to Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului touring in support of its latest album, “Free Rein,” hailed as one of the most anticipated releases of 2018. The Pier Magazine ...

Dance-rock icons reinvigorated

With original members lead vocalist Bernard Sumner, drummer Stephen Morris and keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, along with guitarist Phil Cunningham and bassist Tom Chapman, Britain’s iconic dance-rock pioneers New Order have embarked on a rare U.S. tour only playing five Mainland dates before ...

Music fills the air

A major lineup of talent will perform at the 13th annual Maui ‘Ukulele Festival 2018 on Sept. 30 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. Artists performing include Willie K, Paula Fuga, Kris Fuchigami, Arlie Asiu, Mika Kane, Andrew Molina, Halemanu, The ...

Hurricanes and tropical storms can’t stop …

Henry Kapono has gathered a terrific lineup of Hawaii talent to join him in concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at the “Henry Kapono & Friends” show at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. Around 15 acclaimed veteran and talented younger artists will perform at ...

Hawaiian songbird Raiatea Helm

Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musicians Raiatea Helm and Amy Hanaiali‘i will headline Hale Makua Health Services’ fundraiser, Kokua for Kupuna, at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali on Saturday. The popular annual event raises funds to help frail elders and disabled ...

Innovative virtuoso . . . Self-proclaimed “sucker for a good song,” . . .

Acclaimed for his intricate, melodic playing style, guitar virtuoso Trevor Gordon Hall has impressed fellow musicians including rock legend Steve Miller, who performed in concert with him earlier this year. “I played an all-star lineup gig with Steve Miller, Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson ...

Henry Kapono & Friends

One of the best local CD releases of the year requires a trip to a neighborhood First Hawaiian Bank. Available at its branches throughout the state, the newly released “The Songs of C&K” finds Henry Kapono collaborating with a bunch of award-winning younger artists to reinvent songs ...

Kalani Pe‘a: Living life to the fullest

A self-described Hawaiian contemporary soul artist, Kalani Pe‘a will likely increase his popularity with the release of his latest album, “No ‘Ane‘i” (“We Belong Here”). Having won a Grammy Award in 2017 for his superb debut recording, “E Walea,” Kalani has raised the bar ...

Gonna hear those vintage motor(cycles) running . . .

Back on Maui after touring with The Doobie Brothers, cofounder Pat Simmons is preparing for an epic adventure in early September — setting out astride a vintage 1928 Harley-Davidson on the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. Around 100 riders will set off on the approximately ...

Benny Chong

Best known as a founding member of Don Ho’s backing group, The Aliis, Benny Chong is lauded as a virtuoso jazz player. Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, his accomplishments include a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for his CD “Ukulele Jazz: Live ...

Beyond an ordinary reggae party band

Maori reggae stars Katchafire are returning to Maui to headline The MayJah RayJah 2018 Music Festival on Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. The popular New Zealand band is touring with a new album, one of their strongest, most appealing ...

Treasury of Hawaiian gems

Nine years since the release of his last album, Maui Kumu Hula Uluwehi Guerrero has returned with “E Mau ana ka Ha‘aheo” (“Enduring Pride”), a superb treasury of Hawaiian gems all performed in his inimitable style. Transporting us on a journey back in time, his latest recording ...

East Meets West Festival

Jazz Maui’s 2018 East Meets West Festival will kick off a series of concerts Friday at the new King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center with a “Best of Blue Note Tribute” featuring the Mike Lewis & Friends Quartet with award-winning jazz and R&B vocalist Ginai. Lewis and Ginai are ...

Makana shines

Heading to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday for the annual slack key guitar festival, Makana recently attended the South by Southwest conference/festival in Austin, Texas, where he performed an official showcase and took time to attend a bunch of strategic lectures and panels about ...