Maui Beat

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 ...

Ukulele virtuoso Taimane delights . . .

A phenomenally talented ukulele virtuoso, Taimane has developed a flamenco-inspired strumming technique that is breathtaking. In concert, her hands often blur in motion as she passionately strums while dancing around the stage. It’s an intoxicating experience both visually and aurally that ...

Pondering humanity’s struggles

There’s a moment early on in Michael Franti’s brilliant new documentary, “Stay Human,” where he ponders the struggle we often face between feeling pessimistic about life and maintaining hope in our divisive, conflicted world. “How do we thwart cynicism and encourage optimism?” he ...

Busy Nelson progeny establishes own path

In between recording and touring with Neil Young as a member of Promise of the Real, the Particle Kid, aka Micah Nelson, spends his time outside the mainstream of rock, creating innovative hybrid music which is often both edgy and sweet, experimental and familiar. On a creative roll beginning ...

‘Artist 2 Artist’

When flooding recently hit Kauai, triggering the escape of a buffalo herd, Malani Bilyeu of Kalapana fame spent a couple of weeks helping round them up. Living on Kauai for around 27 years, Bilyeu has divided his time in recent years between music and ranching. “I work at a ranch by the ...

41st annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Once again, Maui will have a major presence at the annual Na Hoku Hanahano Awards in Honolulu on Saturday. Many of our musicians have been nominated in a variety of categories, with two of our acclaimed kumu hula, Napua Greig (who now goes only by Napua) and Kamaka Kukona, bestowed with the ...

Josh Smith transcends boundaries

Josh Smith has been lauded by blues-guitar legends such as former John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers member Coco Montoya — “plain and simple there’s no one better” and Joe Bonamassa — “Josh is one of my favorite musicians on the planet. His musical depth and guitar playing transcend the ...

Maui Classical Music Festival

Since 2013, acclaimed classical guitarist Colin Davin has traveled four times to war-ravaged Afghanistan to teach eager young students at the nation’s National Institute of Music in Kabul. Arriving in a land where music was once officially banned by the Taliban, and where there are no ...

Lei Day

Revered kumu hula/musician Robert Cazimero returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the annual Cazimero Lei Day Concert accompanied by musicians and dancers from his award-winning Halau Na Kamalei. Special guests joining him at the show will ...