Maui Beat

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 ...

Mahalo Willie K

To help Willie K deal with mounting health care expenses resulting from his lung cancer diagnosis, a “Mahalo Willie K Benefit Concert” will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Centers’s A&B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion in Kahului. Musicians ...

‘Three Maui Divas’

The “Three Maui Divas” are back. Seven years after first uniting, Napua Greig, Amy Hanaiali‘i and Raiatea Helm will return to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului on Friday for a special concert. “We had so much fun the last concert we did together, and there have been so ...

Jackson Browne

When Jackson Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bruce Springsteen praised him as “simply one of the best songwriters of all time, each song is like a diamond.” This revered artist’s most memorable songs include “These Days,” “The Pretender,” “Running on ...

Kapono 2 Beamer

Henry Kapono debuts his new “Artist 2 Artist” series at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater with an intimate concert featuring Keola Beamer. The two Hawaiian icons will share music and stories from their extensive careers and answer audience ...

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Steven Tyler, Mick Fleetwood, Willie K, surfer/musician Landon McNamara and Lily Meola will all perform at the Concert for Our Lives at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. The major ...

Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro hits the stage solo at the MACC

While he has been lauded for many years as the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro has been reticent about actually recording a Hendrix tune until now. On his forthcoming album set for summer release, the ukulele virtuoso interprets the rock legend’s epic “If 6 was 9.” “I ...

Intriguing new sounds Across the Sea from unique collaboration

For those with a taste for exotic instrumental collaborations, the new CD “Across the Sea” (Keala Records) offers an intriguing combination of Chinese erhu player Tsun-Hui Hung, with two Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning artists, Hawaiian steel guitarist Greg Sardinha and slack key ...

Rockin’ at MACC

In the summer of 1969 when Edgar Winter performed with his brother Johnny Winter at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival, he discovered the transformative power of music. “Woodstock really changed my life,” he recalls. “Music had been a personal thing to me, my own escape world. But ...

Easy, breezy hana hou!

Presenting his popular show, “The Songs of C&K Hana Hou!,” Henry Kapono returns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to the Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, joined by Waikiki entertainer Johnny Valentine, Alx Kawakami of Manoa DNA and 2016 Most Promising Artist Na Hoku ...

‘Kukahi 2018’

“We’re at a really interesting crossroads as cultural practitioners, not only in the hula world but in the language world and just about every art form,” says kumu hula Keali‘i Reichel. “Looking back over the 30-odd years I’ve been teaching hula, it’s amazing to see. If you had ...

Dave Mason

Afounding member of the seminal British band Traffic, Dave Mason has recorded with many leading artists, from Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison to Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac. And now, he is set to release a six-song EP. Besides some remixed tunes from his 2008 album, “26 Letters — 12 ...

Lauryn Hill enlightens, inspires, and ‘keeps it moving’

After a long absence, Lauryn Hill returned to recording in 2015, paying tribute to Nina Simone on the album “Nina Revisited,” which was released in conjunction with the Netflix documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” “Because I fed on this music — both hers and lovers like her ...

‘Aotearoa’s Finest

Acclaimed Maori musician Maisey Rika routinely wins awards in her homeland of New Zealand. Last September she dominated the 10th Annual Waiata Maori Music Awards winning Best Traditional Maori Album for her latest recording, “Tira,” along with Best Female Solo Artist, Best Song by a Maori ...