Waikiki Beach Walk Concert Series
Information about the 2008 summer concert
series at Waikiki Beach Walk in Honolulu.
Waikiki Beach Walk's popular Na Mele No Na Pua music series continues to prosper and
entertain visitors and residents alike with its calendar of bi-monthly concerts and
newly introduced weekly "Sunday Showcase" performances. A collaborative effort
between Outrigger Enterprises Group, Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk, the
Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Na Mele No
Na Pua brings the best in island music to Waikiki.
The music continues throughout June, July and August with an exciting line-up that
includes legendary entertainers, award-winning artists, traditional Hawaiian hula,
contemporary Hawaiian music, slack key stylings, Tahitian dance and more.
Na Mele No Na Pua Kamaaina Concerts
Bi-monthly concert series held at the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk,
Grand Lanai, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 pm.
(every 2 months)
June 29, 2008:
Palani Vaughn, a legend in the local music industry, will headline the Na
Mele No Na Pua Kamaaina Concert in June. Vaughn will be joined by his support
musicians, "The King's Own," and Halau Ka Lehua Tuahine. "The King's Own,"
named for the personal guards who protected King Kalakaua, have featured
many notable musicians over the years, including Cyril Pahinui, Bruce Spencer,
Kawika Kahiapo, Dennis Kamakahi and others. Much of Vaughan's music has been
founded upon the original song compositions of King Kalakaua and his
family - songs like Hawai'i Pono'i, 'Akahi Ho'i, Ku'u Pua Paoakalani,
He Inoa no Ka'iulani and many more. During the June performance, Palani
Vaughn will present the very first public performance of the Waikiki tribute
composition "Na Mele No Na Pua," written by Hawaiian songwriter Kenneth
Makuakane and Hawaiian scholar Keola Donaghy.
August 31, 2008:
The Brothers Cazimero
The Brothers Cazimero, a legendary duo in the Hawaiian music industry, is
comprised of two talented brothers - bassist Robert and guitarist Roland
Cazimero. They have been entertaining in the islands and around the world
with their soothing, laid back style for more than 25 years. They have
recorded over 20 albums and performed for many years at the Royal Hawaiian
Hotel in Waikiki. Multi Na Hoku Hanohano winners, 2006 honorees of the
Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, and recent recipients of the 2008 Lifetime
Achievement Award by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, the Brothers
Cazimero have played an essential role in the evolution of modern
Hawaiian music. More than a quarter of a century after their debut
concerts, the brothers continue to be one of the islands' best-loved
and most successful acts.
This free weekly program takes place every Sunday afternoon (weather
permitting) from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Plaza Stage at Waikiki Beach
Walk. Note that Sunday Showcase performances on June 22, July 6 and July
20 will take place an hour earlier, from 4 to 5 pm.
JUNE SUNDAY SHOWCASE
(most Sunday afternoons)
June 1, 2008
(Contemporary/Blues/Rock) 5-6 pm
Millicent Cummings is an award winning singer, songwriter and performer
who has been compared to Ani Difranco, Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Janis
Joplin. She has opened or played on the same stage as Kenny Loggins,
Ferron, John Cruz, Makana, Liko Martin and Cindy Combs. Cummings's
diverse musical genre includes folk, blues, rock and roll and lyrical
slack key. Her first album, "Island Rose," was released in 2005 and is
a collection of original songs. She is currently working on releasing
her newest CD to be called "Altar Native."
June 8, 2008
Nikki Hines Trio
(Hawaiian) 5-6 pm
One of Hawaii's living musical treasures, Aunty Nikki Hines graces
Hawaiian Music. A one of a kind afternoon of Hawaiian music, dance
and storytelling you won't want to miss.
June 15, 2008
(Contemporary Hawaiian) 5-6 pm
Well seasoned composer/performer and recording artist Moon Kahele celebrates
his music once again at Waikiki Beach Walk. In 2007, Moon captured the
hearts of those visiting Waikiki Beach Walk during a special Aloha
elebration concert. With four CD's under his belt, Moon currently
performs at the Koolina Resort, the Mai Tai Bar Waikiki as well as
other venues throughout Hawaii.
June 22, 2008
(Hawaiian Contemporary) 4-5 pm
Award winning group PALI includes founder and group namesake Pali Tuan W.
Ka'aihue, Mark Kawakami, Dwayne Keomaka, and Joey Mokulehua. The group
promises to deliver an enjoyable afternoon of contemporary Hawaiian
music with songs from their CD's as well as some new island compositions.
June 29, 2008
(special two hour performance) 5-7pm
Kumu Hula Blaine Kia performs with Kekaniwai and Halau Ka Waikahe Lani
Malie offering both adult and keiki (children) hula dancers in a unique
blending of contemporary and traditional elements focusing on island
traditions, cultural beliefs, classic hapa haole tunes and historical
moments in Hawaii, all told through song and dance.
JULY SUNDAY SHOWCASE
July 6, 2008
(Hawaiian) 4-5 pm
Group members Kama Hopkins, Kekoa Kaluhiwa and Kanaia Nakamura have
committed themselves to the careful perpetuation of the Hawaiian language
and are devoted to the playing of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian
music. This firm foundation makes Holunape a popular band among hula
enthusiasts in Hawaii and around the world.
July 13, 2008
Te Ea o Te Turama
(Tahitian Dance & Drums) 5-6 pm
The drum beats of Te 'E'a o Te Turama beckons you to the Waikiki Beach Walk
Plaza stage to experience the upbeat and exciting dance and drumming of
Tahiti. During select days of the week, you'll also find them at Mana
Hawaii located on the second floor of Waikiki Beach Walk.
July 20, 2008
(Hawaiian) 4-5 pm
Pilioha is a Hawaiian music trio from the island of Oahu. The group
originally started in the early '90's as a duo with first cousins Glenn
Mayeda Jr. (bass) and Gary "Kalehua" Krug Jr. (rhythm guitar). Lead
guitarist, Kamuela Kimokeo, joined the group in 2001. In 2006, the group
won the prestigious Ka Himeni Ana Unamplified Hawaiian Music Contest.
July 27, 2008
Kelekona with special guest Jonah Cummings
(Hawaiian Slack Key) - 5-6 pm
Kelekona grew up with strong Hawaiian values as a local boy on Oahu and
the Big Island listening to the great sounds of Hawaiian music. Kelekona
shares his unique style of Hawaiian Slack Key honoring many of Hawaii's
slack key legends. Kelekona's music is also infused with a blend of jazz ,
blues, rock and flamenco-reflective of his many musical influences. Kelekona
is joined by the very talented and versatile musician Jonah Cummings.
AUGUST SUNDAY SHOWCASE
August 3, 2008
PANA featuring Ned Ka'apana
(Hawaiian) 5-6 pm
Hawaiian slack- key virtuoso Ned Ka'apana is the featured performer here
with the talented duo Pana. Ka'apana has his own distinctive "nahenahe"
style that evokes feelings and images of the past with overtones of the
future to come. He draws from his rich musical heritage in creating
beautiful solo vocal and guitar arrangements to selected traditional,
contemporary and original Hawaiian melodies. Ka'apana brings with him
years of musical history as part of the legendary Ka'apana Ohana and
August 10, 2008
Island Pray'z Band
(Variety) 5-6 pm
The Island Pray'z Band is a group of talented vocalist and musicians who
are very involved in sharing their music throughout our island communities
from Kailua to Waianae. These well-seasoned performers bring a variety
of music to the Plaza Stage from Contemporary, Country to Hawaiian.
August 17, 2008
(Contemporary/Hawaiian/Island) 5-6 pm
Music has been a therapeutic element in the life of singer-composer Sean
Tiwanak, who was challenged with congestive heart failure but found
solace and strength in the 18-month process of recording his debut CD,
songs form which he will share songs with at his upcoming Waikiki Beach
Walk performance. Tiwanak is an inspiration for others with bumps in
their road and shares the value of music for healing and expression.
August 24, 2008
(Hawaiian) - 5-6 pm
Hula Records presents Manoa Voices, winners of the 2007 Ka Himeni Ana
Contest, the prestigious competition featuring Hawaiian language songs
performed without amplification at the Historic Hawaii Theatre. These
University of Hawaii Music Students present a beautiful style of four
part harmony of Hawaiian music in addition to other Hawaiian favorites.
August 31, 2008
Peter Apo & The Rainbow Nation Band
(Contemporary Hawaiian) 5-6 pm
Peter Apo began writing songs in his late twenties. Originally he used his
writing as a therapy to escape, vent, cry, and generally as a way of
talking to himself. His first album titled Apo & Beazley, produced by
Steve Kramer and Dave Toma, brought him a prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano
award for most promising new artist in 1985. His newest album just hit
Ku Haaheo Hula Series
In keeping with the free line-up of Hawaiian entertainment offered at
Waikiki Beach Walk, residents and visitors are welcome to the Waikiki
Beach Walk Plaza Stage every Tuesday afternoon for the weekly program
called Ku Ha'aheo, "To Cherish with Pride." From 4:30 to 6:00 pm, kumu
hula and cultural advisor Blaine Kamalani Kia leads his hula halau in a
performance featureing both adult and keiki (children) hula dancers, a
unique blending of contemporary and traditional elements focusing on
island traditions, cultural beliefs, classic hapa haole tunes, and
historical moments in Hawaii, all told through song and dance.
(most Tuesday afternoons)
Where to Park
Valet parking for up to four hours is available for $6.00 at the Embassy
Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk (201 Beachwalk) and the Wyndham Vacation
Ownership-Waikiki Beach Walk (227 Lewers Street), with any same-day
purchase from any Waikiki Beach Walk merchant.
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