Our guide to shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.
Kolohe Kai, two Big Island shows (Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, 5:30 p.m., Grand Naniloa Resort, Hilo. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, 7-10:30 p.m., KBXtreme). Kolohe Kai is a Hawaiian reggae-pop group with a smooth, romantic sound led by singer and songwriter Roman De Peralta. Formed in 2009 while many of its members were still in high school, the band’s debut album, This Is the Life, and their 2011 follow-up, Love Town, helped establish them in the Pacific reggae and pop scenes, yielding hits like “Ehu Girl” and “Cool Down.” Their unerringly positive vibes and amorous themes continued to win over fans with 2014’s Paradise, which made a strong no. 3 showing on Billboard’s Reggae Album chart. Tickets for all shows: https://www.hifinest.com/events/
Hawaiian Style Band at Aloha Theatre (Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, 7:30-10:30 p.m.). The Hawaiian Style Band redefined contemporary Hawaiian music in the early 90s, with a fresh musical perspective on local culture with original compositions about living Hawaiian style. The multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning band will share their distinctive vocal harmonies and unique perspective for one performance on the Aloha Theatre stage. Aloha Theatre is located 79-7384 Mamalahoa Hwy., in Kealakekua.Tickets online.
Nahko, Trevor Hall, Amber Lily, Tubby Love, Paul Izak, Paniolo Prince and others at 10th annual ʻĀina Fest, Kohala Village HUB Barn in Hawi (Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, 12-10 p.m.). This year’s ʻĀina Fest will feature world-renowned musicians, agricultural and Hawaiian cultural workshops, yoga classes, Keiki Zone, hula performance, local organizations working to protect, preserve and enrich our communities and ono food, drink and crafts from local vendors. Tickets: General Admission tickets (ages 18+) are $55 in advance and $65 at the door. Youth tickets (ages 12-17) are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Keiki aged 11 and younger get in free and must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted Pre-Sale Tickets: https://ainafest2019.brownpapertickets.com
Richard Johnston & Jeff Quin at Honokaa Public House (Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, 7-10 p.m.) Guitarist Richard Johnston says his interest in the blues came during his college years when he discovered Robert Johnson records. Johnston started paying his musical dues as street musician on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. This period was chronicled in the film Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubadour. The documentary, directed by Max Shores, featured Johnston singing and playing his signature cigar box guitar. The movie won first place in the professional documentary film category at the 2007 George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival. The Honoka’a Public House is located at 45-3490 Mamane Street, in Honokaa. Info: (808) 775-1666.
Makana and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole at Honoka’a People’s Theatre (Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, 4-7 p.m.). A special benefit concert for the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua in Honoka’a. “This is my final performance in Hawai’i for 2019- I then leave to tour and travel. Please show your support and come celebrate our incredible cultural heritage with song, chant and dance in beautiful Honoka’a. We cultural practitioners are doing everything we can to share our gifts to protect and nurture Hawai’i. Show up, spread the word and help us ALOHA ‘ĀINA!” – Makana. Tickets are $25 General Admission (purchased via Eventbrite), $40 Gold seating includes a CD. Tickets can be purchased at the People’s Theatre (45-3574 Mamane Street, Honokaa) or at the HCCOH cafe only for the special Gold Seating package.
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