Our guide to shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.
The Hawaii Japanese Center’s 17th annual Musical Nostalgia Concert is slated for 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo. Widely recognized as one of the center’s most popular events, this year’s concert will again feature some of the Big Island’s most talented singers and choral groups performing a variety of Japanese, American and Hawaiian numbers. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the center, a nonprofit organization. The Hawaii Japanese Center’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the history and legacy of Hawaii’s immigrant forbears. Tickets for Musical Nostalgia are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and can be purchased at the Puainako and downtown KTA Super Stores locations, Hilo Daijingu, Kamana Senior Center and Asami’s Kitchen in Hilo. Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale is located at 799 Piilani St. For information, email the Hawaii Japanese Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindy Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Competition at the Kahilu Theatre (Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m.). This Falsetto Event perpetuates the skills of our kane to show their skills and throw their voice in higher registers. They also share the mana’o of their mele, the songwriter and the hidden meaning (kaona). Adapted from 1988 National Heritage Award program booklet: Kindy Sproat’s exquisite falsetto, his astonishingly forceful and supple voice, his extensive repertoire, but perhaps most important, the depth and sincerity of this attachment to what he calls the old tradition, make him a true Hawaiian treasure. Tickets/entry fee are $30 and available online via the Kahilu Theatre. The Kahilu theatre is located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road in Waimea. Info: (808) 885-6868.
Sarah Bethany with Matt Spencer & Michael Surprenant at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.) Na Hoku Award-winning Sarah Bethany, Matt Spencer and Michael Surprenant have performed together for the past three years, first collaborating at the East Side Jazz Festival. They are a passionate, energetic and innovating group of multi-genres including progressive jazz, Brazilian, blues, salsa, African, Latin, Cuban, reggae, country, rock, Hawaiian, island, pop and folk. Their versatility, experience and extensive range make them a solid rhythm section for a number of artists and recording projects. Tickets are $5 at the door. Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is located at 75-5699 Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona.
Mike Love at Don’s Mai Tai Bar (Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 6-9:00 p.m.). Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to a musical family that spans generations, Mike Love is one of reggae music’s rising stars as he brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. Through the grassroots method of releasing his albums independently, on his own Love Not War Records label, and performing 250 plus shows a year, Love has built an ever growing following for his unique and inspiring music. He has toured with many artists in the circles of conscious, roots music, including Trevor Hall, Xavier Rudd, Nahko and many more. Admission is free. Don’s Mai Tai Bar is located at 75-5852 Alii Drive, in Kailua-Kona.
Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a (Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m.). Experience a magical evening of storytelling often accompanied by music and hula at Mauna Lani’s oceanfront Eva Parker Woods Cottage. This special “Talk-Story” time brings everyone together, guests and locals alike, to honor the culture, the people and storied places. “Everyone is welcome to join us on Saturdays closest to the full moon every month from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Hope to see you there!” Parking is available starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Napua Restaurant. Follow the path along the ocean – located to the right of the fishponds. Adress: 68-1292 S Kaniku Drive, Waikoloa Village.
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