Our guide to shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.
Leche de Tigre at Mai Grille (Friday, June 21, 7:00 -11:45 p.m.) Leche De Tigre and Mai Grille have banded together to celebrate the official beginning of summer, the Summer Solstice. The Summer Solstice is a special event that happens once a year in the Northern Hemisphere where the earth’s pole has a maximum tilt toward the sun, marking it as our longest day of the year. Celebrate by dancing under the sunlight and into the moonlight on Friday, June 21 at Mai Grille located off of Waikoloa Beach Drive just past the King’s Shops. Dress to impress, bring your best moves, and celebrate with good company and delectable food and drink offerings. Tickets to the Summer Solstice Party are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be found at http://www.lechedetigremusic.com. Music begins at 7:30PM and goes to 11:30PM. This is a 21 and over event.
Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe presents West Side Story at Kahilu Theatre (Friday June 21, and Saturday 22, with 7 p.m. showings. On Sunday June 23rd, there will be an afternoon matinée at 4 PM.) Set in an Upper West Side New York City neighborhood in the mid-1950’s, the musical explores a turf war between two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. “It’s such a beloved and iconic musical and it’s an important story about race and about people on the outside and people not accepting each other just because of the color of their skin,” explains Dunnington. “The Kahilu Theatre’s Executive Director Deborah Goodwin suggested the idea of covering West Side Story this year. It’s a love story is based on Romeo and Juliet and Leonard Bernstein placed it in New York City at the time of the gang wars. The story of people not accepting each other because of their differences still stands!” Tickets are $38, $28, and $22 and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, in Waimea.
Kalani Pe’a at Hilo Palace Theatre (June 22, 7 p.m.) Two-time GRAMMY® Winner Kalani Pe’a will make his way back home to his hometown for a concert at the Hilo Palace Theatre (38 Haili Street). Pe’a is originally from Panaewa Hilo HI and is excited to be coming home to perform for his hometown. Pe’a just came back from picking up his second GRAMMY® Award for his sophomore album No ‘Ane’iin Los Angeles this past February. Pe’a will be producing a concert not to miss which will include special hula performances by Hilo’s own Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani ‘E, Hālau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua and Hālau I Ka Leo Ola O Na Mamo. The students of Halau I Ka Leo Ola O Na Mamo come from the Hawaiian language immersion K-12 school Ke Kula ‘o Nawahiokalani‘opu‘u which is the school Pe’a graduated from. The special concert of mele, hula and storytelling will also include a special hula performance by Miss Aloha Hula Natasha Oda. General Admission: $35, Side Reserved: $40, Center Reserved: $45. All ticket prices increase by $5 on the day of the show. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets available at the Palace Theater Box Office window or over the phone with a credit card at 808-934-7010. General Admission Tickets also available online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kalani-pea-live-at-the-palace-tickets-57141713403
Kenny Loggins w/ special guests at Westin Hapuna Beach Resort Ballroom (June 22, 7 – 11 p.m.) Culminating with a performance by special guest Kenny Loggins, the Hawai’i Songwriting Festival’s 2019 “Hit Makers” Concert invites you to hear professional songwriters tell their story and perform their songs like you have never heard them before. Covering a wide variety of genres and featuring mainland guests and local favorites Streetlight Cadence, John Cruz, and Henry Kapono, this event is a must for all music lovers on the Big Island. Tickets are $30 in advance online and $40 at the door. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. There will be a short intermission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is located at 62-100 Kaunaʻoa Drive in Waimea. Call (808) 880-1111 for more info.
Na Palapalai at Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area (Sunday, June 23, 12-3 p.m.) Join Na Palapalai and the halau of Hawaii Island as they take you BACK to the PATCH celebrating their new CD release at Maka’eo Park in Kona. (Old Kona Airport). Festivities start at 12 Noon Sunday June 23, 2019. Event is FREE. No Coolers, No Tents, No Outside Food or Drink. Halau will have concession selling food and beverages. Keikiland with Bounce House. The Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area is located at 75-5560 Kuakini Highway in Kailua.
Also, be sure to check out Big island Magazine’s Uma Zuma at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar on Sunday June 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. She will be performing pop, rock, Jazz, and R&B — mostly love songs on guitar, ukulele and stand up bass. Gertrude’s is located at 75-5699 Ali’i Drive, in Kailua.
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