The Hawaii Island Veterans Memorial Inc (HIVM) announced the East Hawaii Jazz & Blues Festival will return this year at a reduced capacity and in a new venue. The 8th Annual festival kicks off on Oct. 30, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel with 10 acts on multiple stages and additional performances at the hotel and around town through Black and White Night on Nov. 4. Ticket info can be found below.
The festival is the signature fundraising event for HIVM. It features a “Heavy” Pupu buffet, dessert station, wine tasting, no-host bar, and non-stop music performed by some of Hawaii’s finest jazz and blues musicians and highly acclaimed artists from the mainland.
This year’s headliners are saxophonist Micheal Paulo with special musical guest Brother Noland, featuring Micheal Ruff on keyboards, Olivia Ruff on vocals, Fred Schreuders on guitar, Garin Poliahu on drums, and L.A. bassist Darryl Williams; Oregon Music Hall of Fame organist Louis Pain and his trio featuring saxophonist Renato Caranto; and San Diego based vocalist Allison Adams Tucker featuring a stellar supporting cast of Oahu musicians including Ethan Capone on piano, Dean Taba on bass, drummer Darryl Pelligrini, and Saxophonist Jason Gay. Also on the bill on another stage is local Latin and world music group “Fuego,” vocalist Jeannine Guillory Kane, and the Deems Tstutakawa Friends Band doing a tribute to their former bandleader who headlined the past seven East Hawaii Jazz and Blues Festivals and passed away last year. Performing in the Wai’ole Lounge that day is Benny Uyetake and Don Corey, Bub Pratt and Joey Carrol, Ed Bisquera, and Nick Wong. In addition, jazz x 2 will provide the “walk-in” music as people enter the festival.
The East Hawaii Jazz & Blues Festival has helped raise awareness and resources necessary for HIVM to meet its mission of providing affordable housing and quality health facilities to our Hawaii island veterans. HIVM is actively pursuing that mission by developing its 92-unit senior affordable housing project. The $45 million independent living community is being developed in partnership with EAH Housing and is scheduled for a January 2023 groundbreaking.
Their other initiative focuses on developing a full-service medical facility in partnership with an established Hawaii Island-based medical group. This facility will be located just below the senior living community. It would provide much-needed work and office space for physicians and specialists to serve both military veterans and the larger community.