Top 5 Shows of the Weekend


Our guide to live shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.

Waimea Community Chorus at the Kahilu Theatre (Dec. 13, 2019, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.). Under the direction of Barbara Kopra, the Waimea Community Chorus ushers in the holiday at the Kahilu Theatre with a variety of songs of the season. This year’s featured composition is “An Appalachian Winter,” a Christmas Cantata composed by Joseph Martin. This work celebrates the legacy of early American carols and hymnody. Composed in the spirit of folk music, the cantata combines traditional sounds with more rustic elements creating a blend that is fresh and pleasing. The second half of the evening’s performance will feature two Hebrew pieces, Avinu Malkenu and Al Hanissim, as well as several popular holiday songs with an audience sing-a-long. Tickets at, by phone (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).

Ms. Demeanor & The Felons at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (Dec. 13, 2019, at 7 p.m.). Ms. Demeanor and The Felons have been making soulful party music on the Big Island of Hawaii since 2012, by playing a mix of original songs and covers. Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is located at 75-5699 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona. Cover: $5. More info: (808) 327-5299.

Buckman Coe at Sea DandeLion (Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.). Buckman Coe is a folk, R&B and world rhythms singer-songwriter. He has five albums and is working on new projects. Buckman is a seasoned performer, touring and performing at festivals in Canada, United States, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia. His vibes include love songs, protest songs, plenty of storytelling, and songs that just groove and uplift. With bands at home, the Big Island of Hawaii, and Melbourne, Buckman Coe draws inspiration from world travels, records and creates in Vancouver, and exports his soul music back out into the world wherever an opportunity presents itself. Family-friendly event.  The Sea DandeLion Cafe and Awa Bar are located at 45-3590 Mamane St, in Honokaa. More info: (802) 765-0292. 

Jazz in the Forest at the Volcano Art Center (Dec. 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m.). The evening features Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones and Jeannine Guillory-Kane, highlighting classics of the holiday season. Tickets are $20 for VAC members or $25 nonmembers. Ticketholders will be able to purchase beer, wine, and pupus. Tickets are available for sale online at, at VAC’s administration office and the VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, or . The Volcano Art Center is located on the Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano.

Classical Guitarist Mak Grgic at The Simpson Estate in Hawi (Dec. 15, 2019, at 4 p.m.). Mak Grgic will open the Hawaii International Guitar Series with a recital. Grgic is emerging as a star on the worldwide stage and is touted as a “gifted young guitarist” by The New York Times, and “a guitarist to keep an eye on” by the Washington Post. An expansive and adventurous repertoire attests to his versatility and wide-ranging interests: from the Baroque and Renaissance to music of the cinema; from ethnic music of his native Balkans to extreme avant-garde and microtonal music, Mak’s extraordinary talents and tastes as soloist, collaborator, and recording artist are fueled by his curiosity, imagination, and boundless energy. Tickets are available online at Prices range between $30-65 per concert with season tickets also available. Address Will be Provided Upon Ticket Purchase.

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