Top Weekend Entertainment Picks

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

Friday
Kalani Pe‘a at the Kahilu Theatre (Friday, February 14, 2020, at 7 p.m.). Kalani Pe‘a returns to the Kahilu Theatre to perform original Hawaiian Music as well as his Motown and Valentine’s favorites with special guests the Lim Family and Kumu Hula Ka‘ea and Lily Lyons of Hālau Ka‘eaikahelelani. Kalani Pe‘a is a singer of power, sensitivity, and charisma, and is one of the most promising talents in a new generation of Hawaiian musicians. He has won two Grammy Awards for Best Regional Roots album to date, one for each of his two CDs releases, and the only Hawaiian artist to win in this category. His first CD also won him a 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”), making Hawaiian music history as the only album to win both a Grammy and Nā Hōkū. Tickets can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea.

Tavana at the Blue Dragon Tavern (Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.). Tavana is a multi-instrumentalist from Honolulu who uses electronic drum triggers to lay down a variety of grooves with his feet while simultaneously playing guitar, banjo, lap steel, or ukulele and singing soulful, island-inspired Rock and Blues. Hilo guitarist Bub Pratt will play a solo acoustic sunset show at 5:15 p.m., and Tavana will perform at 7 p.m. Cost: $18 at the door. The Blue Dragon Tavern is located at 61-3616 Kawaihae Road in Kawaihae. Info: 808-896-4845, or  808-822-7771.

SPEAK at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center (Sunday, Feb. 14, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.). See Sunday’s listing for description. Tickets: $15- $30.  The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is located at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, 200 W. Kāwili St., Hilo. Info: (808) 932-7490. Purchase online.

Saturday
The Makaha Sons at the Palace Theatre (Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.). The Makaha Sons return to the Palace Stage for their Annual Valentine’s Concert.  For over 40 years, The Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawai’i and the world. The Makaha Sons are considered to be one of Hawai’i’s premier Hawaiian musical groups. Cost: $35-45 – pre-sale. All Tickets $5 more on Day of Show. Tickets available at the Palace Box Office (38 Haili Street, Hilo), over the phone at 934-7010, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3.p.m., or online via Eventbrite.

Sunday
Mateusz Kowalski at a private residence in Hawi (Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.). Mr. Kowaslki is the first prize winner of one of the most prestigious classical guitar competitions in the world known as the EuroStrings Competition where only first prize winners of seventeen European international competitions compete in one super competition. Touted by Classical Guitar Magazine as a “spectacular” musician and his interpretations as “truly breathtaking,” Mateusz Kowalski is emerging as a star on the worldwide guitar stage. For more info about the recital and tickets, visit https://www.usclassicguitar.org, or email:info@usclassicguitar.org.

SPEAK at the Kahilu Theatre (Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at 2 p.m.). Designed to spotlight female dancers, who are often relegated to the background in tap, SPEAK is an entirely new production that builds on the concept of equality, building a collaboration—not a fusion— of the two dance styles and finding common ground in the shared rhythms. SPEAK carries forward the legacy of iconic artists like Pandit Chitresh Das, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, and James Buster Brown while bringing to the forefront the voices of powerful female artists. Joined by the world’s leading Indian classical and jazz musicians, Leela Dance Collective’s SPEAK promises to thrill, provoke and move your spirit. Tickets can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).


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