Kahulanui (The Big Dance) is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to Dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr.

Lolena remembers stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music.
“Throughout Hawai‘i in the 1920s and 1930s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Kahulanui borrowed from these influences and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawai‘i today.

"Kahulanui’s execution of big-band stylings evokes an era of smoke-filled bars alive with lindyhopping dancers. Underlying this contemporary take on vintage music, moreover, is a cultural cohesiveness of enacting ku’i–of joining old and new. Like, awesome!"  Amy Stillman~

When not on tour you can find the "Core Four" of Kahulanui Fridays at the Napua Restaurant

on the Big Island of Hawaii 5:30-8:30pm call ahead 1-808-885-5910 or visit their website for more info

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2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner!                 Jazz Album of the Year                   Original Instrumental composition                           

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A modern rendering of an era when Hawaiian culture and music blended and coalesced with American Jazz, an interesting melding that came to be known as Hawaiian swing.

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2018 Calendar



March 25th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar ~ Kona ~ 4p-6p (Bring your dancing shoes) 

July 8th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar ~ Kona ~ 6-8p 


May 18th ~ The Surfer Bar ~ Turtle Bay Hilton ~ Kahuku ~ 8-10p  


May 30th ~ Shops at Wailea ~ 5:30-7:00p 

East and West Coast Tour 

July 27-29th ~ Lowell Folk Festival~Lowell, MA 

July 31st ~ The City Winery ~ Boston, MA  

August 4th ~ The Clarke Center ~ Arroyo Grande, CA 

August 10-11th ~ Tiki Oasis Festival ~ San Diego, CA  

August 18th ~ Blue Note Napa ~ Napa, CA  

August 19th ~ The Rio ~ Santa Cruz, CA  

August 22nd ~ Berkeley Freight & Salvage ~ Berkeley, CA 

August 24th ~ The Harris Center ~ Folsom, CA  

August 25th ~ Gallo Center for the Arts ~ Modesto, CA 

August 26th ~ Chabot College of Perfoming Arts ~ Hayward CA 

Sept 1st  ~ Jack London Review ~ Portland, OR  

Sept. 5th ~ Triple Door ~ Seattle, WA  

Sept. 7-9th ~ Sisters Folk Festival ~ Sisters, OR  

California & New Mexico 

October 20th & 21st  ~ I Mua: Hula in Unusual Places ~ Palace of Fine Arts ~ San Francisco CA Tickets and Info

October 23rd ~ The Flickinger Center of the Performing Arts ~ Alamogordo NM Tickets and Info

October 27th & 28thI Mua: Hula in Unusual Places ~ Palace of Fine Arts ~ San Francisco CA Tickets and Info


September 30th Gertrudes Jazz Bar Kailua-Kona 5-8p Tickets and Info

Oahu Hawaii 

November 11th  Dots Restaurant Wahiawa, Oahu Tickets and Info coming soon

November 12thBLUE NOTE HONOLULULU 2 shows ~Tickets and Info