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
Kahulanui (The Big Dance) 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 big part of Hawaiian music.
Throughout Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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~ Educator, author, haku mele, GRAMMY Award-winning producer . . .
January 19th ~ KE OLA Magazine 10th Anniversary Concert
April 19th & 20th ~ I mua Hula in Unusual Places ~ Hawaii Theatre Honolulu HI
April 21st ~ BLUE NOTE ~ Honolulu HI~
April 28th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar ~ Kailua-Kona by the Pier ~
May 1st ~ May Day ~ The tradition continues ~ Hawaii Convention Center ~
May 7th ~ The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for The Arts ~ Sacramento CA ~
May 11th ~ Federal Way PAEC ~ Seattle WA
Mele's 13th ~ Annual Mother's Day spectacular ~ Hilton Hawaiian Coral Ballroom ~ SOLD OUT
July 28th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar ~ Kailua-Kona by the pier ~ o
September 6th-9th ~ "79th National Folk Festival" in "Downtown Salisbury, MD" ~
September 20th & 21st ~ Bitterroot Performing Arts Center ~ Hamilton Montana ~
October 19th & 20th ~ KAHULANUI Featuring "Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu" ~ Palace of Fine Arts S.F. ~
November 10th ~ The GRAND FINALE Kona Coffee Festival ~Kailua-Kona~
December 8th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar ~ Kailua-Kona ~
March 12th 2020 ~ Barclay Theater ~ Irvine CA Tickets & Info