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.
2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner! Jazz Album of the Year Original Instrumental composition
Mele Ho'oilina Available Now!
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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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’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~