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 ~ Imua Hula in unusual places ~ Hawaii Theatre Honolulu HI Tickets and info
April 21st ~ BLUE NOTE ~ Honolulu HI~ Tickets and Info
May 1st ~ May Day ~ The tradition continues ~ Hawaii Convention Center ~ Tickets and Info
May 7th ~ The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for The Arts ~ Sacramento CA ~ Tickets and Info
May 11th ~ Federal Way PAEC ~ Seattle WA Tickets and Info
Mele's 13th ~ Annual Mother's Day spectacular ~ Hilton Hawaiian Coral Ballroom ~ For Tickets call 808- 292-5522
More dates to be announced soon...