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 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 -2019 Calendar


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~


March 25th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar ~ Kona ~ 

July 8th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar ~ Kona ~ 

September 30th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar Kailua-Kona

November 17th ~Aloha Theatre Benefit for the Kona Community Hospital Cancer center/Oncology Department 

January 19th 2019 ~ KE OLA Magazine 10th Anniversary Concert Waikoloa Tickets and Info


May 18th ~ The Surfer Bar ~ Turtle Bay Hilton ~ Kahuku ~  

November 11th ~ Dots Restaurant Wahiawa  

November 10th ~ KINE LIVE 105 Brunch broadcast 

November 12th ~ BLUE NOTE HONOLULU 2 shows  


May 30th ~ Shops at Wailea 

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, Washington  & New Mexico 

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

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

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

May 7th 2019 ~ The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for The Arts Sacramento Tickets and Info

May 11th 2019 ~ PAEC Performing Arts and Events Center Federal Way Seattle Tickest and Info

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