Arts and Entertainment Wrap Up: 01-31-19

  • The quartet Cella Bella will perform at the Kailua-Kona Public Library on Feb. 12. (Cella Bella/Courtesy Photo)

Free Cella Bella concert at library

Cello quartet, Cella Bella, will hold a free concert at the Kailua-Kona Library from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.


Quartet members Kathy Fraser, Julie Salis, Stephanie Vanhoff and Jill Wagner have played regularly as members of the Chamber Orchestra of Kona (COOK) for several years. Recently, they formed this ensemble to explore other music together. Their romantic repertoire for the library concert, which includes original music and their own arrangements, will get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

This free event is hosted by Friends of the Libraries – Kona (F.O.L.K.), located at 75-138 Hualalai Road.

Info: Call 327-4327.

All artists welcome to open mic night with Mike Luce Studio

Bring It! is an open stage/open mic night for short original works — songs, rap, spoken word, comedy, dance, music, etc.

The Mike Luce Studio at the Kahilu Theatre will be transformed into a small nightclub which seats 70 people from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday. Wine and beer will be available for purchase

Admission is $10 cash only for adults, 18 and over only. Artist sign-up at 7:30 p.m. and House Band kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Performances start at 8 p.m.

Info: Contact Lynn Beittel at or call 989-1684.

Art-After-Dark returns

This Friday, Holualoa Village galleries will feature new art and artists, tasty street eats and music all along Mamalahoa Highway during their monthly Art-After-Dark event, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The village block party features art and artists in over a dozen galleries and shops, as well as free live music and a great selection of local food vendors. This community event is free, and for all ages.

MField Gallery will be presenting new work by Terry Field, featuring her rich island landscapes and botanicals, as well as their new MField Apparel Collection and Western Aloha Collection. Pizza Rovers will be serving their individual gourmet pizzas next to the gallery.

Glyph Art Gallery is proud to be showing several new large pieces from Christina Skaggs this month. Her paintings are multi-dimensional tapestries of familiar shapes and cultural motifs that are soothing, contemplative and very unique. Look for Don Slocum’s beautiful metal print photos of sea, sky and earth out front, along with bread and pastries by Sundog Bread.

Holualoa Ukulele Gallery will host popular Hawaiian and contemporary tunes by Mauka Highnotes on its front lanai, and will be featuring new ukuleles in the gallery this month. Holualoa Gallery artists and owners will be on hand to meet visitors and Mark Martel will be painting in the gallery. Musician John-E Collins will be performing fun rock and roll songs to sing along and enjoy out front, and Kona Dogs Gourmet Street Food will be in their usual spot to the side of the gallery.

Dave Lawrence will be rocking the north end of the village, playing classic rock n’ roll at Koa Realty along with numerous food vendors. Dr. Tim and Friends will be playing in front of Ipu Arts Plus Gallery. And don’t forget your valentine — express your love with a special piece of jewelry from Pat Pearlman Designs, in the historic pink Kona Hotel.

Kahilu Theatre presents four-hands piano duets with Cheryl ‘Quack’ Moore and Anthony Maroudas.

Back by popular demand, two-time Emmy Award winner Cheryl “Quack” Moore and world renowned pianist Anthony Maroudas will return to the Kahilu Theatre stage at 4 p.m. Sunday. This concert will be performed on two pianos and is designed to explore the dynamics of composers including Shostakovich, Mozart, Cui, Debussy-Ravel, Guastavino, with a big blockbuster finale: the Rachmaninoff second suite for two pianos, op. 17.

Cheryl “Quack” Moore (a.k.a. Cheryl Hardwick) left New York City in 2001 to “retire” in Hilo after having spent 25 years on “Saturday Night Live” as band member, composer and music director. She holds a masters degree from Juilliard School of Music, and won her Emmys as a composer for “Sesame Street.” In 2002 she joined the Palace Theater Board of Directors where she served for 12 years as its president. Quack remains active in many areas of the performing arts on the Big Island, frequently performing chamber music with Iggy Jang, Chee Yun and Parry Karp. She has also been the music director/conductor for numerous Palace Theatre musical performances.

Anthony Maroudas was born in Hermanus, South Africa, where he studied with Lamar Crowson, Yonty Solomon, and Craig Sheppard. His skills led him to perform both as a soloist and ensemble player in South Africa, London, and the United States. In Hawaii, he has played at numerous venues on the Big Island and at the Atherton Studio in Honolulu, and recently appeared in a radio talk show with HPR’s Gene Schiller.

Tickets are $65/$45/$25 and can be purchased at, by calling 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre box office. As part of the Kahilu Theatre Classical Series Overture program, students under the age of 18 have free admittance when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

Info: Visit

Hula Voices at the VAC

The Volcano Art Center’s 2019 Hula Voices series continues on Wednesday with a program featuring Kumu Hula Keala Ching and moderator Desiree Moana Cruz.

Hula Voices is an oral history project, presenting an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners, as they share their hula genealogy, traditions, protocols and experiences. These free, educational offerings occur regularly on the first Wednesday of each month, from 5:30- 7 p.m. at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply.

Kumu Keala Ching is a Hawaiian cultural educator, composer, songwriter, and spiritual advisor to many Hawaiian organizations. Kumu Keala lives and breathes aloha into his Hawaiian heritage with his strong presence and great heart. Under the tutelage of Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Kumu Keala has spent many years learning and building his knowledge. He received the uniki rites of kumu hula. He is fluent in the Hawaiian language, which he uses as the foundation for teaching all of his students. He currently lives in Kailua-Kona, where he is Kumu Hula for Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola. As a composer of chants and mele, he travels the world to share hula.

Info: Visit

Landscape scenes featured at the Shops at Mauna Lani gallery

The Third Dimension Gallery is displaying oil scenes by local artist Peter Jefferson.

Peter Jefferson’s newest exhibit, Big Island Blues, features the dramatic colors of the island’s ocean vistas and landscapes.

The show runs the entire month of February at The Third Dimension Gallery, located at the Shops at Mauna Lani. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend the opening reception from 4-7 p.m. Friday.

Donkey Mill annual art auction tickets available

The Donkey Mill Art Center is proud to announce its 12th Annual Art Auction, West Hawaii’s premier event for art enthusiasts and collectors, to be held at BMW of Hawaii from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

This thoughtfully curated auction provides a rare opportunity for art enthusiasts and patrons to access a wide range of highly desirable work by artists, while enjoying a celebratory evening in support of the arts in a beautiful upscale venue.

The Annual Art Auction draws contributions from local and national artists who donate their creations to the Donkey Mill Art Center in support of their mission to provide art experiences and opportunities for all ages and abilities. The art of more than 50 renowned artists, ranging in value from $100 to more than $12,000, will be represented in this year’s silent and live auctions.

Highlights of this year’s auction include works by photographers Tara Cronin and Wayne Levin, 2019 Donkey Mill artist-in-residence Andrea Dezso, sculptor and painter Satoru Abe, lauhala weavers Josephine Fergerstrom and Barbara Watanabe, ceramic artists Clayton Amemiya and Esther Shimazu, as well as internationally renowned printmaker and painter Mayumi Oda.


Proceeds from the event will enable the Donkey Mill Art Center to continue providing youth and adult art programs, community events, and art experiences for all at the Donkey Mill Art Center and throughout the community.

Info: Tickets are available for purchase now at

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