Entertainment wrapup 08-30-19

Hawaii Island Festival scheduled

The 2019 Hawaii Island Festival is hitting North Hawaii soon.


Sponsored by the Hawaii Island Tourism Bureau, the events include a poke contest at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort &Spa as well as a Clyde Kindy Sproat Falsetto and Hawaiian Storytelling Competition at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Road in Waimea.

It continues from 10-11 a.m. Sept. 21 for the 44th annual Paniolo Parade in Waimea 44th Annual Paniolo Parade, which starts at Waimea Cherry Blossom Park and ends at Waimea Baseball Field and features a Waimea Ho’olaule’a from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waimea Baseball Field.

Hui Kakoo concert series begins

Keauhou Shopping presents the Hui Kakoo Benefit Concert Series from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The concert will feature duo Mark Saito and Bulla Kanekoa.

The Hui Kakoo concert is a family-friendly event that supports the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

Info: www.keauhoushoppingcenter.com, 322-3000.

Lucky Tongue ‘Dance Night’ in Waimea

Kahilu Theatre is opening up dance floor space as part of the “Dance Night at Kahilu” series, featuring one of Big Island’s hottest rock ‘n’ roll bands, Lucky Tongue, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In 2017, Lucky Tongue set out to capture the idealist dreams of a famed era with their debut of a 60’s inspired rock journey, My Generation, which set them on a path that led them around the globe. Lucky Tongue remains one of the most frequently booked bands in town performing at local hotspots across the Island of Hawaii. The core three members of Lucky Tongue are family members Blaine Ward on bass and harmonica, with sons Blade Ward on guitar, and Dylan Ward on drums.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available with beer, wine, and flavored sparkling water.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road in Waimea.

Uma Zuma Band gets down

The Uma Zuma Band four-piece band is playing a couple of shows next weekend.

They’ll be at 8-10 p.m. Friday at Korner Pocket in Kealakekua and 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Laverne’s in Kona.

This local Big Island 4-piece band features two Pahoans: Steve Fundy on guitar and Bruce David on drums while Uma and Dave Ojeda live in Kona. They sing and play the ukulele and bass, respectively.

Info: Uma at 464-5917 or check www.umaojeda.weebly.com

Ohrlando’s Chamber Ensemble concert Sept. 8

Ohrlando’s first program in the 2019 series is dedicated to the Baroque and Early Classic period, the high period of the harpsichord. The predecessor of the modern piano was the preferred keyboard instrument at that time both as an accompaniment and as solo instrument.

Barbara Coffman on flute will join the group again as she did several times since Ohrlando started his series six years ago. Georg Friedrich Händel, one of the most famous figures in the Baroque era, is represented with a trio sonata, a flute sonata and a sparkling harpsichord piece.

Another trio by Johann David Heinichen will be heard with the sweet sound of the oboe d’amore. Two interludes from 1946 by Jacques Ibert with a Spanish touch will make a contrast. The program finishes with some brilliant harpsichord solos in a trio composition by François Devienne, also sometimes called “the French Mozart.”

The concert is at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at a private Kailua-Kona residence.

Info, reservations and directions: roland.maurer@gmx.ch or call 315-7666.

Kahilu Theatre returns Kumu Hula Keali’i Reichel

Returning to the Kahilu Theatre stage to open the 2019/2020 Season, “Being Alive,” is Hawaiian singer/songwriter, educator, and kumu hula Keali’i Reichel.

He will put on two performances at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22. at Kahilu Theatre.

Keali‘i was born and raised on Maui. His passion for the language and culture of Hawaii led him to become the founding director for Pünana Leo O Maui, the Hawaiian language immersion school. He also founded his own hula school, Halau Ke`alaokamaile, in 1980 and has won numerous awards over the years.

Keali‘i Reichel has been at the forefront in the revival and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture. He is a world-class performer, best-selling recording artist, multiple award-winning kumu hula, prolific composer, renowned chanter, choreographer, dancer, crafter, scholar and teacher.

Keali‘i retains his initial goal of presenting new compositions in the Hawaiian language for hula students, and he works to dispel long-held stereotypes of Hawaii’s living culture and her indigenous people.

Tickets are $65/$35 and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela HI, 97643.

Daifukuji Soto Mission bazaar Sept. 8

Daifukuji Soto Mission’s annual bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8.

Food items such as sushi, manju, baked goods, and preserves, as well as plants, produce, household items, clothing, toys, and books will be sold. Entertainment will be provided by Kona Daifukuji Taiko. The gift shop and snack shop will open at 8 a.m.

A fundraiser for the temple’s Building Fund, 79-7241 Mamalahoa Highway next to Teshima’s in Honalo.

Info: (808) 322-3524, www.daifukuji.org.

Kona Choral Society open house

Come and hear what the Kona Choral Society is all about at their “sit in and sing” Open House rehearsal at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 11 at Kealakehe Intermediate School, where repertoire for the fall season will be previewed.

The 100-voice Kona Choral Society is led by Susan McCreary Duprey, artistic director; Gloria Juan, accompanist. The chorus performs ethnic, traditional, and master choral works.


Featured works this season include Michael John Trotta’s For a Breath of Ecstasy with string quartet and oboe, Handel’s Messiah with full orchestra, and repertoire from Argentina, Canada, France, Japan, Early America, and Hawaii.

No audition is required.

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