John Cruz’s ‘Acoustic Soul’ celebration: Big Island fans turn out for two sold-out shows

  • John Cruz performs Saturday at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

  • John Cruz returned to Kahilu Theatre Saturday for two performances packed with adoring fans. (Photos by Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Twenty-five years ago, John Cruz produced “Acoustic Soul,” one of the most well-known and best-selling Hawaiian artist albums. His career skyrocketed after the release, and the musician won two Na Hoku Hanohano awards for the iconic recording. Last Saturday, he returned to the Kahilu Theatre for two performances packed with adoring fans.