Joachim Cooder delivers intimate songs and stories set

  • Joachim Cooder performs on an Array electric mbira, a variation on the African thumb piano, during Saturday's concert at Kahilu Theatre. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Joachim Cooder performs on an Array electric mbira, a variation on the African thumb piano, during Saturday's concert at Kahilu Theatre. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Joachim Cooder performs on an Array electric mbira, a variation on the African thumb piano, during Saturday’s concert at Kahilu Theatre. (Photos by Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Joachim Cooder and long-time bassist friend Mark Fain perform for the crowd during Saturday’s concert at Kahilu Theatre.

Joachim Cooder is no stranger to the Big Island. Although his Saturday performance at the Kahilu Theatre marked his concert debut here, he tagged along with his father, Ry Cooder, to visit slack-key guitar legend Gabby Pahinui at his home in Kona. Ry and Gabby had recorded several albums together in the 1970s.