Kahilu keeps music fest tradition alive

The origins of the Kahilu Theatre’s annual ‘ukulele and slack key guitar festival can be traced back to 1832, when King Kamehameha III recruited Mexican vaqueros to Waimea to control an overabundance of cattle. In addition to their riding and roping skills, the vaqueros shared their Spanish guitar playing style with the paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys). Appreciated but not embraced, it was modified and called ki hoalu, or “Slack Key,” which translates as “loosen the [tuning] key.”

Kona Palisades Artists announce open studio tour

The Kona Palisades Artists Group hosts its eighth annual “Open Studio Tour” on Saturday and Sunday. This year the creative group consists of 14 Big Island artists living in close proximity to each other in the Kona Palisades Estates area. It is a unique opportunity when artists open their studios to the public for touring and artists’ demonstrations of their work process with an opportunity to purchase their art. For the safety of the artists and touring customers, we are requiring facial masks to be worn at all times. Hawaii mandates and CDC guidelines will be followed.

DMAC recipient of Ovation TV arts award

Donkey Mill Art Center is the honored recipient of an Ovation TV 2021-22 Stand For The Arts Award, which recognizes local arts, cultural and educational organizations and programs.

Artists and farmers distinguished in ‘Kona People’ exhibit

The essence of farming and the “salt of the earth” farmers who work the ‘aina have been captured through explorations in portraiture by island artists and are the focus of a curated exhibit titled, “Kona People,” now on display at the Donkey Mill Art Center.

Kahilu Youth Troupe represents Hawaii in global theatrical event

Musical Theatre International’s (MTI) All Together Now! was designed for local theatres to perform live as the world recovers from the pandemic. MTI is providing schools and theatres around the globe with an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from MTI’s beloved shows, all free-of-charge (no royalties).

Local songwriters take center stage at Waimea venue

After a three-month gap, the Kahilu Theatre reopened its doors to live audiences, and last Friday’s third installment of the Song Circle series proved once again that we have some exceptional performers who deserve broader attention.

Guild announces Hawaii Writers Showcase

The Hawaii Writers Guild has debuted a new series of videos on its YouTube channel. Hawaii Writers Showcase, which will present Writers Guild members reading their original work in informal settings, was conceived by Guild Events Director Johnson Kahili IV.

Kona music artists celebrate diversity

“Don’t Say,” the latest recording by Kellian and Company celebrates the diversity of Hawaii’s music community, featuring artists of Hawaiian, Latino, African, Caucasian, and Asian backgrounds. The driving, upbeat dance song was written, produced, and directed by Kailua-Kona songwriter and author Dennis Lee Foster.

Carr KVA featured artist for November

The Kailua Village Artists featured artist for the month of November is fine art and professional photographer Kathleen T. Carr, who has worked in her field over 50 years.

Blue Sea Artisans featuring Kona Coffee-themed work

The Blue Sea Artisans Gallery celebrates five years in its location at the Keauhou Shopping Center during November and will be featuring a “Kona Coffee” theme by member artists. There will be specials throughout the gallery.

Hilo Community Players’ six-show run of Rocky Horror Show a success

For the past two weeks, the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium parking lot in Hilo was transformed into an outdoor playhouse of sorts as the Hilo Community Players (HCP) offered a six-show run of the cult classic Rocky Horror Show – Richard O’Brien’s celebrated pansexual rock musical. There were plans to present it last year, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.

Josh Tatofi thrills crowd with moving meles and much more

Although Josh Tatofi’s show last Saturday was livestreamed, the real excitement was being a part of the energetic crowd that attended his concert at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort. Fans spontaneously busted out with “cheehoo!” swayed their cellphone flashlights to “Danny’s Song,” and participated in an a capella version of “Brown Eyed Girl,” while Tatofi schooled them on the proper way to sing the “Sha-la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la tee-da” chorus.