December is always a special time for Beatles fans, and this year didn’t disappoint. Disney+ is currently streaming a nearly eight-hour docuseries called “Get Back,” which covers the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album “Let It Be.” If that wasn’t enough, there are super deluxe versions of the original album and an accompanying 240-page hardcover book. But Big Island Beatlemaniacs got a little something extra.
Lowe’s has selected Hawaii artist Siena Baldi as the mural artist to represent Hawaii for its Centennial campaign that includes 100 murals across the country.
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.”
Enjoy the music of the holidays each weekend of the season as small ensembles from the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra perform at Kona Commons Shopping Center.
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.
Kahilu Theatre presents the 19th annual ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday featuring Hawaiian musicians Sonny Lim, Jeff Peterson, Nathan Aweau, Brother Noland, Brittni Paiva, John Keawe, Ho’opono Wong, and Sean Parks.
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.
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).
The independent feature film “Paradise,” shot entirely in East Hawaii, wrapped filming last week.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
The K-pop fans are crazy for Korea.