Nakaya KVA featured artist for July

Kailua Village Artists Gallery will feature origami designer and sculptor Shannon Nakaya throughout the month of July. While origami is more commonly thought of as craft rather than art, Nakaya takes paper folding to an entirely new level with seven foot dragons and toothy sharks, amongst other fantastical creations, all of her own design.

Joachim Cooder delivers intimate songs and stories set

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.

Makana concert honors family and music legends

Makana’s Father’s Day concert at the Palace Theater was filled with heartfelt emotion and exceptional showmanship. The gifted slack key guitar master took the opportunity to publicly honor his dad, who passed away in January due to COVID, by performing traditional Hawaiian music that his father enjoyed.

Diary of 12-year-old Ukrainian refugee to be released

NEW YORK — The reflections of a 12-year-old refugee from the Russian invasion of Ukraine will be published this fall. Yeva Skalietska’s book is called “You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine.”

Movie review: Dazzling biopic a reminder of what made ‘Elvis’ King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Why hasn’t there been a great Elvis biopic yet? Well, Austin Butler wasn’t around to star as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. At the center of Baz Luhrmann’s sprawling pop epic “Elvis,” a film as opulent and outsize as the King’s talent and taste, Butler delivers a fully transformed, fully committed and star-making turn as Elvis Presley. The rumors are true: Elvis lives, in Austin Butler.

Wong joins Hawaii’s state arts agency

Allison Wong will join the team at the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) as Executive Director, effective Aug. 1. A leader in Hawaii’s arts community for over a decade, Wong has a passion for championing the power of culture and art to promote connection, enrich the human experience, and transform lives and communities.

La‘i‘opua 2020 celebrates Kona in a musical video

Celebrate the mele and hula of Kona on July 3 with the live launch of “Kona Mele,” a music video honoring Kona and the area’s celebrated practitioners of mele and hula. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Makaeo Pavilion at Old Kona Airport Park.

Big Island Groove’s Blue Dragon debut

For the past few weeks, music has been making a slow but steady comeback at the Blue Dragon Tavern. The popular Kawaihae Harbor venue has been closed since 2020 and is re-establishing itself as an entertainment location, removing “restaurant” from its blue-painted exterior and offering cocktails. However, you can still get meals from a rotating list of island chefs who prepare in a food truck in the parking lot.

Stanley Jordan offers a new Hendrix experience

The immortal rock icon Jimi Hendrix would’ve turned 80 this November, and in one of his final interviews, he hoped his fans would keep playing his music and “go wild and freak out” long after he was gone. Last Friday, at the Hilo Palace Theatre, Hendrix fans did just that at the “Stanley Plays Jimi” tribute concert.

Aloha Theatre premieres Clue: On stage

The historic interior of the Aloha Theatre makes the perfect setting for an unusual dinner party on a dreary night. The host of the party is found dead and six distinctive individuals are the suspects. This interactive show calls for a night full of twists and theories where the audience is left ironically … clueless.