Every Tuesday night my girlfriends and I head into Lihue to go dancing (Tom is not a fan so he stays home). For years Rob’s Good Times Grill (think “Cheers”) on Rice Street has allowed our dance group to play our music from 7:30 to 10:00. We have fun dancing Swing, Cha Cha, Niteclub 2-Step, Country 2-Step, Salsa and more. For the rest of the people at the restaurant, we are quite the entertainment.
Darrel and I take turns creating a musical playlist each week. One song Darrel always includes is “Knee Deep” by the Zac Brown Band (featuring Jimmy Buffet). Every time it comes on my girlfriend starts singing and says, “That should be the theme song for Honu Point.” So, finally, I thought I would share it with you, just for fun. I have included two videos and the lyrics. Let me know what you think.
A big Mahalo to Anaina Hou who is now bringing live music, trivia and lots of social gatherings to the north shore of Kauai! You may not recognize the name, but Anaina Hou is the community center that features a mini-golf surrounded by a botanical garden in Kilauea. It is also known as the starting point for the Wai Koa Loop trail, a fire show every Wednesday night, and one of the best playgrounds on the island. The Farmers Market on Saturday morning offers some of the freshest local produce, flowers and homemade products. And, there is talk of a craft fair to be held at the same time.
But, what many north shore residents are most excited about are the events that have been happening at the Porter Pavilion; a beautiful, newly built, large room with a stage, that is a perfect venue for movies and live music. Pau Hana Fridays have become very popular. At least one Friday a month a musical group from around the island or abroad is brought in to perform. Food trucks offer ono (delicious) food and concessions are sold. Happy Hour runs from 5:00 to 7:00 with music from 6:00 to 9:00. Keiki (children) are welcome so it makes for a great opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. There is seating inside the pavilion or on a large grassy area which can be used to picnic. It is quite the social gathering and guess what – it’s free!
The 2019 Kauai Folk Festival is a weekend full of music, dance, food, drink, craft and good times for Kauai residents and visitors to the Garden Island. This year more than 34 performers (multiple Grammy-winning artists and more than twelve international acts) will be playing continuously on five music stages. The Kauai Folk Festival blends traditional music and dance from all over the world with its Hawaiian counterpart. And, for the first time, this event will be held at the Historic Grove Farm Museum in Lihue.
The Kauai Folk Festival showcases Old Time, Americana, Tropical, and Hawaiian music. Former Kauai resident, and Grammy winner, Taj Mahal, will be one of the more than 34 musical acts filling the air from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on September 28th and 29th, 2019 (rain or shine).
2019 Kauai Folk Festival Musical Line-Up (from the website):
Taj Mahal – Blues legend Taj Mahal has a long history in Hawaii. As a historian, he has studied the nuances of Hawaiian history and culture. As a resident performer, he has come to know, play with, and record with countless Hawaiian artists. His Hula Blues Band is a rotating cast of Hawaiian musicians fusing blues, folk, and Hawaiian music in the inimitable Taj Mahal style!
One of my June guests who stayed at my vacation rental, Honu Point, was quick to tell me about how much fun they had taking ukulele lessons at Hanalei Strings. The whole family participated, along with a friend who happened to be on the island at the same time. I had heard about these lessons before, but there is nothing like hearing about it from someone who has actually participated. They had a blast!
In celebration of The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villa’s 10th anniversary, an afternoon of music, art, food and fun at the Kaua’i ‘Ukulele & Arts Festival. Enjoy live performances by Kauai-based musician Michael Keale, Herb Ohta Jr., Jon Yamasato, Kanekoa and headliner Kuhio Travis. Featuring works by local Kauai artists.
All ticket sales benefit Namahoe and Na Kalai Waa o Kauai in support of the perpetuation, practice and exploration of the seafaring arts and skills of ancient Polynesians. All ages welcome!
WHAT: Kaua‘i ‘Ukulele & Arts Festival
DATE: Saturday, May 5, 2018
TIME: 4—8 PM
WHERE: The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Main Lawn
3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI, 96722, United States
TICKETS: $45 per person; $20 per keiki under 12
RSVP: Call 808.827.8808 or visit The Westin Princeville Concierge desk.
St. Michael’s is excited to present the 12th annual All Angels Jazz Festival, Friday through Sunday, February 2-4, 2018. This year the festival will feature Latin Jazz. If you happen to be on island during this three day time period, be sure you plan to attend one of Kauai’s best and most anticipated music events.
Kauai’s Dave Mason fans are getting excited about “The Very Best Of Dave Mason” Hawaii Tour coming to our island in February. If you are on island next month you might want to enjoy this musical event with the rock fans of Paradise.
Blues Bear Hawaii is proud to announce that Dave Mason’s “The Very Best of Dave Mason” tour will be coming to do four shows in Hawaii, one of them being on Kauai. Dave Mason’s 2018 shows will be based on his recently filmed concert for PBS which is part of the ‘Infinity Hall Live’ concert series (produced by CPTV).
Originally released in 1979, Dave Mason’s “The Very Best of Dave Mason” is one of America’s most beloved classic rock albums. The music has endured the decades because it is timeless. All ten songs are as satisfying and inspiring as they were 39 years ago.
You will not want to miss Rock and Roll, Hall of Famer, Dave Mason, revisit this classic masterpiece at this limited engagement concert tour, along with his band Johnne Sambataro, Alvino Bennett and Tony Patler.
Experience the sounds of Aloha at the intimate Slack Key Guitar Concert Every Saturday in Princeville! Doug and Sandy McMaster have produced 10 cds perpetuating the knowledge and experience of the endangered artform of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele. Enjoy the magic soothing ambience of this fingerstyle, instrumental musical artform created by Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys) in the late 1700’s. Hear slack key music in the real old style while learning about its history, legendary players, and the history, culture, and natural resources of old Hawaii.
Trip Advisor gave this show the 2016 Certificate of Excellence.
Weekly concerts are at the Princeville Community Center, 4334 Emmalani Drive, by the Prince Albert Park at the entrance to Princeville. Concert starts at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $25 (Ages 20 to 49), $20 (Ages 13 – 19, 50+), $10 (Ages 6 – 12). To purchase tickets or for more information go to http://www.mcmasterslackkey.com/liveshows.html or call (808) 826-1469.