- 12 Mon Nov 2018
Kahulanui @ Blue Note Hawaii
GRAMMY® nominated and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning band Kahulanui is a nine-piece Hawaiian Swing Band from the Big Island of Hawaii, comprised of four horns, guitar, bass, ukulele, drums and steel. Dubbed "The Hawaiian Kings of Swing," they are known for their innovative and creative arrangements. Kahulanui's music will take you on a trip back into time when Hawaiian music blended with American Jazz creating a genre known as Hawaiian Swing. Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. found inspiration from his Grandfather, Robert Kahulanui, who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music.
“Throughout Hawaii in the '20s and '30s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Lolena and Kahulanui borrow from these influences and perform classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawaii today. Lolena ‘Lena’ Naipo, Jr. goes back to his roots in Kahulanui’s first release, Hula Ku’i. It’s Hawaiian Swing at its finest.... one of the most innovative releases to come out of the islands.”
Lolena accompanied his dad who played music with Aunty Genoa Keawe and Andy Cummings among others. As Lolena grew in his abilities he would accompany musicians like Darrell Lupenui, Kekua Fernandez and even the Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders. Lolena draws musical influences from the likes of Uncle Alvin Kaleolani Isaac’s, Ray Kinney, Sam Koki, Lani McIntire and even Spike Jones.
Amy Stillman of hte blog Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure says "Kahulanui’s execution of big-band stylings evokes an era of smoke-filled bars alive with lindyhopping dancers. Underlying this contemporary take on vintage music, moreover, is a cultural cohesiveness of enacting ku'i–of joining old and new. Like, awesome!"
Time: 6:30pm (Doors 5:30pm) / 9:00pm (Doors 8:30pm)
Location: Blue Note Hawaii (2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815)
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