Local Music

Amy Hanaiali'i

Local Spotlight: Amy Hanaiali'i


Singer – Songwriter, Amy Hānaiali'i remains Hawai'i's top selling female vocalist of all time. Hānaiali'i's success as a recording artist speaks for itself and is evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements, including five GRAMMY® nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album. Amy's albums have also garnered 22 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards – Hawai’i's equivalent to the GRAMMY® awards.

Tribute to Nina Simone

Local Spotlight: Tribute to Nina Simone by Josh Kaye & Sherry Graham


Nina Simone was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century - an icon of American music. She earned the moniker ‘High Priestess of Soul’ for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment.

Raiatea Helm

Local Spotlight: Raiatea Helm


Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm made history in 2006 as Hawai‘i’s first solo female vocalist ever to receive a Grammy Nomination for her sophomore CD “Sweet and Lovely.” She now claims six Na Hoku Hanohano awards, tours extensively, and collaborates with Hawaiian greats such as The Brothers Cazimero and The Makaha Sons.

Kuana TOrres

Local Spotlight: Kuana Torres Presents Kahelelani: A Tribute to Ni'ihau


Kuana continues his Tribute to the Hawaiian Islands with Kahelelani: A Tribute to Ni'ihau with very special guests Nalani Keale and Halau Kaulakahi. In 1995, Kuana and fellow Hilo native and falsetto musician, Kehau Tamure, laid the foundation for what emerged as of the most popular Hawaiian Music groups to date, Na Palapalai. They released “Makani ‘Olu’olu” in 2002 to meteoric success and raves from critics. Kuana’s original, “Ke Anu O Waimea” is still the most popular hula song in Japan to this day.