The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera leaving everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment.
Local R&B singer Yoza began playing music at a young age, excelling as a saxophonist she earned a full music scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University. She would go on to win the 2014 Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for "R&B Album of the Year."
In the 1970's, Robert Cazimero was instrumental in the resurgence of Hawaiian music and culture. That resurgence began a career that almost thirty years later is stronger than ever. Musician, composer, kumu hula; his work in all of these areas is well-known throughout the world.
In the early 2000s, Kapena band leader Kelly Boy introduced Hawaii to the next generation of Kapena, his three children—Kapena, Kalena and Lilo. The group continues to be one of Hawaii’s premier island bands, embracing the unique sound of their “electrifying” music that fans fell in love with when they first heard the group.
Josh Kaye & Friends return to Blue Note Hawaii with special guest bassist Stu Hamm. Stuart Hamm is an American bass guitar player known for his unconventional playing style and solo recordings, as well as his studio and live work with numerous artists including Steve Vai, Frank Gambale, and Joe Satriani.
Lana Kei is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Honolulu, Hawaii. Brought up in a musical family, she started performing around the island with her family group “Da Famili,” at age 10. At age 15 she won Hawaii Stars, at 16 she won a singer-songwriter contest and at age 17 she released her first single, as a solo artist, “Rock With Me.”