Konishiki Yasokichi born Saleva'a Fuauli Atisano'e, is a Hawaiian-born Japanese-Samoan former sumo wrestler. He was the first non-Japanese-born wrestler to reach ōzeki, the second-highest rank in the sport. After sumo, he began to turn his talents to music, most notably with his collaboration with Rimi Natsukawa as well as L-Burna on the song “Livin’ Like Kings.” He often sings and raps in a mixture of English and Japanese.
Starting at the Waikiki Shell, the Poly’s Finest Fest 2018 will feature the top Polynesian Reggae artists from all over the globe. Then, the party will continue at Blue Note Hawaii with local group Maoli and special guests!
Dedicated to the sounds of Jazz and Hip-Hop Fusion, The Dae Han Ensemble pulles influence from the sounds from the past, to blend with the present. The Ensemble will be performing a tribute to jazz pianist Donny Hathaway. Hathaway fused the sounds of R&B, gospel, jazz, classical, and rock throughout his career and is best known for duets with Roberta Flack.
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.
Joining Amy will be guitarist Jeff Peterson. Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.
Childhood friends Keith Batlin and Ryan Brandvold are the founders and songwriters for Guidance Band. Keith and Ryan began performing together with several groups during high school in Hawaii. The highly anticipated sophomore album "Good Life" features both GRAMMY award winner Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru and dancehall queen Sister Nancy.
Louis Prima, also known as the "King of Swing," was an Italian American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, and jump blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career. Prima made prominent use of Italian music and language in his songs, blending elements of his Italian identity with jazz and swing music.
Keely Smith, was an American jazz and popular music singer, who performed and recorded extensively in the 1950s with then-husband Louis Prima, and throughout the 1960s as a solo artist.
Eric Gilliom is an award-winning musician and entertainer whose multihyphenate talents have taken him from his roots in Hawaii to performing live on the stages of Broadway, the Grammy awards and into the mainstream through his various concerts and appearances in films and television. He is currently the lead singer of Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band based on the island of Maui. As a native Hawaiian singer, songwriter, and musician, he's won the Na Hoku Award (Hawaiian Grammy) for Best Album with his partner Willie K as "The Barefoot Natives."
Drawing influences from bands such as The 1975, Explosions in the Sky, M83, and Haim, Ivory City has aimed to serve an indie-pop vibe to their music as well as other elements. A young band with raw talent — this is what Ivory City brings to the plate. Kickstarted by Jon Banquil in 2014, Ivory City came from humble beginnings. Its current band members hailed from different groups prior to teaming up for this project.
For the third year in-a-row Mike Lewis presents a 4th of July Celebration showcasing the best of Hawaii’s High School Jazz bands. This year will feature both Waipahu and Kailua High School Big Bands.