When the Honolulu Pulse said, “Willie K can play or sing almost anything an American audience might ask for,” that wasn’t hype, it was the literal truth. 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—and not only get away with it but leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment. No less than Prince is a huge fan, calling Willie K a “funky mother#%@&er,” while another avowed fan is a fellow Hawaiian who goes by the name Barack Obama.
Eddie Ortiz & Son Caribe have performed alongside and opened for almost every major Latin music event since 2001. Along with regular performances throughout the islands, the band has frequently been called upon to perform internationally throughout the Far East. Son Caribe's CD "Salsa From Hawaii II" was a #1 Best Seller In Hawaii, and received GRAMMY Award consideration for 2004 Best Salsa/Merengue Album.
Kalani Peʻa released his debut album featuring seven haku mele (Hawaiian original music compositions) and five of his favorite covers. Peʻa was determined in perpetuating Hawaiian language through music and visual arts as he created his debut album titled “E Walea,” which won the 2017 GRAMMY® Award for "Best Regional Roots Music Album."
One of the most influential guitarists ever, Jimi Hendrix began playing as a teenager after his father bought him an electric guitar for his 17th birthday. After being honorably discharged from the army Jimi began session musician work Little Richard, B.B. King, Sam Cooke and the Isley Brothers. He would soon form the Jimi Hendrix Experience wowing audiences with his unbelievable musicianship.
This name defines the young trio as they strive to bring forth inspiration from Hawaiian music of the eras preceding them, and contribute to a renewed respect and interest for the incomparable beauty of traditional Hawaiian music.
Davell Crawford, an all-around musical sensation, is one of the true wonders of the contemporary Crescent City music scene. He emerged as a teenage piano terror and began to unfold his incredible talent before the world, and has since enjoyed a widely acclaimed career as an entertainer.
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.