Brunch & Local Music

Willie K

Local Spotlight: Willie K

Tuesday, July 5

For Willie K—born Willie Kahaialii and known affectionately as Uncle Willie in the islands—playing the blues marks the completion of a full circle. Although he has built a reputation as one of the foremost practitioners of native Hawaiian music over the years, it was the blues that Willie first learned from his dad, himself a highly respected musician. “My father was a great influence,” says Willie K. “He groomed me to be where I am today. He was just as diverse as I am—the guy knew how to play everything: jazz, blues and Hawaiian.”

Jeff Peterson

Local Spotlight: Jeff Peterson's Slack Key and Ukulele Night featuring Benny Chong & Byron Yasui

Wednesday, July 6

Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. 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.

Aidan James

Local Spotlight: Aidan James

Monday, July 11

At just 8 years old, Aidan became a YouTube “sensation” when a video of him performing Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” quickly went viral and earned over 20 million views to date. Since appearing in an episode of “Hawaii Five-0” performing that very song, a friendship and mentorship blossomed with lead singer, Pat Monahan, resulting in Aidan’s cameo in “Mermaid,” and being featured as a guest on one of Pat’s podcasts, Patcast. Now 14 years old, Aidan debuted his first full length album, "Echoes," in December 2015. The album features 11 songs, 9 of which he co-produced and co-wrote, collaborating with songwriters from Hawaii, LA and Nashville.