Mango Season began as a love story. Annie and Curtis Kamiya were two young artists searching their way through heartbreak, their twenties, and life after college by bonding over a deep love of music. Led by this husband and wife duo, Mango Season evolved their sound from acoustic folk performed on the sidewalks and dive bars of downtown Honolulu into a full, sexy seven-piece band that delivers an intoxicating mix of vintage soul, jazz infused harmonies, and a shock of funk groove.
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.
Celebrating the legacy of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame with Special Guests: Aaron Mahi, Pomaika'i Lyman, & Greg Sardihna. George, Aaron and Pomaikai's mother Genoa Keawe are inductees and we would be performing the music of our inductees. This honor is the highest level of traditional Hawaiian music that would be presented to the public.
If anyone could be described as having “Hawaiian heart and soul,” it is indeed Ryan Kamakakehau Fernandez. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, this 6 week old African American infant was adopted by Robyn Naeʻole and brought to the shores of Maui, Hawaiʻi. It is here that his new family and home shaped “Kamaka” into one of Hawaiʻi’s newest and most refreshing talents. Kamaka’s education played a huge part in his love and appreciation for the Hawaiian culture and music. He is a graduate of the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (Kula Kaiapuni, King Kekaulike High School) and is proud to be a fluent speaker of the Hawaiian language.
Kalani Peʻa, a native of Panaʻewa, Hilo, HI who currently resides on Maui has released his debut album featuring seven haku mele (Hawaiian original music compositions) and five of his favorite covers. Peʻa is all about perpetuating Hawaiian language through music and visual arts as he created his album titled “E Walea” which means to come together like birds, be elated, exuberant and enjoy. On August 5th 2016 "E Walea" hit number 1 on the iTunes world music charts and on August 15th 2016 "E Walea" hit number 12 on the Billboard world albums charts. On February 12th 2017 Kalani Pe'a's debut album "E Walea" took home the Grammy® Award for "Best Regional Roots Music Album".