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Lightnin’ Larry Dupio

Lightnin’ Larry Dupio

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Influenced by guitar masters like BB King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Carlos Santana, local boy from Hawaii, Larry Dupio, emerges with a style all his own. While meeting Muddy Waters backstage at the Wa
Influenced by guitar masters like BB King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Carlos Santana, local boy from Hawaii, Larry Dupio, emerges with a style all his own. While meeting Muddy Waters backstage at the Waikiki Shell in 1982, Waters asked Larry to do him a favor and "keep the blues alive!" Larry is keeping that promise.

His seventh album "Love And Lightnin'," to be released this coming November, is a follow up after winning the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for the Best Rock Album of the Year in 2019. Three of his previous albums, "Lightning Larry Dupio," "Elima" and "Lightning Strikes Hilo" have made it onto the first GRAMMY® ballot in several different categories.

Larry Dupio grew up in Kailua and Kalihi on the island of Oahu, graduated from Farrington High School, served honorably in the Navy during the Vietnam era, came back home and got his music degree from Leeward Community College. He was able to nurture his talent on the Big Island of Hawaii and won the support of a loyal following and earned the "Keepin' the Blues Alive" award from the Hawaiian Blues Society. Larry and his family moved to the Pacific Northwest for almost ten years. During that time, Larry became a part of the prestigious Portland music scene. He won Guitar Center's King of the Blues competition in Portland and was nominated as Best Guitar Player in Cascade Blues Association's Muddy Waters Challenge.

Monday, September 23rd, will be an eclectic night of traditional and original Blues. Come and strap on a seat belt and get ready to be spellbound!

"The image of the rock guitarist is akin to that of a gunfighter or a fighter pilot, young, cocky, oozing of machismo and devoid of any acceptance of the constraints of mortality. Then there's Larry Dupio, the Big Island's premier rock guitarist."⁠—John Burnett, Hawaii Island Journal
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Willie K

Willie K

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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 i
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.
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Keauhou

Keauhou

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Keauhou finds passion and joy in the performance preservation, and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian music.

The name, “Keauhou,” was suggested by Hailama Farden, while the trio played music at the Kamehameha School’
Keauhou finds passion and joy in the performance preservation, and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian music.

The name, “Keauhou,” was suggested by Hailama Farden, while the trio played music at the Kamehameha School’s Midkiff Library. This library is home to the waʻa (Hawaiian canoe) named “Makani Hou o Keauhou,” under which the group performed. Translated as “the new wind of Keauhou,” this waʻa became the inspiration for the group name, “Keauhou.” While the Hawaiian language offers a multiplicity of meanings and translations, the groups name can be translated as “the new/renewed generation.”

This name defines the young trio, Kahanuola Solatorio, and brothers, Nicholas and Zachary Lum, 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.

These three graduates of the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama found their musical roots through their involvement in the many musical and cultural opportunities offered at Kamehameha Schools. They sang in the concert glee club, played in the band and both Lum brothers held the esteemed positions as their class’ student director in the world-renowned song contest.

Kahanuola and Nicholas recently graduated with their Master's Degree in the fields of Education and Hawaiian language, respectively, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Zachary is currently the Choral Director of the prestigious Kamehameha School's Concert Glee Club and also a Master's candidate in the field of Ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. All three are active and passionate educators and cultural practitioners in their fields.

In 2008, Keauhou was awarded first place in the unamplified traditional Hawaiian music contest, “Ka Himeni Ana,” held annually at the Hawaiʻi Theater. In 2017, Keauhou took top honors at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards attaining nine awards in nine categories for their debut album, "Keauhou." The group is currently in the process of recording their second project hopefully to be released by the end of 2017.

Kahanuola, Nicholas and Zachary are truly thankful for the many opportunities and honors with which they have been blessed as well as the many more to come. With the relationships between them and the guidance of akua, kūpuna, ʻohana, and kumu alike, the members of Keauhou hope to offer a seemingly-new sound to the Hawaiian music scene, inspired by those who have come before. E koʻolau ke kō a Keauhou.
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