International ukulele star and 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Taimane, has sold out four consecutive concerts on Oahu dating back to November 2019, and all indications suggest Taimane’s performance on Sunday, August 22 at Blue Note Hawaii will continue her streak of sellouts.
Expect the full house to create an electric atmosphere. Taimane has always revelled in the buzz of live performance, but due to the pandemic, she’s performed in front of few audiences over the last year. In fact, the Blue Note Hawaii crowd will be 500% larger than any in-person audience Taimane has performed for since February 2020.
Taimane will take the stage with her band and feature a mix of her beloved standards and songs from her forthcoming new album.
Virtuoso and songwriter, Taimane, is best known for her fierce and inventive style of playing the ukulele helping the hapa Samoan (part caucasian and part indigenous Samoan) artist garner over 50 million video views and 400,000 social media followers to date.
Hailing from a musical Polynesian family including her late mother, Palepa Tauiliili Gardner (Miss Samoa 1978), Taimane’s attraction to the four-string island staple began at age 5. By age 10, she regularly performed in public, busking in Waikiki every Friday night with her father holding down security duties and Waikiki Beach Boys (adults whose home & workplace was the beach) serving as her band. By age 13, Taimane landed a position in Don Ho’s show literally playing in the spotlight every week until Ho’s passing.
Fast forward to today, and you have an artist who tours the world and has carved out a unique niche in music – merging a wide-array of genres, from Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, summoning a seemingly limitless palette of emotions via an instrument previously viewed as restricted.