The Maui Arts & Cultural Center is broadcasting a free concert featuring several award-winning Hawaiian-style groups Nā Hōkū Hanohano on September 18 at 7:30 p.m.
In the early 1990s, the Hawaiian Style Band, led by Bryan Kessler and Wade Cambern, redefined contemporary Hawaiian music. They offered a new musical perspective on local culture with original compositions on the living Hawaiian style – on island romance, speaking history, ‘ohana and sovereignty.
Hawaiian Style Band was conceptualized as a rotating band, with over 50 musicians collaborating over its three albums: Lost treasures, rhythm of the ocean and ‘Ohana.
Attendees included Hawaiian music notables Israel Kamakawiwaʻole, Bla, Cyril and Martin Pahinui, Fiji, Teresa Bright, the Ka’au Crater Boys, Del Beazley and Robi Kahakalau.
Now in the 27th year since the release of Endangered treasures, Robi Kahakalau and musician Shawn Pimental join forces with Bryan and Wade to deliver the distinctive vocal harmony of the Hawaiian Style Band.
Robi Kahakalau, known as “Sistah Robi”, is considered one of Hawaii’s most popular artists. She has won multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards and her distinctive voice, creative energy, and fluency in seven languages (including Hawaiian) set her in a class of her own. She mixes the sounds of her native islands with ballad elements of reggae, pop, folk and rock, with an occasional touch of jazz and R&B.
All shows are shown on the MACC website, Facebook pages and YouTube.
The virtual shows are part of the Live @ the MACC series, which is supported by the County of Maui and the Office of Economic Development. The series is designed to provide much-needed opportunities for many artists on the Hawaiian scene and in a combination of live / virtual or safe / in-person events that meet or exceed current CDC guidelines.
Next streaming show:
- Sep 25, 7:30 p.m .: Nathan Aweau. He is known for his beautiful voice and his musical prowess, especially on his favorite instrument, the bass guitar. Often described as a musician with a deep understanding of orchestration, Aweau is proficient in piano, guitar, ukulele, saxophone, percussion and bass.
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