Archive for "February, 2020"

Great Whale Count – Month of February


February 29, 2020:
Great Whale Count – Month of February. The annual Great Whale Count brings volunteers together to count whales from 12 survey sites along the shoreline of Maui as part of a long-term survey of humpback whales in Hawaii. This event provides the PWF Research department with a snapshot of trends in relative abundance of whales and is one of the world’s longest-running citizen scientist projects, also offering a chance to spend time at a favorite spot or to explore a new part of the island. Upcoming dates are  Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 and Saturday, March 28, 2020. Register and purchase the Great Whale Count commemorative shirt at

John Craigie


February 28, 2020:
John Craigie. McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters while blazing a trail of his own. Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR, performer, who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks to both audiences and fellow artists. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov. He has also earned acclaim from SF Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS, and more. Festival appearances include Ohana Music Festival (CA), Mountain Jam (NY), SXSW (TX), Electric Forest (MI), Summer Camp (IL), Kate Wolf Music Festival (CA), Pickathon (OR), Edmonton Folk Festival (AB), Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), Wanderlust (CA & VT), High Sierra Music Festival (CA), and more. When Craigie plays, it’s one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry at the same time. It’s a musical journey that can’t be denied. Tickets: $20, $25 (plus applicable fees; prices increase on day-of-show).

E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui 2020 (21st Annual)


February 28, 2020 – March 01, 2020:
E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui 2020 (21st Annual). About E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui:
E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui is a Kauai Event that brings together some of the world’s best hula teachers (kumu hula), students of hula, and just everyday people who are interested to learn more about this ancient art.
The 2020 Event on Kauai will mark the 21st  year for E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui, and it is expected to be better than ever. This is a retreat and conference during which participants will be instructed in hula and chanting, meet experts, and much more. Similar Events are held in Japan, Canada, Tahiti, Marqueses, and other locations.
The 2-day Event on Kauai includes workshops, question and answer sessions, special sessions, and a very special performance and celebration to wrap up this years’ E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui.      
The purpose of the conference is to promote and share the rich culture of Hawaii which includes, of course, hula. There are 2 different types of hula, and both are covered at E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui.
The first, hula kahiko, is the traditional style of hula. This includes drumming and chanting along with the dance, and it all works together to tell a story. Some were afraid this art form was going to die out, and even kings took step to keep it alive. Today, E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui is one more way to ensure that this Hawaiian custom is not lost.
The other type of hula dancing is hula auana. This is a modern twist on the hula in which the majority of the story is told through movement. Rather than chanting, the dance is accompanied by ukulele or guitar music.
Whether you are an experienced hula dancer or you just want to learn a bit about this ancient art, consider registering for this popular Event on Kauai.

Kauai Steel Guitar Festival (5th Annual)


February 28, 2020 – February 29, 2020:
Kauai Steel Guitar Festival (5th Annual). The 5th Annual Kauai Steel Guitar Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 28-29, 2020, at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort. This festival will be presented in the days preceding the annual Aloha Music Camp as an extension of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar experience that is offered at the camp. In addition to steel guitar performances by Hawaii steel guitar masters, the festival will include workshops, kanikapila jam sessions where festival guests play along with the steel guitar masters, and Open Stage sessions where amateur Hawaiian Steel Guitarists present their own programs to festival guests. A kanikapila jam session to kick off the festival will be held on Thursday evening, February 27, 2020, between 6PM and 9PM, at a site to be determined. Festival musicians and NextGen steel guitarists and members of the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii ensemble will be joined by guest performers for a fun evening. Information about this event will be posted when it becomes available. The festival is presented free to the public by Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music. Partial funding provided by Hawai’i Tourism through the Kukulu Ola Program. 



February 27, 2020:
This show will have a dance floor! Named Live Ireland’s Traditional Group of the Year, Chicago Irish American News’ Group of the Year, and winners of the prestigious 2016 Freiburger International Leiter award in Germany, Goitse have become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles. The distinctive sound of this award-winning quintet lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and abroad, which makes each performance unique. The music is “brimming with energy and creative zeal.” (Irish Music magazine) Tickets: $35, $45; 10% discount for MACC Members and half-price kids under 12 (plus applicable fees) Tickets on sale to members: Friday, November 15 Tickets on sale to public: Friday, November 22 

E Kanikapila Kakou 2020 – “Hula, Mele & Moolelo” featuring NUE – Na Ukulele Ekolu


February 24, 2020:
E Kanikapila Kakou 2020 – “Hula, Mele & Moolelo” featuring NUE – Na Ukulele Ekolu. NUE – Na Ukulele Ekolu – is Bryan Tolentino on tenor ukulele, Halehaku Seabury from the group “Na Hoa” on baritone ukulele and Kama Hopkins from the group “Holunape” on U-Bass. Friends for many years, these three consummate musicians love getting together to share their music and passion for the ukulele! They have been doing NUE for about 4 years whenever the opportunities present itself! They look forward to sharing their unique sounds with the EKK audience.
All EKK gigs are held in the Jasmine Ballroom of the Kauai Beach Resort from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A suggested donation in the calabash of $10 -$15 treats you to an unforgettable evening of aloha from the heart.
A no-host bar and food concession in the ballroom operates throughout the event. All EKK events are open to the public.
If you have a disability and need assistance please email Carol Yotsuda at
The E Kanikapila Kakou 2020 Hawaiian Music Program is funded in part by Hawaii Tourism’s through the Community Enrichment program, supported by the County of Kauai Office of Economic Development, the Kauai Beach Resort, and the Garden Island Arts Council and EKK supporters.

Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds


February 23, 2020:
Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds. We’re happy to announce that the University of Hawaii at Manoa Wind Ensemble will be heading to Kauai on February to perform the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds! Through a partnership with University of Hawaii, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and the Bishop Museum, Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds aims to educate through science, music, and art to teach about Hawaii’s native bird species and the importance of conservation efforts.

Painting The Alii Spirit of Kauai King Kaumualii : A Culture to Canvas Painting Workshop


February 22, 2020:
Painting The Alii Spirit of Kauai King Kaumualii : A Culture to Canvas Painting Workshop. Following her presentation, MaiKai Kauai-He Inoa No Kaumualii on Th, Feb 20th, Kumuhula Kehaulani’s Kekua will offer a hands on personal painting experience in depending oneʻs appreciation of both Kaumualii and Kauai. The old and new mele shared expressed a deep and inextricable bond between the land and alii. He Alii ka Aina-the land is the Chief. Using her well-known talent as an artist, she will lead participants to draw on their own skills and imaginationto illustrate a personal connection between the Chief and his beloved island. The fee for this workshop is $50. And space is very limited. Lead teachers working on the the School Banner-Hookupu project as well as the public are encouraged to register early directly with Kumu Kehau: 808-346-7575.

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii’s Valentine’s Benefit Event


February 22, 2020:
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii’s Valentine’s Benefit Event. Assistance Dogs of Hawaii’s Annual Valentine’s Benefit Event will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at The Four Seasons Wailea. Enjoy a fabulous 3-course dinner while you listen to inspiring speakers. Delight in music by Maui’s own, Derick Sebastian and browse our silent auction. Meet some of our “puppies in training” as they share their puppy love with our guests at our “Puppy Kissing Booth”. Kim Gennaula and Guy Hagi will emcee this special event. Tickets are $175.00 and tables of 10 are $1,750.00. We invite you to support a life-changing, Hawaii-based charitable organization 501 (c)(3).Proceeds raised at the Valentine’s Event will help Assistance Dogs of Hawaii provide Assistance Dogs, free of charge, to residents of Hawaii for people with physical disabilities and other special needs. This is a special year for Assistance Dogs of Hawaii as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. Since its inception in 2000, Assistance Dogs of Hawaii has graduated over 100 Service Dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities and other special needs. In addition to placing Service Dogs for people with physical disabilities, ADH places Hospital Facility Dogs like Samson at Kapi’olani Medical Center, Ipo at the Queen’s Medical Center and Angel at Straub Medical Center. ADH also places Courthouse Dogs at Prosecutor’s Offices around the state, helping children who are victims of crime through the difficult legal process.

SOKO 6th Annual Artists Studios Weekend – Made in Hawaii

Big Island

February 22, 2020 – February 23, 2020:
SOKO 6th Annual Artists Studios Weekend – Made in Hawaii. Visit 20 artists in their studios at 12 locations along the winding and scenic Mamalahoa Highway from Keauhou throughout South Kona to Honaunau. Plan on a full day of learning and talking with the artists about their inspiration and techniques. A wide range of fine art, smaller items and gifts are available for sale. South Kona Artists Collective is a group of professional artists, including painters, potters, photographers, assemblage sculptors, jewelers, printmakers, woodworkers, fiber and mosaic artists, who share their work through an annual studio tour and exhibitions on Hawaii Island. All Made in Hawaii!
For directions, see map at
For more info 808-443-9587