FRIDAY JUNE 9TH PERFORMANCE LINEUP


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Norman Fua’alii Thompson Jr., or Norm, was raised in rural Laie, on the island of Oahu. He hails from a long line of local musicians and composers. Norm has outstanding vocals and strong writing ability. Some of Norm’s hits include,  “Hawaiian Born,” “Groove With Ya”, and “Party,” just to name a few.

 

 


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PATI (FRIDAY)

Pati is one of Hawaii’s best known R&B singers, from his stint as lead singer with the local group DISGUYZ, to achieving star status with his hit solo CD, “Nesian”. Pati performs for sellout crowds wherever he goes – Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and the states. He had the opportunity to perform live in front of over 250,000 people, and was broadcast singing the national anthem at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers on Fox Sports 2. He has also opened for Aswad, Coolio, Krayzie Bone, Eden’s Crush, and Don Ho.

 

 


 

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Maoli (meaning “Native” in Hawaiian), started in Maui with Glenn Awong, a then 14-year-old with a passion for music, and Kana Akiu-Corpuz. In their sophomore year, the aspiring vocalist and bassist began writing original music at the encouragement of their high school teacher. It was also during this time that Glenn started recording demos of his songs. By the time he reached his senior year, Glenn was ready to share his music with a greater audience. In 2005, Glenn and the band he formed, “No Boundaries”, won a Battle of the Bands competition on the island of Maui. With numerous performances under his belt, Glenn then formed Maoli in 2007 with a new lineup of talented musicians, including bassist, Kana.

 

 


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KOA’UKA (FRIDAY)

The 5 members from Waianae, consisting of Bronson Rosa, West Mulivai, Keahi Lau, T-C and Kamu Kalauli are better known in the Hawaiian music industry as Koa’uka. It’s been years since Koa’uka released their sophomore album “Strictly Koa’uka Style” and their debut album “Tailgate Party”. They returned with their fourth recording project, titled “Instantaneous”. The band has not performed together in years but will come together to perform once more at the 3rd annual Revive The Live Music Festival at the Waikiki Shell.

 

 


BABA B (FRIDAY)

Originally from Waianae, Christopher Badoyen aka Baba B, started singing at the age of 16. His main musical influences growing up was Braddah Iz and Michael Jackson. Baba B is a well known Island Reggae artist in the Hawaiian islands and have performed all over the world. He is known for his songs “All my life,” “Big Boy In Love,” and “Westside Pride.” Currently living in Las Vegas, Baba B hasn’t sang in Hawaii for some time, but he is ready to return to the islands to perform for the people.

 

 


PENIDEAN (FRIDAY)

In July of 2014, lead singer and Hawaii’s legendary voice of Natural Vibrations aka “Natty Vibes”, PeniDean Puaauli left the band who was based in San Diego, to return home to Hawaii to focus on his family, do some soul searching and replant his roots back in his home land. Missing music, he put together a new band full of fresh faces and a fresh sound. In addition to the new band, Peni reunited with another former renowned voice of Natural Vibrations, Kayton “Sly Mongoose” Macariola.

 

 


MALINO (FRIDAY)

Malino began back in the 8th grade. Malino first started off with 12 members, under the guidance of Mr. Sam Ellis, the school security guard. Off campus, Mr. Ellis was a music producer and managed an up and coming group at that time called, Island Sounds. They turned out to be one of Malino’s mentors as they progressed through music. From 8th grade, they moved onto high school, and went down to five members. Kapono and Allen attended Baldwin High, while Zach, Vince and Drigo attended Maui High. They recorded their first album, “Always Be Mine” back in 2003, under Mistah Records. From then until now Malino has traveled to all of the main Hawaiian Islands, San Diego, and San Jose. Malino has done all sorts of gigs ranging from birthday parties, weddings, grand openings, to major reggae concerts. Currently, Malino now consists of four members.


SATURDAY JUNE 10TH PERFORMANCE LINEUP


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FIJI (SATURDAY)

Fiji is one of the biggest Polynesian artists of our time. His golden voice and musical blends, have launched him on the world stage as a pioneer of the Pacific Island sound. A fusion of classic reggae, Hip-Hop, R & B and Jazz set Fiji apart as a performer. His unique style defies the idea of categorizing artists into a single genre of music, giving Fiji widespread appeal and capturing his array of musical influences. For those that love Hawaiian-style Hip Hop, Fiji offers established fans his recognizable energy and remarkable personality. Newcomers to his music embrace his smooth voice and exotic sound. Previous albums – Evolution, Born and Raised – brought successful unique island style to the mainstream, launching Fiji as one of the most recognized Polynesian artist in the world. His release, Independence Day, has made the greatest impact on the Pacific and West Coast music scene. Fiji has successfully captured the beauty and allure of the island life through his music. In 1998, he earned the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year, solidifying his place among Polynesian fans and introducing his sound to a wide audience of listeners. Embracing the Polynesian style, he has introduced music lovers around the world to his own take.


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HOONUA (SATURDAY)

Ho’onu’a translated into English means, “give lavishly”. Since the beginning of their musical careers together, Christian Yrizarry and Jared Keo have done just that; they’ve given it their all. In 1994, both Christian and Jared began their freshman year at the University of San Diego. They were among a small handful of Hawaii guys on the football team, and they would get together to hang out and “jam”. It was during these “jam” sessions that they realized their voices blended well together. After three years of just kanikapila and performing for the other local students that resided in San Diego, their opportunity to record some of their music had come. In 1997, their first single, “Surf Session,” was released on the T & C Sessions Volume II album, and in 1998, Ho’onu’a put out their very first full-length album, Feel Good Island Music, consisting 10 original songs. The album featured hit songs like “When I Think About You”, “Island Style Cruizin”, “Koa Tree”, “Surf Session”, and “Feel Good Island Music”, all of which reached #1 in Hawaii. Upon graduating from the University of San Diego in May of 1998, they returned home to Hawaii to promote their new album and to continue their musical careers.


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EKOLU (SATURDAY)

It all began back in 1994 where three young and talented men of Maui, began their musical journey. Lukela Keala, Akoni Dellomes & Makapu Hoopii attended Baldwin High School and were enrolled in a music class. Day after day, they would perfect their skills during little jam sessions. As the year went by, their talents allowed them to perform in front of an audience for the first time at Brown Bags to Stardom. Although they took 2nd place to ballerina dancers (Ha Ha Ha!), it didn’t stop them. Ekolu has traveled to many parts of the United States. They’ve been to Alaska, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado, Japan and played in front of crowds up to 15,000 plus people. They enjoy every moment of sharing their music with people all over the world.

 


TEN FEET (SATURDAY)

In the summer of 1995, on the south shore of Oahu, founding members Andres Delos Santos & Josiah Kekoa played their acoustic guitars and sang songs for the surf crew on the beach at Sand Island. Soon after, original members Ericson Carnate & Nathan Martin were asked to join the group. With the addition of original bass player, Jojo Guzman, the formula was complete –’ five guys, two feet each…Ten Feet. With two Billboard chart-topping albums under their belt, several Hawaii Music and Na Hoku Hanohano awards, dozens of tours and hundreds of performances later, in 2004, the band took a break. In 2005, with new bass player Jon Irei on board, the band returned to the stage and in 2006 was back in the studio for the first time in four years recording new music. They marked 13 years of music in 2008, with the release of album number three, Everyday. Ten Feet embarked on a new chapter in their musical voyage.

 


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OPIHI PICKERS (SATURDAY)

A local music treasure in Hawaii, the Opihi Pickers began as recording artists in 1998 while still young teens. They broke through to a wider audience in 2001 with the success of their hit song “Old Fashioned Touch”. In early 2008 they announced that the band would be disbanding in June 2008. They reunited for one show in 2011 for the KCCN FM-100 Birthday Bash at the Waikiki Shell is Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2013, they will be releasing new music and performing at the Mayjah Rayjah 2013 Music Festival at Kaka’ako Amphitheater in Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 


BET (SATURDAY)

B.E.T., Big Everytime, is popular for their Jamaican-style roots-reggae sound and their soulful traditions of “urban” R&B ballads.  With five albums to their credit, B.E.T. is Polynesian P-funk at its best. Their music is a mix of G-funk from the streets of L.A. with the dancehall and island sounds of Jamaica. Hawaii is a melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnicities. Like Hawaii, Big Everytime has many different musical facets that are combined to make a different and unique sound. B.E.T’s flavor covers unique styles from Reggae,Hip-Hop,and R&B to Funk. Add a heavily influenced Polynesian and island mood to this mix and the sum of these different musical facets would equal, BIG EVERYTIME!

 


 KOLEA (SATURDAY)

Kolea hails from Big Island, Hawaii, and is a family group named after their grandmother. Before their grandmother passed, the group asked her if they could name themselves after her – Kolea for them is Korean, and their grandmother was Korean/Chinese. They are known for playing Hawaiian, Country, Local and Old School music. Top songs that they have released are “Love Ten Feet Away,” “Everything That Glitters,” and their new song, “Let Me Down Easy,” which is #1 on radio stations across the state.

 


SUNDAY JUNE 11TH PERFORMANCE LINEUP


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FIJI (SUNDAY)

Fiji is one of the biggest Polynesian artists of our time. His golden voice and musical blends, have launched him on the world stage as a pioneer of the Pacific Island sound. A fusion of classic reggae, Hip-Hop, R & B and Jazz set Fiji apart as a performer. His unique style defies the idea of categorizing artists into a single genre of music, giving Fiji widespread appeal and capturing his array of musical influences. For those that love Hawaiian-style Hip Hop, Fiji offers established fans his recognizable energy and remarkable personality. Newcomers to his music embrace his smooth voice and exotic sound. Previous albums – Evolution, Born and Raised – brought successful unique island style to the mainstream, launching Fiji as one of the most recognized Polynesian artist in the world. His release, Independence Day, has made the greatest impact on the Pacific and West Coast music scene. Fiji has successfully captured the beauty and allure of the island life through his music. In 1998, he earned the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year, solidifying his place among Polynesian fans and introducing his sound to a wide audience of listeners. Embracing the Polynesian style, he has introduced music lovers around the world to his own take.


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MANA’O COMPANY (SUNDAY)

Mana’o Company has been in the island music scene for 30 years. They have inspired many of the top island reggae bands & artists popular today, as they were part of the wave of Jawaiian music that took the islands by storm over 30 years ago. Mana’o Company helped to develop a new type of island music that blended the tight, cool rhythms of Reggae, with the beautiful, soothing harmonies of Hawaiian and turning it into a music like no other kind in the world – “Hawaiian Reggae”. They are Na Hoku Hanohano award winning artists and in 2002, their album, entitled “Spread a Little Aloha” won five Hoku’s.


BRUDDAH WALTAH (SUNDAY)

Walter Aipolani, better known as Bruddah Waltah, describes himself as a “ Searider fo’ life!” referring to the Wai`anae school in his home town on the Leeward side of O`ahu. He also has deep roots in Keaukaha, in the district of Hilo on Hawai`i Island, where he was born. While Bruddah Waltah is highly accomplished in traditional Hawaiian music, he is most renowned as, the “Father of Hawaiian Reggae.” Growing up in the music-filled community of Wai`anae, the traditional melodies of Hawai`i were part of the soundtrack of his life. In 1991, he took the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for best CD: Island AfternoonHawaiian Reggae. Bruddah Waltah calls his music “Hawaiian Reggae,” rather than “Jawaiian.” He adheres to the reggae beats and riffs, and lets the lyrics tell their story. His musicianship is solid, giving the story of the song a firm foundation, rather than burying it in pyrotechnics.


HO’AIKANE (SUNDAY)

A four member Hawaiian band featuring Noland Ha’o, Walter Tavares, Russell Mauga, and John Mauga called themselves “The Ho’aikane’s,” were founded in 1983 on the Kona side of Big Island, Hawaii. Their first three album releases were under Kahanu Records. As the style of music changed, so did band members. The Mauga brothers pursued their own music careers. Hoku Tolentino, Jamieson “Wongie” Wong, and Jamin Wong joined Nolan Ha’o and Walter “Ace” Tavares, Jr. The new look and sound of Ho’aikāne exploded during the Jawaiian scene and in 1990, the released Island Irie. This new sound of music catered to younger mainstream audiences. The Hawaiian reggae scene was in full swing in 1993. Ho’aikāne released Bulletproof, then in 1995 released the Massive album both of which contained hit songs featuring island rapper Jamin Wong – Chief Ragga.Six years later in 2001 Ho’aikāne recorded their second live album, Ho’aikāne ‎– Live: The Last Set. The band Ho’aikāne, although containing no original members, recorded Ho’aikāne ‎– Sweet Okole under their own music label Ho’aikāne Music LLC in 2012. While the music has changed over the years from Hawaiian, Slack Key, Country, Island Music, Jawaiian, Island Reggae, Reggae, and even Dance Hall one thing for sure, Ho’aikāne music has been, and will continue to be with us all.


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Kapena, considered to be one of Hawaii’s premier island bands has more than 20 Island Music CD’s to their credit. Although the band has been through some changes, its founding member, Kelly Boy De Lima is still the band leader. Kapena continues to be an institution that embraces what islanders fell in love with when fans first heard the unique sound of their “electrifying” Kapena music. In the early 2000’s, Kelly Boy introduced Hawaii to the next generation of Kapena, his three children—Kapena, Kalena and Lilo. With the next generation came a new, fresh Kapena sound. Kelly Boy’s three children have gained success of their own, writing new original music and being nominated and winning multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards. This new Kapena band offers a diverse new package for the old diehard fans as well as a new generation of Kapena fans.

 


LEAHI (SUNDAY)

“Leahi” has always been one of Hawaii’s favorite female recording artist, performers, and entertainers. “For Your Love”, “Kauaian Girls”, and “Push Push” are just some of their hit songs. Leahi’s genre consist of Traditional Hawaiian to Island Reggae.

 


MICAH G (SUNDAY)

Micah G is known for his soulful voice and love song writing that almost everyone can relate to. His music is always positive and easy to listen to. Micah G was one of the founders and the front man of a young Hawaii band called, The Next Generation. In 2009, Micah G released his début album, G Style, that featured hits such as “Big City Love” and “Take a Chance”. He is inspired by Lovers Rock legends Aswad and Gregory Isaacs.