SUNDAY JUNE 11TH PERFORMANCE LINEUP
FIJI (SUNDAY 9:05 PM)
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.
MANA’O COMPANY (SUNDAY 8:10 PM)
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 7:40 PM)
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 Afternoon—Hawaiian 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.
MICAH G (SUNDAY 7:20 PM)
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.
HO’AIKANE (SUNDAY 6:30 PM)
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.
KAPENA (SUNDAY 5:45 PM)
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 5:00 PM)
“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.