Our Headliner: Nathan Aweau

Nathan Aweau photo for hoolaulea

Nathan Aweau will headline the 2015 Kamehameha Day Celebration Ho‘olaulea on Saturday, June 13 in Kailua-Kona

Nathan was born into a musical family, his grandparents could play various instruments as well as performing with a band, his mom a piano player and his father for many years taught music and was a choir director as well as a Polynesian music teacher at various high schools.

Nathan’s early years consisted of piano lessons, learning the guitar and ukulele and having the natural ability to sing. From grades seven through twelve his main instrument was the saxophone.

In college he performed in the jazz ensemble as a bass player and the wind symphony as a percussionist. By this time his passion for the electric bass made him decide that this would be his main instrument.

In 1983, during his college years, he started his professional career accompanying performers such as Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono, Loyal Garner and Nohelani Cypriano to name a few. He was a member of the Hoku award winning group, Ka’eo, as well as with the award winning group The Ali’i’s. He also did a 16 year stint with the legendary Don Ho. He’s done various high school and college level seminars, covering subjects from writing, arranging and sequencing to computer music.

For a few short years, Nathan was a music teacher at various schools in Hawai’i. He’s even done a project with students from Campbell High School. The students had a chance to see the workings of what goes on in producing a song and recording it.

Other than being a stage musician, Nathan has performed on commercials for Windward Mall, Meadow Gold, JCB credit card co., etc. He’s done background music for various T.V. shows for the Travel Channel, and has done music beds and liners for various radio stations.

In 2001, Nathan released a c.d. called “E Apo Mai”, which garnered him a couple of awards. One was for “Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and “Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year”. A few years after, he released a Jazz c.d. called “Bass Etude”, which focused on the electric bass…this project was honored as “Jazz Album of the Year”.

From 2003-2010, Nathan was a member of Hapa. In 2005 they released an album called “Maui” which shot up the Billboard Magazine’s World Music chart, and peaking at number 7. The following year Hapa went home with 4 out of 6 Hoku Awards. That very year Nathan was honored as “Male Vocalist of the Year”. This was his second time that he went home with this award which placed him in a small group of gentlemen who has won this award more than once. In 2006 Nathan yet again was honored as “Male Vocalist of the Year”, his second in a row, three times total….the only male artist to be recognized as such.

In December 2008 Nathan released his long awaited follow up to “E Apo Mai”, called “Kane’ohe”. This c.d. is focused on songs which celebrate the place that Nathan calls home. He wrote all twelve songs, played every instrument, sang all the background parts, engineered, mixed and mastered the entire c.d. Wayne Harada, a very well respected music critic once said of Nathan, “Nathan is that distinguished rarity…a jack of all trades, master of a wide domain”. Don Ho exclaimed, “A diamond in the rough with tremendous potential”. New York Times, “Nathan has an indebt understanding of orchestration, and his singing style is effortless”.

(article republished from NathanAweau.com)

The art of wrapping the pa‘u

Pa'u Workshop held Saturday, April 25 2015 at Kona Historical Society

Pa’u Workshop held Saturday, April 25 2015 at Kona Historical Society

Parade participants learned about the pa‘u tradition at a workshop held on April 25, 2015 at Kona Historical Society. Kumu taught students the art of wrapping the pa‘u, as well as lei making, equestrian skills, parade protocol and more. A special mahalo to Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa for providing lunch. Mark your calendar for this year’s parade, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Historic Kailua Village. Info: KonaParade.org


Komakakino on the entertainment roster

Komakakino Members: Koma Wana, Namaka DeMello, Kinohi Neves

Komakakino Members: Koma Wana, Namaka DeMello, Kinohi Neves


Come see the Big Island’s own Komakakino, live in concert at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Saturday June 13. Born and raised on Hawaii Island, these young talented musicians discovered, just over a year ago, that they not only share a common love for hula and our culture, but also a love for singing traditional Hawaiian music. Guided and assisted by Kumu Paul, they have written and composed numerous male in the beautiful Hawaiian language. The blending of their voices and beautiful falsettos will surely give you “chicken skin.”

Ka‘ea Lyons to mc concert

Ka‘ae always brings fun and aloha wherever she goes. Join her on Saturday, June 13 after the parade when she takes the mic as mistress of ceremonies for the ho‘olaulea at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Kaʻea Lyons is a born and raised native of Kona with a passion for education. She dedicated 20+ years to the Hawaiian Immersion programs. And now a lecturer at the University of Hawai’i Center at West Hawai’i Community College teaching Hawaiian Language and Cultural courses. With her desire for serving, Kaʻea is also the founder of the Kāko’o I Nā Keiki Program and the Lāhui Project, which benefit Hawaiʻi Island keiki year round with slippers, school supplies and food during winter intersession. She is also a Board Member for the Hawaii Island United Way. Kaʻea is the content/brand manager for KAPA Hwn FM and a familiar voice that you hear every morning as an on-air personality for the morning show – Bolohead and Babes!

KAPA-FM Radio personality Ka‘ae Lyons will be the mistress of ceremonies at the 2015 Ho‘olaulea in Kailua Kona, Saturday, June 13 at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

KAPA-FM Radio personality Ka‘ae Lyons will be the mistress of ceremonies at the 2015 Ho‘olaulea in Kailua Kona, Saturday, June 13 at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel


Lito Arkangel to perform

Lito Arkangel: 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Nominee for Most Promising Artist.

Lito Arkangel: 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Nominee for Most Promising Artist.


Recording artist Lito Arkangel was nominated for Most Promising Artist at the 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. With a solid foundation in the backyard jam sessions of Hawaii, Lito debuted a CD consisting of classic contemporary and traditional male that reveal his heart and should and perpetuate the true and authentic beauty of the Hawaiian culture through music. See him perform after the June 13, 2015 parade at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Pa’u Workshop–Saturday, April 25, 2105

To be held at Kona Historical Society, the workshop will feature lei-making demonstrations, pa‘u wrapping sessions, equestrian protocol and history of the pa‘u tradition.  The public is invited to attend. For information, contact Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944.pa'u workshop

2015 Call For Entries!

Join the parade on Saturday, June 13, 2015! Preparations are underway for the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, to be held on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is open to groups and individuals who want to be in the parade, whether marching bands, floats, vehicles, hula halau or equestrian units, either private mounted or pa‘u. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Parade Chairperson CarriageBarbara Nobriga at 322-9944

2014 Parade Grand Marshal: Lily Kong of Keauhou

Lily 1Lily Makuahine Namakaokaia Haanio Kong was born (1927) and raised in Keauhou and is Kupa no Ka aina of Keauhou  (“Kupa” means well acquainted with the land of Keauhou)

Aunty Lily is the last surviving sibling of 11 children and is a Daughter of Hawaii. She has seen many changes in Keauhou in her lifetime, but one of the many memories she has is the one great lesson that her father inspired in her as a child: “ Na Malama oe ka aina, Ka aina Ha’awi ia oe, na mea ai”.  Roughly translates to “Take care of the land and the land will give back.  Be greedy with the land and land will eat you up.

Growing up, Lily has lived with that lesson helping her mother take care of the land growing her fruit and vegetables; fishing and hunting….taking only what she needed to feed her family.  She has passed that lesson onto her eldest daughter Lily Jr. and together they started Mama’s Kona Coffee which is a featured coffee at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa.