Moana Kuma Named 2016 Pa‘u Queen

Raised on the slopes of Hualalai, Moana Kuma will reign as queen of the 2016 King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Kailua-Kona on Saturday, June 11.  In her unit, Moana honors her entire extended ohana, friends, and past parade queens who illustrate Kona’s beautiful past, present, and future. As queen, she will pay tribute to her beloved Kona and its people.
Moana has been a part of the Kamehameha Day Parade festivities for the last three decades as a pa’u rider, narrator, and planning committee member.  She gives her sincere mahalo and aloha to her ohana and friends who have walked this journey with her.
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2016 King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade

Featuring 120 riders on horseback, this year’s floral parade begins at 9 a.m. in Historic Kailua Village. Beautiful p‘au equestrian units will represent the eight Hawaiian Islands, led by this year’s pa‘u queen, Moana Kumu. The parade travels down Ali‘i Drive from Royal Kona Resort past Hulihe‘e Palace and Kailua Pier, up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway. Come one, come all!


Anna Akaka, 2014 Pa‘u Queen

Anna Akaka, 2014 Pa‘u Queen

Sistah Robi Kahakalau to Perform at 2016 Ho‘olaule‘a

Her first solo recording, Sistah Robi, was released in 1995. Some of the featured artists are Roland CazimeroErnie Cruz Jr.Troy Fernandez, Bryan Kessler, Sean Na’auao, Jeff Rasmussen, and Fiji. Oh, and Bu La’ia too.

Keiki O Ka 'AinaHer second album, Keiki O Ka ‘Aina, was released in 1997. This album reveals Robi’s love for the children, the land, and life itself. Featured again are Michael Grand, FijiSean Na’auao, and Dave Tucciarone. Also included are the The Ka’au Crater BoysThe Makaha SonsCyril Pahinui, BB Shawn (Ishimoto), and chant by Kekuhi Kanahele.

All I WantAll I Want, was released in 2000. Her third CD features some of her favorite songs and many of her favorite musicians. Ranging from Hawaiian, to reggae, blues, jazz and R&B, with lyrics in English, Hawaiian, Tahitian and French. Among guest artists are The Makaha SonsKapenaLehua Kalima of Na Leo Pilimihana, Sakiusa BulicokocokoErnie Cruz Jr.Eric GilliomShawn IshimotoSean Na’auaoJeff Rasmussen, and many more!

In between her own CD releases, she keeps busy with numerous tours, performing with some of Hawaii’s finest musicians and vocalists — including the Mākaha Sons, the late Dennis Pavao, “Auntie” Genoa Keawe, Fiji, Sean Na`auao, Cyril Pahinui, Jeff Rasmussen, the former Ka`au Crater Boys, Hapa, and more. These tours take her throughout the United States mainland and include multiple Carnegie Hall engagements, regular Los Angeles (West Coast), Denver, and Las Vegas performances, as well as international travel to Tahiti, Guam and more recently to Japan and Sri Lanka.

Hoku Zuttermeister headlines 2016 Ho‘olaule‘a at Hulihe‘e Palace

Recording artist Hoku Zuttermeister takes the stage at this year’s Ho’olaule’a after the parade on June 11, 2016. Hōkū’s album, “‘Āina Kūpuna”, won six 2008 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards including Hawaiian Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Hawaiian Language Performance, Most Promising New Artist and Liner Notes.






P’au Workshop, Saturday April 23, 2016

Parade participants will gather at Kona Historical Society on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to  learn about the pa’u tradition. Led by Hawaiian kupuna of pa”u, 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.

Our 2015 Headliner: Nathan Aweau

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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”.

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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:


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.”

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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'u workshop