Kunia is named after his late Grandfather “Gabby Pops Pahinui," a respected legend in Hawaiian music. He is both a versatile vocalist and outstanding Ukelele player, equally at home singing the traditional songs his grandfather made famous 70 years ago as well as current rock, blues, reggae and many other styles. Kunia’s 1996 debut album won Hawaiian Music Awards “Best Hawaiian and Contemporary Album of the Year”, and featured Lava Rocks Band members Joe Conti and Jim Summey. He has played with some of Hawaii’s finest musicians as well as performed on recordings for several artists and projects, including the 2013 Pahunui Hawaiian Band album which was nominated for a Na Hoku Hano Hano Group of the Year award and Hawaiian music album of the year. Kunia plays a unique…
Preparations are underway for the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, to be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 on Alii Drive in Historic Kailua Village. Entry registration is open to groups and individuals who want to be in the parade, including marching bands, floats, vehicles, hula halau and equestrian units. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also sought. All equestrian participants must have basic horsemanship skills. All entries are subject to the approval of the parade committee. For entry guidelines or to download a registration application, visit www.konaparade.org. For further information, contact Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944.
Headliners for 2017 Ho‘olaule‘a at Hulihe‘e Palace: Singer-songwriter, Ali‘i Keanaaina, as well as the musical trio, Hoku Pa'a, featuring Tani U'ilani Waipa Kaneao. [caption id="attachment_1050" align="alignleft" width="600"] Singer-songwriter, Ali‘i Keanaaina will perform at the Ho‘olaule‘a after the parade.[/caption]
If you would like to participate in the upcoming King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on Saturday, June 10, 2017, there is still time to submit an application. Categories include marching units, decorated floats, equestrian units, marching bands, hula halau and more. Download your application at KonaParade.org
Visitors are welcome to learn about the pa‘u equestrian tradition at the upcoming P‘au Workshop on Saturday, May 13 at Kona Historical Society. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the event is tailored to participants of the upcoming King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Historic Kailua Village on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Kumu (teachers) of the pa‘u tradition will be on hand to demonstrate methods of wrapping the pa‘u skirt utilizing a single piece of fabric fastened at the waist with kukui nuts. Lei-making classes will also be held, along with equestrian protocol on horseback. [caption id="attachment_772" align="alignleft" width="640"] Senoe Sakata practices wrapping of the pa‘u[/caption]
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.
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! [caption id="attachment_863" align="alignleft" width="640"] Anna Akaka, 2014 Pa‘u Queen[/caption]
Her first solo recording, Sistah Robi, was released in 1995. Some of the featured artists are Roland Cazimero, Ernie Cruz Jr., Troy Fernandez, Bryan Kessler, Sean Na'auao, Jeff Rasmussen, and Fiji. Oh, and Bu La'ia too. Her 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, Fiji, Sean Na'auao, and Dave Tucciarone. Also included are the The Ka'au Crater Boys, The Makaha Sons, Cyril Pahinui, BB Shawn (Ishimoto), and chant by Kekuhi Kanahele. All 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 Sons, Kapena, Lehua Kalima of Na Leo Pilimihana, Sakiusa Bulicokocoko, Ernie Cruz Jr., Eric…
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.