Hawaiian Music Venues and Events

Genoa Keawe
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If you’re in search of some of the best places to find great Hawaiian music performances, one of the best areas to go to is Waikiki. There are many places in Waikiki where visitors can find great traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. What’s better is that many of Waikiki’s bars, grills, and restaurants are popular venues for performances, so visitors can sit back and enjoy the music, along with some tasty pupus and a beautiful view of the beach. Every Sunday the Moana Terrace at the Waikiki Marriott Hotel offers “Slack Key Sunday,” where popular local slack key guitarists such as George Kuo, Martin Pahinui, Aaron Mahi, and Bobby Ingano perform. Although Hawaii’s legendary falsetto singer Genoa Keawe passed away in 2008, her family continues her legend by performing traditional Hawaiian music at the Moana Terrace every week. The Kani Ka Pila Grille is another popular music venue, which has featured many talented musicians such as Cyril Pahinui, Martin Pahinui, Kawika Kahiapo, and Weldon Kekauoha.

Aside from Waikiki’s excellent Hawaiian music venues, Hawaii also hosts numerous music festivals throughout the year. One of these popular festivals is the Slack Key Guitar Festivals, which is comprised of four different events that take place of the islands of Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, and Kauai throughout the year. Ukuleles are also featured at several of Hawaii’s music festivals including the Ukulele Festival Hawaii, Aloha Tower Ukulele Contest, and Japan-Hawaii Ukulele Picnic. Two other popular festivals are the Big Island Music Festival and Kauai Mokihana Festival.

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