Pure Aloha 2022 Spring Concerts

Saturday April 23rd

Henry Kapono

Henry Kapono is a performer who has it all – vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, thrilling performer, audience favorite—and multiple honors and awards, including a Grammy nomination. He has taken home 14 Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards (Hawaii’s “Grammy”) including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and Rock Album of the Year, and in 2016, along with John Cruz and Brother Noland: Best EPK for his Rough Riders “We Ride” CD.

Henry’s original songs with a rock vibe celebrate his love for his family, express his pride in his Hawaiian culture, and share his joy in his home in the Islands!

He has been at the creative forefront of contemporary Hawaiian music throughout his career – from the laid-back island rock of Cecilio & Kapono in the 1970s and 80s, to launching his solo career that produced 18 albums and fans around the world to his Henry Kapono & Friends collaborations celebrating the music that represents the soundtrack of Hawaii.

Bruddah Waltah

A little about a musical legend..from a Daughterʻs perspective….

Bruddah Waltah is his stage name, but to me and my brother, he’s simply “Dad.”

For as long as we can remember, our dad has always been a musician.  Music was what he did, and the music that he did was always different from what everyone else was doing.  When he sang, people got up and danced.  When my dad got on stage, we knew the party was about to get started!!  

Mastering his craft came so naturally.  To my brother and me, there was nobody better than our Dad! His show was jammed packed with music that made you dance, music that took you back, and music that made you proud to be local. 

 

It is only recently that our dad started to intertwine storytelling into his solo shows and his audience loved it.  His sense of humor made people laugh as they related with him, and although at times a bit raw, he remained genuinely himself.

Koa’uka

The foursome (officially now a 5-member band since 2005) from Waianae, consisting of Bronson Rosa, West Mulivai, Keahi Lau, T-C (Tyrone Cabacungan) and latest addition Kamu Kalauli, are better known in the Hawaiian music industry as Koa’uka. It’s been six years since Koa’uka released their sophomore album “Strictly Koa’uka Style” and it was eight years ago that their debut album “Tailgate Party” was released. Now they return with their fourth recording project, titled “Instantaneous”.

Sunday April 24th

FIJI

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 and Born and Raised brought successful unique island style to the mainstream, launching Fiji as the one of the most recognized Polynesian artists in the world. Gratitude included hits like “Smokin Session” and “She’s Da Bomb.” co-written by Fiji, as well as a remake of Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay,” Songs from the album were heard on Bay Watch Hawaii and MTV’s Real World Hawaii. Transition carries on his tradition of soulful voices and appealing sounds. His latest release, Independence Day, has made the greatest impact on the pacific and west coast music scene…. Fiji has successfuly 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 …ting edge island music….

Bonafide

Serving as ambassadors of good vibes and good music, Bonafide Reggae Band has taken the world by storm. Located in Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Montego Bay, Jamaica Bonafide has hypnotized their fan base with good rhythms infused with sultry base lines coupled with Jr. Rootz gracing each track with his smooth soothing vocals. Bonafide has earned their position of number one in Las Vegas. They are often imitated but never duplicated.

Bonafide Reggae Band consists of four members of Jr. Rootz (vocals/drums), Bass Wayne (bass/vocals), Ricky Dread (keyboards/vocals) and Kerry Ranks (DJ). These gentlemen hail from Montego Bay and Clarendon. Their loyalty to their home runs deep. Bonafide has given back to their home community in Jamaica through various donations from their Across the Bridge Foundation.

Bonafide and Amibug Group have teamed up to take over the world by taking reggae music to places it’s never been before. “In 2011 we’re looking to do bigger things with our music by reaching out and lending assistance to families in need. Just think what would this world be like if we all helped one another reach our potential. That’s what Bonafide stands for. If my life’s purpose is just to make me happy, then it’s a wasted life.” – Jr. Rootz.

On the Elua Stage