Kahulanui (The Big Dance) is an inspiration passed down three generations from
Grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to Dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., to
Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers
stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band
during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music.
“Throughout Hawai‘i in the 1920s and 1930s, one
could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be
jumping. Kahulanui borrowed from these influences and performs classic
Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and
alive in Hawai‘i today.