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.

"Kahulanui’s execution of big-band stylings evokes an era of smoke-filled bars alive with lindyhopping dancers. Underlying this contemporary take on vintage music, moreover, is a cultural cohesiveness of enacting ku’i–of joining old and new. Like, awesome!"  Amy Stillman~

When not on tour you can find the "Core Four" of Kahulanui Fridays at the Napua Restaurant

on the Big Island of Hawaii 5:30-8:30pm call ahead 1-808-885-5910 or visit their website for more info

Mele Ho'oilina 

2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards Finalist

Goup of the year  ~Jazz Album of the Year

Original Instrumental composition   (Bill Noble)

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A modern rendering of an era when Hawaiian culture and music blended and coalesced with American Jazz, an interesting melding that came to be known as Hawaiian swing.

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2018 Calendar

KAHULANUI

BIG ISLAND

March 25th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar ~ Kona ~ 4p-6p (Bring your dancing shoes) 

July 8th ~ Gertrudes Jazz Bar ~ Kona ~ 4p-6p

OAHU

May 18th ~ The Surfer Bar ~ Turtle Bay Hilton ~ Kahuku ~ 8-10p  More Info

MAUI

May 30th ~ Shops at Wailea ~ 5:30-7:00p 

East and West Coast Tour 2018

July 27-29th ~ Lowell Folk Festival~Lowell, MA  Tickets and Info

July 31st ~ The City Winery ~ Boston, MA  Tickets and Info 

August 4th ~ The Clarke Center ~ Arroyo Grande, CA (Aloha Live)  Tickets and Info coming soon!

August 5th ~ Barclay Center ~ Irvine, CA (Aloha Live)  Tickets and Info coming soon!

August 10-11th ~ Tiki Oasis Festival ~ San Diego, CA  Tickets and Info

August 18th ~ Blue Note Napa ~ Napa, CA  Tickets and Info

August 19th ~ The Rio ~ Santa Cruz, CA  (Aloha Live)  Tickets  and Info coming soon!

August 22nd ~ Berkeley Freight & Salvage ~ Berkeley, CA  Tickets and Info   

August 24th ~ The Harris Center ~ Folsom, CA  Tickets and Info

August 25th ~ Modesto, CA (Aloha Live)  Tickets and Info coming Soon!                           

Sept 1st  ~ Jack London Review ~ Portland, OR  Tickets and Info

Sept. 5th ~ Triple Door ~ Seattle, WA  Tickets and Info

Sept. 7-9th ~ Sisters Folk Festival ~ Sisters, OR  Tickets and Info