The Sound of Aloha Weaves its way through Waikiki

An Emphasis on Local Music Across the Islands

The Sound of Aloha Weaves its way through Waikiki

Starwood Hawaii is doing its best to promote local music through regular concerts held at the many lounges, restaurants and poolsides in Waikiki. And while a few local residents still have their reservations at heading to "da big city" to catch some ukulele strumming with their sunsets, many make the jaunt to soak up the vibe.

Recently, Starwood has "upped" the ante by booking top performers to many of their renovated bars. Keep in mind: A musician's life is full of ups and downs; we know it adds a certain degree of authenticity and sparkle to their evening when locals cheer their favorite tune, or stand up and perform an impromptu hula. Just think of how special the experience then becomes for the visitor who has never seen such a thing...

This month, Starwood's featured artist is Bruce Shimabukuro & The BS Band (we're not "B.S.ing"), who will perform weekly at the Sheraton Waikiki. Shimabukuro's style varies greatly from his superstar brother, Jake. His ballad-like compositions and gentle chord progressions work well in the hotel setting–catch him here before he's a world-wide sensation like his brother, and you'll have to start buying tickets.

Also at the Sheraton Waikiki, RumFire is still featuring Makana on a regular basis, who posts up during the twilight hours, just after the sun slips behind the Waianae coast. Makana has recently garnered national attention, when he placed in the Top 10 in a Guitar magazine contest for 6-stringed virtuosos, held in California.

At the spit-shined and renovated Moana Surfrider, the Banyan Court features the harmonic Sam Kapu Trio every Wednesday evening, while the Nohelani Cypriano Trio holds down the canopied Banyan stage every Saturday evening. All shows start at 6:00 p.m. and run until 8:00. At the Banyan's Beach Bar, solo musicians like Johnny Kamai pick up at 8:00 p.m. and strum along with the sounds of crashing surf until 10:00 p.m. Sipping one of the Banyan's signature mai tais, ordering a plate of ahi sashimi and watching live tunes under a 102 year old tree is one heck of a way to spend an evening.

The Princess Kaiulani Hotel is lucky to host the Ka'ala Boys at 6:15 p.m. every Thursday evening, followed by Joe Kingston. You can also catch Sam Kapu's act (if you missed it at the Banyan on Wednesday) here every Friday evening.

Starwood has dedicated a special page on their web site to finding local music at its resorts throughout Hawaii, so check it out: www.flavorsofislandmusic.com

This month, Starwood's featured artist is Bruce Shimabukuro & The BS Band, who will perform weekly at the Sheraton Waikiki.