As we find ourselves basking in the glow of Jack Johnson's successful Kokua Festival, the sounds of music can still be heard on the shores of Honolulu: The Waikiki Aquarium has announced its summer 2010 concert line-up. "Ke Kani O Ke Kai" features a roster of some of Hawaii's top musicians, who will perform outdoors every Thursday evening, starting June 17. The summer's final concert will be held on August 12.
Kicking off the season will be O`ahu's own Hapa. Barry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau's music styling incorporates sounds that range from Caribbean to Tahitian, Samoan and Hawaiian. (The duo was also recently tapped to appear in the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston film currently shooting on Maui. Flanagan and Aweau will make multiple appearances as a hotel lounge act.)
On July 1, the venerable slack-rock master, Makana, will take the Aquarium's stage at sunset. Makana has been touring throughout Hawai`i and the West Coast following the release of his latest album, "Venus and the Sky Turns to Clay: The Instrumental World of Makana".
On Thursday, July 15, Maui's uncle Willie K. owns the stage for the evening, sharing his often comical take on life in the islands. There's no question the Waikiki shoreline will be vibrating with Willie's raucous, foot-stomping, smile-inducing jams.
On July 29, Amy Hanaiali`i will serenade the crowd with her Grammy-nominated voice and songwriting. Ho`okena will cap the summer series on Thursday, August 12.
A change to this year's program includes culinary delights sponsored by local vendors that will rotate throughout the summer. The first concert will feature fare from Kahai Street Kitchen; other evenings patrons will snack on dishes from Yama's Fish Market, Rainbow Drive-In, Hula Grill and Big City Diner.
Doors open for all the concerts at 5:30 p.m., with the music beginning at 7:00. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring low-lying beach chairs and blankets for the lawn. The Aquarium's galleries and exhibits will remain open throughout the evening, making this an ideal venue for the whole family. Dad and mom can sip wine on the lawn, while the kids learn about reef culture, monk seals, music... and the little things mom and dad need to retain their sanity.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 7 to 12. Food will be sold at a nominal fee.
Call (808) 550-8457 or visit www.honoluluboxoffice.com for advanced ticket purchase.
Dad and mom can sip wine on the lawn, while the kids learn about reef culture, monk seals, music... and the little things mom and dad need to retain their sanity.