Have you met our friend Sonny Kapu?

Hawaiian Airlines Visa Commercial with Sonny

Jaded's Recap: Mokolokilikilanilaki! It's Hawai'i! by Jaded 1/28/2004

For the first time in its rich and storied two-year history, American Idol has made a jaunt to the islands. The show decided to visit the state capital, Honolulu, located on the lush shores of O'ahu, home to Pearl Harbor, palm trees and sugar fields. And I decided to visit a Travel Hawai'i brochure to steal some flowery copy for this introduction.

So, Air Idol touches down in Honolulu, where Simon is greeted by a bunch of little squirt hula dancers. And all the semi-witty punsters watching the show snicker and scream "Simon just got lei'd! Hee hee!" Congratulations, smart guys, on inventing a new joke. Judging from the early looks, the Hawaiians seems to be very friendly, and it's possible that they all know each other. Sonny Kapu starts us off. At least his velour hat matches his velour jacket. And he

can play the ukulele.

Season 3 of American Idol

This was a private party hosted in the Coconut Club with sunset and ocean views 21 floors above Waikiki Beach. Sonny Kapu group was the Hawaiian entertainment.


Did you hear or watch Hawaii Calls? If not, ask your parents or grandparents and let us know what they have to say

Hawaii Calls was a radio program that ran from 1935 through 1975 that featured live Hawaiian music conducted by Harry Owens, the composer of "Sweet Leilani". It was broadcast each week, usually from the courtyard of the Moana Hotel on Waikiki Beach but occasionally from other locations, and hosted by Webley Edwards for almost the entire run.

The first show reached the West Coast of the continental United States through shortwave radio. At its height, it was heard on over 750 stations around the world.

Hawaii Calls is credited with making many Hawaiian performers household names across the US and around the world. Among the regulars of Hawaii Call were Alfred Apaka, John Kameaaloha Almeida, Haunani Kahalewai, Nina Keali'iwahamana, Boyce Rodrigues, Lani Custino, and Pua Almeida. Other well known Hawaiian performers such as Martin Denny, Hilo Hattie, Ed Kenny, Benny Kalama, hula dancer Beverly Noa and Arthur Lyman also made appearances. The show also occasionally featured performers from other parts of the world who sang or played Hawaiian music.[2]

Each show opened with the sounds of the pounding surf and the enthusiastic bounding voice of Webley Edwards proclaiming, "The sound of the waves on the beach at Waikiki."

During the height of the show's popularity (1950s and into the late 1960s/early 1970s) Webley Edwards served the role of producer of numerous records, released on the Capitol Records label, under the title of "Webley Edwards present Hawaii Calls." The albums contained renditions of popular Hawaiian and hapa haole songs as arranged by the "Hawaii Calls" musicians. In addition to appearing on the many "Hawaii Calls" albums, many of the stars of "Hawaii Calls" also enjoyed successful careers as solo artists

Several of the "Hawaii Calls" CD releases listed below are still in print and available from Mele.com. There are also several compact disc compilations released by Hula Records, the company that owns the rights to the "Hawaii Calls" name and the show's surviving archives. They feature also songs from some of the classic radio shows and may include Edwards' colorful commentary. These are available at www.hularecords.com.

-- From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_Calls

Free Download of ʻUlili E a new song from Na Palapalai’s Kuana Torres Kahele

If you don't see the link above go to http://www.mountainapplecompany.com/Blog/kuana/ to get your free download.

You are invited to be part of the crowd for the filming of KFVE's Heineken Hot Hawaiian Nights at Tiki's.

Kaunaloa, the greatly anticipated solo release from Na Palapalai’s Kuana Torres Kahele. This collection of primarily original compositions showcases his talent as a songwriter and impressive vocal ability as a solo recording artist. Kuana’s melodies are as refreshing as they are intoxicating. Kaunaloa, meaning “to persevere,” is Kuana at his best, providing a musical journey that will both enrich and excite the world of hula and Hawaiian music. - from http://www.mountainapplecompany.com/kuana/

On Friday July 29th, with Waikiki Beach as the backdrop, Kuana Torres Kahele will perform Hawaiian music from his new album ‘Kaunaloa’ at Tiki's Grill & Bar for a live audience and statewide broadcast on KFVE TV.

Tiki Grill & Bar is proud to host Kuana Torres Kahele as this year performer for KFVE TV The Home Team’s “Heineken Hot Hawaiian Nights.”  Many locals and visitors will recognize Kuana from the multi-award winning group Na Palapalai.  The duo gained critical acclaim for reviving Hawaiian classics, as well as for their own original compositions.

Shannon Scott, host of the show, said he was pleased to book Kuana, “In just over a month after Kuana’s solo début hit local music stores and iTunes, he sold over 20,000 CDs making it to 2nd place of Billboard Charts World Music”.

John Berger of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser wrote: “Kahele’s solo debut album should be a front-runner for local recognition in several major categories at the 2012 Hoku Awards”.

Locals and visitors from around the world look forward to daily performances from local talent and seven nights a week Tiki’s offers just that, live music!

While the sun sets and trade winds gently push coconut trees, Tiki statues stand guard with 30 foot Tiki torches lighting the night. Chef Ronnie Nasuti has created a few special dishes for the evening that will be featured in the restaurant.

To create even more excitement for Tiki’s facebook fan’s, if we reach 4000 fans or 2500 check in before the show is pau, we will buy all guests at the show that are 21 and over a Heineken or Heineken light!

·      Friday July 29th 2011

·      Party Starts at 5:30pm with statewide live broadcast on KFVE TV at 7PM

·      Filmed Live at Tiki’s Grill & Bar in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

·      Free Valet Parking

·      No Cover Charge

·      Heineken will be on special

Honolulu Weekly Mentions Tiki's Hawaiian Music and Food

On the Town with Hawaiian Music

by Niko Rivas & Haiya Sarwar | May 18, 2011

Hawaiian Music / Let’s face it: Hawai’i is no New York. We can see how that sentiment might manifest into a sense of yearning, longing or even regret. But, instead of feeling slighted by the absence of freezing weather, snow and murky waters, we should celebrate the vast beauty of Hawai’i as found in its nature and culture. With that said, we’ve compiled a Hawaiian music guide which includes restaurants and bars that are hosts to some of the most talented local Hawaiian music in the world. Imua!

Tiki’s Grill & Bar

A fiery torch-laden lair overlooking Waikiki, Tiki’s Bar and Grill is fun and definitely decadent. Filled with island flair, this restaurant is guaranteed to please. Make sure to try their succulent mac nut crusted Mahi Mahi or their Aloha Friday Hawaiian Plate (loaded with kalua pig, lau lau, lomi lomi salmon, ahi poke, Okinawan sweet potato, haupia and poi).

Featured Musicians: Vaihi, Ellsworth Simeona, Local Uprising, Alex of Manoa DNA, UnNatural, Beach 5, Kunoa, Mango Season and Johnny Helm.
2570 Kalakaua Ave., 10:30am–12am, [tikisgrill.com], 923-8454

Tapa Bar, Hilton Hawaiian Village

Nestled within the grand architecture of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, this open-air bar will slip you right into vacation mode. Serving Hawaii’s premiere Round Table Pizza, this bar takes beer and pizzas to a whole new level of refinement.

Featured Musicians: “Little Albert” Maligmat, Typical Hawaiians, Olomana, Sean Naauao and Jon BaseBase.
2005 Kalia Rd., 3pm–11pm, [hiltonhawaiianvillage.com], 949-4321

Tropics Bar & Grill, Hilton Hawaiian Village

From their Big Kahuna Burger to their coconut fried shrimp, Tropics puts a local twist on American classics. Their dessert menu includes delectable creations like the Ginger- Scented Lilikoi Crème Brulee. Try their new Hawaii Five-0 inspired cocktail, a glamorous mix of rum and pineapple.

Featured Musicians: Henry Kapono, Celio Rodriguez, Jon BaseBase, Juke Joint, Beach 5 and Kailua Bay Buddies.
2005 Kalia Rd., 7am–10:30pm, [hiltonhawaiianvillage.com], 949-4321

Rumfire, Sheraton Hawaii

This restaurant sits right on the beach and is known for its “bahawaiian” cuisine. With a menu made to be shared “pupu” style, indulge in their mahi mahi fish tacos or kalua pork empandas. For dessert, the Kahuku sweet corn (Dole pineapple pudding with caramel popcorn whiskey molasses) is a must try. Cocktails include tropical re-mixes like the Bahawaiian Beach Boy, the Sexy Wahine, and the Bloody Maui.

Featured Musicians: Kamuela Kahoano, Jon BaseBase, Jeremy Cheng, Kona Chang, Ellsworth Simeona, Marlene Baldueza, Phoenix Night and Randy Allen.
2255 Kalakaua Ave., 11am–12am, [rumfirewaikiki.com], 922-4422

Duke’s Waikiki

Named after the world famous Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s takes you back to an older era of Waikiki, offering a wide array of Hawaiian influenced cuisine paired with memorable desserts such as the enticing “Hula Pie” which consists of macadamia nut ice cream, fudge, a chocolate cookie crust, all topped with whip cream–although their $14.95 breakfast buffet might take the cake for the best experience at Duke’s.

Featured Musicians: Henry Kapono, Kona Chang Duo, Vaihi, Tahiti Rey Duo, Maunalua, Simple Souls, Beach 5 and the Eric Lee Band.
2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 116, 7am–12:30am, [dukeswaikiki.com], 922-2268

Chai’s Island Bistro

The live music at this venue complements the friendly and festive setting. While the prices tend to run a little steep, the seafood cuisine is exceptional–for starters, try the Gravlax Salmon Roulade with Crab Meat & Cream Cheese Mousse.

Featured Musicians: Nathan Aweau, Sistah Robi & Friends, Bruce Shimabukuro, Melveen Leed, Robert Cazimero, Jerry Santos
1 Aloha Tower Dr., Wed.& Fri. 11am–4pm (lunch), Sun.–Sat. 4pm–10pm (dinner) [chaisislandbistro.com], 585-0011

Lewers Lounge, Halekulani

Like a Great Gatsby throwback with some Hawaiian flair, this chic and swanky bar is the perfect place to kick back. Sip on a Bee’s Knees (gin, honey, and lemons).

Featured Musicians: Noly Paa, Bruce Hamada and Jim Howard.
2199 Kalia Rd., 7:30pm–1am, [halekulani.com], 923-2311

Mai Tai Bar

This hot spot at Ala Moana Shopping Center is the perfect atmosphere of modern Hawaiian music. With plenty of drinks and appetizers like their signature Angus Beef Sliders.

Featured Musicians: Kapena Band, Kapena De Lima, Chris Rego, The YOZA Project, Kamuela Kahoano, Beach 5, Simple Souls, Dayton Watanabe, Conscious Roots, Local Uprising, Tahiti Rey, Kahiau, Typical Hawaiians, Bamboo Crew, Kawao, and Irie Souls.
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 11am–1am, [alamoanacenter.com], 947-2900



Hawaiian Music Coconut Club Sunset

Hawaiian Music Coconut Club Sunset This was a private party hosted in the Coconut Club with sunset and ocean views 21 floors above Waikiki Beach. Sonny Kapu group was the Hawaiian entertainment.

This was a 50 year anniversary party with a vow renewal. The conch shell blowing can be heard calling this special event to a start. Four (6 foot) tables were used to create the layout for this party. Teal table clothes and gold charger plates, tea lights and fresh orchids, rope lighting were part of the extra decor package ordered. Coconut Club, Tiki's Grill & Bar, Waikiki, Wedding, Hawaiian Music, Sonny Kapu, Video, Beach, Ocean Views, Sunset, Large Party