5 Big Island Shows to Check Out This Weekend

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Our guide to shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.

Scott Bucholz and Olelo at Waimea Coffee Company (Friday June 28, 7 p.m.). The Listening Room is distraction-free musical appreciation in the intimate space of Waimea Coffee Company. This month they are featuring Scott Buchholz and Olelo. Each artist will play for roughly 45 minutes to an hour, sharing their original songs and stories in a living room-like setting. Buchholz infuses Folk, American, and Country sensibilities with flowing melodies, sincere vocals, and lyrics focusing on the little things that make up our experiences. Drawing on both classic crooners and modern folk for inspiration, his music glides between genres while recounting timeless stories. OLELO (meaning “to speak”) writes heartfelt pop songs with acoustic stylings and mesmerizing harmonies. Each a talented artist in his own right, the duo of brothers together creates a special bond, capturing listener’s ears with stories of love, faith, and growing up in Waimea. Tickets are $10 at the door. The Waimea Coffee Company is located at 65-1279 Kawaihae Road in Waimea. Info: (808) 885-8915.Ccoffee and pastries will be provided before the show and during intermission.

I Love A Piano. NYC jazz pianist Phil Kadet at the Fairmont Orchid (Friday June 28, 7 – 9 p.m.). Phil Kadet is an accomplished cabaret accompanist and music director, performing at New York’s 54 Below and Metropolitan Room. He has spent five seasons as a collaborative pianist and guest artist with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival on the Big Island, and three seasons as the music director for the Kahilu Theatre’s summer productions in Waimea, most recently 2019’s West Side Story. The Fairmont Orchid is located at 1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast. Map & Directions. Tickets are $70 and can be purchased online.

The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival presents Opera On The Rocks (Two shows: Saturday June 29 at the Hilo Palace Theatre, 7-9 p.m., and Sunday June 30, 4-6 p.m. at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort). A perennial festival favorite performance featuring HPAF Faculty and Professional Fellow Artists. The Hilo Palace Theatre show will offer pupus catered by Cafe Pesto. Tickets for the Hilo Palace Theater show are $35 for general admission, and can be purchased online. Tickets for the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort show are $65, and can be purchased online.

Streetlight Cadence at the Kahilu Theatre (Saturday June 29, 7:00 p.m.). As seen on the KFVE-TV show Will Play For Food, Streetlight Cadence is a folk-pop quartet. Jonathon (violin), Jesse (accordion), Brian (cello) and Ben (guitar, drums) began as street performers in Honolulu and went on to win two successive Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for Alternative Album of the Year. The group is known for its unique instrumentation and arrangements in their music. Jonathon, Jesse, Brian and Ben can be described as fun-loving, energetic and demonstrate an enormous love for music and friendship in their live performances. Join them for their Big Island debut at Kahilu Theatre. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online or call (808) 885-6868. The Theatre is located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road in Waimea.

The 7th annual Hilo Brewfest (Saturday June 29, 2-5 p.m., at The Wainaku Executive Center, 26-238 Hawaii Belt Road in Hilo). The Rotary Club of Hilo’s annual HILO BREWFEST is a single afternoon party featuring many local and mainland Breweries presenting over 70 individual brews for attendees to sample.  Staged on the beautiful grounds of the Wainaku Executive Center in Hilo, the Brewfest not only offers beer and food, it offers extraordinary sweeping views of Hilo Bay. Complementing these tasty brews are delicious food samplings from local Restaurants. Keeping the crowd happy and entertained are numerous bands playing Blues and Rock and Roll including the Average Joes band. Signature Brewfest merchandise, including t-shirts, caps and the ever-popular “cozzies” are also available at the festival. Upon arrival at the festival, attendees are given their souvenir pilsner glass along with a hearty welcome from the Brewfest’s many volunteers. Designed for a perfect afternoon, the annual Hilo Brewfest has become one of Hilo’s most favorite festival. General admission tickets are $60 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.


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