Kahulanui to Perform at Gertrude’s, March 25

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Hawaiian Kings of Swing, Kahulanui. PC: Palm Records

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-nominated Hawaiian Kings of Swing Kahulanui will feature tunes from their latest album, Mele Ho‘oilina, at a special performance at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kailua-Kona on Sunday, March 25, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Click here to purchase online.

Kahulanui will take you on a trip back in time to an era when Hawaiian culture and music blended and coalesced with American jazz—a melding that came to be known as Hawaiian Swing.


Experience a diverse array of music, including ki ho‘alu (Hawaiian slack key guitar), four-horn Hawaiian jazz combo arrangements and rich, brassy 15-piece Big Band orchestrations.

The 15 tunes on the album include: Analani E, E Mau, Eating of the Poi by Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs, Ka Ua Loku by Alfred U. Alohikea, Ho‘oluana by John Alameida and Randy Oness, Sweet Someone by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon, Fly Me To the Moon by Bart Howard, Heatwave by Irving Berlin (solo vocal by Jesse Snyder), Kahulanui Boogie Woogie by Bill Noble, Almost Like Being in Love by Frederick Loewe, On The Beach at Waikiki by G.H. Stover and Henry Kailimai, Maui Medley (Maui Boy Steve Steventon; Maui Girl Sylvester Thomas Kalama) and Medley-Old Hawaiian Style/He‘eia (based on Real Old Style by Keola Beamer and He‘eia by G.H. Stover and Charles E. King).

Kahulanui is comprised of band originator Lena Naipo on lead vocals and guitar; Patrick Eskildsen on electric bass, lead guitar and vocals; Duke Tatom on ‘ukulele and vocals; Tim Taylor on drums/percussion; and with the authentic sound of the Hawaiian steel guitar is Dwight Tokumoto.


The horn section is comprised of Kahulanui’s primary horn arranger, Jesse Snyder on clarinet and tenor sax, Bill Noble on alto saxophone, Joshua Timmons on trumpet and Vincent D’Angelo on trombone.

Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is located at 75-5699 Ali‘i Drive.

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