BUZZ AROUND TOWN
THE GREEK FESTIVAL
- Aloha Joe this weekend Hawaii is going GREEK and all everyone can say is OPA!
- To get things started this Friday in the run up to this year’s Greek Festival, visiting Greek musician Sotos Kappas will give an aural tour of the rich cultures of the Mediterranean a the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre. He is joined by the Hawaii Nisiotes Dancers and Willow Chang in a concert of music and flamenco, tango, Greek, and belly dancing!
- And then from Saturday to Sunday the 32nd Annual Greek Festival Honolulu will ignite with dancing, eating, games, celebrations and so much more!
- The festival features “All things Greek”, including authentic food, live and lively Greek entertainment, imports, deli items, a video tour of Greece and much more.
- Guests can sample delicious Mediterranean and Greek specialties like Spanokopita, Gyro Sandwiches, Moussaka, Pastitsio, Greek Chicken, Souvlaki , a variety of Greek Salads, Loukoumades , ouzo sorbet, and an amazing assortment of Greek Pastries.
- Also available will be a Greek Vegan Meal. The Greek Taverna will feature imported Greek Beer, Ouzo, and Red, White, and Retsina wine.
- Party patrons can l earn to dance Greek and then join the fun with live music on the main courtyard stage by Apollo, a nationally known Greek Band from Los Angeles and festival favorite guitarist Sotos Kappas.
- For more information go to www.GreekFestivalHawaii.com.
- WOW it sounds like paradise is in love with all things GREEK this weekend! What an amazing place to witness amazing cultures. Hurry and book your ticket to Hawaii today!
ALOHA MAKAHIKI CONCERT IN WAIKIKI – KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
- Aloha Joe I know that you are definitely a Kona Coffee man and boy do I have some fun news for you!
- In celebration of the annual Kona Coffee Festival held in Kona, on the Big Island in November the Royal Hawaiian Theater in Waikiki is featuring a special concert tribute on September 8th to one of Hawaii’s most prized natural resources!
- The Aloha Makahiki Concert in Waikiki will feature performances by Richard Hoopii (One of Hawaii’s most beloved singers, known for his traditional Hawaiian art of leo kiekie “falsetto” and a recipient of the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts Folk Heritage Fellowship – America’s highest honor for traditional artists) along with Pomaikai Keawe Lyman, Aaron Mahi: The former bandmaster for the historical Royal Hawaiian Band founded by Kamehameha III in 1836); Martin Pahinui, George Kuo, Stephen Akana Israel (“IZ” Kamakawiwoole’s closest cousin) and Bobby Ingano just to name a few.
- The concert is in celebration of Hawaii’s famous Kona Coffee beans that were first planted in Kona by missionary Samuel Ruggles in 1828 or 1829.
- Coffee and Kona were a perfect match – Kona with its rich volcanic soil, hard-working family farmers, and perfect climatic conditions. Just taste Kona’s coffee and you’ll sense its strength and the handpicked quality that sets it apart.
- The first written mention of coffee in Kona was noted in 1840. Coffee was planted in several locations around the Big Island but was best suited to the Kona district. A few coffee fields are now in production outside Kona, but the vast majority of coffee is grown in Kona today!
- The festival that takes place in November on the Big Island is a weeklong event full of family fun, cultural displays and an abundance of amazing coffee!
- The Waikiki concert is it’s official tribute to the Island’s famous Kona Coffee heritage.
- Tickets for the concert are $45.00 per person and are available at the Honolulu Box Office
- WOW sounds like another amazing celebration in an amazing place! Hurry and book your ticket to paradise today so you can experience the islands for yourself!
- Aloha Joe, and since we are on the subject of all good things coming from the ground in Hawaii I have another amazing festival celebrating the island’s natural resources coming up for you and your listeners!
- The Kava Festival, also known in Hawaii as the Awa Festival, will take place on October 27, 2012 9:00am – 7:00pm at the McCarthy Mall in the University of Hawaii.
- The festival will feature many aspects of awa as central to culture for Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. The festival celebrates awa as an important and fundamental aspect of Hawaiian culture and a treasure for Hawaii’s people and the world.
- Live local music from Hawaii’s hottest music groups, educational and cultural booths, awa sampling, awa plants, apu making workshop, preparation demos, paiai/poi pounding, coloring contests for kids, food booths, evening movies, and Hawaii’s awa serving bars and cafes as well as from the mainland will be serving the public.
- The festival will also host a variety of cultural and scientific talks in the awa gardens on lauhala mats open to the public. You’re also welcome to bring your own lauhala or beach mat and find one of many cool & shady areas under the trees to enjoy yourselves the entire day.
- For more information about the event and awa in general visit kavafestival.org.
- It is definitely an event you will never forget!
- Hawaii just gets better and better! Sounds like another awesome event!
CONCERTS, MUSIC ETC.
GLEN CAMPBELL IN CONCERT
- Aloha Joie I don’t know about you but I love country music and everyone in Honolulu is so excited that we have a country music legend stopping in for a visit!
- Multiple Grammy Award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame legend Glen Campbell, whose career spans five decades of writing and performing some of the most endearing music to ever climb the country and popular music charts, will perform in one, special concert at the Blaisdell Concert Hall Sunday, September 02, 2012!
- Campbell, whose timeless hits include “Gentle On My Mind,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Southern Nights,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” started as a highly sought-after session musician thanks to his gifted guitar playing. Glen lent his immense talent to the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and many, many more.
- With a new album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” and a worldwide “Goodbye Tour” that has critics and audiences raving, Glen returns to Honolulu, where he first performed at the Million Dollar Party that opened the H.I.C. Arena in 1964.
- Tickets range from $55 to $65 dollars and are available through www.ticketmasters.com.
- Yeeehawwww! Sounds like an amazing time in paradise!
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