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Dec 16: Paula Fuga & Anuhea At Moe’s Alley

Warm it up, Santa Cruz!  Welcome the Island sounds of Paula Fuga to Moe’s Alley Wednesday, December 16th at 8:30 pm.

Paula has a truly exquisite voice and she uses her talents to be a cultural ambassador for her Hawaiian home and people.  Powerful positive social change is her mission, she sings it exactly as she means it.

The doors open at 8:00 pm Wednesday, Paula begins at 8:30, don’t miss a note.

All is bright and right with Anuhea, as she brings her new holiday music to the stage at Moe’s Alley.  The Maui native has a new song entitled “Shoulders,” so be ready for all the feels.

These singers are here, help welcome them to the West Coast, Wednesday night. Get your Island sway going on, groove to the music and the rare treat of having these two talents together on the mainland.

Treat yourself to a holiday boost, get the music and the spirit of Aloha

 

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The Merrie Monarch, David Kalakaua

King David Kalakaua of Hawaii governed from 1874 - 1891.

King David Kalakaua of Hawaii governed from 1874 – 1891.

Wiki Wiki Wednesday honors the birthdate of the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai’i.  David La’amea Kalakaua was born November 16th, 1836 and known as ‘The Merrie Monarch‘ for his enthusiastic revival of Hawaiian music, dance and sport.

As the cultural ambassador of his nation, the king took a globe spanning trip in 1881, the first king to travel around the world. He met other heads of state, and the trip was documented by one of his cabinet members, William N. Armstrong, who accompanied the king. The book, Around The World With a King, chronicles this trip and the amazing times in which he lived.

The sweeping drama of his times: with treaties and tragedies, revival of hula and Hawaiian culture alongside a forced ‘Bayonet Constitution.’ There were boom times in Hawai’i, an uprising and a Reciprocity Treaty of 1875. The king had ‘Iolani palace built, the only royal palace that today exists on American land.

Fluent in English and Hawaiian, the young David Kalakaua studied law in his younger years, and led the group the Young Hawaiians, whose motto was “Hawaii for the Hawaiians.”

On Wiki Wiki Wednesday, please join us as we celebrate the life of a Royal One, whose musical talents include writing the song, “Hawai’i Pono’i” the state song of Hawaii today.

We will have many musical tributes to the king, along with a very special guest co-host, Welcome, e komo mai, Wednesday morning from 6:00 – 9:00 California time, Ku Imua Kalakaua!

 

 

 

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Everyone knows surfing started in Hawaii but when it came to the mainland, it came and stayed in Santa Cruz. KZSC’s Hawaiian surfing shirt is the best of both worlds. Remember: “Wiki Wiki” means fast. Get your summer shirts, canvas totes and other Great 88 goodies now inside our KZSC Summer Store.

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Hawaiian Slack Key Feb. 18th

They may slack their guitar strings, but don’t you slack off!  Come honor the music and the heritage of Hawai’i at the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters show with three of the greats: George Kuo, Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi. George Kuo is a direct line to the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970s, as he brings the experience of playing alongside the guitar masters like Sonny Chillingworth and Raymond Kane.  Aaron Mahi has been the longtime director of the famous Honolulu Royal Hawaiian Band. And most fans recognize the Pahinui family name in Hawaiian music. Martin makes you feel like you are at an old style front porch party with musicians trading riffs and vocals. Warm up your winter with three truly great performers at Don Quixote’s in Felton Tuesday, February 18th.  Showtime is 7:30 pm.

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Hula & A Movie Jan.19th

Santa Cruz’s own Ladies of Mehana hula halau are hosting a Santa Cruz movie premiere by writer/director Keo Woolford, shot on location in Hawai’i.  “The Haumana” (The Student) is an indie charmer, the story of Jonny Kealoha, who is working a Waikiki Polynesian revue when he is appointed successor to a high school boys’ hula class. It’s a movie by Hawaiians, about Hawai’i for Hawai’i…and for all of us to see. (Spoiler Alert: watch for the famous and much beloved singer Marlene Sai acting in this movie!).  There will be a question & answer session with the film’s director after the feature. “The Haumana” premieres Sunday, January 19th at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.  The box office opens at 3:3o; hula and other pre-show entertainment begins at 4:30 pm; the film rolls at 5.

 

 

Wiki shirt-front

Summer Wave Rider

Everyone knows surfing started in Hawaii but when it came to the mainland, it came and stayed in Santa Cruz. KZSC’s Hawaiian surfing shirt is the best of both worlds. Remember: “Wiki Wiki” means fast. Get your summer shirts, canvas totes and other Great 88 goodies now inside our KZSC Summer Store.