Hawaiian Music and Culture
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* CEG Presents Masters of Hawaiian Music Tour featuring George Kahumoku Jr, Herb Ohta Jr & Sonny Lim at The Cuttng Room

Three Masters, featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®” share Hawaiʻi’s unique folk styles, with origins in the early 19th-century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture.

Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr., known as “Hawaiʻi’s Renaissance Man”, is a multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter & author, teacher, sculptor, farmer, and chef.

ʻUkulele virtuoso Herb Ohta Jr is one of today’s most prolific `ukulele masters. Influenced by jazz, R&B, Latin, and Brazilian music, he puts his stamp on Hawaiian music by pushing the limits of tone and technique on this beautiful instrument. His natural talent and superb playing have earned him 7 Na Hōkū Awards, including the 2021 ʻUkulele Album of the Year.

Sonny Lim, a member of Hawai`i’s famous musical Lim family, was born and raised in the heart of Hawaiian cowboy country on Hawai`i Island. Sonny’s father was a paniolo at Parker Ranch and Sonny also worked at Parker Ranch for 23 years. Music was a part of paniolo life and keeping with tradition, Sonny’s parents taught their children to play a variety of instruments. Sonny was introduced to ki ho`alu as a child watching Gabby Pahinui perform at a lu`au in Kohala. Sonny’s biggest inspiration and influence came at age 12 from well-known slack key guitarist and family friend, Uncle Fred Punahoa. Punahoa took interest in Sonny’s playing and spent several weeks living with the Lim family in Kohala to teach him. Sonny’s professional career began as a teenager when he commuted to Oahu from Hawai`i Island to perform with the Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau.

Date:    Friday, February 24, 2023
Time:    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location:    The Cutting Room
44 E 32nd St (between Park Ave and Madison Ave)
New York NY 10016
Tickets:    $50 to $75 (plus minimum $20/person apply at tables)
Buy Online: Eventbrite
Info:    The Cutting Room (212) 691-1900
* Masters of Hawaiian Music Tour featuring George Kahumoku Jr, Herb Ohta Jr & Sonny Lim in Chatham NJ

The Masters of Hawaiian Music featuring Grammy award-winning musicians returns to Chatham, New Jersey. The one-night only performance showcases Hawaii's unique acoustic guitar style, ukulele stylings, and rich storytelling that transport audiences to Hawaii's tranquil waters and mountain views. Tickets for the Saturday, February 25, 2023, 7:00 pm show at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Chatham, are $25 advance/$30 at the door and can be purchased at http://hawaii.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling 800-838-3006. Proceeds benefit St. Paul's programs and outreach.

This show marks George Kahumoku, Jrs seventh time performing in Chatham, now a favorite stop during his national tours. The four-time Grammy-winning slack key guitarist, known as Hawaii's Renaissance Man, is a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, vocalist, storyteller, songwriter, author, teacher, sculptor, farmer, and chef.

Ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta Jr's talent, technique, and speed are unsurpassed. Son of the legendary ukulele artist Ohta-san, Herb learned his first ukulele song at age three and has won 7 N Hku Awards (including Best Ukulele in 2021) and 4 Hawaii Music Awards.

Slack Key Guitarist, Lap Steel Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer, Sonny Lim developed his guitar & vocal styles performing with his famous Lim Family of the Big Island. He was also one of the early members of the renowned Makaha Sons of Niihau for whom he played lap steel guitar beginning at age 15. He performed on the first Grammy-winning CD in Hawaiian music and has won multiple Na Hoku Awards on his solo CDs.

Hawaiian slack key guitar, kiho'alu, is one of the world's great acoustic guitar traditions. Relatively unknown outside of Hawaii, slack key guitar is often confused with and actually pre-dates the more well-known Hawaiian lap steel that developed in the late 1880s. Slack key was developed by Hawaiian cowboys who slacked the strings of guitars brought by Mexican cowboys hired by King Kamehameha III to teach Hawaiians better ranching methods. Slack key is a finger-picked style, and the tradition continues to evolve from techniques and tunings handed down through the generations.

Date:    Friday, February 24, 2023
Time:    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location:    St. Paul's Episcopal Church
200 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
Tickets:    $50 to $75 (plus minimum $20/person apply at tables)
Buy Online: Brown Paper Tickets
Info:    Andy Wang at andy@andywangmusic (973) 886-6836
* 2023 Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic

Started many ago by members of the local Hawaiian community to celebrate May Day, the Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic brings the Hawaiian community together each year (usually) on the first Sunday of June in a Hawaiian style potluck with ono food, kanikapila Hawaiian music and hula. Everyone is invited to dance hula or play some Hawaiian music so bring your mele, hula and instruments.

Date:    Sunday, June 4, 2023 (Tentative)
Usually the first Sunday in June (rain or shine)

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* Halau Hula 'O Na Mele 'Aina 'O Hawai'i
Instructor:    Luana Haraguchi
Web:    http://hulanewyork.com/
Info:    (845) 359-9214 or email info@hulanewyork.com
Class Locations:    Manhattan
Open Jar Studios
1601 Broadway 11th Floor
(Enter on 48th Street)
New York NY 10019
Note: Classes held outdoors in Central Park during the spring/summer, weather permitting (call for location)

Rockland County
249 Betsy Ross Drive
Orangeburg NY 10962
Classes:    Class Schedule

New York City (Manhattan):  Mondays, 7 PM - 9 PM
Zoom:  Thursdays, 7 PM - 9 PM

Keiki (Children)
TBD: Please call Luana Haraguchi at (845) 359-9214
* Lotus Music & Dance / Lei Pasifika
Instructors:    Makalina Gallagher and Carol Leogite
Web:    http://www.lotusmusicanddance.org and http://www.leipasifika.com
Info:    Hula/Ukulele: makalina@gmail.com
Tahitian: info@leipasifika.com
Class Location:    Hula:
Simple Studios
134 West 29th St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

Luna Performing Arts
51 Murray Street, LL1
New York NY 10011
Classes:    Hula and Tahitian Class Schedule

* Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
We are a new branch of Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani based in Kalihi, O'ahu under the direction of Kumu Hula Kale Pawai.
Instructors:    Nā Alakaʻi: Tristan Vizconde & Chris Chung
Web:    http://napuanuioka.wix.com/nuioka
Info:    (347) 948-HULA or napuanuioka@gmail.com
Class Location:    23rd St Between 44th Ave and 44th Rd
Long Island City NY 11101
Classes:    Adult classes - all levels

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* Hawaiian Artists Shows – Aloha Paradise Revue
Web:    http://www.hawaiianartistsshowsnyc.com
Info:    Luana Haraguchi (845) 359-9214 or email HawaiianArtists@gmail.com
* Lei Pasifika
Web:    http://www.leipasifika.com
Info:    bookings@leipasifika.com
* Andy Wang

Andy Wang is a performer of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and contemporary Hawaiian music.

Web:    http://www.andywangmusic.com
Info:    Andy Wang at (973) 400-9264 or andywangmusic.com/contact

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* Halawai

Halawai is committed to building and supporting a community of people who share a common background or interest in Hawai'i. In the tradition of extended 'ohana (family), Halawai perpetuates the aloha spirit by bringing people together and providing a gathering place.
Web:    http://www.halawai.org
* University of Hawaii Alumni Association – East (New York)

This chapter was founded in March 1989. The UHAA-East chapter covers the eastern states of New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Web:    UHAA–East Chapter
Info:    Karen Liu
* Columbia University Hawaii Club
Facebook:    Malama Hawaii at Columbia University
Instagram:    Malama Hawaii
* New York University (NYU) Hawaii Club
Facebook:    NYU Hawaii Club
* Cornell University Hawaii Club
Facebook:    Cornell Hawaii Club
* Princeton Hawaii Club
Facebook:    Princeton Club of Hawaii
* University of Pennsylvania Hawaii Club
Facebook:    Penn Hawaii Club
* Punahou Alumni Association New York Regional Chapter
Web:    PAA New York (PAANY)
Facebook:    Punahou Alumni Association NY Tristate - PAANY
* Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association East Coast Region
Facebook:    Kamehameha Schools Alumni New York
Facebook:    Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association East Coast
* Hawai'i Cultural Foundation

The Hawai'i Cultural Foundation (HCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture outside of Hawai'i. HCF develops programs that create a deeper understanding of ancient and contemporary Hawaiian traditions, and strives to strengthen a community of people who share a common ancestry, background or interest in Hawai'i.

NOTE: On February 12, 2007, the Hawaii Cultural Foundation posted a message that it has come to a close as it celebrates it's 10th anniversary since it was founded in 1997. Mahalo nui loa to founders Janu Cassidy and Michelle Akina; and NYC Ambassador of Aloha Nersa Miller!

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* Makana BBQ
Makana means ‘gift’ in Hawaiian. It is our goal to offer you the gift of Hawaii through our homemade food and warm service. Makana specializes in neighborhood delivery of fresh Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls and Asian BBQ. We are here to bring you the best of Hawaii - combining the delicious diverse taste of the islands and offering exceptional generous service based on the “Aloha” Spirit.
Web:    http://www.makananyc.com
Locations:    Upper West Side
161 W 106th St
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-678-4569

Hamilton Heights
1502 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10031
Phone: 212-368-5033

Washington Heights
1329 Saint Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10033
Phone: 646-869-1383

East Harlem
2245 1st Ave
New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212-996-3534
* Noreetuh
noreetuh is a modern Hawaiian restaurant located at 128 First Avenue in the East Village of New York City by Chef Chung Chow and his partners Gerald San Jose and Jin Ahn.

The menu is complemented by a carefully curated wine list by General Manager Jin Ahn of approximately 200 selections with a strong representation from France. In addition to the wines, there are a number of craft beers and specialty sakes on the list.

The restaurant’s goal is to create an atmosphere where guests can enjoy artfully crafted food paired with an approachable wine list in an enjoyable and casual environment, thus lending to the name noreetuh, which means playground in Korean.
Web:    http://www.noreetuh.com
Location:    128 1st Ave (between E 7th St and St Marks Pl)
New York NY 10009-5723
Phone: 646-892-3050
* Sweetcatch Poke
At Sweetcatch Poke, we’ve made it our mission since we opened in 2016 to create the best-tasting poke from what nature has to offer—without compromise. Our secret? No shortcuts. Just straight-up, 100% real, fresh ingredients. We serve innovative, chef-crafted poke made fresh daily at our fast-casual restaurants with five Manhattan locations. We’re not like the average poke place — our poke is served up Hawaiian-style. We marinate our sustainable, sushi-grade fish, roasted chicken and organic tofu with housemade sauces, which makes for seriously flavor-packed poke.
Web:    http://sweetcatchpoke.com
Locations:    Lexington
642 Lexington Ave
New York NY 10022
Phone: 212-593-1020

Grand Central
100 Park Ave
New York NY 10017
Phone: 646-837-6026

Maiden Lane
125 Maiden Lane
New York NY 10038
Phone: 212-933-0440

134 East 26th Street (Off Lexington Ave)
New York NY 10010
Phone: 212-481-4020

World Trade Center
Temporarily Closed
* Sons of Thunder
Sons of Thunder opened in October 2015 and is located in New York City's Murray Hill neighborhood. Our food is West Coast inspired - what you might find on a sunny day at a beach shack.
We care deeply about the source, quality and freshness of our ingredients, and all of our food is made-to-order to bring that freshness to you with every bite.

The founders, James and John, are hosts at heart who love to serve good food in a welcoming space. We hope your experience at Sons of Thunder brings you Maui breeze and Baja sun in midtown NY.
Web:    http://www.sonsofthunder.com
Location:    Murray Hill
204 E 38th St (between 2nd and 3rd Ave)
New York NY 10016-2705
Phone: 646-863-2212
* Pokéworks
At Pokéworks, we are committed to bringing you consistently delicious Hawaiian poké made using only the highest-quality sourced fish. We also view seafood as more than just a trend; we believe in the importance of meeting today's needs while preserving the oceans so that future generations will never have to fish in troubled waters. At Pokéworks, you can always feel great about what you're eating, so go ahead-let your taste buds indulge!
Web:    http://www.pokeworks.com
Locations:    Bryant Park
63 W 37th St
New York NY 10018
Phone: 646-257-4251

Hudson Yards
330 W 34th St
New York NY 10001
Phone: 917-261-6361

Grand Central
117 E 41st St
New York NY 10168
Phone: 646-653-9793

Union Square
21 E 15th St
New York NY 10003
Phone: 646-609-8848

169 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn NY 11211
Phone: 718-388-3121

Check website for more locations
* Kona Coffee Roasters
Established in 2017, Kona Coffee Roasters is the only coffee shop that brings Hawaii's premium Kona coffee to New York City.
Web:    https://www.konacoffee.nyc
Locations:    East Village
57 2nd Ave
New York NY 10003

201 W 21st St
New York NY 10011

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