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Hawaiian Music and Culture
in the New York City Metro Area
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Concerts and Events | Hula Instruction | Entertainers
Organizations/Clubs | Hawaiian/Polynesian Stores



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* 2022 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.

Join us at Summit Rock in Central Park on June 5th! Bring a dish, take in some Hawaiian Music and Hula Performances!
 
Date:    Sunday, June 5, 2022
Usually the first Sunday in June (rain or shine)
Time:    12 PM to 5 PM
Location:    Summit Rock
Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Directions:    Use the 85th Street entrance to the park. Keep right on the path until you see the lamppost sign "Summit Rock" then go up the hill.
 
* Jake Shimabukuro in Riverhead NY (Long Island)

The Jimi Hendrix of the 'Ukulele! While versatility for any musician is impressive, what’s remarkable about Jake’s transcendent skills is how he explores his seemingly limitless vocabulary whether it’s jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk or even classical on perhaps the unlikeliest of instruments: the 'ukulele. Responding to the urgent calls of his fervent imagination, Jake has taken the ‘ukulele to points previously thought impossible, and in the process he’s reinvented the applications for this tiny, heretofore under appreciated four string instrument! Jake's most recent album ‘Jake & Friends’ is his most creatively ambitious project to-date, featuring collaborations with a who’s who of music royalty from Willie Nelson and Bette Midler to Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Loggins. Jake’s incredible journey has taken him from local phenom to YouTube sensation, from playing tiny clubs to headlining the world’s most prestigious concert venues. Just recently, he was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as a Member for the National Council on the Arts.
 
Date:    Sunday, June 12, 2022
Time:    7:00 PM EDT
Location:    Suffolk Theater
118 E Main St
Riverhead, NY 11976
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Tickets:    $45-$59 Get Tickets
 
* Jake Shimabukuro in New York City

City Winery New York presents Jake Shimabukuro live in concert on June 13, 2022 at 8 PM. Over the past two decades, Jake Shimabukuro has proved that there isn’t a style of music that he can’t play. While versatility for any musician is impressive, what’s remarkable about Shimabukuro’s transcendent skills is how he explores his seemingly limitless vocabulary – whether it’s jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk or even classical – on perhaps the unlikeliest of instruments: the ‘ukulele. Responding to the urgent calls of his fervent imagination, the Hawai’i-born virtuoso has taken the ‘ukulele to points previously thought impossible, and in the process he’s reinvented the applications for this tiny, heretofore underappreciated four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ‘ukulele.”
 
Date:    Monday, June 13, 2022
Time:    8:00 PM EDT
Location:    City Winery New York City
25 11th Ave (at 15th St)
New York, NY 10011
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Tickets:    $30-$45 Buy Tickets
 

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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 HawaiianArtists@gmail.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:    Adult
New York City:  Mondays and Thursdays, 7 PM - 9 PM
Orangeburg:  Sundays and Thursdays, 10:00 AM

Keiki (Children)
Orangeburg:  Sundays, 1:30 PM
 
* 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

Tahitian:
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
karencliu@aol.com
 
* 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

Gramercy
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

Williamsburg
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
917-409-2642

Chelsea
201 W 21st St
New York NY 10011
917-522-6120
 

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