Hawaiian Music and Culture
in the New York City Metro Area

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* Hula Workshop with Kumu Hula Kaui Dalire at Chelsea Studios

Kaui Dalire is the Kumu Hula of Halau Ka Lihilihilehua ‘O Hopoe Kuikanani, with locations in Hawai’i, Japan (Shibuya and Okinawa), Mexico, Australia, Arizona, Seattle and California.

Date:    Monday, February 13, 2017
Time:    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location:    Chelsea Studios
151 W 26th St (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York NY 10001-6810
Tickets:    $55 Door
$50 Advance by registering with Kumu Hula Luana Haraguchi at (845) 359-9214
Contact:    Email info@kumuhula.com or call (808) 627-2942
* Masters of Hawaiian Music featuring George Kahumoku Jr, Nathan Aweau, & Kawika Kahiapo at Joe's Pub

Three Masters, featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®” share Hawai‘i’s unique guitar styles, with origins in paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture. Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. – “wonderful composer, songwriter, vocalist, and storyteller”- George Winston. Talented award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nathan Aweau, renowned for 8-string electric bass and velvet vocals--“...advanced understanding of harmony and orchestration…his singing style is effortless”--NY Times. Guitarist and singer Kawika Kahiapo, award-winner for slack key and island music, a regular at Jack Johnson’s Kokua Fests.

“Talented slack key…broad musical horizons”– Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Date:    Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time:    9:30 PM
Location:    Joe's Pub
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette St (between E 4th St and Astor Pl)
New York, NY 10003-7021
Tickets:    $25.00
Buy online
* Masters of Hawaiian Music with George Kahumoku Jr, Nathan Aweau, & Kawika Kahiapo at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chatham, New Jersey

We are delighted to announce the return of Hawaiian music to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chatham, NJ. Three Masters, featured regularly at Maui's renowned Slack Key Show bring Hawaii's unique folk styles, with origins in the early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture, to 21st century stages.

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

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Nathan Aweau has been part of such award-winning groups as HAPA, Ka'eo, and The Ali'i. His seven solo CDs have won him multiple Na Hoku Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year (the only person to have won 3 times), Song of the Year (twice), and Island Album of the Year, among others.

Slack Key Guitarist David "Kawika" Kahiapo most recently won two 2015 Na Hoku Awards for his 2 newest releases, one for Slack Key Guitar Album of the Year, the other for Island Album. A regular at Jack Johnson's Kokua Fests, his slack key roots and commitment to Hawaiian culture run deep.

Proceeds will benefit programs and outreach at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Date:    Monday, February 27, 2017
Time:    7:00 PM
Location:    St Paul's Episcopal Church
200 Main St
Chatham NJ 07928-2467
[ Directions ]
Tickets:    $25.00 Advanced / $30 Door
Buy online or call 800-838-3006
* Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic in Central Park

Started over 20 years ago by members of the local Hawaiian community to celebrate May Day, the annual Central Park Picnic brings together over 300 people from the Hawaiian community together each year 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. There will be a CD player and some battery-powered amplifiers available. It's a potluck so bring your favorite local dish to share and your own non-alcoholic beverages as well as trash bags for clean-up.

Date:    Sunday, June 4, 2017
Always the first Sunday in June (rain or shine)
Time:    12 PM to 5 PM
Location:    Summit Rock
Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
[ Map ]
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.

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* Halau Hula 'O Na Mele 'Aina 'O Hawai'i
Instructor:    Luana Haraguchi
Web:    http://www.hulanewyork.com/
Info:    (845) 359-9214, (845) 480-0807 or email HawaiianArtists@aol.com
Class Locations:    Manhattan
250 W 54th Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Nola Studios - 11th Floor (or Carson Studios - 10th Floor)
New York, NY 10019
(Classes held outdoors in Central Park during the spring/summer, weather permitting)

Rockland County
249 Betsy Ross Drive
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Classes:    Adult
New York City:  Mondays and Thursdays, 7 PM - 9 PM
Orangeburg:  Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Keiki (Children)
Orangeburg:  Tuesdays, 3 PM - 4 PM;
Sundays, 1-3 PM or 3-5 PM (call for times)
* 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:    Pearl Studios
500 8th Ave, 4th Floor
New York City 10018
Classes:    Hula, Tahitian and Ukulele Class Schedule

* Na Lehua Melemele
Instructors:    Eleanor Trillana and Dara Faust
Web:    https://www.facebook.com/Na-Lehua-Melemele-1488684114782639/
Info:    nlmhula@gmail.com
Class Location:    New York Live Arts
219 W 19th St
(between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Classes:    Hula Basics: Hula Dance Class for Beginners

* 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:    NYC Alaka'i: Christopher and Tristan
Web:    http://napuanuioka.wix.com/nuioka
Info:    (347) 948-HULA or napuanuioka@gmail.com
Class Location:    Queens (Woodside)
52nd Street and Roosevelt Ave
Woodside NY 11377
Classes:    Adult classes - all levels
* Ori Manea Tahitain Dance School
Instructors:    Kim Davidson and Loana Benjamin
Web:    http://www.orimanea.com
Info:    kimwdavidson@gmail.com or (808) 349-9586
Class Location:    Adelante Studios
Studio 1 25 W 31st St 2nd Floor (between Broadway and 5th Ave)
New York NY 10001-4493
[ Directions ]
Classes:    Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced Group
[ Class Info ]

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* Hawaiian Artists Shows – Aloha Paradise Revue
Web:    http://www.hawaiianartistsshowsnyc.com
Info:    Luana Haraguchi (845) 359-9214, (845) 480-0807 or email HawaiianArtists@aol.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
* 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!
* 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
Web:    Malama Hawaii at Columbia University
* New York University (NYU) Hawaii Club
Web:    NYU Hawaii Club
* Cornell University Hawaii Club
Web:    Cornell Hawaii Club
* Princeton Hawaii Club
Web:    Princeton Club of Hawaii
* University of Pennsylvania Hawaii Club
Web:    Penn Hawaii Club
* Punahou Alumni Association New York Regional Chapter
Web:    PAA New York (PAANY)

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* Makana NYC
West Coast inspiration meets Lower East Side roots to create one of NYC's most unique dining experiences—Makana NYC. Makana offers Hawaiian & Japanese BBQ, cuisine that's limited on not only the east coast, but even in New York, one of the world's premier food cities. Missing west coast fare and the Aloha spirit, two childhood friends decided it was time to bring their west coast Hawaiian & Japanese BBQ experience back home to New York, and so became one of Harlem's most distinctive restaurants—Makana NYC.
Web:    http://www.makananyc.com
Locations:    East Harlem
2245 1st Ave
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 996 - 3534

Manhattan Valley
161 W. 106 St
(between Columbus Ave & Amsterdam Ave)
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-678-4569
* Onomea
The already hoppin’ intersection of Havemeyer and Metropolitan just got another new restaurant, and, what do you know, it’s not another farm-to-table New American. Hawaiian cuisine is sorely underrepresented in New York, and new Williamsburg spot Onomea hopes the rectify that. The name translates to “delicious,” and the menu aspires to live up to that moniker with traditional Aloha State dishes like poke, kalua pork and, yup, Spam musubi (basically, a sushi roll stuffed with everyone’s favorite canned meat). The cozy decor includes a ceiling lined with shipping crates, plus cool backlit strips of island-themed photos. Do note: there’s no liquor license yet, but it’s in the works.
Web:    http://onomeanyc.com
Location:    84 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 347-844-9559
* 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
Sweetcatch Poke is committed to using the freshest, sustainably sourced seafood combined with the bold flavors of the Islands to serve you authentic, Hawaiian-style poke with a true taste of Aloha. Our mission is to serve an honest representation of Hawaiian poke. This means we are committed to an “ocean-to-table” philosophy - serving the freshest, high-quality fish sourced directly from sustainable fisheries. You can enjoy your poke knowing that we will not serve gas-frozen, prepackaged seafood and that you are supporting responsible fishing. Marination is the key to making true, flavorful Hawaiian poke. We offer twelve unique signature varieties of seasonal selections of fish from international and local waters marinated in the bold and diverse flavors of Hawaii.
Web:    http://sweetcatchpoke.com
Location:    Midtown East
642 Lexington Ave
New York NY 10022-4533
Phone: 212-593-1020
* 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
Location:    NYC - Midtown
63 W 37th St
New York NY 10018-6202
Phone: 212-575-8881
* East Coast Poke
East Coast Poke is a New York-based Hawaiian food company committed to serving fresh, authentic Hawaiian cuisine with the same hospitality indigenous to the islands. By utilizing products sourced only from the island chain, we are supporting the farmers and fishermen of this unique culture while at the same time offering our guests and clients the opportunity of experiencing that culture here on the East Coast.
Web:    http://www.eastcoastpoke.com
Location:    1 Hansen Pl
Brooklyn NY 11243
* Wisefish Poké
Wisefish Poké is a laid-back seafood shop dedicated to Hawaii’s much-celebrated raw fish dish, poké. The dream of friends Drew Crane and Bryan Cowan, Wisefish is founded in a serious love of poké – and genuine desire to share it with others. We opened our doors in early 2016 in the heart of NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood.
Web:    http://www.wisefishpoke.com
Location:    263 W 19th St (between 7th and 8th Ave)
New York NY 10011-4021
* Poké Ono (near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
This story, like all good stories, starts with getting on a plane. I went on a trip to the North Shore of Oahu to visit some friends and indulge in my greatest passion—surfing. It always amazes me how one passion can lead directly to another because on this trip I discovered Poké, a dish I immediately fell in love with. After tasting these delicious, fresh, delicate cubes of fish for the first time I was determined to bring this soul nourishing dish back to the east coast. And what better city to spread the Aloha than the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia!

Now combining my two passions I am serving up authentic, surf inspired, Hawaiian Poké Bowls that will give new meaning to what your taste buds can expect.
Web:    http://pokeono.com
Location:    59 W Lancaster Ave
Ardmore PA 19003-1408

* Flat Waves (near Newport, Rhode Island)
Our goal here at Flat Waves is simple: great food, great price, serve others. For 4 years now we've been doing just that. We always use fresh, high quality ingredients in our Hawaiian plates and by skipping all the frills, we serve it up at a killer price! Come in and try our Hawaiian Plates, Fish Tacos, unique burgers, and genuine Shave Ice from April to November! The only Hawaiian Food in Rhode Island!
Web:    http://www.flat-waves.com
Location:    1130 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI 02871
Phone: (401) 847-9283

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