One of the many things visitors treasure about Hawaii is the music. In an effort to instantly reclaim the tropical paradise vibe back home; music is usually a souvenir. Legendary Israel Kamakawiwoole or “Iz”, as fans like to call him, is a major influence in Hawaiian music; his voice combined with the archetypal sounds of the ukulele (pronounced oo-koo-lay-lay) grab residents and tourists alike and h3ly ground them in Hawaii’s roots.
Kauai Music and Sound, located just north of the airport in Kapa’a, provides guests a fantastic opportunity to take a piece of Hawaii back home. The store, open 7 days a week, is a hub for all things music and local. Posters hang on outside windows promoting local concerts, events and musicians.
Inside, the walls are lined with all manner of ukulele. Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Bass sizes fashioned of traditional koa, wood laminate and spruce range in price, tone and quality. Kauai Music and Sound also carries Kauai-made ukuleles. A beginning ukulele player can grab a quick lesson from Manager Allan Domingo, a local performing artist, or buy a basic music sheet; advanced players can buy a variety of ukulele books.
Those on a Hawaii vacation can rent guitars by the day, week or month saving you the expense of bringing your own and possible damage to your instrument. CDs by local artists line another wall promising to conjure pure Kauaian rhythms and ocean sunsets. There is even a Christmas in Kauai CD!
Storytelling though music is a traditional way to experience Hawaii. On September 21st The Malie Foundation, Keepers of the Hawaiian Culture, is putting on a scholarship fundraiser at the Aston Aloha Beach Resort in Wailua. The evening promises visitors treasured memories of “pure Hawaiian enchantment and entertainment.”
You can enjoy local live music and food at the Oasis, Trees Lounge, Rob’s Good Times Grill, The Eastside, Tahiti Nui Restaurant and at the St. Regis Hotel.
Set in a relaxed, family style building in Hanalei, Doug and Sandy McMaster play the slack key guitar. Nestled against the emerald green mountains, rich taro fields and beautiful rainbows, soft trade winds dance with the sounds of surf and Hawaiian birds..