Blue Note Hawaii
Henry Kapono & Friends

    Merry Christmas to You
    Henry Kapono & Friends
    Featuring Artists on the Rise & Special Guest Alx Kawakami

    Join GRAMMY-nominated and multiple award-winning Henry Kapono for a night of joy, laughter, and holiday music as he welcomes Special Guest Alx Kawakami and the Henry Kapono Foundation’s (HKF) On the Rise Artists shaping the future of music here in the Islands. On the Rise is an HKF Mele program providing mentorship & meaningful performance opportunities to shine the spotlight on emerging musicians who are professionally entering the music industry here in Hawaii..

    Two Concerts. Hosted by Henry Kapono, each show will feature Henry’s beloved Christmas classics and spotlight four HKF On the Rise Artists.

    Tickets $35-$45



    • Seating is First Come, First Served
    • $10 Food or Beverage Minimum Per Person 
    • Full Bar & Full Dinner Menu Available
    • No refunds or exchange. Please make sure you purchase tickets for the correct date and time. Mahalo!


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    • Henry Kapono

      Henry Kapono rose to immense popularity with the phenomenon of Cecilio & Kapono (aka C&K) as half of the duo with Cecilio Rodriguez. They helped forge the sound of ‘70s Island music with laid-back contemporary rock that voiced the feelings of an entire generation in Hawai‛i. Today, he is one of Hawai‘i’s most popular recording artists and presides over Kapono Inc, one of Hawai`i's top multi-function entertainment companies.  Kapono is equally known for his community support and philanthropic endeavors, launching the Henry Kapono Foundation in 2018, whose mission is to "Support the music and arts community and by giving with AlohaTo Support and Empower Hawai'i's Music Industry to Thrive Through Programs, Grants, Education & Resources.”  Native Hawaiian Kapono is a Grammy-nominated, multiple award-winning singer and songwriter and the winner of 21 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawai‛i’s “Grammy's"). He has been honored with the public vote of the 2021 Favorite Entertainer of the Year

    • Alx Kawakami

      Alx Kawakami has made his way around the world, playing music for audiences who have continued to support him as his professional career approaches the 15-year mark. Alx has made a name for himself with his songwriting and energetic live performances, along with his ability to compose and sing catchy jingles and theme songs for such companies as McDonald's, Forever Living (Japan), Suntory Premium Malts Beer (Japan), the Hawai`i Tourism Authority, and Waiola Coconut Water, leading to nominations for various awards for his songwriting and studio engineering.

      While living in Los Angeles from 2014-2016, Alx had the chance to work with Grammy Award-winning producer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac), who likened Alx's voice to James Taylor and began to call him the "Hawaiian James Taylor." Along with Taylor, Alx associates his music with many artists like John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Crosby Stills and Nash, and The Eagles, to name a few. Alx prides himself on always being a professional and adapting to any situation to make sure his audience has a great time.

    • Dominic Carlos

      Dominic Carlos, is “On the Rise” in the islands. Recognized for bringing a fusion of Rock, Reggae, Blues, and R&B to his unique melodies, infused harmonies to set every mood, and specializing in the art of live-looping, this performing artist from Kailua is making his mark in the Hawaiʻi Music scene. A 2022 nominee for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Reggae Album of the Year with the group DNA Muse and recently branching out as a solo artist with his debut single, “Leʻahi,” available on all digital platforms, Dominic Carlos is one to watch!
    • drew hemni

      Drew Henmi is a Na Hoku Hano Hano-nominated singer-songwriter and producer from Honolulu, HI. In addition to performing on stages from Hawaii to Japan, his music has been featured on campaigns for brands including Levi’s and Steve Madden and on a wide range of critically acclaimed TV shows across major US networks, including ABC, CBS, and TNT..

      A singer-songwriter at heart, his sound has been described as hard to constrain within the usual genre categories but strikingly personal and authentic. Drew’s most recent EP, “Begin Again,” is a great example of his sonic vision, marking a unique step forward for this artist, whose sound is becoming increasingly more personal and defined, one release at a time. His music has been featured in multiple publications, including being named Music Insider's "Artist of the Month" in Dec. 2020.

    • J.Lyn

      J.Lyn is a singer/songwriter based in Hawai’i and specializes in writing toplines for various artists in the R&B, Pop, Lo-fi/Hip-Hop, Alternative, Indie, and EDM genres. As a performer, she has been featured in various events such as the 2017 Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival and played in world-renown venues such as the Troubadour in Los Angeles and the Blue Note Hawaiʻi in Waikiki with ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro.

      J.Lyn was a co-writer for the self-titled debut EP of alternative-pop band, Kennedy Taylor & the Electric Pancakes, which was nominated for “Alternative Album of the Year” at the 2022 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. Her biggest project was penning the EDM hit “Make Me Forget” by Chinese-Pop Singer, Ann-E1, which gained over 250,000 streams on NetEase Cloudmusic, reaching #23 on the Cloudmusic Soaring Chart and #6 on China’s Global Song Chart. J.Lyn also partnered with TikTok for their Creative Learning Fund, sharing songwriting and music business tips on the platform.

    • Jenny Yim

      Jenny Yim was born and raised in Hawaiʻi, surrounded by music. Her father and his brother played music together, and she became inspired, making up songs immediately as a toddler, writing her first fully formed songs around the age of 6 or 7. Jenny has a full, husky tone to her singing voice that she effortlessly melds with a clear, high falsetto. It’s very much her own subtle indie sound and style.

      Feeling blessed to be able to share her music, she has been significantly influenced by stories and things that people go through, their resolutions, and turning them into a song they can relate to…songs about feelings that are difficult to put into words. Her goal in life is to help people through her music and inspire people to be nicer to each other.

    • Kaiona

      Brother and sister musical duo Paul and Jasmine Dunlap are from the island of Oʻahu; their family deeply rooted on the island's east side in a little town called Waimanalo, known as God’s country. Growing up in Waimanalo, they have spent much time immersed in Hawaiian culture, dancing hula and playing Hawaiian music with their dad and his side of the family.

      In 2010, with 2015 Miss Aloha Hula Jasmine Kaleihiwa taking the lead on vocals and Paul on Guitar, they launched their musical career as the duo Kaiona, adopting a name from a beautiful, well-known beach in Waimanalo. Committed to continuing their family legacy, they have expanded their repertoire, performing a variety of music to include traditional & contemporary Hawaiian, Country, Reggae, Classic Rock, Pop, and Top 40. They are passionate about music and love to entertain!

    • Liam Moleta

      “It is safe to say that our world, today, has grown apart now, more than ever. Separation has been normalized, and the end to all of this is unclear. But rather than focusing on the end, Liam chooses to focus on the opportunity that this separation has presented; the opportunity for new beginnings; the opportunity to be together again, and keep it that way! His mission has always been to unite people of all backgrounds, and he does just that with his vulnerable approach to music, his captivating voice, and his intimate- acoustic guitar style. Liam deems self-love and acceptance as the number one step toward togetherness and therefore influences his listeners to look deep within first. His third single release, “Home,” documents his journey toward acceptance and was ultimately released to encourage anyone learning to accept the present moment to continue. A Hawaiian artist with a passion for shifting today's reality, Liamn Moleta is dedicated to reflecting and showing off the true beauties that lie within each and every one of us, in hopes for us never to know separation again.”
    • Matt Krahula

      Matt Krahula is On the Rise in Hawaiʻi as a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer who relocated from New York City to Oʻahu in search of inspiration and quickly found that Hawaiʻi was just what he needed. Krahula started his musical career at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Music Performance on Upright Bass, studying under Timothy Cobb (principal bassist of the New York Philharmonic). As founder of The Nightmare River Band, their sophomore album established Krahula as one of the top up-and-coming writers in the scene, opening slots for The Last Bandoleros, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Robert Ellis, Tokyo Police Club, and many more. The single -“Mary” was nominated for an Independent Music Award, and the album had features in American Pickers, Say Yes to The Dress, Pawn Stars, NHL Broadcasts, and 9-1-1. Once on Oʻahu, Krahula landed a spot playing bass and singing with legendary Grammy-Nominated Hawaiian musician Henry Kapono. Since then, Matt splits his time performing as a solo artist, bassist, and studio musician. His quirky brand of Alt-Folk Americana has him performing with Henry Kapono, Tavana, Hook and Line, Seven Pairs of Iron Shoes & Johnny Helm. His work as a studio musician most recently took him to Hollywood, where he was the upright bassist/music consultant on the EMMY Nominated Score for HBO’s Station 11.
    • Noelani Love

      Native Hawaiian singer/songwriter Noelani Love is On the Rise with her blend of conscious lyrics with ukulele melodies to empower listeners and create social change through the spirit of ALOHA. Noelani’s extensive training in yoga, mantra, and traditional Hawaiian chanting and hula dance, her music is an invitation to sing along to activate the power of your own voice. In addition, Noelani enjoys connecting ancient wisdom to modern-day life with humor and grace. As a musician, “My lyrics are reminders to honor our connection to nature and the beauty of our individual journeys.” ~Noelani Love

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