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October 12, 2013

Main Stage Schedule:
* 5:00pm- Eddie Nguyen
* 6:45pm- Eric Sumibcay
* 7:45pm- Fashion Show
* 8:00pm- EMKE

Eddie Nguyen
Eddie Nguyen

Eric Sumibcay
Eric Sumibcay


September 14, 2013

Main Stage Schedule:
· 5:00pm – Smart Karate
· 5:30pm – Dance Central YMCA
· 6:00pm – Kalihi Breakers YMCA
· 6:30pm – Dance Demonstration & Audience Participation by YMCA
· 6:50pm – Honolulu Dance Studio
· 7:25pm – 808 Zumba
· 8:30pm – Boogie Down Productions

Smart Karate
Our mission is to give students the skills, energy and confidence to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the world.
Yes, you will learn how to kick and punch. You will learn how to fall properly, how to escape from holds, and how to defend yourself. The likelihood of your getting in a fight is actually quite small. But if it happens, we will make sure you’re prepared to recognize danger, diffuse it, and ultimately avoid it.

Paradoxically, you will learn how to fight so you won’t have to fight anymore. We are more impressed by the fights you’ve avoided rather than the fights you’ve ‘won.’

As a result of your martial arts training, you will eventually become more focused, disciplined, and confident. You will walk taller, feel better about yourself, and succeed both inside and outside the dojo. You will learn to overcome self-doubt, domineering people, apathy, tough challenges and unexpected set-backs.

You will be a winner in life.
Drop in anytime for a free class. No reservations are required. Meet the teachers. Meet the students. See for yourself how we are a very different and very special martial arts school. Looking forward to seeing you in class!

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Dance Central
Dance Central is a program specializing in contemporary Hip-Hop, Jazz, & Ballet at the Central YMCA. Its mission is to create a non-competitive environment for people interested in dance as a performing art. Classes are offered for regularly for students ages 2 through adult.

Dance Central

Kalihi Breakers
The Kalihi Breakers is a dance group composed of middle and high school students who learn break dancing and choreography at the Kalihi YMCA. The program was developed to keep youths off the street and away from violence, drugs, and gangs. It has also become a place where they build their self esteem as well as practice their leadership and social skills.

Kalihi Breakers

Honolulu Dance Studio                                                                                                                                                                                               The Honolulu Dance Studio (HDS), began in 1986 under the direction of Cathy Izumi.

This studio offers classes and instruction in various dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tumbling, Hula and Hip Hop.

They are also home to the Honolulu Dance Company, which consists of selected dancers who audition to become a part of this team that goes out into the community to perform as well as compete in various dance competitions and conventions both locally and nationally. The Company has been privileged to receive an abundance of top honor awards.

They are located at 1030 Queen Street, right behind Ward Theaters.
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808 Zumba
At Washington Fitness~dba 808 Zumba, we are focused on providing quality classes and personal training services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations while helping you achieve your goals.
Zumba 808

With a variety of fitness formats to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us.
Boogie Down Productions, Hawaii (BDP)                                                                                                                                                            Is a branch of the Honolulu Dance Studio and began in 2011 under the direction of Jared Ake. Boogie Down is a dance studio focused on the various styles of hip hop dance. Anything from R&B classes, to street funk, to breaking, to hip hop heels class and our own hip hop fitness class called street jamz werkout.

The offer classes for all age levels from keiki all the way up to adults. They are located in Kakaako at 1007 Waimanu Street, just two blocks from the Honolulu Dance Studio.

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August 10, 2013

Main Stage Schedule:
5:15pm-6:15pm: “Pocket”

POCKET is Darla Pestana, Julie Kam, Dwayne Higa, Wes Aoki, Wendell Ching and Aaron Kimura. These veteran local musicians just recently got together to specialize in Disco, Funk & R&B cover tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s.


July 13, 2013

Main Stage Schedule:
5:00pm-6:30pm: Gj & Jesse Labatte
6:40pm-7:40pm Johanna Padaken Parel
8:00pm-9:00pm Jason Alan

Gj & Jesse Labatte
Gj and Jesse came together purely through their love and passion for music. Their musical chemistry and friendship was instant as they began performing without any practice in early April. “We just click. We feed off of eachother, off of the crowd.” exclaims Jesse. From the soulful sounds of John Legend, to the reggae rasp of Bob Marley, these 2 embody versatility in sound and style. They got a little bit for everyone in the crowd!

Gj & Jessr Labatte

Johanna Padaken Parel
Free spirit and social butterfly, Johnna is the youngest of three; with the support and love of her family, wonderfully encouraging husband and enabling parents, Johnna graduated from the University of Hawaii Manoawith a Bachelors Degree in Communications, specializing in Video Production. At the start of her college career, Johnna found that her passion of music would begin to develop and all that she thought she wanted to do in the video production field, was soon overshadowed by music, and everything that came with it.

She has been taken under the wings of talented Producer Shawn Pimental and Engineer Mike Grande of Koops2 Entertainment (Studio Ala Moana). Her 3 debut singles, “Enough,” Away We Go,” and “Love Me Right” can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and has been topping the charts on Hawaii island, Maui and Kauai. They continue to work on her next single to hit, “To Be Loved,” as it will be released within the next month!

You can catch Johnna, every Friday, at the beautiful Rumfire, in Sheraton Waikiki. She also continues to take part in many wedding ceremonies, baby parties, and private events. She is full of love and life and continues to make her dreams in music come true! She looks forward to sharing her love of music with you! Keep checking her calender on her website,, for her next gig nearest you!


Jason Alan
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Jason moved to Hawaii in 1995 when he enrolled in the University of Hawaii School of Music. His love for music began at age 5 when he began his piano studies. At age 9, Jason was asked to join the internationally renown Phoenix Boys Choir, which provided extensive training and numerous performance opportunities during his formative musical years. In 1990, he was one of three boys chosen to represent the US in the international boys choir collaborative under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. During high school, Jason returned to the choir as a mentor and voice teacher. It was then that he began his journey into composition while writing, staging and producing his first musical at age 15.

While earning a Bachelor of Music in composition, Jason began performing extensively in Hawaii as a keyboardist with established local artists. Seeing the opportunities that playing guitar gave solo artist, he began studying acoustic guitar, which led to a whole new spectrum of performance venues and collaborations. He was a top 25 finalist on ABC’s Making the Band in 2002. In 2007, he help produce and arrange the music for Waikiki Nei, a $24 million production in Waikiki, and was a featured musician on the show. Jason performed on keyboard, guitar, and was the featured male lead vocal on three numbers. He has been fortunate to share the stage with great musicians such as Sherry Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Mister Mr, Henry Kapono, and Michael McDonald.

Jason has played in over 30 different venues in Hawaii and has performed hundreds of weddings and corporate events. He is passionate about teaching, performing, composing, and leading worship. He is most proud of his teenage daughter Maya, who attends Sacred Hearts Academy and is an aspiring musician, talented dancer, and a beautiful inspiration.

Jason Alan

June 8, 2013

Main Stage Schedule:
5:00pm-6:30pm:       Mike Izon
6:45pm-7:45pm:       Keith Omizo
8:00pm-9:00pm:      Jeremy Cheng

Michael Izon
Michael Izon- I was born and raised on oahu and have been playing music all my life but never took it serious till a back injury changed everything. Durning recovery i decided to pick up the guitar and hone my skills as a vocalist and musician. Three years later after a lot of hard work, i have an album, i went to hong kong and walked down the red carpet at the MAMA ( mnet asain music awards) and im super thankful for all of it.
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Keith Omizo
Keith Omizo born and raised in Waimanalo and works at Castle Hospital on Oahu.
His music style is Hawaiian/contemporary/R&B/Jazz and he can also be seen playing @ Aloha Center Cafe (pacific beach hotel), Nico’s Fish market, Aqua Wave Waikiki Hotel, Round Table Pizza in Enchanted Lakes.

His CD’s is called “BLACK POINT & KUMUHAU”
Keith Omizo

Jeremy Cheng
Jeremy Cheng born and raised in Kaneohe is new to the music scene and performs regurlarly throughout Waikiki. Jeremy is a R&B soul singer who plays covers from Musiq Soulchild to Usher to Temptations.
Jeremy Cheng

May 11, 2013

Main Stage Schedule:
5:00pm: David Asing Duo
6:45pm: Mike Tulba Duo
8:00pm: Hoku Zuttermeister

David Asing was born into a family of talented musicians, David Asing performs regularly in the hotels of Waikiki, restaurants around town and private weddings. He performs a variety of music including Traditional Hawaiian, Hapa-Haole, Island Contemporary, Pop, Country Pop, and favorite Top 40′s.
David Asign

Mike Tulba’s Acoustic Duo has been together for only a year, but their sound speaks to years of seasoned performances and friendship. Since their junior year at Farrington High School, Mike and Davin, tried one band after another. Finally settling on a two person duo, they have returned to the root of each other’s personality, acoustic soul. Although their inspiration ranges from Sugar Hill Gang to Jason Mraz they stay true to their generation of music where quality vocals are key. Harmonies and melodies stand a slim chance at imperfection, because this duo is determined not to be ignored.

Born and raised in K?ne‘ohe, O‘ahu, Hoku Zuttermeister was brought up with a love for the Hawaiian culture and its music.

He started singing at the young age of two; he loved singing his first song, “E Ku‘u Morning Dew”. H?k? has recorded with many artists such as Sean Na‘auao (Neutralize It), Ku‘uipo Kumukahi (E Ku‘u Lei, E Ku‘uipo), Kawaikapuokalani Hewett (Mo‘o‘olelo), Raiatea Helm (Sweet and Lovely, Hawaiian Blossom), Bryan Tolentino (Ka ‘Ukulele Lele), and Mahela (My Heart) and this has helped H?k? mature into a wonderful and very talented musician. H?k? has also opened for and toured with such great acts as Ho‘okena, Bryan Tolentino, Raiatea Helm, Jerry Santos, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, and many others.
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April 13, 2013

This month, the highlight of Discover Kakaako’s musical entertainment is a special appearance by the University of Hawaii’s Band and the UH Rainbow Warrior Dancers! Also on our exciting entertainment lineup is the US Air Force Band of the Pacific’s Hawaii Jazz Trio, Hawaiian music trio Maunalua and underground reggae band Local Uprising. Stay tuned for more details and a complete lineup!

The University of Hawaii Band:
UH band

The University of Hawaii Band has a long, rich history that began in 1923 with an 18-member drum and bugle corps. Today, the UH Bands are comprised of some 400 students, performing in the 250-member UH Rainbow Warrior Marching Band, three concert bands, and five pep bands. These students entertain over 400,000 spectators annually at our football, basketball, and volleyball games – nearly one hundred athletic events and dozens of concerts every year!

As the most visible student organization on campus, the UH Bands afford all students the opportunity to participate in an activity central to the Department of Music, the University, and the State of Hawai­i. Open to all majors on campus, the University of Hawai­i Bands provide a home for students filled with tradition, pride, performance excellence, and most importantly, aloha spirit!

USAF Band of the Pacific-Hawaii Jazz Trio:

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The US Air Force Band at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam’s Hawaii Jazz Trio plays a mix of standards from the American Songbook as well as a repertoire from modern jazz composers. The group performs concerts and festivals throughout the islands and the Pacific region. The trio is comprised of guitarist SSgt Jesse Thompson, drummer SSgt B.J. Richard and upright bassist SrA Philip Runge, and is occasionally augmented by vocalist SSgt Courtney Clifford.

Local Uprising:

Local uprising

Local Uprising is Hawaii’s Underground Reggae Band. A blend of sounds that could be described as Steel Pulse meets Tribal Seeds and SOJA, Local Uprising blends the music of the past with a modern vibe, constantly pushing the boundaries of the reggae genre.


Maunalua has been sharing their version of “aloha” for over 15 years, traveling all over the globe to perform Hawaiian music, even performing at an inauguration luau for President Obama in January 2009. Bobby Moderow, Jr., Kahi Kaonohi, and Richard Gideon formed the band in 1993 and won “Hawaiian Album of the Year” at the Na Hoku Hanohano awards with their first album, introduced in 2000. Their third album, “Ho’okanaka” was released in 2007 and won another Na Hoku Hanohano award as well as earning Maunahua the “Group of the Year” award.

March 9, 2013

This month, we are proud to present another full lineup of your favorite local musicians and performers:

Hui ‘O Kamalei Hula Studio:

Hui o Kamalei

Hui ‘O Kamalei Hula Studio has been teaching the art of Polynesian dance (hula, Tahitian, samoan, fire knife, and maori) to locals of all ages, as well as visitors to the islands, for over 36 years. The studio specializes in teaching the art of modern hula as well as kahiko (ancient hula), from the fast swaying hips of Tahitian to the fun rhythm of the poi balls from New Zealand and the fire knife dances of Samoa. They will be performing from 5-6 p.m.

David Asing Duo:

David Asing

Born into a family of talented musicians, David Asing performs regularly in the hotels of Waikiki, restaurants around town and private weddings. He performs a variety of music including Traditional Hawaiian, Hapa-Haole, Island Contemporary, Pop, Country Pop, and favorite Top 40’s. David and his accompaniment will be performing from 5-7 p.m.


The local boys from Kawao are known for their island reggae vibe, enhanced by inspiring lyrics that embrace the Hawaiian Islands’ culture, infused with a dominant reggae baseline. One of the top reggae bands in Hawaii, Kawao are outstanding vocalists and performing artists, as well as prolific composers, producers and songwriters. From their first four albums, “One Of Those Days,” “The Secret’s Out,” “The Bond That Binds” and “DETERMINED,” Kawao captured a worldwide audience with their hit songs, “Girl, Let Me Know,” “One Heart, One sound,” “For My Special Girl,“ “Push Comes To Shove,” “Bounce” and “Going So Crazy.” Kawao were nominees for Reggae Album of the Year twice at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, as well as being nominated for DVD of the Year. They’re still going strong with their most recent album, “Reggae’s Coming,” a blend of different vocal and instrumental counter melodies that can only be described as “KAWAOStylee.” They will be performing from 8-9 p.m.

Ashley Lilinoe:

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Ashley Lilinoe’s cover songs on her YouTube channel has led to being featured on The Wake Up Crew on Island 98.5 and as a performer on stage at various venues around town. Some of the influences she lists are Michael Jackson, India Arie, Mackey Feary and Stevie Wonder.

The full lineup:

Main Stage:

5:00pm-6:00pm- Hui O Kamalei
6:10pm- 6:25pm- Cottage by the Sea & Cinnamon Girl Fashion Show
6:45pm- 7:00pm- Twisted Cuts Fashion Show
7:00pm- 7:30pm- Ashley Lilnoe
7:40pm- 7:55pm- TJ Maxx & Calista Fashion show
8:00pm- 9:00pm- Kawao

Ward Centre:

5:00pm-7:00pm- David Asing Duo

February 9, 2013

Continuing 2013 with a Chinese New Year-themed celebration, Discover Kakaako is happy to announce February’s lineup, with Sean Na’auao, Heart and Soul and a special appearance by Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association!

Sean Na’auao:

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Over the many years of his career, Sean Na‘auao has developed as an artist, composer and producer. As you listen to his body of work, you will find many gems and understand why he richly deserves all the Na Hoku Hanohano awards he’s won over the years.

Na‘auao can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a part of his life.  His career in music encompasses everything, including composing original songs, producing himself and other artists, performing as lead and background singer, bandleader and acting as concert promoter as well as the founder of independent record label Poi Pounder.  As a founding member of Mana‘o Company, a band that made a huge impact on the local music scene and is still heard on radio today, Na‘auao began his legacy of popular hits. His repertoire runs from contemporary Island Music to the heartfelt traditional Hawaiian mele.

Heart and Soul:

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Formed in 2009, Jody Kamisato, David Ardo, Micah Ganiron and TJ Mayeshiro came up with the group name based on their core belief to do everything with their heart & soul. This is evident in their passion to not just play music, but share and teach it to anyone who is
interested. Kamisato, along with the help of Ardo as instructor, also run their own ‘ukulele studio called Ukulele Hale in Kaimuki as well as a program to bring music to the students through the Ukes on the Loose program with the Department of Education.

Most recently, Heart & Soul performed in the 2010 New York Ukulele Festival, where they received rave reviews with performances ending in standing ovations and encores. They recently toured Japan and were special guests in the Ukulele Picnic in Yokosuka. In 2011 Heart & Soul won the Hawaii Music Awards for Island Contemporary Album of the Year and was also nominated for the 2011 Na Hokuhanohano Awards in the categories of Island Contemporary and Best New Artist. Kamisato, Ardo, Ganiron and Mayeshiro, who have been featured on DIS-N-DAT TV , Tiny TV and Brown Bags to Stardom, still find the time to give back to the community by partnering with Aloha United Way, Kuakini Hospital, Shriners Hospital and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu, as well as many schools and churches.

Heart and Soul will be playing from 6-7 p.m.

Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association:

Wah ngai

Wah Ngai is an exciting non-profit association dedicated to promoting Chinese culture through the arts of lion dancing, kung
fu, and other athletic activities. Catch them at 5 p.m. at Ward Centers!


The full lineup for February 2013:

5pm- Wah Ngai Lion Dance, Kung Fu demonstration at main stage
5pm- Taz Vegas at Ward Centre
6pm- Heart and Soul
7pm- Ward Merchant Fashion Show
7:30pm- Cheung Sam Fashion Show
8pm- Sean Na’auao at main stage

January 12, 2013

For the new year, we’re proud to present a great lineup of local musicians: Kapena, Shar Carillo, David Asing and visiting a capella group sQ!


Kapena, formed in 1984, is one of the best known and most loved names in Hawaiian contemporary music. The band, consisting of Kelly Boy De Lima on vocals and uke, Kalena De Lima on keyboards and vocals, Lilo De Lima on bass and vocals and Kapena De Lima on drums, has released over 20 albums and compilation albums and won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards.

In addition to touring the Hawaiian Islands, Kapena has performed in the South Pacific from Tahiti to Tonga, in Asia from Japan to China and on the Mainland from Alaska to Texas. Their popularity has grown as fast as the demand for their talent. Often called Hawaii’s hardest-working band, they can be found playing nightly in Waikiki. Kapena’s hits include songs like “Masese,” “Sea of Heartbreak,” “Blue Darlin’ Kaduvu,” “Love Song of Kalua,” “Why Glitttery Eyes” and “Everlasting Lover.”


Shar Carillo: 

Music has been in Shar Carillo’s family for generations, and it has been her passion since she was a little girl. Shar’s great grandfather, George Kaleiohi, Sr., composed a number of traditional Hawaiian songs, one of which is the beautiful love song, “Wai’ulu.” Daughter of Loke Sasil, who is half of the beautiful Leahi duo and Sean Carillo, a solo artist on the island of Oahu, Shar grew up on Kauai surrounded by amazing talent. She finally came out of her shell during her senior year of high school, when she competed in Brown Bags to Stardom. College put her musical career on hold, but later Shar started playing at random open mics, and now plays with her own band, “Shar Carillo and Crew.”


David Asing:

Born into a family of talented musicians, David Asing performs regularly in the hotels of Waikiki, restaurants around town, as well as private weddings and events. He performs a variety of music including Traditional Hawaiian, Hapa-Haole, Island Contemporary, Pop, Country Pop, and favorite Top 40’s.



sQ! is a co-ed a cappella group from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Formed in 1994, sQ! sings a versatile set, performing everything from Kanye West to Dean Martin. The group has performed for schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and England, and annually competes in international a cappella competitions. sQ! has garnered many awards, most recently being featured on the Best of Collegiate A Cappella (BOCA) 2012 compilation album with an original song, “22?. But most of all, the group just likes to perform, showing audiences for years how fun a cappella can be.


The full lineup for January 2013 is: 

David Asing Duo- 5pm-7pm at Ward Centre
Shar Carillo- 5:30pm-6:45pm at Main Stage
Ward Merchant Fashion Show- 7pm at Ward Warehouse Amphitheater
Kapena-7:30pm-9pm at Main Stage


December 8, 2012

This month, we’re excited to showcase Soul Shakedown, a brand-new band fronted by Christian Yrizarry, formerly of Island music band Beach5! Also playing: Talented local acts JAI the Band and acoustic artist Duncan Osorio.


Soul Shakedown:

After graduating from Iolani School in 1994, Christian Yrizarry attended the University of San Diego from ’94 to ’98. It was there that he got his start playing music. He met Jared Keo and formed the musical group Ho’onu’a. Ho’onu’a’s first album “Feel Good Island Music” was released in 1997, and two more albums “Have a Good Time” and “Take You to the Jam” came in 2000 and 2003 respectively.

In 1999, Christian and Ho’onu’a’s rhythm guitarist, Sani Apuakehau, started performing as an acoustic duo all over the State of Hawaii. In 2007, Sani and Christian recorded their self-titled debut album as Beach5.

In 2012, Christian started his debut solo project, SOUL SHAKEDOWN. Christian will be in the studio shortly to start recording his debut solo album, filled with brand new original music. Look for Soul Shakedown, available on iTunes early 2013.

JAI the Band:

Formed in 2012, JAI the Band is fusing New York City east coast music textures with the strongest Hawaiian roots rock reggae sound, successfully creating a highly energetic classic island vibe. Their enthusiasm to experiment with all forms of reggae, electronic ambient sounds, and pop culture, is clearly delivering their vision of “very passionate rhythmic music” that really makes people move. As a result, JAI has hit hard in the island music scene with brothers Jai Rodgers (Guitar, Vocals) and Daniel Rodgers (Keyboards, Vocals), collaborating with Shaun Maddaloni (Bass, Vocals) and recent local addition Keoni Anderson (Drums, Vocals).Their live shows create a super high energy environment, composed of transient dubs and hooky drops with a pop anthem influence, all driven by a powerful beat that leaves crowds remembering where they’ve been.

With their sweet blend of harmonious vocals from all four members and the solid pulse of reggae rhythms, JAI’s live shows are simply an experience not to be missed. Look for their upcoming album to be released in spring of 2013.

Duncan Osorio:

Honolulu native Duncan Kamakana has been performing both here in the islands, and across the United States for over a decade now. Son of Na Hoku award-winning artist and scholar Jonathan Kamakawiwo`ole Osorio, Duncan is most recognized regionally for his role as the “Hungry Guy” in the local Burger King commercials. An ‘06 graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Duncan has spent much of the last 5 years performing throughout the continental United States with extended time spent in Portland, San Francisco, Detroit, and, most recently, Los Angeles. Duncan can be frequently found performing in many of Honolulu’s live music venues such as BambuTwo, Rumfire, and “M” at Restaurant Row.



The full lineup for December is:

5:00pm- Alika Souza Duo – Ward Centre
5:30pm- Duncan Osorio – Main Stage
6:30pm- Merchant Fashion Show – Ward Warehouse Amphitheater
7:00pm- JAI – Main Stage
8:30pm- Soul Shakedown – Main Stage



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