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Huna Wai Hawaiian Band: Links

Aloha Island Grille
Brok da mout grinds from Tim and Numa at Santa Cruz's island style Hawaiian Restaurant on 17th and Portola near Sunny Cove. Catch us here on Thursdays from 5-7!
Michael's on Main
Fine cuisine, great bar area, a wine series, Morgan at the bar and a great staff. Come see us play here a couple times a month
Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band
Led by Saichi Kawahara, this is the band where Vern and Vince learned many of the traditional Hawaiian songs in their repetoire. Saichi has collected not only lyrics, but also translations and intimate knowledge about Hawaiian mele from the songwriters themselves. His band is both a musical and historical treasure. Saichi also collects information about the worldwide Hawaiian community and publishes performance dates, reunions, Hawaiian businesses, and local news in his quarterly newsletter.
The Ladies of Mehana
Aunty Tootsie teaches hula locally in Santa Cruz to both adults and kids. Stacey, a.k.a. Peanut teaches the little keikis. Beautiful hula! They are a local connection for many Hawaiian musicians when they come to town such as The Makaha Sons, Fiji, Sistah Robi, John Cruz, George Kahumoku, Cyril Pahinui and many others. Contact Marlene Thomas (Aunty Tootsie) at 831-761-1946 - The Ladies of Mehana
Ledward Ka'apana
Led Kaapana is nearing his 40th year as a professional musician. His mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voice have made him a musical legend. His easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm have made him a favorite of audiences from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ledward is famous for his Kalapana style of guitar and his music with Hui 'Ohana and Ikona.
Michelle Kiba - The Ukulele Lady
Watch for Michelle's contagious smile! She teaches ukulele in Santa Cruz at the Pa Mele 'O Hokulea Ukulele Academy. Michelle just released her "Reflections of Aloha" CD with the Aloha Style Band. Watch for her around town!
The Wedding Connection
Located in Aptos, the Wedding Connection offers full service wedding coordination including music, catering, site, coordination and everything you need to create the wedding of your dreams!
Lost Isle Design
Randy is a graphic genius and he's mastered the art of being a laid back professional who has a great eye for design. Check out his incredible portfolio at his website!
Hula School of Santa Cruz
The Hula School of Santa Cruz (HSSC) invites you to discover the expressive dance form of the Hawaiian islands. Founded in 1998 by Leolani Lowry, a native of Hilo, Hawai'i, the HSSC offers hula classes for all ages and abilities and is Santa Cruz's primary resource for Hawaiian cultural events. HSSC's official halau name is Ka Lei Wehi O Ka Mailelauloa, which honors Leolani's past kumu hula and the big-leaf maile, a symbol of her upbringing on the island of Hawai'i. Ka Lei Wehi O Ka Mailelauloa is an 'ohana style halau where everyone is welcome. Whether you are new to hula or would like to start dancing again, you will find becoming a part of the 'ohana at Ka Lei Wehi O Ka Mailelauloa to be rewarding and enjoyable. We welcome you to join us and share the hula with others who have Hawai'i in their hearts.
Island Breeze
Stan Medeinger plays with Michael DeMartini, Dave Ray, and Patty Maxine (all who have also played with Michelle Kiba) to bring a great blend of Hapa Haole Hawaiian Swing, Surf Rock, and some traditional island tunes. Their contact information is (831) 475-7412.
Get your Hawaiian CDs here or find a hula school just about anywhere on the globe!
Sun Jose Hawaii
All the local Hawaiian Style apparel and music you can ever want to find! Located in San Jose, they are another center of all things Hawaiian in the Bay Area
Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu
Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu is a dynamic Hawaiian dance company based in San Francisco. The company features hula as a full theatrical experience that is visually captivating. Its performances are a rich blend of traditional and contemporary forms of hula. The company's trademark hula mua style pays homage to tradition while bringing hula into a modern realm. This innovative approach showcases hula as a living and evolving art form. Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu’s performances are given in a “talk-story” format that incorporates narration and dance to provide a rich cultural context in which to understand the hula. Led by Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne, Na Lei Hulu has enjoyed tremendous success in the Bay Area, garnering audience and critical acclaim with its theatrical hula shows. Na Lei Hulu presents its annual fall hula production at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, and routinely sells out its five performances to a total of 5,000 audience members. The company has performed in locations throughout California, and in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Honolulu. Founded in 1985, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (“the many feathered wreaths at the summit, held in high esteem”) is committed to the preservation and education of the Hawaiian culture through hula. It has a performance group of about 40 dancers and offers classes to students in the beginning and intermediate levels. The organization holds educational workshops throughout the year in Hawaiian language, history, and arts and crafts.
Na Wai Ola
This is a Sunnyvale halau that we have close ties to as well. Kaui and Anson Kahaku do some of the best husband/wife dances I've ever seen...not to mention their daughter Kanoe who has been dancing since the age of 3! She must be 10 by now!
Pacific Islanders Cultural Association
This is the Northern California chapter where you can find a lot of resources in the Hawaiian Community
Dancing Cat Records
Looking for Slack-Key legends? Santa Cruz houses one of George Winston's studios where he has preserved and perpetuated Hawaiian music.
Charley Lochtefeld
Charley coordinates Hawaiian musicians for shows at Santa Cruz venues like the Kuumbwa, the Rio and other places worldwide. Great guy with great Hawaiian connections!
Ho`omana Hawaiian Band
Robert Uncangco, Kaipo Hanakeawe, Manley Bush, Eddy Navarro. These guys are based in the Monterey area and frequent Gilroy, San Jose and other venues. They play for the Ke Kai O Uhane Canoe Club whose members also dance hula when they are not paddling in the Monterey Bay. Contact Information 831-648-9043
Mountain Apple
Very large distributor of Hawaiian Music for IZ, Keali'i Reichel, Amy Gilliom, etc and many more
Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz
What a bunch of fun people! They play Hawaiian music as well as tin-pan alley era swing. They feature many guest performers and meet every third Thursday at Bocci's Cellar in Santa Cruz
Hula Halau ‘O Mahina I Ke Kai
This is a local hula halau taught by Jacinta Maiva McGinnis. She offers many hula classes through Parks and Rec and performs locally. Their contact information is: Jacinta Maiva McGinnis, Ben Lomond, CA (831) 336-8037, FAX (831) 426-4809