Willie K Christmas Show
Opening act: The Kalama Brothers
Wednesday, December 19, 8pm
$25 / $30
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The popular Hawaiian guitarist/singer/storyteller brings his Christmas show to the Opera House. We’ll be serving Hawaiian food in the Café Theater before the show, so come early! Mele Kalikimaka!!
Raised on Maui, Willie Kahaiali’i (a.k.a.Willie K.) has been playing music and entertaining audiences since the age of 10. His father Manu Kahaiali’i, one of Hawaii’s most respected musicians, recruited Willie and his brothers to perform in his band. From the very beginning, Willie was influenced by and exposed to a myriad of musical genres; from the Hawaiian, Jazz, and early R&B he heard at his father’s side, to the sounds emanating from the radio and TV from musical giants such as B.B. King, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Willie Nelson. It is no wonder why Willie has evolved into such an eclectic and charismatic singer/songwriter/entertainer.
His Christmas album, “Willie Kalikimaka” reflected Willie’s favorite songs for the season and fulfilled the public’s demand for his version of “O Holy Night,” recorded some years back as a single. “Away in a Manger” was almost completely recorded when Willie K ran into Willie Nelson on Maui. The conversation resulted in a duet of this incredible rendition of this Christmas classic and an experience that will be etched into Willie K’s musical career. The common language of music created an instant friendship. “Willie Kalikimaka” ended up being the biggest selling Christmas CD in 1999 and hit local sales charts at the #1 spot, beating the new recordings of Mariah Carey and Santana, while rising to #11 on Billboard Magazine’s Worldbeat charts. More...
Ryan Keau & Kai
Ryan and Kai are brothers who grew up in Southern California playing and singing a variety of music. They found a comfort in performing for audiences of all sizes. Whether sitting in an small group of friends playing acoustic melodies, or getting together with other band members and playing nightclubs and event stages, they are always crowd-pleasers. Their talents go beyond their voices, as they play a variety of instruments to recreate cover songs that work with all ages. They also love to create their own originals, with music that suits the ears and lyrics that bring THE STORY home. After years of playing rock-n-roll, soul, R & B and more, they have taken on a new challenge. The Kalama Brothers just released their first Hawaiian CD under the Maui Tribe Records label with the amazing "Uncle" Willie K. More...
Ahi poke; $12
diced ahi tuna, cucumbers, and seaweed, marinated in spicy sesame-soy topped with wasabi mayo; served with toasted nori
Whole baked salmon; $11
Hawaiian style baked salmon with lemon, tomato, garlic, and a touch of mayo; served with steamed calrose rice and cucumber sunomono
Chicken Keleguen; $7
A spicy Guamanian favorite. chopped bbq chicken mixed with lemon, onions, shredded coconut, and ground spicy Chamorro Chile served with corn tortillas
Blanched edamame tossed with sea salt, lime juice, and shichimi togarashi (Japanese chili spice)
Spam Musubi; $2.50 ea
Thick cut spam marinated and grilled, sandwiched by sushi rice and wrapped in toasted nori
Kalua Pork; $9
Smoky shredded pork shoulder slow cooked in banana leaf and Hawaiian rock salt. Served with steamed rice topped with 'fina-denny' and a side of mac salad
Japanese Chicken Curry; $9
Chunks of chicken thighs slow cooked in Japanese style 'curry' with ginger, potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion. served over steamed rice with gari shoga (red pickled ginger). The perfect dish on a cold December night.