This concert was postponed from May Day 2020 and is now slated for May 1 2021 -- online to ensure the health and safety of our patrons - we plan to celebrate all that is wonderful about Hawaii on May Day. Guest Artists Scheduled to Perform: Merrie Monarch overall champions Hula Halau O Kamuela under the direction of Kumu Hula Kau'i Kamana'o & Kunewa Mook.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Kalani Pe’a will headline Hawaii Theatre’s May Day Is Lei Day concert. Kalani Pe‘a made history early in 2017 when he became the first Hawaii-resident recording artist to win a Grammy Award since Hawaiian music was absorbed by the catch-all Regional Roots Music category. Several months later he became the first Hawaii-resident recording artist ever to win a Grammy and a Hoku Award for the same project. Two years later Pe‘a's second album once again took home the Grammy in Regional Roots. He made his New York debut in February 2020 before a sold-out audience, the only Hawaiian artist to perform for Lincoln Center's American Songbook. Hawaii Magazine says Kalani Pe’a is in a category virtually all his own. He has the pipes and energetic stage presence of Broadway favorite, Bette Midler. Pe‘a has risen to be one of the best young Hawaiian singers, bringing a modern sensibility to his own vision of Hawaiian traditions. At this special concert, the Grammy Award Winner will perform brand new original compositions off of his latest release "Kau Ka Pe'a", along with special guests. Akahi a hoomaka, this is the start. - VIP TICKET INCLUDES: PRE-CONCERT RECEPTION, FLOWER DAY LEI, SPECIAL MAHALO MAKANA (GIFT), FREE DOWNLOAD OF KALANI'S EXCLUSIVE TRACK "I Love You" IN COLLAB WITH SONY MUSIC JAPAN