Culture & Arts
A unique blend of Polynesian music, rhythm & blues and good ol’ rock-n-roll
Striving to meet the evolving needs of the Japanese American community
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
It’s rare when an artist arrives on the scene offering a refreshing new spin on a traditional genre of music. Steven Espaniola is that artist. Raised in Aliamanu, Hawaiäó»i and now residing in the California Bay Area, Steven is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Ki Ho’alu (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar), Ukulele, Upright Bass, and Leo Ki’e Ki’e (Traditional Hawaiian falsetto). Of Hawaiian, Filipino and Spanish decent, his ethnicity is as diverse as his unique sound which preserves the integrity of the traditional with a flourish of the modern. Steven was the driving force behind 2010’s Kokua Japan San Francisco.
“Promoting and perpetuating the playing of ‘ukulele music and culture.” Founded in 1994 by the late ‘uncles Hollis Baker and John Ogao, local Bay Area hawaiian musicians, we are the longest-running ukulele festival on the mainland. Our upcoming 23rd annual Ukulele Festival will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Chabot College Performing Arts Center, Hayward.