Thanks to the generous support of KoAloha Ukuleles, the festival is thrilled to introduce Kainoa Kamaka, a Hawaiian born and bred entertainer whose video of Johnny B. Goode on ukulele recently went viral on Facebook. Kainoa shall be performing traditional Hawaiian music during the world music dinner evening on Friday the 26th of August as well as plenty of other party music throughout the festival.
Kainoa has been an entertainer for over 20 years and credits his success to his parents. His mother is a talented hula dancer and father a gifted musician, a relationship that resulted in Kainoa’s entertainer instincts and on-stage charisma. In 1993, Kainoa moved to the island of Kaua’i and started ‘Kainoa Ohana’, singing and playing the ‘ukulele with an amazing group of guys! Kainoa Ohana soon became Kaua’i’s most popular band and had a cameo appearance in the 1998 Harrison Ford movie “Six Days, Seven Nights.” During a recent visit to Hawaii, Kainoa reconnected with his friend Greg Gabaylo who invited him to judge Johnny Kai’s “Brown Bags to Stardom” talent show contest along with other Hawai’i entertainers: Living Legend, Kimo Kahoano and Hawaiian Vocalist Kekoa Kane. Each judge was asked to do one act and Kainoa performed his ‘Johnny B. Goode’ routine. The performance was video recorded and shared on social media. The video went viral and was shared on Stephanie Lum’s, Hawaii News Now anchor, social media page and on Hawaii local news. This performance has led to a new relationship between Kainoa and the KoAloha ‘Ukulele family, an opportunity of which he is both excited and honoured to be a part of!