Hawaiian War Chant Hula at Tiki's Kaua I Ka Huahua`i - Ta Hu Wa Hu Wai

Malu Productions performs the Hawaiian War Chant at Tiki's Grill & Bar. They are using Hawaiian Uli Uli Feather Rattles Hula Dance Implements made from calabash gourd, filled with seeds, decorated with feathers. 

Tiki's features live music 7 days a week. Full musical Line up can be found at www.tikisgrill.com

"Hawaiian War Chant" was an American popular song whose original melody and lyrics were written in the 1860s by Prince Leleiohoku.[1] The original title of the song was Kāua I Ka Huahuaʻi or "We Two in the Spray." It was not written as a chant, and the Hawaiian lyrics describe a clandestine meeting between two lovers, not a battle. The English title therefore has nothing to do with the song as it was originally written and performed in Hawaii.

The Hawaiian lyrics are unusual because they are often written with the letter "T" appearing where a "K" would be expected by many modern readers. However, the spelling reflects an older accent which is preserved to a large degree in the more northern islands, such as Niʻihau and Kauaʻi. Ta Hu Wa Hu Wai


Kaua I Ka Huahua`i - by Prince Leleiôhoku

Kâua i ka huahua`i
E `uhene lâ i pili ko`olua
Pukuku`i lua i ke ko`eko`e
Hanu lipo o ka palai

Auwê ka hua`i lâ

`Auhea wale ana `oe
E ka`u mea e li`a nei
Mai hô`apa`apa mai `oe
O loa`a pono kâua

I aloha wau iâ `oe
I kâu hanahana pono
La`i a`e ke kaunu me ia la
Hô`apa`apai ka mana`o

You and I in the spray
Such joy, the two of us together
Embracing tightly in the coolness
Breathing deep of the palai fern

Oh, such spray

My desire
Don't linger
Lest we be found

I loved you
Your warmth
Calmed passion
Preventing thought

Source: Na Mele O Hawai`i Nei by Sam Elbert & Noelani Mahoe - Known as the Hawaiian War Chant, this is really a love ballad. Prince William Pitt Leleiohokukalaho`olewa (1854-1877) was the brother of King David Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani and Princess Miriam Likelike. His name, "flight on the day of the full moon", commemorates the funeral of Kamehameha III. A gifted composer, it was believed he would have been a wise king had he not died prematurely of rheumatic fever, at age 22.
Source: http://www.huapala.org/Kau/Kaua_I_Ka_...

Shot by Michael Miller with a Iphone 5.

2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

It was great for both Lisa and I to be invited guests to the 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. It was a wonderful night of seeing many familiar faces and making some new friends. It was great to hear so many of the artists performing at Tiki's, receiving the well deserved accolades from their peers. Also, many of the musicians have volunteered their time and talent to help out by playing at fundraising gigs at Tiki's.
These are links to a few of the videos we have of the award winners when they played at Tiki's Grill & Bar:
Amy Hanaiali‘i, 
Weldon Kekauoha,
Kuana Torres Kahele
Mike Love 
Kapena De Lima

About 1,302 attended the sold out  Na Hoku Hanohano Music Awards. This was the 36th year of honoring the past and current stars of music from Hawaii.
To see more coverage please check out the following links:
2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominees. Damon Tucker 
2013 Hoku Awards finalists announced - By BY JOHN BERGER 
The 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards by Melissa Chang for nonstophonolulu.com

Top awards:
 Album of the year: “Na Hoa,” Na Hoa and Dave Tucciarone, producers
Song: “Uhiwai,” Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus)
Favorite entertainer: Weldon Kekauoha
Group: Na Hoa
Female vocalist: Amy Hanaiali‘i, “My Father’s Granddaughter” (UA)
Male vocalist: Weldon Kekauoha, “Pilialoha” (‘Ohelo)
Most promising artist: Na Hoa, “Na Hoa” (Na Hoa)
Albums of the year:
 Alternative: “Contrast,” Sing the Body (‘Aumakua)
Contemporary: “My Father’s Granddaughter,” Amy Hanaiali‘i (UA)
Hawaiian music: “Na Hoa,” Na Hoa (UA)
Hip-hop: “Live From Soul Sound,” Evasive Species (‘Aumakua)
Instrumental: “Steel’n Love,” Bobby Ingano (Kui‘ou‘ou)
International: “Noho Aloha,” Maika‘iloa (no label)
Island music: “‘Io,” Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus)
Jazz: “I Wish You Love,” Melveen Leed (ML Records)
Reggae: “The Change I’m Seeking,” Mike Love (Love Not War)
Rock: “The Blinding Speed of Trust,” Piranha Brothers (‘Aumakua)
Ukulele: “Tell U What,” Brittni Paiva (Brittni Paiva)
Other winners:
 EP (extended-play release): “Wahi Mahalo,” Kamakakehau Fernandez (Kamakakehau)
Graphics: B. Kanaiʻa Nakamura for “Ha‘a,” Na Palapalai (Kuana Torres Kahele)
Liner notes: Manu Boyd, Robert Cazimero and Shawn Livingston Moseley, “Mele ‘Ailana: Manu Boyd Island Music,” Manu Boyd (Hui Waianuhea)
Engineering: Wendell Ching and Kapena De Lima for “Shame on You,” Kimie (Kimie Miner)
Music video/DVD: “The Hawaiian Legends: Live in Concert,” various artists (Kuleana)
Christmas: “Hilo for the Holidays,” Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
Single: “Merry Christmas Darling,” Waipuna (Poki)
Anthology: “A 20 Year Collection of The Mana‘o Company,” The Mana‘o Company (Dan Pa)
Compilation Album: “Lana‘i Slack Key Festival — Live Kiho‘alu at Ke‘ele,” various artists (Jazz Alley)
Religious Album: “Glory to God on High,” Jeff Rasmussen and James Rubin (Glory to God)
Slack key Album: “Slack Key Huaka‘i,” Patrick Landeza (Addison Street)
Haku mele: “Kaka‘ako Ku‘u ‘Aina Aloha,” Kaiponohea Hale, from “Ho‘ola Lahui, Ho‘oulu Pae ‘Aina: Vibrant People, Thriving Lands,” various artists (Kamehameha Schools)
Hawaiian language performance: Manu Boyd, “Mele ‘Ailana: Manu Boyd Island Music” (Hui Waia­nuhea)
Instrumental composition: “Tell U What,” Brittni Paiva
Ki Hoalu Foundation Legacy Award: Dennis Kamakahi
 Mo Keale “Aloha Is”
Award for Community Service: Kuuipo Kumukahi
Maiki Aiu Steel Guitar Legacy Award: Jerry Byrd

Live music in Coconut club! Ben & Maila

Ben & Maila are an elite duo specializing in Hawaii wedding music. Renowned Hawaiian Musicians.

About Maila

Maila Gibson is a dynamic, emotive performer with confident yet down-to-earth presence that captures all audiences. Although Maila commits to a high standard of excellence the moment she steps on stage, she longs to do more than simply entertain. Touching lives and singing straight into people’s hearts is truly what she’s all about.

Maila has been on many stages since the age of 9. At age 10, she stepped into the recording studio for the first time, recording a commercial jingle for Meadow Gold. She also modeled and acted for print and television in addition to dancing hula for many years. All were wonderful, but her first love is still music.

In 1995, Maila was scouted to record a solo album in Japan. By the next year, “Maila Gibson” was released in Tokyo under Media Remores. Soon after were more recordings and performances in Hawaii with Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners The Hawaiian Style Band. Her hit single “What If It’s True” with Ben Vegas, went to number one.

Ben Vegas produced Maila Gibson’s highly anticipated album “More” in 2003.  ”More” won 2 Hawaii Music Awards for Pop Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year along with 5 Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominations. This CD highlights not only her singing range but also her songwriting skills.  10 of the 11 songs were written by Ben and Maila during their weekly performances at The Sheraton Kaua’i Resort.  ”Making music with Ben is as easy as breathing,” Maila says, “And no!  We’re not married!”  No, they’re not married (to eachother, that is) but their musical relationship and love for eachother could be compared to that of a marriage with regards to their commitment, to one another and to their craft.

Maila has performed with national artists such as Natalie Cole, Ruben Studdard, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, and Donnie and Marie Osmand.  Locally, she has performed with Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners and Grammy nominees Keali’i Reichel and Ho’okena.  Maila recorded two songs on Ho’okena’s Grammy nominated albums including “The Prayer” and “Nani Mau Loa.”


About Ben Vegas  

 Raised in the natural surroundings of Palolo Valley in Honolulu, Ben found his true calling during his sophomore year in high school when he began playing music. When he graduated he moved to the mainland for ten years to pursue a career in the music industry. He resided in Dallas and California but performed all over the continental U.S. and internationally. It was there that he had the opportunity to work with many of today’s top recording artists.

Ben returned to the islands in 1982 and functioned in the music industry in many different capacities. Among the groups he’s performed with are the Krush and 5:05 with whom Ben garnered three #1 hits.

Ben  released a solo album entitled “Walking in the Light” which in only three months of airplay  produced two #1 hits. “Walking in the Light” was written produced and arranged by Ben. Music from this release is already being played internationally and has been featured on the World Charts Show airing in 67 countries.

Ben has garnered five #1 hits in the state of Hawaii.
- Puanani – 5:50 “Stay Awake”
- Tropical Beauty – 5:50 “Stay Awake”
- I Wanna be Her Man – 5:50 “Stay Awake”
- Maile Lei – Ben Vegas “Walking in the Light”
- You’re My Love – Ben Vegas “Walking in the Light”

Here is just a short listing of the artists Ben has recorded or performed with throughout the years.


Kenny Loggins
Stevie Wonder
Pointer Sisters
Kenny Rogers
Ray Charles
Tina Turner
Olivia Newton John
Mac Davis
Lou Rawls

Locally, Ben has played with numerous Hawaii artists either as a guitar player, vocalist, songwriter, and producer.  Some of the artists include Keali’i Reichel, Na Leo Pilimehana, Theresa Bright, Keahiwai, and Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom.

Although his accomplishments are many and even span a few decades (believe it or not), Ben feels he has found his musical home with Maila.  Quite often, you’ll hear him say that one of the best compliments he ever received was that he and Maila were meant to sing together.


PHOTOS BY JOAH BULEY / Hot Hawaiian Nights’ at Tiki’s AMY 2012

Sep 8, 2012

More photos at http://www.honolulupulse.com/bars-clubs/pics-hot-hawaiian-nights-at-tikis#76912

Mahalo to Amy Hanaialii for putting on a great show at Tiki's Grill & Bar. The show will be repeat on K5 The Home Team.

PHOTOS BY JOAH BULEY / Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser / Honolulu Pulse

http://www.honolulupulse.com/bars-clubs/pics-hot-hawaiian-nights-at-tikis#76912 — at Tiki's Grill & Bar.

PHOTOS BY JOAH BULEY / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Amy Hanaiali’i was the featured performer during a live taping of “Hot Hawaiian Nights” at Tiki’s Grill &  Bar on Friday, Sept. 7. 2012

On and On - Canoes 4 Rent Live at Tiki's Grill & Bar

Recorded Live at Tiki's Grill & Bar - CANOES4RENT

Guitar- Albert Makanani Jr
Bass - Jassen K Tolentino
Ukulele- Duane Ing

On and On" (Stephen Bishop song)

All rights to the song belong to the it's perspective performer and authors and publishers

Kuana Torres Kahele at Tiki's Grill & Bar July 29th 2011


On Friday July 29th, with Waikiki Beach as the backdrop, Kuana Torres Kahele will perform Hawaiian music from his new album ‘Kaunaloa’ at Tiki's Grill & Bar for a live audience and statewide broadcast on KFVE TV.

Tiki Grill & Bar is proud to host Kuana Torres Kahele as this year performer for KFVE TV The Home Team’s “Heineken Hot Hawaiian Nights.”  Many locals and visitors will recognize Kuana from the multi-award winning group Na Palapalai.  The duo gained critical acclaim for reviving Hawaiian classics, as well as for their own original compositions.

Shannon Scott, host of the show, said he was pleased to book Kuana, “In just over a month after Kuana’s solo début hit local music stores and iTunes, he sold over 20,000 CDs making it to 2nd place of Billboard Charts World Music”.

John Berger of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser wrote: “Kahele’s solo debut album should be a front-runner for local recognition in several major categories at the 2012 Hoku Awards”.

Locals and visitors from around the world look forward to daily performances from local talent and seven nights a week Tiki’s offers just that, live music!

While the sun sets and trade winds gently push coconut trees, Tiki statues stand guard with 30 foot Tiki torches lighting the night. Chef Ronnie Nasuti has created a few special dishes for the evening that will be featured in the restaurant.

To create even more excitement for Tiki’s facebook fan’s, if we reach 4000 fans or 2500 check in before the show is pau, we will buy all guests at the show that are 21 and over a Heineken or Heineken light!

·      Friday July 29th 2011

·      Party Starts at 5:30pm with statewide live broadcast on KFVE TV at 7PM

·      Filmed Live at Tiki’s Grill & Bar in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

·      Free Valet Parking

·      No Cover Charge

·      Heineken will be on special

Blast from the past -"NEXT STOP TV" Travel segment filmed at Tiki's Grill & Bar

A old friend stopped in to Tiki's Grill & Bar to film a new travel segment for a travel channel.  Jon Olson the host is doing a new show called Next Stop TV.  His creative team has earned seven Emmy nominations.

NEXT STOP is a new TV travel show featuring the places and the people that make each destination unique. They will show you where to go, what to do and how to do it. Fun & positive entertainment is the theme of every show, featuring local music, sports & activities, local flavors and more. NEXT STOP gives you an insider’s look into each featured location.
The Tiki's Grill & Bar segment will air locally NBC on August 27 and also be featured on the inflight entertainment for Alaska Airlines.