Kahulanui playing Opera House

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Opera House will host the band Kahulanui at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Grammy-nominated group blends traditional Hawaiian music with the Big Band swing brought to the Aloha State by U.S. servicemen during World War II.

A nine-piece band makes up Kahulanui — four horns plus guitar, bass, ukulele, drums and steel.

The group’s 2013 debut CD, Hula Ku’i, was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the Regional Roots category. Hula Ku’i was also a finalist in 2013 for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Awards) in three categories.

Kahulanui (meaning “The Big Dance”) receives inspiration from three generations of musicians, from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to his son Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., and then to the grandson and Kahulanui band leader Lolena Naipo, Jr., who remembers the stories of his grandfather being a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music.

Tickets to see Kahulanui perform at Opera House are available by phone at (507) 238-4900 or online at fairmontoperahouse.org, and will also be sold at the lobby box office before the performance, in conjunction with social hour.

Seats for adults are $22, seniors age 55-plus and students are $17.60, and children under 10 are $11.

This performance is sponsored in part by Bank Midwest.

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