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Kahulanui

April 25
7:30 p.m.
$18-$20
Pop, World

The Hawaii nine-piece Kahulanui revisits and reworks the early 20th-century fusion of their islands’ music and mainland jazz that began in the ’20s and continued with the arrival of U.S. military personnel during World War II. At the core of their sound are the guitar, ukulele, and steel guitar of traditional Polynesian music, while the rhythm section and bristly quartet of horns tear off on the brisk slither of classic swing. Leader and guitarist Lolena Naipo Jr., who sings mainly in Hawaiian, was inspired by his grandfather, a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band and the composer of two tunes on Kahulanui’s Grammy-nominated 2014 album Hula Ku’I. Kahulanui’s music jumps and frolics with the spirit of the pounding surf, evoking a long-ago era that still resonates and fills dance floors today.