Local Performances & Live Events

Featuring Virtual Local Performances, Webinars, and Events

In an effort to assist members during the stay at home period due to COVID-19, the Waikiki Community Center has created a Virtual Community Center to provide informative, educational, fun at-home activities, and exercise sessions focused on cognitive and physical learning.

As the Corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to affect our communities around our state and the world, people are practicing safe social distancing to help curb the spread of this virus.

Even though we cannot travel and attend public events because of the pandemic, and we’re all staying home for a while, it doesn’t mean you can’t participate or experience the wonders outside of your home. We’ve created a page centered on 'Live and Recorded Performances with a local island flavor' that you can access from the comfort and safety of your home.

Scheduled Live Events
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The Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP)

(SCEP) is moving events online to continue its mission of bringing culture and arts programs to communities throughout Hawaiʻi. SCEP Live Online will utilize web conferencing to livestream performances and presentations by local artists to partner organizations and their constituents across the state.

For information on scheduled events by SCEP go to: UH Outreach College 

If you would like to join any of the following online performances, please email 

csinfo@hawaii.edu with your name, along with the performance and date you are interested in. Space is limited. Confirmations will be emailed with login information.


August 10-13

Join us for these online performances!

Monday - Thursday, August 10-13 at 10:30am
Storyteller Ben Moffat
Hosted by Kaunoa Senior Center














Ben Moffat worked as a theatre professor at Windward Community College (WCC) for over 20 years.  During that time, he performed across the US and around the world as a solo storyteller and with the dance-theatre troupe, Monkey Waterfall.  Since his retirement from WCC, storytelling has been his primary occupation.

Ben's program will cover the following themes: 

1. Defying the Gods
2. Irish Enchantment 
3. Between Gods and Humans
4. Humble Human Magic 

Thursday, August 13 at 6:30pm

Hawaiian Classical Guitarist Ian O'Sullivan
Hosted by Friends of Mānoa Library













Described as "thoughtful" by Classical Guitar  and praised by the Honolulu Advertiser as “delightful,” Ian O’Sullivan is a guitarist and composer from the North Shore of O‘ahu. Well-versed in Hawaiian slack-key guitar and the ‘ukulele, in addition to the Western classical repertoire, Ian has performed solo at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Korea International Guitar Festival, Tokyo Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, New York Guitar Society, New England Guitar Society, and for Hawaiʻi Public Radio. In 2019, he released a duo album with his cousin Patrick Landeza entitled Kahakauila.

Click here for more information about SCEP LIVE ONLINE 

or call 808-956-8246.​

UH Presents is supported in part by:




Learn more from our website: http://outreach.hawaii.edu/Community

Copyright © 2020 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Outreach College Community Programs, All rights reserved.
Thank you for being a part of our arts community!

Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud and Elder Exploitation



Free Webinar

Day: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Time: 10 AM to 11:15 AM HST

Register at: https://bit.ly/2WIwhji

Duration: 60 minutes


Did you know that according to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report since 2013, financial institutions have reported to the federal government over 180,000 suspicious activities targeting older adults, involving losses of more than $6 billion. AARP Fraud Watch Network is committed to fighting back against fraud and giving you the tools and resources you need to protect yourself and your family.

Join us on August 12, 2020 , at 10 am HST for an informative and interactive webinar on Elder Financial Exploitation. You’ll hear from former San Diego Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood who for twenty-two years, headed up the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit at the San Diego DA's Office and Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Scott Spallina. They'll share tips on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim, point out red flags that indicate possible financial exploitation, and describe how the current pandemic is producing different types of scams that we need to avoid.

Guest Speakers




Paul Greenwood is an international keynote speaker Paul Greenwood worked for 22 years as the San Diego County Deputy District Attorney and was the lead prosecutor of elder abuse cases. Since retiring from the role last year, Paul has become an expert witness, consultant and educator on elder abuse.

Paul has conducted extensive criminal prosecutions work for elder abuse crimes. He was involved in the prosecution of over 600 felony cases of both physical and financial abuse of older and dependent adults.

Paul served as the Co-chair of California’s District Attorney Elder Abuse Committee and helped draft elder abuse legislation for the California Evidence Code. He testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in 2001, 2007 and 2012. Paul’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including the Visionary for Change Award at the 2005 San Diego Dementia Care Conference and the 2007 Professional Leadership Award from the Elder Financial Protection Network. He was inducted into the Elder Rights Advocacy Hall of Fame in 2011 by National Association of Legal Services Developers.







DPA Scott Spallina is the Deputy Prosecutor for the City and County of Honolulu. He supervises the Elder Abuse Justice Unit. The Elder Abuse Justice Unit (EAJU) prosecutes all felony crimes where the victims are age 60 or older. The unit, established in 2008, vertically prosecutes elder abuse cases, meaning one attorney handles the case from start to finish. This establishes a thorough understanding of the crime and a good rapport with the victim. The attorneys in this unit are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet with law enforcement and agencies that provide services for persons age 60 or older. The EAJU also works closely with victim advocates to give victims the support they need.

Since 2013 financial institutions have reported to the federal government over 180,000 suspicious activities targeting older adults, involving losses of more than $6 billion.

Join us for an interactive and informative webinar. Get tips on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim, identify red flags that indicate possible financial exploitation, and learn how the current pandemic is producing different types of scams that we need to avoid.

AARP Fraud Watch Network is committed to fighting back against fraud and giving you the tools and resources you need to protect yourself and your family. 

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"Nurturing Peace Builders: Hiromi Peterson and

Naomi Hirano-Omizo"

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Date: Wed, August 19, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM HST

Location: Online Event

Register at: nurturepeace.eventbrite.com

Organizer: Matsunaga Institute For Peace

Organizer of Nurturing Peace Builders:

Hiromi Peterson and Naomi Hirano-Omizo

"Resiliency during unprecedented times"


The Story:

Hiromi Peterson and Naomi Hirano-Omizo are retired educators from Punahou School that will share their respective families’ wartime experiences that set in motion their eventual journey together to reach beyond their Japanese teaching careers. They are co-authors of a successful secondary high school Japanese textbook series “Adventures in Japanese” that is widely used throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. The proceeds of the textbook have been used to pursue their dream of nurturing youth in Hawai’i to become global peace builders.


About Hiromi Peterson:

Hiromi Peterson is originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Hibakusha Nisei (parents/immediate family members are atomic bomb victims). Hiomi has resided in Honolulu for 48 years, married to Dr. Wes Peterson (deceased), and has two children, Junko and Ken. She taught at Maryknoll High School (1980-1984), and taught at Punahou School for 30 years (1984-2014). Hiromi is the co-author of “Adventures in Japanese” textbook series, and calligraphy instructor at Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. She is the recipient of the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT) Teacher of the Year Award, Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese (HALT) Teacher of the Year Award, and Tanimoto Kiyoshi Peace Award.


About Naomi Hirano-Omizo:

Naomi Hirano-Omizo is originally from the Big Island, Hawaii. She is third-generation Japanese-American (Nikkei Sansei), descendant of immigrants from Shizuoka and Hiroshima, Japan. Naomi resides in Kailua with husband Stanley, and daughter Leigh. She taught at Mid-Pacific Institute (1980-1988), taught at Punahou School (1988-2020), and co-authored “Adventures in Japanese” textbook series. Naomi is the recipient of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship, and the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese (HALT) Teacher of the Year Award.

Matsunaga Institute for Peace

Saunders Hall

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Saunders Hall, 2424 Maile Way, Room 523, Honolulu, HI 96822

Email: UHIP@hawaii.edu


Recorded Events & Performances
Mana Music String Quartet featuring Jake

Located inside the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Blue Note Hawaii features a year-round lineup of musical entertainment – from local talent to international sensations. The 9,000 square-foot, 326-seat facility showcases nightly two performances in an intimate setting - seven days a week, 365 days a year. Blue Note Hawaii features leaders in jazz, as well as musicians of other genres, including reggae, rock, pop, comedy and top local island artists.

HPR and Blue Note Hawaii announce a new radio series to showcase local music talent on HPR-1. Hawaiʻi Public Radio Presents Blue Note: Virtually Live features performances recorded live on the Blue Note Hawaii stage, along with backstage interviews with the artists. The show is hosted by Marco Olivari, General Manager at Blue Note Hawaii.

The series will run through the end of August, airing Saturdays at 6 p.m. on HPR-1. Each airing of Hawaiʻi Public Radio Presents Blue Note: Virtually Live will be followed by the second hour of American Routes. 

You can now enjoy the sounds of the past performances from the comfort of your home.

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Jeff Peterson brings a performance featuring traditional and original music on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele. His show includes some brand new music, plus slack key jazz, and music from his travels around the world.

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Taimane, A ukulele virtuoso and award-winning entertainer performs her first full-production concert in six months. When the 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Entertainer of the Year takes the stage at Blue Note Hawaii, she will showcase new material and a new sound featuring Taimane and her revamped quartet.

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Kapena has been playing its electrifying style of island contemporary music for 35 years (established in 1985). Original band member Kelly Boy De Lima is now joined by his three children, for a fresh sound that will delight diehard fans as well as a new generation of listeners.

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Tavana is a one man band who uses his feet to lay down a variety of grooves to accompany his soulful, island-inspired rock and blues.  


Henry Kapono & his band celebrate the timeless classics of the legendary duo Cecilio & Kapono (C&K). The performance includes beloved songs from Henry’s career such as "Friends," "Good Times Together," “Highway in the Sun," and “Home," which have become anthems for the people of Hawaiʻi. 

The United States Air Force Band of the


The United States Air Force Band of the Pacific is comprised of 8 active duty Airmen musicians who are stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam. Normally during this time of year, the Band of the Pacific is on tour performing live shows for embassies and international audiences all throughout their 36 country touring region.

Mana Music String Quartet featuring Jake


The Mana Music String Quartet features cellist Joshua Nakazawa and special guest Jake Shimabukuro. The quartet will debut new musical arrangements of Queen Liliʻuokalani’s compositions, and accompany Jake Shimabukuro as they create an orchestral landscape on a few of his original songs.  


Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele at age four when his mother gave him his first ukulele lesson. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. In the time since then, he has played a key role in the current revival of interest in the ukulele. 

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John Cruz, aHawaiian singer-songwriter brings rich storytelling to Blue Note Hawaii’s stage through songs ranging from Hawaiian to blues, folk, R&B and more. Cruz is both a Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner, beloved for his captivating guitar playing, soulful vocals and compassionate, genuine heart.  

For more information and access go to: HPR Presents Blue Note Virtually Live

Additional Events
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Local Music & Videos

HI*Sessions brings Hawaiʻi's top musical talent into the limelight and onto the worldwide stage by capturing them in high quality music videos. HI*Sessions exists to promote local music and artists in Hawai‘i on a global stage. With almost 200K subscribers, 2 million views per month and 139 artists on our YouTube channel, we have become the online music source for the state of Hawai‘i.

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, or the Hawaiian Language, is one of the most poetic languages in the world. Hi*Sessions has filmed and recorded songs from Hawaiʻiʻs top Hawaiian artists, from Weldon Kekauohan to Kealiʻi Reichel, to Kuana Torres Kahele, and even the late Dennis Kamakahi. Enjoy our collection of beautiful music cultivated by the rich history and culture of the Hawaiian Islands.

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and Joshua Nakazawa

Watch the duet rendition of Pau Casals i Defilló's (Pablo Casals) Song of the Birds (El Cant dels Ocells) by HSO Cellist Joshua Nakazawa on Cello and Jake Shimabukuro on Ukulele. Accompanied by freediver and HSO Bass Trombonist Rudi Hoehn, as he performs a constant weight dive with a breath-hold for the duration of the entire piece. 

Joshua Nakazawa won a cello position with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) in 2015. Currently residing in Honolulu, in addition to playing full time with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theater, Joshua frequently collaborates with ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro.

Jake Shimabukuro is an American ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Shimabukuro has written numerous original compositions, including the entire soundtracks to two Japanese films, Hula Girls and the Japanese remake of Sideways.

Live & Recorded Theater Performances
Mānoa Valley Theater

Honoluluʻs Off-Broadway Playhouse

In 1969, a group of graduate students in the University of Hawaii Theatre Department founded Hawaii Performing Arts Company (HPAC).  Their desire was to create Hawaii’s first professional resident adult theatre organization.  It was envisioned that this organization would nurture Hawaii’s theatre artists while concurrently providing live, stage entertainment for community audiences.

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Imagine that you have stumbled upon a family secret, a relative in exile that no one in your immediate family has ever spoken of. Intrigued, you meet that relative, a Portuguese cousin, and spend the next seventeen years, until her death, getting to know the circumstances of her life, her struggles and her quiet achievements. Such was the case when Hawaii-born playwright & director, Lorenzo DeStefano, learned about his cousin, Olivia Robello Breitha. 

SHIPMENT DAY” is set in Honolulu between 1934 and 1937 and dramatizes Olivia’s traumatic early life experiences. It chronicles her diagnosis with the condition at 18, her two-and-a-half-year confinement at Kalihi Hospital, to the day before her shipment to Kalaupapa, the Hansen’s disease settlement on Molokai where, as Hawaii State Department of Health parolee #3306, Olivia would spend the next seventy years of her life, until her death there in 2006 at the age of 90.


Enjoy original local stories from the HTY Video Library.  Good fun – check it out! HTY believes that drama education and theatre are unique, socially-based education and art forms that help their participants and audiences walk in the shoes of others, allowing them to expand their imaginations, enrich their lives and discover the infinite possibilities in the world. HTY works towards a future for Hawai‘i in which people are culturally literate and imaginative, are critical thinkers and inventive problem solvers, with a respect for history and a sense of place in a complex world.

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