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Molokai singer- songwriter Blayne Asing to perform Hawaiian music at free concert

By Staff | Jul 20, 2017

Blayne Asing’s music is influenced by country and folk musicians such as James Taylor and Jackson Browne as well as popular Hawaiian artists Cecilio and Kapono, Brother Noland, Olomana, Kalapana and the Ka‘au Crater Boys. His original songs range from country/folk to Hawaiian and contemporary island music. 

LAHAINA – Rising star singer-songwriter Blayne Asing will perform at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, July 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Asing was born and raised on Oahu and learned to play the ukulele at eight years old. He began singing in the Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus at age nine, picked up the guitar at age 14 and played percussion in the Kamehameha Schools marching, concert and pep bands. In addition to his musical prowess on a variety of instruments, he is also a prolific songwriter.

Asing released his debut album, “Young, Old Soul,” in 2015, earning him the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist. His songs received heavy airplay on Hawaii radio stations, and listeners asked for more.

In April 2016, he released a single, “Molokai On My Mind,” which recently won Single of the Year at the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

As a performer, Asing has worked with the late Ernie Cruz Jr., Brother Noland, Henry Kapono, Kawika Kahiapo and Mike Kaawa. But his favorite thing is getting an invitation from award-winning slack key master Ledward Kaapana to play at one of his infamous garage jam sessions.

Asing lives on Molokai and is working on his next record, which is scheduled for release later this year.

Limited seating is provided on the lawn; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.

This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Outlets of Maui with support from KPOA 93.5 FM.

For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262 or see LahainaRestoration.org/events.