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Lahaina’s free Hawaiian Music Series concert to feature popular performer John Cruz

By Staff | Dec 21, 2017

John Cruz has performed for the president, is a favorite stage partner of Jack Johnson and continues to perform with his musical siblings as well as a Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning group, The Rough Riders, with Henry Kapono and Brother Noland. PHOTO BY TOR JOHNSON.

LAHAINA – Popular recording artist and performer John Cruz will be featured at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert this holiday season on Thursday, Dec. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Born into one of the great musical families of Hawaii nei, Cruz is a ki ho’alu (slack key) master known for his soulful vocals and unique acoustic style. He has released two Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning albums, “Acoustic Soul” (1996) and “One of These Days” (2007).

He was named the Best Singer-Songwriter by Hawaii Magazine in 2008, and Honolulu Magazine recognized his second album as one of the Top 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums of the New Century in 2012.

His hit song, “Island Style,” was recently released as a medley with “?Oiwi E” in an all-star, intergenerational collaboration by Mana Maoli, featuring the Cruz ‘Ohana and more of Hawaii’s Mana Mele Collective artists along with 1,000 Hawaiian Charter School youth. It was recorded live in 15 locations around the islands.

Get a real “Lucky I Live Hawaii” moment during this laid-back outdoor concert. Limited seating is provided; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.

The 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. For updates, visit Facebook @LahainaRestoration, Twitter @LahainaRestFnd or Instagram @LahainaRestoration.