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Sistah Robi Kahakalau to play free concert in Lahaina

By Staff | Feb 22, 2018

These days, Robi Kahakalau stays busy performing as a soloist and with some of Hawaii’s finest musical artists. 

LAHAINA – Robi Kahakalau, one of Hawaii’s most beloved musical entertainers, will be featured at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free outdoor Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the Baldwin Home Museum on the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Kahakalau, or “Sistah Robi,” is considered one of Hawaii’s most versatile female vocalists and popular entertainers. She is renowned for her distinctive voice, creative energy and mastery of mutiple languages, including Hawaiian and Tahitian. Born into a musical Hawaiian family and raised in Germany, Robi first moved to Hawaii in 1980 along with her sister, Ku. By 1990, Robi’s musical career began to take off when she joined the Hawaiian Style Band and sang lead on two highly acclaimed albums: “Vanishing Treasures” (1992) and “Rhythm of the Ocean” (1994).

Robi moved on to her solo career with the debut of “Sistah Robi” (1995), which made her a star in Hawaii. The 1997 follow-up release, “Keiki O Ka ‘Aina,” solidified her status as a beloved vocalist and musician. She placed her recording career on hold for a few years to become a teacher of Hawaiian language and studies, then returned in 2000 with “All I Want.” In 2013, she released her fourth solo album, “Robi Calling.”

Kahakalau has been honored with three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, a Hawaii Music Award and a Grammy Award nomination, and she has toured all over the world.

Limited seating is provided; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development 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 and tag #HMS2018.