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7 Can’t-Miss Honolulu Concerts to Check Out in December 2017

Whether you’re in a caroling kind of mood or want to rock out this holiday season, we’ve got a concert for you.



Photo: Courtesy of Pepper



Dec. 1

Originally from Kailua-Kona, Pepper has been rockin’ out since 1997. Trio Kaleo Wassman (vocals), Bret Bollinger (vocals/bass) and Yesod Williams (drums) will be performing on Oʻahu at The Republik. Ages 21 and older welcome. The Safehouse opens at 6 p.m. and the concert hall opens at 7 p.m.

$27 ($32 at the door), 8 p.m., The Republik, 1349 Kapiʻolani Blvd., #30, jointherepublik.com


Danny and Nicholas Kaleikini’s Holiday Concert

Dec. 5

Danny and Nicholas Kaleikini

Photo: Courtesy of Jackson INK

Danny Kaleikini and his grandson, Nicholas Kaleikini, are coming together for one night only at Blue Note Hawaiʻi. Danny has performed alongside Dolly Parton, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jimmy Borges, to name a few. Nicholas is the director of Pow! Wow! School of Music and recently finished an international tour with recording artist Shing02. The duo’s first album, Aloooha, was released in 2015 and nominated for EP of the Year at the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.

$15 to $35, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Blue Note Hawaiʻi, 2335 Kalākaua Ave., bluenotehawaii.com


Kuana’s Winter Wonderland

Dec. 8, 9 & 10

Hawaiian musician, vocalist, songwriter, dancer and educator Kuana Torres Kahele is ushering in the holiday season with a few of his friends. Three shows will feature Hawaiian musicians, vocalists and hālau. There will also be performances by Miss Aloha Hula as well as Miss & Master Keiki Hula.

$2 to $75, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Hawaiʻi Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., hawaiitheatre.com


Holiday Pops featuring Amy Hānaialiʻi

Dec. 9

Amy Hanaialii


Celebrate the holidays with Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops concert, featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist Amy Hānaialiʻi. Sing along to favorite local holiday favorites, including “Po Laʻi E (Silent Night),” “Hamau E Na Kanaka (Hark The Herald Angels Sing),” “Mele Kalikimaka” and more.

$27 to $79, 7:30 p.m., Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., blaisdellcenter.com


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Arnel Pineda – A Benefit Concert

Dec. 16

Have fun while supporting good causes this holiday season. Arnel Pineda, the lead singer of Journey, is holding a benefit concert for The Arnel Pineda Foundation, a nonprofit program that provides underprivileged children in developing countries with quality education, health services and medical attention; and Katipunan Inc., an organization that promotes civic education, citizenship and American values to immigrants.

$69 to $99, 7:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave., blaisdellcenter.com


Glitter & Be Gay

Dec. 17

Get your jingle bells on and be ready to shimmer and shine with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu at its 2017 Christmas program, Glitter & Be Gay. Have a festive time this holiday season while enjoying familiar, popular and inspiring tunes.

$20 to $50, 5:30 p.m., Hawaiʻi Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., hawaiitheatre.com


Jhené Aiko Trip (The Tour)

Dec. 27 & 28

Jhene Aiko

Photo: Courtesy of Jhené Aiko

Singer, songwriter and poet Jhené Aiko has performed with artists including Big Sean and Lil’ Wayne. She also released a mixtape of collaborations with Miguel, Drake and Kanye West, to name a few. Her current tour brings her to Honolulu for two nights in December. Ages 21 and older welcome. The Safehouse opens at 6 p.m. and the concert hall opens at 7 p.m.

$36 ($41 at the door), 8 p.m., The Republik, 1349 Kapiʻolani Blvd., #30, jointherepublik.com




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