One of Hawai‘i’s most beloved female musical artists, Robi Kahakalau, will perform at our free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, February 23 from 6 to 7:30 pm on the more spacious Campbell Park lawn next to the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets in Lahaina.
Robi Kahakalau, or “Sistah Robi,” is considered one of Hawai‘i’s most popular entertainers and versatile female vocalists. 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 Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i. The 1997 follow-up release, Keiki O Ka ‘Aina, solidified Robi’s 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. She has been honored with three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, a Hawaii Music Award and a Grammy Award nomination, and has toured all over the world. Robi stays busy performing with some of Hawai‘i’s finest musical artists.
Check out this video for “Piʻi Mau Ka Nalu” from her album Sistah Robi:
Bring your blankets, mats and low beach chairs to relax on the lawn; limited seating is provided. This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and The Outlets of Maui with support from KPOA 93.5FM. For more information, contact us!