Palace Theater: Concerts & Events

KWXX Ho’olaule’a

The 27th KWXX Ho’olaule’a presented by Coca-Cola and Monster Energy returns to Downtown Hilo on Saturday, January 28th.

The KWXX Hoʻolauleʻa is the largest music festival on Hawaiʻi Island. This FREE festival began in September of 1993 with three stages in downtown Hilo and estimated crowd of 4,000 people. It has grown over the years and now features 4 stages, 20+ bands featuring the biggest names in Island and Hawaiian music, nearly 40 food and craft vendors and an estimated annual attendance of 20,000-25,000 people.

The Palace Theater is honored to be included as one of the four stages during Hilo’s biggest block party! We are pleased to welcome the following artists to the Palace stage…

  • Ben Kaili and Friends (w/ Hula Halau Ke’olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa) ~ 5:10pm
  • Darlene Ahuna ~ 6:15pm
  • Kainani Kahaunaele ~ 6:50pm
  • Keawe Trio w/ Lorna Lim ~ 7:20pm
  • Robi Kahakalau ~ 8pm
  • Ledward Ka’apana ~ 8:50pm

 

 

Johnny Nicholas and the Honoka’a Dragon Jazz Band

Sunday February 5th @ 2:30pm
Doors & concessions open 1 hour prior to show time

Live Concert | approx 120 min

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
$30 Priority Orchestra
$20 General Admission
All Tickets $5 more on Day of Show
All sales final, tickets are non-refundable or transferable. All seating is assigned.

Johnny Nicholas, Grammy blues musician and Gary Washburn, big island music educator have once again formed the Dragon Jazz Band from Washburn’s Honoka’a High School music students and professional musicians in Nicholas’ band. The Dragon Jazz Band, an extension of Nicholas’ Big Band Bash project, encourages, supports and gives opportunity to music students through mentoring, the experience of performing with professional musicians, his dedication to nurturing students and appreciation of the true “South Texas/Louisiana Blues” style.

Jake Shimabukuro with PURE HEART

Saturday February 11th @ 7:00pm
Doors, Box Office, and Concessions open @ 6:00pm

Live concert
Approx 120 min

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
$35 General Admission
$50 Priority Orchestra
All Tickets $5 more on Day of Show
All Sales Final, tickets are non-refundable or transferable. All seating is assigned.

JAKE SHIMABUKURO returns to the historic Palace stage with his band PURE HEART for a one night only concert event. The Palace is proud to present Jake Shimabukuro live in concert as a fundraising benefit for the theater.

Over the past two decades, Jake Shimabukuro has proved that there isn’t a style of music that he can’t play. While versatility for any musician is impressive, what’s remarkable about Shimabukuro’s transcendent skills is how he explores his seemingly limitless vocabulary – whether it’s jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk or even classical – on perhaps the unlikeliest of instruments: the ‘ukulele. Responding to the urgent calls of his fervent imagination, the Hawai’i-born virtuoso has taken the ‘ukulele to points previously thought impossible, and in the process he’s reinvented the applications for this tiny, heretofore underappreciated four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ‘ukulele.”

Mardi Gras 2023

Saturday February 25th @ 7:00pm
Doors and concessions open at 6:00pm

Blues Bear Hawaii & B97/B93 are proud to present Mardi Gras ‘2023 featuring C.J. CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND    THE CROWN PRINCE OF ZYDECO

Live Blues and R&B concert
Approx 120 min

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
$55 Golden Circle
$45 General Admission
All tickets are $5 more on Day of Show. All seating is open within ticketed sections. Seating is first come first serve. Tickets are non-refundable, all sales final

All ages welcome & dancing will take place. Dancing may obstruct view of first row seats.

There will be plenty of MARDI GRAS BEADS and Lucky’s Lunch Shop is offering some tasty Cajun fare!                                                                                                                                                                                    The Crown Prince Of Zydeco C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band delivers a killer mix of Zydeco, Creole, Funk, Blues and Rhythm & Blues. As C.J. says “You can’t sit down” This will be a “to much fun” PARTY! for the whole Family Come one come all and Bring your dancing shoes! Hope to see you all at this one!

 


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TUMUA – Not Even Joking Tour 2023

Friday March 3rd @ 6:00 + 8:30pm SOLD OUT
Saturday March 4th @ 6:00pm + 8:30pm
Doors open 1 hour before showtime

Live Stand Up Comedy
Approx 90 min

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
$56 Priority Orchestra 
$38 General Admission
All tickets $5 more on day of show. All sales final, tickets are non-refundable or transferable.

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Tumua Tuinei is one of Hawaii’s top and hottest comics! Tumua has been doing comedy in the islands for five years. Recently he sold out 29 consecutive shows since December 2020. Including three SOLD-OUT Shows at The Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Oahu. The local boy is also a former University of Hawaii Football Player. While at UH, Tumua found his passion for stand up comedy through a comedy class. His inspiration for his material comes from his local family and the hilarious situations that he experiences on the daily basis.

Tumua also has a huge following on social media with over 300,000 followers combined! (Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, YouTube). His local skits/sketches are “bus’laugh” and very well known in the islands.

Seven Nations

Saturday April 8th @ 7:00pm
Doors and concessions open at 6:00pm

Live Concert, Opening with Irish Dancers
Approx 120 min | All ages

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
$45 Golden Circle
$35 General Admission
*All tickets $5 more on Day of Show. All seating is open within ticketed sections. Seating is first come first serve.
Dancing is welcome. Dancing may obstruct view of front row.

Blues Bear Hawaii & B97 B93 Presents  “An Evening with “International Celtic Stars” SEVEN NATIONS…… SEVEN NATIONS are equally at home in front of 40,000 cheering fans at an international festival, with the widely recognized, Grammy award winning, symphony orchestras, or with 300 fans in a small Midwest club, SEVEN NATIONS has created a truly hybrid sound and transient live show. The depth and complexity of SEVEN NATIONS’ music is astounding, each listen reveals a deeper layer of intricacy that has been embraced by an ever growing audience. “We are lucky,” says McLeod, lead singer/songwriter and founding member of the band, “because we come from two unique cultures. We love American pop and rock and roll, but we also love our Celtic roots. We want to touch everybody with our music,” he continues, “and so far, we have been very, very fortunate.”


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Andy Bumatai featuring Frank Delima

Saturday April 22nd @ 6:00pm
Doors and Concessions open 1 hour prior to showtime

Stand Up Comedy | Live Show
Approx 90 min

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
$45 Priority Orchestra
$35 General Admission
All Tickets $5 more on day of Show.
All sales final. Tickets are non-refundable or transferable. All seating is assigned for this show.

Andy Bumatai takes the Palace Stage as part of his “In Denial Tour 2023,” featuring Frank Delima for an evening of live stand up comedy.