Maui Arts & Entertainment

Sistah Robi Headlines Free Concert in Lahaina, Feb. 23

February 8, 2017, 4:30 PM HST
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Robi Kahakalau. PC: courtesy Lahaina Restoration Foundation/ Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Beloved female musical artist, Robi Kahakalau, will perform at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets in Lahaina.

Kahakalau, or “Sistah Robi,” is renowned for her distinctive voice, creative energy, and mastery of multiple languages, including Hawaiian and Tahitian.

Born into a musical Hawaiian family and raised in Germany, Robi first moved to Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi.  The 1997 follow-up release, Keiki O Ka ʻĀina, 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.  She has been honored with three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, a Hawaiʻi Music Award and a Grammy Award nomination, and has toured all over the world.  Robi stays busy performing with some of Hawaiʻi’s finest musical artists.

Limited seating is provided; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.  This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and The Outlets of Maui with support from KPOA 93.5 FM.

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