When gifted jazz legends are playing their hearts out, then this will be certainly on one of the Hawaiian Islands. Some of you might remember the fantastic Maui Festival at the Kaanapali Beach Resort. Jazz entrepreneurs John and Rebecca Rozenberg set a stage for artists like Nestor Torres, Norman Brown, David Benoit, Peter White, Scott Wilkie, Acoustic Alchemy, Dave Koz and Jeffrey Osborne.
Todays Michael Paulo is the driving force on the neighboring island Hawaii. The Pacific Rim Jazz Festival at The Hawai’i Convention Center was the first major festival event ever held there. It was also the intent of the festival to highlight and feature many of Hawaii’s own talented artists and musicians and in the process allowing them the opportunity to share the stage with world class artists.
Michael Paulo invited the smooth jazz aficionados in February to an evening with the incredible guitarist Peter White featuring an All star La Band with Nate Philipps on bass, Eric Valentine on drums, Gregg Karukas on keyboards and Michael Paulo on sax. So we can await a constant contribution at this place.
Hawaii, always called the Big Island to avoid confusion, is the largest of the islands and home to Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa (the largest and one of the most active volcanoes on Earth), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, coffee and macadamia nut plantations, working ranches, and even green sand beaches. Kailua-Kona is the busiest part of the island on the dry, leeward side, and near the mega-resort Kohala Coast area with nearly zero annual precipitation.
All but two of the world’s climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a journey off the beaten path, you’ll discover it all on Hawaii, the Big Island.