September 29, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan, Baron Sekiya
You will only see this many people cram the streets of Downtown Hilo once a year, and that’s for the annual KWXX Ho’olaulea – the Big Island’s version of Lollapalooza.
Three stages of island music and thousands of fans converged along the bayfront on Saturday for the 17th year, closing down Kamehameha Avenue for Hilo’s biggest party.
The event attracts some of the biggest names in contemporary Hawaiian entertainment.
Brudda Waltah covered reggea legend Bob Marley on “No Woman No Cry” and later, Mana’o Company, lit up the stage with memorable jams.
Originators of na mele paleoleo – or Hawaiian Rap Music – “Sudden Rush” had the crowd whipped into a frenzy while rocking the main Haili Stage…
Later, local singing sensation Anuhea performed for an ocean of fans. The self-taught guitarist and song writer from Maui played a number of her hits, which are familiar tunes on the local airwaves, and have even found an audience worldwide.
And another Maui sensation – `Ekolu – wrapped up the night of island music with several crowd pleasers.
The music event is one of the biggest in the state of Hawaii.
Special thanks to Baron Sekiya of Hawaii247.com and Chris Leonard for their important contributions to this report.
You can expect to find much more video from this event on the KWXX website.