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‘Imiloa After Dark: Ben Kaili CD Release Performance

by vrecinto on January 23rd, 2014

‘Imiloa After Dark Features Ben Kaili  CD Release

This performance is Sold Out.

One of Hilo’s best kept secrets is slack-key master Ben Kaili, who’s played the local music circuit for over 30 years. Celebrate Ben’s “Huanani” CD release performance at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s next ‘Imiloa After Dark, Friday, February 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy Ben Kaili’s new album with a classic talk story session in the Center’s planetarium.

Ticketing for ‘Imiloa After Dark is $15 for non-members and $12 for members. Tickets may be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or JCB, by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours.  Tickets are non-refundable.

Born on the Island of Hawai‘i, Ben Kaili started playing Hawaiian music at the age of eight with his ‘ohana including his Uncle George Naope. After listening to other local musicians, he was inspired at a young age to learn slack-key. Young Ben played in the group Likelike with his good friend Ipo Kumukahi, and at the age of seventeen he joined Da Blalas of Keaukaha, together with Kuulei Ahuna and Richard Piggy Kaleohano. They performed at Rosie’s Boat House and at various events around the island.

Ben was nominated for the prestigious Nā Hoku Hanohano Award in 2009 for Slack Key Album of the Year for his first instrumental album titled “Kaowahi.”

His new project features both Ben’s signature slack-key guitar stylings and his beautifully rich baritone voice. “Huanani” is a culmination of years of gig experience, vocal and guitar mastery, and is reminiscent of days of old Hawai‘i.

Ben currently performs locally with Kanakapila featuring Vic Chock, J.J. Ahuna and Dwight Tokomoto.

‘IMILOA AFTER DARK is ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s evening social entertainment series featuring an eclectic array of events.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to

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