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From Ukulele to Jack Johnson, The Hawaiian Music Scene

When most people think of Hawaiian music, they probably conjure the strains of a ukulele playing Aloha Oe, but there’s much more the music scene here. There are streets in Honolulu and Hilo where jazz and rock venues give New Orleans a run for its money as a live music destination.

Large concert venues on each island play host to world-renowned touring performers. And anywhere you find a crowd, you’re sure to run into several buskers—musicians who make their living playing music on the street. For those who want to experience traditional island musical traditions you can’t beat a luau.

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Kalakaua Avenue Waikiki Oahu
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Kevin B.

“Live music in Hawaii is much more than the ukulele. You can hear genres like jazz and classic rock every night of the week.”

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