Catch Free Performances by The Royal Hawaiian Band

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Visitors to the islands will find plenty of music to enjoy, but one continuing musical tradition dates back to 1836. Founded by King Kamehameha III, The Royal Hawaiian Band (formerly known as The King’s Band) still performs regularly throughout Hawaii and around the world. The heart of the Royal Hawaiian Band, the only full time municipal band in the United States, is Hawaiian music. Featuring stylized Hawaiian melodies including “Sophisticated Hula” and “Hukilau” that band always closes with the famous “Aloha Oe” composed by Queen Liliuokalani. The band has several standing dates on Oahu where you can catch a free concert:

  • Iolani Palace – Fridays at 12 noon
  • Kapiolani Park Bandstand – Sundays at 2 pm
  • Royal Hawaiian Center (at the Royal Hawaiian Waikiki) – Some Thursdays at 1 pm
  • Ala Moana Center Stage (adjacent to the Ala Moana Hotel Waikiki) – Some Wednesdays at 2 pm
  • Mililani Town Center – First Saturday of every month

The band plays other dates and locations, too. Check their online calendar for an updated listing.


As a Hawaii-based author and nationally published writer I’ve savored traditional island fare like kalua pig, poke (po-kay), and lilikoi in every form imaginable. I’ve sampled (note: not savored) other island delicacies that are probably best left to the people who love them.

Writing about topics as diverse as hiking Hawaii trails and traditional Hawaiian music gives me the opportunity to explore new adventures right in my backyard. When I do leave my backyard behind, I am usually accompanied by malasadas from nearby Tex Drive-in making me a very popular guest – so long as the malasadas last.

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