Randall Rospond’s goal is to create a musical tapestry that is unique to every show. He is inspired by movie soundtracks that invoke a mood and the beat poets of the early ‘60s. But there is a myriad of sounds and experiences that lead Rospond’s latest album, “Storyland…The New While.
The roots of tenacious local band Kanekoa stem in Reno, Nevada with two high school football players. Two and a half decades later, the stout linemen, Kaulana Kanekoa and Travis Rice, never imagined they would be longtime partners in an award-winning ukulele band.
When COVID-19 led to the shutdown of Maui’s restaurants and hotels, local agriculture advocates quickly recognized that the unique conditions imposed by the pandemic could help generate a new distribution network for local farmers.
The Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s president and CEO, Art Vento, believes that Maui’s unique culture, expressed through the arts, has the power to strengthen and deliver hope to the community—in times of celebration and adversity.
By relying on local talent and a formula that puts those artists first, Brandon and Myline Dahle have been able to do the extraordinary. They have been able to open a nightclub during the pandemic.