Welcome to Bluegrass Hawai`i!!

If you're looking for bluegrass and traditional music in the Hawaiian Islands, you've come to the right place. Our little community of music lovers from all over Hawai`i and the rest of the world is growing bigger every day. We're now offering paid memberships for only $10/year! Use your PayPal account or mail a check. Become a member today and support bluegrass and traditional music in the Aloha State! Or add yourself to our mailing list - it's FREE. CLICK HERE.

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Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Kaneohe
April 24 - 27, 2015

The next bluegrass campout is right around the corner, April 24 through 27! We've got lots of things in the works, so please check out all the details HERE!

And remember, YOU MUST BE A MEMBER, AND REGISTERED WITH BLUEGRASS HAWAII, TO CAMP! Your membership helps us pay for the insurance and permitting that is required for us to host this event. Camping reservations are open to the first 200 people until April 17th, when camping reservations will close. Not sure if you're a member? Please email evelyn@bluegrasshawaii.com to find out!

APRIL and MAY 2015

Join us for our Bluegrass in the Ko'olau camping event on April 24-27 at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe! There will be some great jamming for three beautiful days and nights. See BLUEGRASS IN THE KO'OLAU for details. (Please note that this will take the place of our regular monthly jam for the month of April.) See you all there!

For our May jam, please come and join us at Old Stadium Park at the corner of King and Isenberg Streets in the heart of Honolulu. This is one of Bluegrass Hawai'i's original favorite parks for jamming! The park is centrally located and has nice shade trees, a pavilion, restrooms and adequate street parking, as well as a small parking lot off Makahiki Way.

DATE: SUNDAY, May 17th, 2015

TIME/LOCATION: 1:00pm - 5:00pm / Old Stadium Park, 2237 So. King St., Honolulu

BRING: Traditional instruments, chairs or blanket, cooler, snacks, drinks etc.... and your tapping feet and dancing shoes too!

Hale'iwa Hoedown

At Breakers Bar and Restaurant, North Shore Marketplace
66-250 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, 637-9898
Second Friday of Each Month, 9:00 pm till 1:00 am or so

Come on out to the country for the HALE'IWA HOEDOWN! Join us on the second Friday of each month for a late-night musical adventure...four hours of danceable, high-octane, kickass bluegrass, traditional, country and roots music at Breakers Bar & Restaurant! Shows start around 9:00 PM and end around 1:00 AM. $5 cover and you'll be glad you came.

April 10: The North Shore Ramblers and Kawailoa Transfer Station
May 8: Sam & The Sumo Ninjaz and Discord & Rye
June 12: Raised By Wolves and The Saloon Pilots


Breakers at the North Shore Market Place
66-250 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, 637-9898
Friday, April 10th, 9 pm

We'll be on the North Shore again at Breakers in Haleiwa at the North Shore Market Place for the 1st monthly Haleiwa Hoedown. The music starts at 9:00pm with the North Shore Ramblers followed by Kawailoa Transfer Station at 10:15. There's a $5 cover charge.

Empty Bowl Hawaii
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The North Shore Ramblers will be performing at the Empty Bowl Hawaii put on by the Hawaii Potter's Guild to benefit Meals on Wheels Hawaii.

We'll be performing at the Alley with our brothaz and sista in bluegrass, Sam and the Sumo Ninjaz.

  • 6:00 - 6:45: The North Shore Ramblers
  • 7:00 - 7:45: Sam and the Sumo Ninjaz
  • 8:00 - 8:45: The Rambling Ninjaz

For more info. about times, tickets and location please, go to emptybowlhawaii.org

Jerry's Pizza
67-292 Goodale Avenue, Waialua, HI 96791, 808-637-8866
Saturday, April 18, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

The NSR will be playing at Jerry's Pizza in Waialua on Saturday, April 18th, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Eat some delicious pizza, pasta, a sandwich and/or a salad. BYoB and enjoy some bluegrass music.


2015 Empty Bowl Hawaii
445/449 Cooke Street, Kaka'ako
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The North Shore Ramblers and Sam and the Sumo Ninjaz are teaming up again at the 2015 Empty Bowl Hawaii. This event is a project of the Hawaii Potters Guild and a benefit for Hawaii Meals On Wheels.

You will enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread and will take home the handmade bowl all while enjoying some great bluegrass music. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance. Please click HERE for more information ticket purchasing and the benefits to our local community.


Big City Diner
108 Hekili Street, Kailua, 808-263-8880
Friday 17th, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Come out to hear the Pilots at their Big City Diner performances. And, as always, there's no cover!

And check out all these other opportunities to see the Pilots:

Hard Rock Cafe
280 Beachwalk, Honolulu, 955-7383
Tuesday, April 21st, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Surfer the Bar (Turtle Bay Resort)
57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, 293-6000
Friday, April 24th, 9:00 pm - Midnight

The Pilots will be playing at this Turtle Bay spot on Friday April 24th. $10 cover, 21 and over.


The Willows
901 Hausten Street, Honolulu, 952-9200
Friday April 24th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Our favorite guitar (finger) picker Justin Murata will be playing Hawaiian music with his band Kela at The Willows on Friday April 24th from 6:30 to 8:30. If you plan on being in the area or just want to get out for some excellent food and drink in a relaxing, open-air environment, you will not want to miss it. The Willows is located in lovely Moili`ili.


Anna O'Brien's, 2440 South Beretania, Honolulu, 808-946-5190
Friday, April 24th, 8:30 pm, 21 and over

Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle's son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it's safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. His fifth album (and first ever on Vagrant Records) serves as the perfect platform for such narrations. Entitled Single Mothers, the album is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. Please click HERE for a poster of the event.

Raised By Wolves is a three piece country punk band led by Nick Danger, guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter. He is the lead guitarist/singer for Hell Caminos, a Honolulu based Punk-A-Billy trio, just one of the many outfits he is playing in. Nick's love of the music of Hank Williams (the original) inspired him to write songs in the country vein, but with a dash more humor and verve. Nick's enthusiasm and charisma drew Charley Myers and Mark Scurfari from local jug band - Hamajang to join him on his quest. The stripped down approach has Charley playing steel guitar and Mark on Bass, creating a fun noise, rollicking, carousing, telling the secrets of certain spirits and wild women, heroes known or imagined, and the shared loneliness of a working life.



Don't miss these OTHER cool recurring events, with focus on traditional music, here and there all over the Hawaiian Islands! Some happen monthly or even quarterly. Others have gatherings several times per month! All are listed on our RECURRING EVENTS page.
  • First Tuesday of each month at Big City Diner Jam in Kailua (O`ahu)
  • Second Tuesday of each month at Ruby Tuesday's, near the Navy Exchange
  • Second Saturday of each month at Rainbow Park, Makawao
  • Fourth Sunday of each month, Bluegrass Hawaii Half-Fast Bluegrass Philharmonic Society,
    Please contact Larry Hind at divefish343@comcast.net for information.
  • Contradancers Of Hawaii (O`ahu)
  • Traditional Music Jam (TradJam)--O`ahu
  • First Saturday Pickin' & Potluck (Big Island)
  • Maui Singalong Circle, contant Phil and Cris Peacock at philandcrisp@gmail.com
  • Contradancing on Maui


Your membership helps us support bluegrass through campouts, workshops, jam sessions, and promotion of Hawaii venues to visiting bands. And at just $10.00, it's a bargain!

TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP, please use the PayPal button below to use your credit or debit card, OR mail a check or money order for $10.00 to Bluegrass Hawaii, P.O. Box 861688, Wahiawa, HI 96786.