Festa italiana Hawaii is delighted to present musical performances by Mango Season, Enrico Rennella, Hawaii Opera Theatre and Pierre Grill, and many more. Performances will all be of Italian nature or inspiration, allowing Festa attendees to truly feel like they've been transported to Italy. Grazie mille - thank you very much - to the talented artists who have all graciously donated their time and talents to bring a truly authentic and unique musical experience to Festa Italiana.
Enrico is a talented comedian & pop musician from Italy. His style is unique, effervescent and down-right hilarious. He is Italian, that's for sure, but he spent many years of his life in the City of Lights. Born from the union of a Neapolitan father and a Parisian mother, Enrico carries within him the perfect mixture of "la dolce vita" and the "savoir faire" from two of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Enrico grew up in Naples, Italy, where he mastered the art of comedy. As a young man, Enrico worked hard to achieve his dreams. In his 20's, Enrico moved back to Paris and continued to pursue his dreams. He began performing all over Europe, in countries like Belgium, France and Switzerland. He then discovered Canada and fell in love with the local Italian-Canadian community. Performing in U.K., Australia and a headline opener for the famous Joe Avati!
PERFORMING on the festa italiana main stage at 7:30pm and Blue note hawaii "one night in napoli" show on October 2.
Stef Mariani delivers sensitive folk melodies and driven lyrics that come together to form a passionate sound straight from the heart. Born to Northern California based folk singer songwriter Carolyn Haley-Murray, her biggest musical influence comes from her family. From folk to folk pop and americana to acoustic rock, Stef also finds her inspiration in artists like Kate Wolf, Crosby Stills & Nash and Joni Mitchell. Stef’s goal is to uplift the spirits of people so they can feel hope in a tough world. Stef Mariani is a soulful singer songwriter sharing her powerful vulnerability. Awards: 2018 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner, 2016 Big Island Music Award x2, 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nomination, 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nomination, 2013 Big Island Music Award
PERFORMING ON THE FESTA ITALIANA MAIN STAGE aT 5:45PM
This Hawaiʻi-based band came to life on the Honolulu music scene in 2009 as an acoustic Hawaiian folk duo performing on the streets and in the dive bars of Chinatown. Evolving their sound to incorporate vintage soul, jazz infused harmonies and a shock of funk groove, the members draw inspiration from the sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Pink Martini, Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Steely Dan, and Kalapana. Mango Season is passionate about both their live concert experience, and providing the best in live entertainment for weddings and corporate events in Hawaiʻi.
PERFORMING ON THE FESTA ITALIANA MAIN STAGE aT 5:45PM and 8:45pm. Also performing at blue note hawaii "one night in napoli" show on October 2.
hawaii youth symphony
Hawaii Youth Symphony is the islands’ only statewide instrumental music education program, for children ages 7-18. Their mission is to advance critical and positive links between music study, academic achievement, and social emotional development with programs that service youth through orchestral music education, performance opportunities, and community engagement.
PERFORMING AT FESTA ITALIANA In STRADA - THE STREET FESTIVAL
Pierre Grill has been recording and producing music for over 30 years in Honolulu. He's been awarded an Na Hoku Hanohano Award for his excellence in musical engineering. Pierre is often referred to as the "One Man Band," a name that he most certainly has earned for his impressive ability to play multiple instruments simultaneously and all the while keeping his audience entertained.
PERFORMING ON THE Festa italiana MAIN STAGE AT 4:30 PM
The Artery Design Co. has been transforming chalkboards and creating fabulous signage, menus and murals in Hawaii since 2012. Rooted in the Oahu restaurant industry, founder Erin combines her passion for local foodie culture, craft beer & libations, and love of the Hi life, to create whimsical, educational, and heart-felt art.
LIVE CHALK ART AT MOTHER WALDRoN PARK DURING FESTA ITALIANA
Illtalian is an award-winning rapper of Italian and Filipino descent from the island of Kauai, who was most recently named a Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner, in the Best Hip Hop Album of the Year 2018 category. Illtalian has had his music featured on some of the biggest rap sites in the world, including Rapzilla, IndieHipHop.com, Trackstarz, and New H2O. Stylistically, Illtalian mixes the intensity of Eminem with the introspection of Macklemore and the content of Lecrae, and his music tackles every aspect of his life, from his faith to his self doubt. His new single, “Thoughts Out Loud Part II,” is out now.
PERFORMING AT LA DISCOTECA AT ARTISTRY HONOLULU - THE OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY OF FESTA ITALIANA
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Opera has been part of island culture for more than a century. Its history in Hawaii, which dates back to the 1850s, includes stories of Queen Emma singing in the chorus of Verdi’s Il Trovatore while her husband, King Kamehameha IV served as the stage manager! Queen Liliuokalani is said to have composed her own opera. Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) was established as a non-profit organization in 1960. Today, HOT is known for its vibrant and creative productions. Artistic excellence continues to be the cornerstone of standards for the company. International artists, who have graced stages from the New York Met to opera houses throughout Europe and Asia, compete up to three years in advance to perform on the HOT stage along side Hawaii’s best local artists. With its recent commemoration of 50 years as Hawaii’s only professional opera company, HOT is one of the largest performing arts organizations in the state with performances and outreach presentations on all of the major islands.