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Local Musicians and Artists
Basically Books is more than a bookstore—we also love and support our Big Island and neighbor island musicians and artists. Check our Upcoming Events page for upcoming live music events at Basically Books, and check out the links below to discover some of our favorite musicians and artists.
- Cyril Pahinui
Slack Key master, friend of Basically Books, and local legend Cyril Pahinui!
- Ben Kaili
Sweet island tunes by Slack Key master Ben Kaili.
- Dennis Soares
The eclectic sounds of talented Hilo musician Dennis Soares.
Local favorites, this talented trio writes songs of the islands with gentle jazz arrangements.
- John Keawe
Slack Key master and Grammy and multiple Na Hoku HanoHano Award winning musician John Keawe.
- Kainani Kahaunaele
Discover the haku mele (tradtional songs) and beautiful voice of Kainani Kahaunaele.
- Weldon Kekauoha
Enjoy Weldon's smooth island rhythms in songs influenced by Hawaiian values of the past and present.
- Manu Boyd
Award–winning composer and Kumu Hula Manu Boyd.
- Caren Loebel–Fried
Caren Ke'alaokapualehua Loebel–Fried is a storyteller and second–generation carver who learned the ancient art of block printing from her mother. She has illustrated many books of Hawaiian legends and mythology.
- Harinani Orme
Native Hawaiian artist Harinani Orme works in painting and printmaking as well as mixed–media art. Currently, her works focus on the myths, legends and traditions of old Hawaii.
- Rod Cameron
Ron Cameron, the creator of the 2012 Merrie Monarch poster, has over thirty years as an honored, professional artist. He has received more than fifty awards in illustration art, painting, and design.
- Linda Ching
Local photographer Linda Ching has a wide body of work, ranging from commercial and editorial photography to photographic illustrations for her books on Hawaiian mythology.
- Blaise Domino
Cartographic artist Blaise Domino creates beautiful historic maps of the Hawaiian Islands.
- Patrick Ching
Patrick Ching is a reknown nature artist and owner of Naturally Hawaiian Gallery in Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii. He is known around the world for his nature art.
- Kim Taylor Reece
Kim Taylor Reece, fine art photographer, has been studying hula kahiko for nearly 25 years. His photography captures the mystery and magic of this dance.
- Nelson Makua
Nelson Makua is a Native Hawaiian graphic artist who has been creating on the Big Island for over 30 years. Na Makua is a line of casual wear designed by Nelson and his son, Kainoa.
- Dietrich Varez
Dietrich Varez is a well–known Big Island artist. He has retold and illustrated many Hawaiian myths and stories in his signature block print style, including two published by Petroglyph Press: Hina, The Goddess and Pele and Hi'iaka, A Tale of Two Sisters