The Birthday Bash has been the most consistently
successful local music concert series ever, selling out every
year of its existence. Its popularity stems from its outrageous
party atmosphere, surprise guests, and a huge line up of the
hottest acts in local music. At the Shell, an open-air amphitheater
adjacent to Kapiolani Park, most of the general admission seating
is designated to the lawn area, so fans can enjoy the music
under the stars seated on blankets, beach mats, or towels.
However, as the concert went on, the capacity crowd of about
8,400 stood and turned the lawn into a giant dance floor.
“ It’s a great event to go to with friends and family, and
to meet up with old acquaintances,” said KCCN on-air personality
Ronnie Barba, an ’05 HPU graduate. “It was unbelievable.
That’s all I can say. Without all the people listening
to local music, we wouldn’t be having this concert.”
This is the fourth year that the concert was presented over two
nights in order to accommodate ticket demands.There were different
bills each night, so that each act had the opportunity to play
longer sets and give fans more music.
Some of the featured performers included: Fiji, BruddahWaltah,
Ho‘aikane,‘Ekolu, Koauka, B.E.T., One Groove, Kekai
Boyz, Malino, Kapena, Natural Vibrations, Sean Na‘auao,
Ho‘onua, The Brothers Cazimero,Keahiwai, Inoa‘ole,
The Opihi Pickers, and Kamakaiwa.
These bands have helped pioneer the “Jawaiian” music
genre, a contemporary mixture of reggae and Hawaiian styles and
music patterns. When the concert was first held in 1990, it was
billed as “Jawaiian Jams.”
“ When we started the Jawaiian Jams back in the ‘80s, we
had no idea that this music would have such staying power,” said
David Booth of Events International, the show’s promoter. “It’s
rewarding to see that the Birthday Bash is bigger and better
than ever at 15.”
“ It’s interesting that some of the audience members were
barely born when we started with the Birthday Bash” added
Mike Kelly, one of the Birthday Bash founders and general manager
of Cox Broadcasting, KCCN’s parent company. “I
guess this really makes us an institution when our event crosses