Local music school Kunzwanana School of Music and their performing group known simply as Kunzwanana, is teaching keiki and adults the joy of music through its unique instruments and stylings with roots in Africa and other places where the music has influenced the world.
They craft their own marimbas from finely honed wood that's meticulously shaped and carved to emit notes as happens when striking a xylophone. The PVC resonator pipes hanging below deepen and give the tones a rich sound.
It brings a huge smile to my face, and you'll see that it also brings joy to the many people who encounter them. Both times I've run into them have been at Maku'u Farmers Association's Sunday farmers market. But they frequently perform around the Big Island, including places like Kukuau Studio and other festivals.
The music makes you want to get up and dance (unless you're holding a video camera -- but maybe I was just tapping my toes a little!) . The group's colorful costumes and obvious joy at making music together for the public are engaging to young and old. Lucky you if you happen upon them. Better yet, look for their schedule appearances posted on their Facebook page.
Kunzwanana School of Music
Jeff Calley is a Realtor® in East Hawaii, whose background also includes work and management in varied industries, such as travel and tourism, electrical contracting, health care, and on-air broadcast, producing and content management for radio stations in Seattle and Palm Springs. During a sabbatical he took in 2009, he drove (literally) around the USA before undertaking a full curriculum at Le Cordon Bleu, graduating with top honors at the end of the year. When he's not helping people realize their real estate goals, he keeps busy with website management for AlohaBoysProperties.com as well as other websites. And if there's enough time left over, he photographs and makes video content for real estate websites and Multiple Listing Services. He's presently working on acquiring his commercial drone pilot's license (though he finds it funny that his helicopter pilot's license doesn't qualify!)