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“Kanekoa is a four-piece jam band who's high energy will move your feet. What always amazes me is how fast Kaulana and Vince can strum their ukulele's. My fingers are numb just thinking about it.”

“I think all of Kihei was at Threes tonight. Kanekoa rocks”

“This unified force of island roots, rock, reggae and blues has been spreading the melodic love across the isles for over a decade, delivering a captivating blend of grooves and energy music lovers can’t resist.”

“Vince Esquire, one of the most popular guitarists and ukulele players on the island, has recently returned from a mainland tour as the opening act for The Gregg Allman Band, and also is the featured instrumentalist with Kanekoa, Maui's premier Hawaiian contemporary band”

“Fighting fire with fire, Maui’s prog rock elite, Owaila, MOTH and Kanekoa are uniting under the Hard Rock’s roof to help raise money to rebuild Shaggy’s sister’s hale in North Carolina.”

“The concert featured “Maui’s hardest rockin’” musicians including bassist and Zeptember musical director Shawn Michael — known for his work with The Vince Esquire Band and Kanekoa.”

“Expect Esquire to provide some “schoolin’” in guitar and ‘ukulele dexterity during Zeptember, and his Kanekoa bandmate, Kaulana Kanekoa, to add his special finesse on ‘ukulele and vox on a few sweet favorites.”

“...we can confirm that the dynamic electric ukulele band Kanekoa will take the stage after VEB’s set to close out the night.”

“Maui is home to an exceptional range of talents including this true guitar hero and ‘ukulele madman, Vince Esquire. Kanekoa, Esquire’s other band, a unique ‘ukulele powerhouse”

“Tonight's gig kicks off a string of shows across the isles, which means that this band's sizable following can exhume itself and make like it's a Dead tour. If you've never seen Vince Esquire on ukulele, then you are pretty much required to attend. With groovy originals and a list of brilliant cover choices, including "Peace Frog" and "Franklin's Tower"...”

“Vince Esquire and bassist Shawn Michael are also part of rootsy Hawaiian rock outfit Kanekoa, which is slated to release their Kingdom in a Country EP very soon. They continually put on great shows no matter what stage these solid musicians find themselves upon.”

“This is not what your father knows as ‘Ukulele’. Throw those conceptions out of the window. One word. They Rock.”

“The Best Known Band You've Never Heard Of”

“Kanekoa performing in the new Ben Stiller movie, "The Heartbreak Kid"”

"Way Down", the first single from "Under The Coconut Sky", was played on over 25 Triple A stations around the country

“Like any self-described "jam band," they have plenty of open-ended Grateful Dead-inspired improvisations, but it's unusual to hear those sorts of flashy jams played on that distinctly Hawaiian-sounding instrument, the ukulele.”