Reggae Music in Hawaii

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


Reggae music has been a staple in Hawaii for decades. From its early beginnings in the 1970s, the genre has continued to grow in popularity.

The History of Reggae in Hawaii

The history of reggae in Hawaii can be traced back to the early 1970s when Jamaican immigrants began settling on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Reggae quickly became a popular form of music among the local Hawaiian population, particularly among the youth. By the late 1970s, several Hawaiian-based reggae bands had emerged, such as Kapena and Black Uhuru.

In the 1980s, reggae music in Hawaii experienced a resurgence in popularity due to the success of local artist Eddie Kamae and his band The Sons of Hawaii. Kamae’s band helped to popularize a new style of reggae known as “Jawaiian” which incorporated elements of Hawaiian music into traditional reggae rhythms. The popularity of Jawaiian would continue into the 1990s with bands like Kolada delivering hits like “Island Style.”

Today, reggae music remains popular in Hawaii with a number of local artists keeping the genre alive. Reggae concerts and festivals are also held annually on various islands, helping to keep the spirit of reggae alive in Hawaii.

The Influence of Reggae in Hawaii

Reggae music has had a significant influence in Hawaii, both in terms of its sound and culture. The island state has a strong connection to the music, with many local artists incorporating reggae into their own sound. This fusion of styles has created a unique and vibrant music scene in Hawaii, one that is respected and loved by many.

The influence of reggae can be heard in the music of popular Hawaiian performers such as Jake Shimabukuro, Ozomatli, and even Bruno Mars. Reggae has also been embraced by the local community, with various festivals and events being held each year to celebrate the genre.

Hawaii is home to a number of great reggae artists, includingcollapse ] Rebel Souljahz, J Boog, Steady Freddie, Natural Vibrations, and The Green. These performers are helping to keep the sound of reggae alive in Hawaii and continue to spread its positive message throughout the islands.

The Popularity of Reggae in Hawaii

The popularity of reggae music in Hawaii is often attributed to the large population of people of Jamaican descent in the islands. However, the music has also been popular with other groups, including Filipinos, Samoans, Tongans, and native Hawaiians. Reggae music is heard in clubs, at concerts, and on the radio in Hawaii.

The Future of Reggae in Hawaii

Reggae music has been a part of Hawaii’s music scene for decades, and it shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, many experts believe that reggae will continue to grow in popularity in Hawaii and across the world.

There are several reasons for this; first, reggae is a very versatile genre that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Second, reggae artists often have a message of peace and love that is very appealing to Hawaiian people. Finally, reggae music is simply fun to listen to and watch!

As reggae continues to grow in popularity, we can expect to see more reggae concerts and festivals being held in Hawaii. This will not only bring more tourists to our island state, but it will also help to spread the message of peace and love that is so central to reggae music.

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