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Kanikapila: A Hawaiian tradition on the Central Coast

Hawaiian Lei   You walk into your  favorite coffee shop one  lazy Sunday afternoon. The  weather has been warm, so  you take your iced Haupia  latte outside and sit under  a bright yellow umbrella.  You notice other patrons  have the same idea, as  each table is occupied. As  you sit there, soaking up  the Hawaiian-themed  decor and enjoying your  ice-cold drink, you feel  something missing.  Reaching into your bag, 

 you  pull out the ukulele that Uncle  Joe left you and begin  strumming. The notes  evaporate in the heat, warming your soul as the sun warms your skin. 

After you finish your first song, a gentleman at the far table runs to his car to retrieve his guitar and strums along with you. This brings the coffee shop owner out, who always has an ukulele on hand. As the three of you jam to a Hawaiian favorite, two women join in with an interpretative hula.


Hawaiians refer to this spontaneous jam session, sometimes accompanied by a hula, as Kanikapila, which literally means "to make music". 

Kanikaplia Crowd

If you have never had the privilege of participating in one of these island jam sessions, Red Dirt hosts a Kanikapila the last Sunday of every month. 



Kanikapila T-shirt

Just bring an 'ono dish to share in the pot luck and your ukulele or guitar to Red Dirt Coffee House on Sunday, June 28th at 2:00 pm to experience a true Hawaiian Kanikapila!

We are a kid-friendly establishment, so bring the whole family. There will even be Hawaiian shaved ice for purchasing.

Hawaiian Shave Ice

We look forward to jamming with you at our next...


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