Rock-A-Hula spotlights local talent with new show lineup

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Homegrown talent will take center stage at Waikiki's biggest show as Hawaii breakout recording artist, Hirie, joins the Rock-a-Hula show for a limited run starting on April 1, 2018.

"Since launching our show nearly seven years ago, we've always aimed to incorporate and pay tribute to Hawaii's rich musical history, so the addition of local artists, like Hirie, into the Rock-a-Hula lineup as featured artists was a natural evolution," said Becky Newbold, Entertainment Director of Rock-a-Hula.

"She brings her own distinct style of music to the show – one that reflects Hawaii today. While she's become known for her unique blend of roots, reggae, and pop, Hirie can also belt out powerful ballads. We're excited to let guests experience both sides of her during the show."

Hirie, the front woman of the internationally-known band HIRIE, lived in the Philippines and Italy before settling down in Hawaii, where she was immersed in the island lifestyle and emerged as an acclaimed singer-songwriter. In 2017, her band's sophomore album, Wandering Soul, earned San Diego's Best World Music Album Award, which also debuted at #1 on the iTunes & Amazon Reggae Charts and rocketed to #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts. Hirie will perform her original music as well as cover beloved Hawaiian classics. Other homegrown talent will succeed Hirie's addition to Rock-A-Hula's featured cast.

Jason Jarrett will also make his "Thrilling" debut as Michael Jackson starting on April 1. Jarrett has spent nearly his entire life in the entertainment business. After graduating high school, he started his own successful recording act with his brother, and they entertained fans on the west coast, performing in many major cities. The King of Pop's influence on his life led him to audition for the hit production show, Legends in Concert, which he has been featured in for hundreds of engagements all over the world.

Jarrett and Hirie join Elvis Presley, portrayed by Johnny Fortuno, and the largest cast of dancers and musicians in the Rock-A-Hula show, where the spirit of Aloha meets the sparkle of Las Vegas. The show takes guests on an authentic "Hawaiian Journey" from the 1920s to today through an infusion of Hawaiian acts, fire knife dancing, powerful performances by the talented tribute artists, creative choreography, dazzling costumes and special effects.

To celebrate the new lineup, Rock-a-Hula will be offering special Kama'aina Weekend pricing for the Saturday and Sunday shows from April 7 – May 13 with a Buy One Get One on the Rockin' Show (retail value of $69) with a valid Hawaii ID.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (808) 629-SHOW (7469) or visit

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