Best Places to Enjoy Live Music on the Big Island

Live music can be the best end to a beautiful day. Whether a traveler is looking to let loose on the dance floor, enjoy an amazing meal accented by mellow acoustic tunes, or hear some genuine Hawaiian music, the Big Island offers a large array of options to satisfy that need. From wild bars with awesome dance floors in Kona, to restaurants with mellow acoustic music in Hilo, the options for live music are as diverse as the island's scenic beauty. 

Those in search of a classic dive bar with live music will find themselves content with the Hilo Town Tavern on the east side of the island. Open from 2 p.m. till 2 a.m., patrons can take advantage of the pool and game room, juke box, and regular array of live music till the wee hours of the morning.

For a really unique and local take on live music and nightlife, Uncle Robert's Awa Club in Kalapana presents true Hawaiian music on stage all night long each Wednesday. This after dark market and bar borders miles of a recent lava flow and the music is truly something that shouldn't be missed.

For a wonderful meal with mellow live music, Miyo's in Hilo is perfect a date night or family dinner. The casual and lovely restaurant has live music nightly that serves as a nice backdrop to any meal.

So simply let loose to live music or absorb local culture through it, and navigate your way through it with this list.

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Hilo Town Tavern
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The Hilo Town Tavern is Hilo's answer to the classic dive bar. The full bar with local beers on tap can make just about anything a guest could want, but don't expect anything too fancy or gourmet. There's always an equal blend in here of college...  Read More

Kona Brewing Company: Kailua-Kona Pub & Brewery

The pub at the Big Island's most famous brewery is a terrific place to wind down after shopping. An abundance of brews are on tap, and a highlight is the seasonal beers that aren't in stores. Brewery tours are quick and personal – an added...  Read More

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Miyo's restaurant has been serving up great Japanese food for over a decade. You won't find sushi here, but you'll find amazing curries, katsus, salads, udon and soba dishes, and tempura. The portions are good sized, and you won't leave hungry....  Read More

As a family owned and operated restaurant in downtown Hilo, Pineapples brings fresh, local ingredients to a menu of Pacific Rim cuisine. Located in Hilo's historic Pineapple Building, the restaurant take advantage of an open air, corner location...  Read More


One of the Big Island's top dance clubs, Lulu's can attribute its popularity to any number of factors – its ocean-side location, awesome open-air deck, or state-of-the-art lighting and sound. Live music happens at Lulu's on a regular basis and...  Read More

Oceans Sports Bar & Grill is a sports bar, restaurant, and after dark hot spot all in one. Located across from the ocean in Kailua-Kona, "Oceans," as it's been dubbed by the locals, is great for couples or family meals during the day but...  Read More

Huggo's on the Rocks

The younger, wilder sibling of the famous seafood eatery next door, this spirited joint is a terrific place to wind down the day and usher in the evening. Indeed, Huggo's on the Rocks is a popular outdoor bar and dance club whose specialty...  Read More

Blue Dragon Restaurant & Musiquarium

Blue Dragon Coastal Cuisine & Musiquarium is known for giving guests a really good time. Always crowded with locals and visitors alike dancing away the evening and taking breaks for bites of delicious food. The menu is locally based and...  Read More

At the bottom of Big Island's Kalapana Highway outside of Pahoa lies Uncle Robert's Awa Club, the district's newest foray into socializing, food, shopping and nightlife. In fact, it's the only place to shop for miles around until returning back...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade

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