Hawaii Island Veterans Memorial Inc. (HIVM) is planning the 8th Annual East Hawaii Jazz & Blues Festival on October 30, 2022.   Check back after September 30 for more  program updates, online tickets, our sponsors and additional information. Held annually on the last Sunday of October, this year it will be at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. This festival is the signature fundraising event for the Hawaii Island Veterans Memorial Inc. The program features a lavish Pupu buffet, dessert   station, wine and beer tasting, no host bar and non-stop music featuring some of Hawaii’s finest jazz and blues musicians along with highly acclaimed artists from the mainland.  This year, featured musicians will be Hawaii-born, world famous, saxophonist Michael Paulo and Portland-based King Louie (Hammond B-3) with Renato Caranto (saxophone).

Michael Paulo, has been in the music business for over 40 years and has performed with dozens of well-known artists. His production company produces numerous concert events in California and Hawaii. Michael is no stranger to the international festival scene. He spent fifteen years as the musical director and host of the Dolphin Days Music Festival in Hawaii and several years as musical coordinator and artist in residence for the Jakarta Java Jazz Festival, one of the Largest International Music Festivals in the world.

Louis “King Louie” Pain, dubbed “Portland’s boss of the B-3” by The Oregonian, is a musician’s musician. When called upon, Louis is a dynamic soloist, but he specializes in the subtle art of making the musicians and vocalists he works with sound their best.  For him, the song’s the thing, not showing off.  That’s why he’s always in demand with his peers, and why he is an Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee.
“Contemporary jazz fans will know that ‘King’ Louie Pain is a modern Hammond B-3 maestro- keeping alive the spirit of Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Brother Jack McDuff et al.” —William Buckley, Soul and Jazz and Funk (UK) 
“Louis Pain is the top of the heap when it comes to the Hammond B-3 organ.  He knows how to swing it, he knows how to make it sweet, he knows how to make it sing and make it growl.  He’s the consummate B-3 master.”  –Tom Grant (top-selling smooth jazz recording artist) 

Born in a small province in the Philippines in 1955, Tenor sax musician, Renato Caranto, studied music with his musician father from a very young age. He started performing professionally at the age of 15 and eventually traveled from his native homeland to Japan and Guam where his skills soon attracted the attention of booking agents from the U.S. 

“Out front with his smoldering tenor saxophone, is the man with more soul in his little finger than most of us have in our whole bodies, Renato Caranto.” – J.D. of JimmyMak’s 
Renato can bop hard, lay out a swinging groove, and play a ballad so sweet it will send shivers up your spine.
His touch with the instrument is beyond amazing.

Several other exceptional musicians will be performing also. Stay tuned for program updates.
HIVM’s  8th Annual East Hawaii Jazz & Blues Festival is going to be the best yet.