Is there a more creative, talented, harder-working male musician on the island these days? Yes, Willie K won the Na Hoku award this year for best rock band, and he’s great. But Kanoa is one hell of an entertainer. He’s the main guy in Gomega, but his solo work is fantastic, too. His album Makin Thru the Breakthru is incredible. But go watch Kanoa one Sunday night at Southshore Tiki Lounge in Kihei: the guy is amazing. Hilarious, too. Seriously hilarious, and I’m not even talking about when he’s beatboxing. Willie K is many things, but he’s not hilarious.
Runner-up: Willie K
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