Larry Rivera is known as Kauai’s Living Treasure of Music. He has written over fifty songs that are found on albums, cassettes, CDs and videos all over the world. A very talented musician he is probably best known for playing one of his Ukuleles, he says that his ukulele makes him feel relaxed and helps him relieve stress but it also helps him share the spirit of Kauai. His composition, “Aloha is the Spirit of Kauai” was recognized by the County and Mayor and is seen on posters all around town with this reference. Larry uses his title of the ambassador of harmony and his Ukulele to bring people together. I had the pleasure of watching Larry perform his magic while on a tour of Coco Palms Resort with Roberts Movie Tour. Larry stills serves as the musical director when guest come to visit the resort, even in the sad state of disrepair that the resort sits in today, as Larry talks story about the resort in its days of glory you get a glimpse of the ways things were during the filming of Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii, in fact, Larry Rivera has exclusive rights to host Blue Hawaii Weddings at Coco Palms Lagoon (shown in the photo below) .
Kamalani, one of Larry’s most famous songs, was written at the request of Grace Guslander, the manager of Coco Palms Hotel. She wanted him to write a song that talked about the Legend of the Frog as written by Meleana Soong. He was at home recovering from the flu, and after their conversation he looked outside his window and saw a beautiful bird, the bird kept singing and somehow the words and music came together. You can find this and other beautiful songs on his CD Beautiful Rainbow, this is my favorite of his many CD’s .
Larry can be found doing weekly performances at the following locations:
Cafe’ Portofino on Wednesday at 700pm
Coconut Plantation Cultural Center Friday at 500pm
Kauai Museum on Saturday at 100pm
Contact : [email protected] Contact by phone (808) 822-3868