The music scene at Caffe Coco
It has been one year since Hollan, the owner of Caffe Coco, opened her doors and added a new look to the place located in Wailua. The lovely star lit terrace dining has not changed, but the menu has taken on an organic vegan/vegetarian focus served up on white linen and topped with herbs grown right on the premises — sometimes right on the tables.
The ambiance is peaceful and inviting, and Hollan states that she wants the food and music to complement each other. She wants to create a fresh atmosphere each time her guests come by not featuring the same artists on the same night.
Friday night — set aside for Hawaiian themed performers — a new artist was featured. Sea Star, originally from New Jersey, moved to Kaua‘i in February. She spent much of the ensuing time up in the Kalalau Valley camping near the ancient Hawaiian community. During that time she wrote 15 songs and several devotional chants to express the beauty that surrounded her and to express the journey of coming home to commune with nature. She is a balladeer, guitarist and a story teller. Sea Star began writing music six years ago but has studied it for over ten. She began by putting her poems to music and has written more than 50 songs. Her performance is a combination of original material and covers to which she puts her own style. Sea Star also is a mixed-media artist, photographer and watercolorist whose art can be seen at Urban Indigenous in Kapa‘a. Her goal is to raise awareness and consciousness through music and art and to live and express the feeling of “aloha.”