In December 2008, Kohala (Charles Michael Brotman, Charlie Recaido, and Rupert Tripp, Jr.) gave two intimate performances at the rRed Elephant in Honolulu, Hawaii. They played many of the songs they've recorded and performed for fans all over Japan and the US during the last 10 years. The show was emceed by Derrick Malama, the host of Hawaii Public Radio's "Morning Edition". Although Kohala is primarily an instrumental group, Adelle Tripp (band member Rupert 's wife) danced hula for a few songs and her husband accompanied her with vocals. "Kohala Live" is the culmination of recordings selected from these two shows.