The Vibe: Monthly Jazz Nights at HiSAM

August 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hawai‘i State Art Museum
250 S. Hotel Street

The Vibe: Monthly Jazz Nights at HiSAM

Join us on August 12th for the latest installment of The Vibe, a monthly jazz series held at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, in partnership with the Dae Han Ensemble, featuring Alika Lyman with guest artists!

On the grand lanai, Pau Hana Painters will return, along with several food vendors and our bar, sponsored by the Friends of HiSAM!

About the Artists:

Alika Lyman is a bassist, guitarist, composer and teacher with over 20 years of experience, hailing from Honolulu, HI. He has lived and worked professionally in Seattle and more recently, in New York City as a sideman and leader. Alika has studied the classical style on both instruments and considers himself a lifelong student of jazz.

Alika has shared the stage and recording studio with many talented artists. He released two albums with the Alika Lyman Group (2013 Self-Titled and 2014 Lei’s of Jazz Vol. 2). He went on a six-year hiatus, working corporate gigs and walking amongst his heroes in NYC while waiting for his next concept, and found it in his latest project, Alika & The Good News. Upon returning home to Hawai‘i in 2020, Alika reunited with long-time friends and colleagues in the garage where it all started.

Jason Gay, originally from Washington DC, began performing professionally at age 16, touring various major cities with the musical and theatrical youth group “Uprising,” operating as leader of its jazz component. He then moved to Boston where he attended Berklee College of music and studied with Joe Viola, Tomo Fujita, and George Garzone. During this time, Jason went on to win first place in the NAACP competition for “Best Instrumentalist” also placing first in the  Joe Kennedy Jr. competition.

Later, Jason served eight years as a Unit Leader, saxophonist and Clinician in the US Navy band where he offered workshops and led musical groups across America as well as in Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Hawaii and Guam. After leaving the Navy, Jason took a three-year deep dive into the study of traditional Chinese folk songs, transcribing, listening, and reinterpreting the melodies.  This study led to his first self produced album “Jason Gay Dynasty” released in 2017, which is available on all streaming platforms.

Jason has collaborated and performed with Mos Def, Medeski Martin and Wood, Ravi Coltrane, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Lacy, Jeremy Pelt, Drummer John Blackwell and The Temptations. He is based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and is a highly sought after saxophonist performing with a wide variety of groups on Oahu, Maui and neighboring islands. For the past several years, he has been exploring the relationships between blues guitar concepts and how they relate to the saxophone.

Travis Oh is a freelance trombonist, born in Hawai‘i. His musical journey started at a young age with piano, voice, and guitar lessons. He was introduced to the trombone in middle school and continued his studies at the University Lab School as a classical trombonist. He was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa where he continued his classical studies while playing with the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Jazz Band.

Since then Travis has had the privilege to play with world-renowned musicians like: Eric Miyashiro, Jimmy Borges, Martha Reeves, Benny Rietveld (bass guitarist for Santana), Raiatea Helm, New York artist Rob Scheps, Michael Paulo, and more. With his diverse background in musical styles, Travis has performed with such groups as: The Harry James Orchestra by Fred Radke, The Glen Miller Tribute Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony and Honolulu Symphony Pops, and various local artists. In 2020, Travis became an artist for Butler Trombones.

Travis continues his music career as an educator, composer, band leader, and guest artist. Travis is currently working on his first album to be released in 2023, “Slide Effects.”

Dae Han’s swift, technical style on the drums compliments every situation, from jazz and funk to R&B, reggae, and hip hop. Dae Han is the unsung backbone behind progressive Honolulu acts and international artists. He’s the go-to drummer whenever Japanese rapper Shing02 tours the US and Asia with a full band. In 2019, Takuya Kuroda tapped Dae to organize a band to support the Brooklyn-based trumpeter’s gig at Blue Note Hawaii. Dae also recently teamed up with guitarist Gilbert Batangan and bassist Mark Tanouye to open for Khruangbin. Every year he organizes an always impressive jazz-forward tribute to the late J Dilla. 

Transportation and Parking

Public Transportation

  • TheBus – many bus routes stop directly in front of or very close to the museum. For routes and schedules, call TheBus at (808) 848-5555 or check online at
  • The Waikiki Trolley – the Red Line State Capitol/Iolani Palace Stop is a short walk from HiSAM. For more information, call the Waikiki Trolley at (808) 591-2561, or check online at
  • Biki Bikeshare – the closest Biki racks are directly in front of the building on South Hotel St. (120 Chinatown/DT – Hotel & Richards), and at the corner of Richards and South Beretania St (121 Chinatown/DT – Beretania & Richards).
  • Bicycle Racks – nearby Honolulu City & County bike racks are on South Hotel St. near Alakea St., on Richards St. near South Hotel St., and on the lawn between the Hawai‘i State Capitol building and Iolani Palace.


There is no parking on site. Parking is available at nearby lots, including across Hotel street in the Ali‘i Place building (enter at 1099 Alakea Street, cash only), across Richards Street at Iolani Palace, the Kalanimoku Building, Kinaʻu Hale/Department of Health, State Capitol basement, Honolulu City Municipal Parking, and metered street parking in the area.

Accessible Parking

Free accessible parking stalls are available in these locations for persons with disabilities:

  • Iolani Palace grounds (one stall near the Richards Street exit, one stall near the State Archives building, and one stall near the gate leading to the State Capitol)
  • Ali‘i Place building parking structure (vehicle entrance at 1099 Alakea Street, pedestrian entrance/exit on South Hotel Street directly across from the Hawai‘i State Art Museum). Cash only.
  • State parking lots allow metered spaces in those lots to be used as accessible parking, with a 2 hour limit. Nearby state parking lots include the State Capitol (415 South Beretania Street and Punchbowl Street), and the Kalanimoku Building (corner of Beretania Street and 1151 Punchbowl Street). For a full list of state government parking lots and a map, please visit the Automotive Management Division webpage. In order to use the spaces, vehicles must display the appropriate placard issued to individuals.