In this issue of HILuxury, we delve into the arts, exploring the vast spectrum of creative expression.

Betty Loo Taylor, Jimmy Borges, Gabe Baltazar and Danny Kaleikini sat down to “talk story” about Hawaii’s musical heyday, a period that began just before World War II. Their memories of jazz virtuosity and vibrant Honolulu nights are legendary, coloring a generation-spanning bridge of artistry. Each shared stories and photos from their personal archives, including the images above.

Clockwise from top: An awards ceremony with Taylor and Baltazar; Borges and Baltazar do an impromptu jam session; Kaleikini and a troupe of Hawaii entertainers in Texas in 1959; an ad for Kalekini’s Hilton Hawaiian Village show.