Meet the owners of Gertrude’s Jazz Bar!
Raising the bar on bars, Gertrude’s Jazz Bar & Restaurant opened its doors in October 2016 in Kailua-Kona. This unique jazz club was the brain-child of three Kona creatives; Marlina Lee, Kira Kamamalu, and Greg Shirley. This terrific trio are all professional artists in their own right— a dancer, a painter and a musician respectively. Gertrude’s is the culmination of their vision to create a collaborative space where musicians, artists and those who appreciate the arts can converge for conversation and to celebrate life in general.
The inspiration for Gertrude’s was American novelist and art advocate, Gertrude Stein, who lived in Paris in the early 20th century. Stein nurtured the creative talents of artists and writers such as Hemingway, Matisse, Picasso and Fitzgerald in her legendary salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Stein is famous for her appreciation of art and good conversation, and her salon was one of the first gathering places known for showcasing modern art and literature.
In this spirit, Marlina, Greg & Kira welcome you to Gertrude’s Jazz Bar & Restaurant. This eclectic gathering place brings together music, art, dance, cuisine and cocktails in a creative harmony that would undoubtedly make Gertrude Stein proud. Every night is a celebration of life and an eclectic fusion of the owner’s creativity.
Marlina is a dancer and entrepreneur and coordinates the dance events at Gertrudes. You might find her at the hostess station or twirling around on the dance floor. Greg is a Jazz Musician and coordinates the live music, you will often find him on stage with a guitar or bass in hand. Kira is an accomplished painter and woodworker and hosts social artworking events and artist dinners at Gertrude’s.
With such a respect for creativity, the culinary arts were not to be forgotten. Gertrude’s owners called on several local chefs, to help them create a menu of unique and satisfying dishes. The owner trio chose popular meals, favorite comfort foods and globally inspired cuisine and the chefs used their creativity to devise unforgettable dishes from the selections. Together, they created a menu with unique tastes inspired by classic flavor combinations and artistic influences.
Come visit Gertrude’s Jazz Bar & Restaurant. Revel in the live music, delight in the delicious food, sip craft cocktails and enjoy a view of the Pacific Ocean!