Fund-Raising Luau and Concert to Benefit Whittier College’s Shannon Center 
Press Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations

13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634

Contact: Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974
July 23, 2003      
Reference: 2003-04: 3                                              

Fund-Raising Luau and Concert to Benefit Whittier College’s Shannon Center 

Long the home-away-from-home for contemporary Hawaiian artists, the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College will play host to a fund-raising luau and concert on Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the Shannon Center, which provides extra-budgetary support for the college’s music and theatre departments as well as programming and community outreach at the Shannon Center.  Tickets are $75 per person.

The event begins at 4 p.m. with hula, ukulele, slack-key guitar and Hawaiian-language workshops, according to David Palmer, production coordinator and theatre manager at the Shannon Center.

“While we have a varied and eclectic selection of events at the Shannon Center,” Palmer said, “our Hawaiian Series is by far the most successful, and our fans are wildly enthusiastic.  We have people who travel from as far afield as Evergreen, Ill. and San Francisco to attend our shows.  We thought this luau would be a way to celebrate their support and thank them for their loyalty in addition to giving more of the local community a taste of Hawaii.”

Following the workshops, which will be similar to the outreach programs offered to Whittier-area elementary school children during the Shannon Center’s regular September-June season, attendees will be treated to a no-host bar reception, followed by an authentic Hawaiian meal and an opportunity to bid on authentic and unique auction items.  The evening will be capped by a concert featuring Keoki Kahumoku, Herb Ohta, Jr., David Kamakahi, Patrick Landeza and special guest, Dennis Kamakahi.

 “Most of these artists have appeared at the Shannon Center during the 10 years of our Hawaiian series,” Palmer said, “but this will be the first time that all of them have appeared on stage here together.  Keoki and Herb appeared two years ago as the opening act for the Ka’au Crater Boys.  David and his father, Dennis Kamakahi, appeared here in August of 2001 with the group Na ‘Oiwi.  Keoki, Herb and David are all talented offspring of outstanding Hawaiian musicians.  Hawaiian-born mainland resident Patrick Landeza is one of the outstanding young musicians carrying forward the traditions of Hawaiian music, and he has become a major force in the preservation and presentation of Hawaiian music and culture in Northern California.  This is going to be a wonderful show.”

Tickets are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203. 

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa. 

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