Whittier College News Release
Reference: 03/04: 35
Date: Jan. 2., 2004
Hawaii’s Makaha Sons in Concert at Whittier College
Contemporary Hawaiian musicians, the Makaha Sons, in concert with
WHEN: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2004
WHERE: The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier, Calif.
ADD: The Makaha Sons have put their own stamp on traditional melodies, set apart by their unique harmonies and arrangements. Back by popular demand, the group includes leader Moon Kauakahi, who plays six-string guitar; comic spokesman and 12-string guitar player Jerome Koko; and John Koko, who plays the upright bass and is Jerome’s sidekick and partner in crime. The Makaha Sons’ 16 albums have won several Na Hoku Hanohano awards—the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy—including best vocal group, best traditional album, best song in the Hawaiian language, best liner notes, best graphics and album of the year. The Sons bring a unique cultural experience to every performance, and their three-part harmonies are unmatched in sweetness and precision, accompanied by novel and vibrant arrangements. They will be joined on this tour by young singer, hula dance and ukulele player Raiatea Helm, whose first album, Far Away Heaven, was released earlier this year to great acclaim and quickly garnered her two Hoku Awards for female vocalist of the year and most promising artist. Jake Shimabukuro is another double Hoku Award-winner for this year, winning for both favorite entertainer and best instrumental album. Shimabukuro is in demand throughout the Pacific region for his bright and energetic style.
INFORMATION: Tickets are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.
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