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The 14th Annual Aloha Series of Hawaiian Music Kicks Off 

WHITTIER, CA (June 15, 2007) – The annual celebration of Hawaiian music returns with a new line-up of award-winning and internationally acclaimed musicians and performers. The featured artists will include HAPA, Daniel Ho, Ho’okena and other notables. As one of the only venues on the mainland to consistently showcase the arts of the Pacific Islands, the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts invites everyone to relive or experience, for the first time, Hawaiian culture and music during the 2007-2008 season.  

August 25: HAPA 

HAPA has been hailed as “virtuoso,” “masterful,” “Hawaii’s supergroup,” and “the sound of Maui.” Founded in 1983 by guitarist Barry Flanagan, HAPA is a musical troupe consisting of musicians who play contemporary Hawaiian music, a traditional Polynesian chanter and hula dancers. Hawaiian born Nathan Aweau joined the group in 2003 as a guitarist. O`ahu native Charles Ka`upu has been a member of HAPA since 1993.  

HAPA has released more than a half dozen CDs including their latest, Maui, the first to feature Nathan Aweau. Maui was honored with four awards at 29th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards including album of the year and contemporary album of the year. Aweau won awards for his solo efforts, Hawaii Classic Series Vol. 1 Vintage, on which he sang, and Bass Etude.  

September 22: TBA 

October 27:  Daniel Ho and Herb Ohta 

Oahu native and Grammy-award winning Daniel Ho has recorded 18 CDs as a solo artist. The slack key guitarist also heads up Daniel Ho Creations, a record label that produces acoustic and Hawaiian music.  

Herb Ohta, Jr. is a virtuoso ukulele performer who has recorded five solo albums and has performed on numerous other CDs.  The Hawaii native is a past winner of the Hawaii Music Award. 

December 8: Ho’okena 

Ho’okena has been performing together since 1986 and is one of Hawaii’s most enduring music groups. Their most recent recording, Cool Elevation, was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award in the Hawaiian music category. The group is known for blending intricate arrangements, instrumentation and new compositions.  

January 19, 2008: The Makaha Sons 

The Makaha Sons have been performing traditional Hawaiian music worldwide for more than 30 years. Over the years the line-up has consisted of five members but is currently a trio featuring Louis “moon” Kauakahai on six-string guitar, John Koko on upright acoustic bass and Jeromo Koko on the 12-string guitar.  

February 16, 2008: Moku 

Kekaimoku Yoshikawa is a singer, musician, composer, dancer and kumu hula of Kekaiulu Hula Studio in Japan and Torrance, California. Moku most often sings in falsetto while playing the ukulele. 

April 5, 2008: Jerry Santos w/ Hoku Zuttermeister and Barry Kimokeo 

Jerry Santos is a composer and vocalist whose traditional and contemporary Hawaiian stylings have won him accolades and awards including the Na Hoku Hanohano Award. Zuttermeister is a songwriter, guitarist, bassist and vocalist. Kimokeo is widely considered to be one of Hawaii’s up and coming guitarists because of his skill in blending traditional music with rock, country, blues and pop. 

May 24, 2008: The Brother Cazimero 

The Brothers Cazimero burst onto the Hawaiian music scene along with the resurgence in popularity of native culture in the islands in the 1970s. Considered masters of their craft, The Brothers Cazimero merge the past and present with their renditions of chants, dances and songs of the native Hawaiians.  

The group consists of Robert, bassist, and Roland who plays guitar. Together they have released more than 30 recordings, including the Grammy-nominated album, Some Call It Aloha…Don’t Tell. The duo has brought the sounds and culture of Hawaii to sellout audiences worldwide.  

Performers play two shows at 3 and 8 p.m., Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave. $35. Tickets on sale July 17. (562) 907-4203. 

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. Whittier College is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

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