A Tribute to Moe Keale

Whittier College News Release

Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634

June 2, 2003
Reference: 02/03: 84    
  Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974   

Whittier College Presents Tribute to Hawaiian Musical Icon 

          Friends and colleagues of the late “Uncle” Moe Keale will celebrate his life with an evening of aloha and tribute at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College.

          Keale was one of Hawaii’s most distinctive vocalists and an accomplished ukulele master who died in April of 2002, just three weeks after making his final mainland appearance t the Shannon Center.  He had performed at the Shannon Center three times and was always a hit with his audience.

          Mel Amina and Analu Aina, members of Keale’s band, will be featured in the concert, along with Kalani Kupau and Bill Kaiwa. 

          Leialoha Amina, Mel’s wife and a close friend of the Keale family, will perform the traditional Hawaiian hula during the concert.  There will also be a ukulele workshop and a hula workshop led by the Aminas, beginning at 4 o’clock that afternoon.  Workshop participants will be integrated into the show that evening, according to David Palmer, Shannon Center manger and production coordinator.

          The workshops are free, but reservations are required.  Tickets for the concert are $32 for the general public.  Reservations and 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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