The Makaha Sons return to the Shannon Center, with Daniel Ho and Hālau Hula Nā Meakanu O Laka O Hawaiʻi
For over 40 years, The Mākaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawai‘i and the world. Today, The Mākaha Sons is considered to be one of Hawai‘i’s premiere Hawaiian musical groups. They continue to produce a vibrant sound which is full and rich; blending harmonies that only they can create. Their incomparable vocal arrangements and delightful stage presence is filled with comical antics that have won the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide. After more than forty years, this legacy of music continues with founding member of The Mākaha Sons, Jerome Koko who remains as the front-man, on vocals and 12-string guitar, Kimo Artis on vocals and electric bass, and Mark Yim on vocals and 6-string guitar. The extremely talented trio vows and adheres to the magic of the classic Mākaha Sons sound, which is a blend of melodic intricacies, syrupy boldness of harmonies, and of vibrant musical Hawaiian storytelling. For more information please visit, www.makahasons.com
Hawai‘i-born, Los Angeles-based Daniel Ho is a six-time GRAMMY Award® winner, fourteen-time GRAMMY Award® nominee, six-time Golden Melody Award winner (Taiwan’s national music honor), and recipient of multiple Hawaiian music awards. He is an ‘ukulele virtuoso, slack key guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, producer, audio engineer, record company owner, and instrument co-designer.
Known for his invitingly intimate musical style as a solo artist, Daniel’s collaborations transcend genres from traditional to contemporary Hawaiian with mentors like slack key great George Kahumoku, Jr., and The Mākaha Sons founder Jerome Koko, world music with Mongolian nomads and Taiwanese aboriginal tribes, to classical guitar and ‘ukulele duets with Pepe Romero, to driving rock riffs with superstar electric guitarist Tak Matsumoto (of 90+ million album-selling Japanese rock duo, B’z). Upcoming projects include venturing further into China to explore regional folk songs, and sharing music abroad as a cultural envoy with the US Department of State.
Hālau Hula Nā Meakanu O Laka O Hawaiʻi is honored to be a part of the Aloha Concert Series. The hālau is a formal hula school based in Los Alamitos and under the direction of Kumu Hula Rolanda Mohala Reese.
Since 1985, it has provided a positive environment to promote cultural awareness among students and in the community with a focus on hula, chants, music, history, and values. Kumu Mohala has dedicated herself to sharing the lineage dances and traditions of her teachers, including Master Kumu Hula Maʻiki Aiu Lake and Master Kumu Hula Mae Kamāmalu Klein.
Over the years, the award-winning hālau has also been blessed to share the stage with some of Hawaiʻiʻs most treasured musicians, including the Mākaha Sons, Waipuna, Nā Palapalai and Kuana Torres Kahele. For more information, please visit nameakanu.com