he 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 Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, Aaron Sala, The Makaha Sons, the Brothers Cazimero 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, Hawai'ian culture and music during the 2010-2011 season. Performers typically play two shows at 3 and 8 p.m., in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90608, Whittier College; general admission $35. For more information contact the Shannon Center firstname.lastname@example.org or 562.907.4203.
September 4: Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom
Amy Hanaiali'i's talent is the result of an exceptional blend of classical training, modern musical influences, and heritage. Raised on the Island of Maui, she was surrounded by the sounds of cultural chants, ancestral drum beats, and kani ka pila melded with the sights of lapis colored oceans and verdantly emerald and peridot colored mountains, both abundant with wildlife. While Hanaiali'i received years of formal musical and theatrical training, it was her paternal grandmother â€“ one of the original Royal Hawaiian Girls—who ultimately inspired her to grow in Hawaiian music. Recognizing her natural vocal abilities, Tutu arranged for a meeting between the legendary Genoa Keawe and her granddaughter. It was Aunty Genoa that introduced Amy to the ha'i falsetto music. Amy's talent of ha'i brought a new found appreciation for the art of Hawaiian female falsetto style for which she is known today.
October 2: Eric Lee & Melveen Leed
Eric Lee is widely known in the music industry as one-third of the Na Kama Hanohano Award Winning group, Na Kama. Together, they released four CDs, two of which earned Na Kama Hanohano Awards respectively. His creative musical arrangements and awareness to perpetuate the Hawaiian language has contributed to the magical sound of Na Kama from its inception through his 10-year journey with them. His solo debut CD, "Crossroads" was met with tremendous success and has already earned the Hawai'i Music Award for "Contemporary Hawaiian CD of the Year."
Melveen Leed was born on the Island of Molokai. She released her first album in 1966 and started to travel abroad, singing in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Russia, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Japan, and many other places around the world. Melveen was part of a wonderful group known as the Local Divas, made up of 4 of the top female vocalists in Hawaii. She is currently a member with the New Hope Church, where she devotes her time and talents. Her most recent album "Listen to My Voice" is her most spiritually driven work thus far -- including original songs that portray her life's mission.
October 30, 2010: Keola Beamer & Raiatea Helm
Slack key guitar legend Keola Beamer and twice Grammy-nominated Hawaiian songstress Raiatea Helm have collaborated on a ground-breaking new CD, Keola Beamer and Raiatea. Released on the Mountain Apple Company HAWAI'I label, this unique recording transcends the Hawaiian music genre and enters the world music stage by incorporating ancient Hawaiian musical instruments into inventive arrangements. This work of unparalleled musical inspiration showcases the talents of two world-class artists along with their love of Hawaiian music and culture. Keola Beamer's career of more than 30 years as a world-renowned guitarist has bestowed upon him the coveted title of "Master of Hawaiian Slack Key." At 25, Raiatea has received every major music award in the Hawaiian Islands, as well as national recognition as a Billboard World Chart recording artist. Their collaboration in Keola Beamer & Raiatea is destined to become a classic.
December 4, 2010: Daniel Ho and Tia Carrere
Grammy Award Winners Daniel Ho and Tia Carrere bring with them the spirit of Hawai'i and its beautiful melodies. Popular for her blockbuster roles on the big screen, Carrere has moved on to lead a very successful career in music. Channeling her Hawaiian roots, Carrere amazes audiences with her sultry and pristine vocals. Helping to bring out the best of her music, is five time Grammy Award winning producer, Daniel Ho. Daniel Ho has worked over the years as a musician, producer, singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, engineer, and record company owner. Together, Ho and Carrere are a musical match made in heaven and create recordings of absolute beauty.
January 15: The Makaha Sons
Considered one of Hawai'i's premiere musical groups, 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.
April 2, 2011: George, Moses & Keoki Kahumoku
George Kahumoku Jr. is a multiple Grammy Award & Hoku Award winning master slack key guitarist, songwriter, world-traveling performer, high school and college teacher, artist and sculptor, story-teller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur.
A pillar of Big Island slack key, Moses Kahumoku is well known as a musician, farmer, fisherman and activist struggling to help protect the 'aina (land) and working for Hawaiian sovereignty through his association with the Aloha `Aina organization and other groups. He is also well known outside of his home island for his performances and recordings with his brother George as The Kahumoku Brothers.
A fifth generation slack-key guitarist Keoki Kahumoku began performing with his father, George Kahumoku, Jr., and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku, in 1990 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Keoki's has recorded two solo CDs, LIKO, which contains a wonderful mix of contemporary Hawaiian, ki ho'alu, 'ukulele, and a hint of blues, and Rise & Shine. Like his fahter, Keoki's performance is as much about his relaxed, engaging "talk story" as it is about his wide Hawaiian repertoire.
May 28: The Brothers 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 Hawai'i to sellout audiences worldwide.