Aloha Concert Series Breazes into the Shannon Center

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Whittier welcomes the 19th Annual Aloha Concert series. Throughout the 2013-2014 season, there will be five concerts that exemplify the rich heritage of Hawai'i. Come relax as the Lim Family Generations, Teresa Bright, The Makaha Sons, Hi’ikua & Kupaoa, and the Brothers Cazimero bring the peaceful sounds of Hawai’i to Whittier!

Performances will be held at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts located at 6760 Painter Ave, Whittier, CA 90608.

Tickets are $45 plus tax and may be purchased online or at the box office. For more information please contact the box office at (562) 907-4203.

2013 Concert Dates

September 28, 2013: The Lim Family Generations

Come relax with the Lim Family Generations. Featuring Mary Ann and Nani on the Ukelele, Sonny on guitar, and Lorna on the upright bass, this family of four has been pleasing audiences around the world with their harmonic vibes for the past 35 years.

Originally from North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawai’i, the Lim Family has produced 7 recordings, two of which have won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for “Traditional Hawaiian Music” and “Group of the Year” and in 2012 they received the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for Hawaiian Music.

December 7, 2013: Teresa Bright

Raised in an artistic family, Teresa began singing at the age of 5. Her father, the late musician Daniel Bright, and her mother, Carol, a hula dancer, influenced Teresa’s compositions which reflect her love for Hawaiian heritage combined with a passion for art.  

Bright's albums Self-Portrait and Painted Tradition reflect her zeal for art as she depicts her music within a frame. Bright's distinct jazzy voice has been awarded the “Top Female vocalist of the year” by the Hawai’i, Academy of Recording Arts and her most recent album Tropic Rhapsody was voted Best Jazz Album in 2009 at the Nä Hökü Hanohano awards.

2014 Concert Dates

January 18, 2014: The Makaha Sons

Come warm up in January as the Makaha Sons take the stage. This dynamic duo features Louis “Moon” Kauakahi on 6-string guitar and Jerome Koko on the 12-string guitar. The brother’s have been making audiences laugh across the world for over 30 years with their perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music.

March 22, 2014: Hi’ikua & Kupaoa

The name Hi’ikua literally translates “to carry on ones shoulders,”. In a culture that honors the legacies of the past, this Hawaiian trio of talented musicians pays homage to their roots while creating a unique and progressive sound that leaves its mark in contemporary Hawaiian music.

The birth of Kupaoa began at a wedding. Sine then the two members, Kellen and Līhau have sky rocketed in fame and now play annually at San Francisco’s prestigious Palace of Fine Arts. Their debut album Pili O Ke Ao was released in 2008 and nominated for four Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards.

In 2009, the members of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Artists honored the duo with a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for Most Promising Artist of the Year and also awarded Kellen and Iokepa Badis the prestigious Haku Mele Award for Hawaiian language song composition of the year for the song, Uluwehikalunaoka‘ala.

Küpaoa’s highly anticipated second release, English Rose was nominated for a staggering seven categories for the 2011 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, and they were awarded a Hōkū award for their beautifully crafted liner notes, which accompany each disc.

Kūpaoa self-produced a third collection of songs, Hāliu, is available exclusively through their live performances and on their website . The pair is currently working on their next project, scheduled for release in stores in 2013.

May 24, 2014: The Brothers Cazimero

The early 1970's were a remarkable time as the Hawaiian culture and music began an amazing resurgence in Hawai‘i. Leading the way down this amazing new path were The Brothers Cazimero, carrying a torch that sparked a new interest in music performed in the Hawaiian language with a contemporary sound that to this day has never been duplicated. Their talent, longevity and sales success over the past 30 years have placed them in a league of their own, untouched by any other performer in the history of Hawaiian music. Therefore it is appropriate to have the Brothers Cazimero conclude the Aloha Concert series.