Whittier College
Office of Public Relations

13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634

Sept. 9, 2001                                                          

Reference: 02/03: 14

Contact:  Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216      

Makaha Sons Bring Sounds of Hawaii to Whittier College

WHAT:                    Hawaiian recording artists, the Makaha Sons

WHEN:                    8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 

WHERE:                  The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier

                             13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier  

COST:                    $32

ADD:                      The Makaha Sons have put their own stamp on traditional melodies, set apart by their unique harmonies and arrangements.  Back by popular demand, the group includes leader Moon Kauakahi, who plays six-string guitar; comic spokesman and 12-string guitar player Jerome Koko; and John Koko, who plays the upright bass and is Jerome’s sidekick and partner in crime.  The Makaha Sons’ 16 albums have won several Na Hoku Hanohano awards—the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy—including best vocal group, best traditional album, best song in the Hawaiian language, best liner notes, best graphics and album of the year. The Sons bring a unique cultural experience to every performance, and their three-part harmonies are unmatched in sweetness and precision, accompanied by novel and vibrant arrangements. They will be joined on this tour by acclaimed vocalist Melveen Leed.  Known as “Hawaii’s Country Girl,” Leed has more than 20 CDs and five Hoku awards to her credit.  She is also a jewelry and clothing designer and has released her own line of perfume.  Her autobiography, From Glitz to Natural, will be released soon. 

INFORMATION:         Call the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203

PHOTO:                  A digital photo is available by calling the Whittier College Office
of Public Relations at (562) 907-4216.


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