Whittier College News Release

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

Nov. 4, 2002                                             
Reference:  02/03:31                                                
  Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216

“New Faces of Aloha” in Concert at Whittier College


WHAT:                        “New Faces of Aloha,” featuring KEAHIWAI, Justin Kawika Young
and the Ala Wai Canal Boys.

WHEN:                        3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10 

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

                             13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier

COST:                         $32 

ADD:                           Long the Southern California “home away from home” for
contemporary Hawaiian artists, the Shannon Center is pleased to
present some bright new faces on the scene, including KEAHIWAI
(Kay ah he vai), Hawaii’s number one female group of 2001. 
Featuring Lei Melket and Mailani Makainai on the ukulele,
KEAHIWAI received two Hoko Awards this year.  The Hoku is
Hawaii’s local equivalent of the Grammy. They also were named the
most promising group and favorite entertainer of the year. The
pair met at Maryknoll Schools of Hawaii and continued their musical
association on to the
University of Hawaii, where they are both


                             Young is a gifted singer-songwriter who was asked to record an
album after winning a songwriting contest in 1995.  He wrote six
songs for the record and played keyboard, guitar and ukulele.   Subsequent albums have also struck a chord with Hawaiians, and
a local radio station in 1997 named Young Number 1 New Artist. 
He also received Hoku awards as new artist of the year, best
performance by a rhythm and blues artist, and honorable
recognition for his recording of the classic Crazy Love.  He
received a scholarship from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts
to attend the University of Hawaii.  After his success in Hawaii, he
is eager to share his unique sound with the rest of the country.


The Ala Wai Canal Boys come to Whittier College from, well, Whittier College.  The trio got together during their undergraduate days to sing and play at the annual luaus sponsored by the Hawaiian Islanders Club. The group includes Troy Kimura, Kris Kimura and Kele Perkins. Troy Kimura, who plays 6-string Martin guitar, is the upper elementary program supervisor and sixth-grade demonstration teacher at the Broadoaks Children’s School.  Kris Kimura is director of the George Allen Fitness Center and head strength and conditioning coach at the college.  He plays 8-string kamaka ukulele.  Perkins plays 6-string Ovation guitar and teaches geography, history, government and economics at Whittier High School.  

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

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