Pacific American-News Journal
`Aukake - August 1996 Volume 2 Issue 8
To Culminate the weekend with a
final farewell and grand thank you to supporters, dancers,
sponsors, volunteers, friends and family, Sunday night closes
MAHALO BASH CONCERT, 8:00 PM.
Opening the bill this year is Island Riddum.
Don't miss these young multi-talented artists that hail from
California's Bay Area! This group features traditional and modern
Hawaiian sounds. They have rocked and swayed audiences at the 4th
Annual Aloha Jam Festival in Dominquez Hills, California and in
The Battle of the Bands competition at the Annual la
`Oe E Ka La Hula Festival, Pleasanton, California.
Next on the bill is the ever popular female vocalist, Teresa
Bright. Teresa has won numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
(Hawaii's equivalent to the Grammy's). She is a two times Best
Female Vocalist and Album of the year winner for her albums
Self Portrait and A Bright Hawaiian
Christmas. Theresa has an abundance of love, help and
support from her friends and family when it comes to painting
tradition in songs. Her cousin Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, as
described in the liner notes on her Painted Tradition
album, has always been a big influence on her as an artist.
Teresa will, undoubtedly, melt the hearts of all who hear her.
Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, kumu hula of O
Kawaikapuokalani Pa `Olapa Kahiko, poet, musician lecturer, and
noted Hawaiian cultural leader will make an on stage guest
appearance. Frank began studying hula with his grandmother, later
with Edith Kanak`ole and Emma DeFries. In 1983, he extended his
talents to songwriting and vocalizing. Through Hawaiian language,
music and dance, Hewett stresses the continuance of the Hawaiian
people existing in harmony: In all my music, these values
are reflected, it is the same breath that is reflected in our
language. It is the same breath that imparts healing into one's
soul. Mauli ola kakou - may we live forever. If you have
listened to his first album, Makalapua `Oe or
love the Hawaiian language you're in for an enjoyable experience.
The headliner for this evening of pure Hawaiian entertainment
is. . . . HO`OKENA!! This group originally made their debut as
Kipona Leo Hawai`i at the old fashioned Hawaiian singing contest
in 1986. Being firm believers of the beauty and poetry of the
Hawaiian language, this group intermingled sounds of old and new
helping to evolve into the group we presently know as HO`OKENA.
In 1991, three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards were garnered, Traditional
Album, Group of the Year and Most Promising Artist(s). Their
albums, Thirst Quencher, Choices of the
Heart and Ho`okena certainly show the unique
style and four-part Hawaiian Harmony of HO`OKENA - Glen Smith,
Horace K. Dudoit III, Manu Boyd and William Aarona. Not only are
the members of this group talented songwriters, instrumentalist
and vocalists....they are agile and highly traditional oli
(chant) and kahiko (ancient dance). As expressed in the note
liner from their Ho`okena album: It's time for
you... to sit for a while and relax...and enjoy as this
talented group of special friends entertains you and yours!
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