Photos by FL Morris
By Steven Mark
The Ho’opi’i Ohana group, led by 81-year-old Robert Ho’opi’i’s soaring falsetto, sang and played their way to first place in the Ka Himeni Ana Music Contest Friday night at the Hawaii Theatre.
The five-member family band was the last of 10 groups to take the stage, but when the frail-looking Ho’opi’i began to sing, anyone who might have been tired immediately perked up. The group’s renditions of the two traditional tunes Akaka Falls and Hula o Makee were sweet enough to convince the four-judge panel to award them the $1,200 first prize.
Taylor Ho’opi’i, the group’s ukulele player, said the family has been singing together since “forever,” but had never entered the music contest before. They decided to take part this year as a tribute to the matriarch of the family, Elizabeth, who died this year, he said. The band also included Leila Moa and Kauhi Ho‘opi‘i on the guitar and Lopaka Ho‘opi‘i on the upright bass, Groups were rated according to vocal harmony, use of the Hawaiian language, and overall musicianship. The 27-year-old contest stresses traditional, unamplified performance of songs in nahenahe style, allowing amplification only for Hawaiian steel guitar. A crowd of about 900 enjoyed the event.
The Rising Notion concert scheduled for tonight at Pipeline Cafe has been canceled.
No reason was given.
For more information, call the venue at 589-1999.
Nick Ayakawa, Erica Westly and Adam Funari of Narwhal photographed on N. Hotel Street. Narwhal played Thursday night at Manifest as part of the Blank Generation Punk Party.
Photos by Cindy Ellen Russell
Photo courtesy Judith E. Setzler / 808PhotoVault.com
By Jason Miller
Special to the Star-Advertiser
This week’s photo was captured just sixteen days prior to the 20th Anniversary of their very first show.
Over the course of their 22-year career from 1974 to 1996, The Ramones made 2,263 concert appearances and continue to influence bands around the world.
» Band: The Ramones
» Date: March 14, 1994
» Venue: After Dark Nightclub
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For additional photos from this concert and others, visit www.808PhotoVault.com.
By Steven Mark
UH piano professor Jonathan Korth will perform a trio for piano, horn and
clarinet by Carl Reinecke, a little-known but highly influential composer of
the mid to late 19th century. He plays and discusses a few excerpts from
this unusual work. Chamber Music Hawaii opens its season with a performance
of this work and a Beethoven string trio Sunday at the Doris Duke Theatre,
with a repeat performance Monday at Paliku Theatre.
Photos by Cindy Ellen Russell
Lambs Bread from Kauai was the first act to perform at the Pipeline on Thursday night.
Katie Amado and Julian Walstrom danced as Lambs Bread performed at the Pipeline on Thursday night.
Ooklah the Moc had the dance floor moving at the Pipeline on Thursday night.
Ooklah the Moc at the Pipeline on Thursday night.
The dance floor was crowded as Ooklah the Moc performed at the Pipeline on Thursday night.
Ooklah the Moc performed at the Pipeline on Thursday night.
The dance floor was crowded with fans of Ooklah the Moc at the Pipeline on Thursday night.
Clear Channel Radio today announced it changed the rhythmic Top 40 format of “Hot 93.9” and renamed the station “93.9 Jamz.”
As part of the change, the station’s call letters will switch from KIKI-FM to KHJZ-FM.
The new island-influenced format will be programmed in Hawaii, station officials said.
“It’s a new format featuring the ol’ skool music Generation X grew up with and certainly not their mom’s old-school tunes,” said Jamie Hyatt, director of programing for Clear Channel Radio Hawaii, in a news release. “The station name of 93.9 JAMZ is a reference to the way listeners in Hawaii refer to their favorite songs from back in the day.”
Ryan Sean will serve as program director.
KIKI-FM signed on as “HOT I94” 25 years ago and started the “Brown Bags to Stardom” talent contest that launched the careers of singer Glenn Medieros, actress/singer Tia Carerre, Kapena and Na Leo Pilimehana.
Video by Jason Genegabus / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kauai-based singer/songwriter and pro surfer Donavon Frankenreiter took time to talk story before playing a pau hana set at bambuTwo’s theVenue last Friday. His latest CD, “Revisited,” applies a Hawaiian-style sound to one of his previously-released albums; an all-new record, “Glow,” is due in October.
The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace was the location of BAMP Project’s rescheduled Black Star show Friday, which featured performances by local hip-hop artists Tassho Pearce and Creed Chameleon; San Francisco-based singer Goapele also returned to the islands to help open for Mos Def and Talib Kweli.