The Makaha Sons


Jerome Koko

with Kimo Artis and Mark Yim

and special guests Daniel Ho & Halau O Na Ali'i

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $47.00

For 39 years, the Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawai‘i and around the globe. In 1976 the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau began its professional career with five members as an opening act in a small nightclub known as “Uptown Yokos.” Throughout the years the group has reorganized several times; from members seeking other professional careers, to the untimely passing of two key members of the original group. Eventually, the Makaha Sons evolved into a trio, consisting of members Louis “Moon” Kauakahi on 6-string guitar, John Koko on upright acoustic bass and Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar. After the passing of John Koko in 2012 and the retirement of Louis “Moon” Kauakahi in 2014, the group has started afresh.

The members include:

Founding member of the Makaha Sons, Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar and prominent Hawaiian musicians: Mark Yim on 6-string guitar and Kimo Artis on bass.

Mark Yim has been the musical director for Tihati Productions for 27 years, former member of the Hawaiian group, Olomana, and former member of the legendary group, The Peter Moon Band.

Kimo Artis is an award winning singer/musician/composer/producer. He is a member of HARA, BMI, (Songwriter/Publisher) & NARAS, (Composer/Songwriter). Moving to Hawai’i in 1992, he helped form the award winning group Kanilau. Currently, he is co-band leader of the award winning group Kapala and is serving as President of Kapala Music Group, LLC.

Kimo and Mark have traveled extensively to share their passion for Hawaiian music. Their travel includes: Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, California, Seattle, Oregon, Utah, Montana, New York and Washington. They have also graced the stage with many of Hawai’i’s stars: Melveen Leed, Genoa Keawe, Raiatea Helm, O’Brien Eselu, Palani Vaughn, Karen Keawehawai’i.

Today, the Makaha Sons is considered to be one of Hawai‘i’s premiere Hawaiian musical groups. They continue to perpetuate that vibrant sound, full and rich, with harmonies that only they can create. Their incomparable vocal arrangements and delightful stage presence is filled with comical antics which have won the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide.

In commemoration of the group’s 40th Anniversary, the Sons reflect back to the times and places they have had the privilege and honor to have been a part. Their performances have taken them to such prestigious places as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington, D. C., and here in Hawai‘i, with performances for both the President and Vice-President of the United States. They have also appeared in the movie, “North Shore” and have been featured guests on shows, such as, “The Captain and Tennille Show” and NBC’s “Today Show” with Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric. Here locally, they have appeared on shows such as “Island Music, Island Heart,” “Emme’s Island Moments” and have had the honor of performing alongside with one of America’s musical icons, Kenny Loggins of “Loggins and Messina” fame.

The Sons have also received numerous proclamations and awards both here and in the continental U.S. for their continuous and undying efforts in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through their music. Their peers in music have also acknowledged their efforts by awarding them countless “Na Hoku Hanohano Awards” for their timeless recordings and steadfast commitment to the music of Hawai‘i. They have released 21 CD’s, thus far. Their award-winning compilation, titled “Heke Wale No – Only the Very Best of the Makaha Sons,” features songs from their last five recordings from 1994 to the present. In 2007, they were the first group to receive a Na Hoku Hanohano award for "Best DVD." In 2010, they received the "Lifetime Achievement" award and to top off the year of 2013, they were inducted into the “Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.”

Currently, Jerome Koko has released his debut CD, Makaha Sons Memoirs with 6-time Grammy Award winner, producer, and songwriter, Daniel Ho. This CD serves as a tribute and commemoration to the group’s journey, thus far. Launched in early October 2015, the alluring harmonies and enchanting melodies of the magical sound that makes the Makaha Sons so memorable is captured in this highly acclaimed recording.

Ever mindful of the future for both the music and the culture of Hawai’i, Jerome Koko of the Makaha Sons continues the “Makaha Sons Foundation,” which have generously supported a variety of organizations; from helping some of Hawai‘i’s officers of the police department, families afflicted with illnesses, to providing scholarships each year to a deserving high school graduating senior. Jerome is honored to continue to carry on the foundation’s incredible efforts. He is ever-so thankful and overjoyed to see a whole new generation of young Hawaiian artists spring to life.

Let the legacy of Hawaiian Music continue…

From his simple beginnings in Honolulu to his life amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Daniel Ho has worked over the years as a musician, producer, singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, engineer, and record company owner. The most compelling of these roles has been as a six-time GRAMMY Award winning producer, featured slack key guitarist, and artist in the "Best Hawaiian Music Album,” “Best Pop Instrumental Album,” and “Best World Music Album” categories.

Daniel's musical inclinations were apparent at an early age. His first instruments were organ and 'ukulele, from which he graduated to classical guitar, piano, electric guitar, bass, drums, and eventually, voice. His passion for music led him to study composing, arranging and film scoring at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. He began his professional career as the leader, keyboardist, composer, and producer for Kilauea, a contemporary jazz group he formed in 1990. By 1997, Kilauea had released six chart-topping albums, two of which hit the Top 10 on Billboard's jazz charts.

In 1998, Daniel set his sights on starting an independent record label and launched Daniel Ho Creations. His interests in photography and graphic design complimented the requisite responsibilities of marketing and production. Slowly, the releases grew into collaborative projects that featured himeni (Hawaiian hymnody), hula, 'ukulele, and slack key guitar. To date, Daniel Ho Creations has released over eighty acoustic and Hawaiian-themed CDs by many of Hawai'i's most respected artists, who are first and foremost friends. Daniel has received numerous Hawaiian music industry accolades including three Na Hoku Hanohano awards and fifteen Hawai'i Music Awards.

Daniel is an accomplished singer-songwriter and has shared his music as a soloist throughout the U.S, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Europe, and Australia. He has served as a cultural ambassador for U.S. Embassies; been featured with the Honolulu Symphony; performed as a keyboardist and guitarist for GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, Peabo Bryson; guest-lectured at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) and Todai University (Tokyo, Japan); authored nine music books; and toured as a clinician for YAMAHA Guitars. On a behind-the-silver-screen note, he sang the Hawaiian-language cover of Prince's “Nothing Compares 2 U” which can be heard during the end credits of the 2008 feature film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

With the continued popularity of the 'ukulele, Daniel's original song, “Pineapple Mango (The Breakfast Song),” has risen to fame as an instrumental anthem plentifully covered by 'ukulele enthusiasts around the world on YouTube. Currently, Daniel's custom KoAloha D-VI tenor 'ukulele is on display at the GRAMMY Museum.

Most recently, in 2014, Daniel’s album Our World In Song (An Odyssey of Musical Treasures) with Luis Conté and Wu Man was nominated for a GRAMMY in the World Music category.

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