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The Reverend Dennis Kamakahi spent a brief 61 years among us, but in that time he gave us the immortal gift of his music. In the spirit of kōkua (assistance) and ho`omaika`i (to give thanks and blessings), five of his musical protégés will perform a series of fundraising concerts, with all proceeds going directly to the Kamakahi family.

All five musicians are Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winners. David Kamakahi follows in his father’s footsteps with his varied musical pursuits, including his membership in the popular trio Waipuna. `Ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta, Jr. is a long-time friend of the family and benefited from Dennis Kamakahi’s mentorship along with that from his father, Ohta-San. Jon Yamasato, who was trained by Dennis Kamakahi on slack key guitar, gained musical notoriety as the lead singer in the band Pure Heart prior to his success as a solo artist. Slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza met and was mentored by Kamakahi in the early 1990s, and continued to tour with him over the next twenty years. “Guitar slinger” Stephen Inglis shares credit with Kamakahi on their 2011 CD “Waimaka Helelei,” which was Kamakahi’s last release, and which took him back to the island of Molokai, where he spent much of his childhood.

Dennis Kamakahi spoke of performance as giving “life” to songs. With this series of memorial concerts, may those who loved him and his music come together to celebrate and honor the greatest and most prolific composer of Hawaiian music in contemporary times. E ola mau kōna mau mele – let his songs live!

The Dennis Kamakahi Tribute Tour
Featuring David Kamakahi, Herb Ohta, Jr,
Patrick Landeza, Jon Yamasato, Stephen Inglis
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts
13406 E. Philadelphia St. Whittier, Ca
Showtime 8:00pm Cost: $50
Tickets available online or by calling 562.907.4203
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