Legends of Waikiki: Marlene Sai, Gary Aiko, Nina Kealiiwahamana
Saturday, June 30, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)hosted by Patrick Landeza, with Kenneth Makuakane and Jeff Au Hoy $30.50 advance / $32.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
June 30 8:00 pm

Marlene SaiThree iconic figures from Hawaiian traditional music—Marlene Sai, Gary Aiko, and Nina Kealiiwahamana—bring beautiful tunes and heaps of aloha to the Freight stage, joined by special guests Kenneth Makuakane and Jeff Au Hoy, and hosted by Patrick Landeza.
A member of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and recipient of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award, Marlene has been a central figure in the Hawaiian entertainment industry for over five decades. Since she first appeared singing with Don Ho at Honey’s in Kaneohe, Oahu in 1960, Marlene has built a solid career as an internationally touring singer with over 20 albums to her name, and an accomplished actress on stage and television. Fans of Webley Edwards' long-running Hawaii Calls radio show will recall Marlene as a regularly featured guest. A true Renaissance woman, Marlene also served as President of Hawaii Academy Recording Arts, as commissioner of the Mayor’s Commission on Culture & the Arts, and as Chair of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Gary AikoThe first male vocalist to ever win a Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaiian Grammy), back in the days when they were called the Nani Awards, Gary melts emotions with his deep, silky baritone singing. Gary began his professional career in 1957 as a singer performing four shows a night at the Waikiki Sands Restaurant. He soon joined the band at Honey's, playing upright bass behind Don Ho, Sonny Chillingworth, and an occasional Gabby Pahinui. He went on to become an internationally touring singer, with engagements from Brazil to Hong Kong and New York's Carnegie Hall. Currently a solo singer with the Honolulu City and County Royal Hawaiian Band since 2004, Gary also performs weekly at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.

Nina KealiiwahamanaKatherine "Nina" Kealiiwahamana Rodrigues Rapozo began singing as a child with her famous mother, Victoria Ii Rodrigues ("Auntie Vickie"). In 1957 she joined the cast of  Hawaii Calls as a member of The Waikiki Girls trio, and she remained with the radio show through its last broadcast in 1974. Nina’s nightclub appearances began in 1957 at the Waikiki Biltmore’s Top of the Isle showroom. She sang for Queen Elizabeth II and Emperor Hirohito on their visits to Hawaii. The recipient of three Nani Awards and a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Lifetime Achievement, Nina was honored by the City & County of Honolulu in 2005 as one of 100 influential citizens who have made enduring contributions to Honolulu’s history and culture over the past 100 years.
Kenneth is the recipient of no fewer than twelve Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and he performs regularly with the multi-award winning group, The Pandanus Club. Jeff is a master of the classic Hawaiian steel guitar master. Berkeley-based Hawaiian music impresario Patrick is a top slack key guitarist, the student of slack key masters like the late Ray Kane and Sonny Chillingworth.

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