Legends of Waikiki: Marlene Sai, Gary Aiko, Nina Kealiiwahamana
hosted by Patrick Landeza, with Kenneth Makuakane and Jeff Au Hoy
$30.50 advance / $32.50 at door
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June 30 8:00 pm
Three 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.
The 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.
Katherine "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.