Mele`uhane - Keikilani and Leokane @ Aloha Fridays at Pono Hawaiian Grill, Santa Cruz [21 July]

Mele`uhane - Keikilani and Leokane

18:30 - 21:30

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Aloha Fridays at Pono Hawaiian Grill
120 Union St, Santa Cruz, California 95060
«MELE`UHANE” means “The Spirit of Song” in English. And I can’t think of any word which better describes what this Father-Son team represents. They come from a storied family of musicians and cowboys on Hawai`i Island. Probably best known for Keikilani’s great Aunt Helen Lindsey Parker who was the creator of one of Hawai`i’s favorite songs, “Akaka Falls”.

“Keikilani” and his then not yet 21 yr. old son, “Leokane” – “Leo” for short – first came to Pono three years ago – back in July of 2014 – and they have returned every year since (not counting the unannounced “surprise visits” that we are occasionally blessed with). We’re so grateful that they do honor us yearly with an appearance. They are currently in the middle of a multi-month Mainland Tour to introduce their third CD named “Anaspond”, and we are anxiously awaiting this visit to hear what they have been about.

These guys play everything and anything and are constantly amazing me with new creations, and fantastic, little-known old family-favorite Hawaiian songs. And, of course, they play the great songs that dancers and audiences alike really love. God only knows when Keiki and Leo will be back this way again, so be sure to tell your good friends about this visit, and encourage them not to miss out.

As you likely remember, Pono doesn’t charge a cover to enter, but there will be one of our charming servers at the door to accept any donation you care to make for Keiki and Leo – to help them speed this new CD along. We hope to see you on the 21st.
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