On the Scene

John Berger

Friday, June 18, 2004

Walking with The Sons
at the Shell


"Congratulations, Nikole!": Kumu hula Chinky Mahoe, second from left, and Makaha Sons Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, far left, Jerome Koko and John Koko talked backstage with scholarship recipient Nikole Jose during intermission at the Sons' "Take a Walk in the Country 2" concert at the Waikiki Shell on Saturday. Jose is planning to attend the UH-Manoa this fall.


Making History: Pomai Keawe, left, was all smiles backstage after she joined her grandmother, Genoa Kewae, and the Makaha Sons for a historic rendition of "'Alika" near the end of the show. "Mine's fine, how's yours?" Genoa ad-libbed when Pomai sang the line "How's your piko?" Genoa said it was the first time she and the Sons had performed together in Hawaii.


Hangin' Back stage: HPD Sgt. Jay Kauwenaole, second from left, enjoyed guard duty in the backstage VIP area with Chino Montero, left, Keao Costa of Na Palapalai, Jack Ofoia and Eric Keawe. ( Kauwenaole is the godfather of Ofoia's son; Ofoia was best man at his wedding). The Sons' pal, celebrity chef Sam Choy, provided tossed salad, stew 'n rice and fresh fruit for the musicians and VIP guests. Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, Genoa Keawe, and Nani and Horace Dudoit III of Ho'okena were among those enjoying Choy's chow.


Kapena Rocks!: Lorna Lim talked with Kapena --Kainoa De Lo, left, Kapena DeLima, Kelly DeLima and Eddie Teo -- after the quartet rocked the crowd with its high energy blend of Jawaiian, local reggae and rock. Kelly DeLima had good news for Kapena fans: Guitarist Timo Tatofi is expected to return from Tonga and resume playing with the group. Kapena had another gig and had to miss seeing Amy Hanaialii'i Gilliom and Willie K close the first half of the show, and Natasha Akau's hula with the Sons.


Taking a Break: Makaha Sons leader Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, right, talked with Robert Cazimero while a halau was on stage during the Sons' set. Cazimero joined the trio for their final numbers. "I'm kind of nervous, but I know that I'll rise to the occasion," he said before a beautiful four-part rendition of "E Ku'u Sweet Lei Poina'ole." The Sons closed with "Take A Walk in the Country" and "I'll Remember You" just before 10 p.m.

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