An update on past news

Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Question: What ever happened to two local acts, the Invitations and Robin Wilson? The Invitations were a wonderful local group with a sound similar to the Four Freshmen and the Hi-Lo's. Wilson used to do that knockout arrangement of "What Now My Love" with Don Ho. He would start, and she would stand up in the audience and answer.

Answer: The Invitations, whose songs included "Sweet Someone" and "Nani Waimea," last recorded an album sometime in the 1960s, said George Chun, a producer who recorded several of the group's records.

"They were fantastic vocalists," Chun recalled.

The group consisted of John Costello, Buddy Fo, Clem Low, Alec Kaeck and Sonny Kamaka. Costello, Kaeck and Kamaka have died, Chun said.

Fo travels and performs with his wife on the mainland and Low can still be found playing piano at a handful of hotels on the Big Island, Chun said.

Robin Wilson's last appearance in Hawaii was last year, when she performed with Don Ho and the Honolulu Symphony at the Waikiki Shell, said Jackie Bay, director of sales and marketing for the Don Ho Show.

Wilson lives in California and joins Ho when he tours the mainland, Bay said.

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