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Hawaiian Music Icon Jerry Santos in Solo Sessions

March 22, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Best known for his work in the musical group Olomana, Jerry Santos has been a familiar presence on Hawai'i's music scene for almost four decades. This beloved singer/songwriter will appear in Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (MACC) Solo Sessions series for the first time on Friday, March 23, in McCoy Studio Theater.

Jerry was born and raised on the windward side of O'ahu and his most popular song, "Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u," which crosses over genres, is the tune that evokes memories of his home. It was voted No. 7 on the list of top 50 songs of all time by Honolulu Magazine.

Jerry has also been honored with awards for male vocalist of the year, for song composition and for both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music.

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Jerry Santos will appear in Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Solo Sessions series for the first time on Friday, March 23, in the McCoy Studio Theater.

His band, Olomana, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts for their body of work over the years. Honolulu Magazine voted Olomana's first record, "Like a Seabird in the Wind," No. 11 on the list of top 50 albums of all time.

Numerous island artists including The Brothers Cazimero, Na Leo Pilimehana, Hapa, Henry Kapono, Don Ho, Melveen Leed and Hui 'Ohana have recorded Jerry's compositions. He has performed and recorded with artists like The Makaha Sons, Keola Beamer, Marlene Sai, Sean Na'auao, Del Beazley and others.

"The importance of sharing between the generations and having respect for our home and our people has played an important role in carrying my music to all parts of Hawai'i from Kaho'olawe to Kalaupapa and from Hawai'i to Kaua'i," said Jerry.

Now, visitors and residents will get a chance to hear the stories behind Jerry's legacy of songs in the Solo Sessions concert.

Standard tickets are available for $25 and premium for $45, which includes a meet-and-greet (plus applicable fees).

Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to

Enjoy pre-show dining by Kalama's Catering from 5:30 p.m. in McCoy Courtyard.



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