Legendary musicians from the Hawaiian renaissance era and a modern day "ukulele superstar" will shine on Maui Arts & Cultural Center stages this weekend.
"Olomana by Moonlight" takes place on Friday, March 8, in the Yokouchi Pavilion. For 40 years, the members of Olomana have shared their unique perspective and love for Hawai'i nei with people all over the world.
Taking the name of the windward O'ahu peak that was so much a part of family memories, Olomana blends contemporary rhythms and traditional Hawaiian musical styles to create a distinctive sound that is rooted in the land and culture of Hawai'i. When Jerry Santos and Robert Beaumont joined forces in 1973, they made an indelible mark on the Hawaiian music scene. The duo expanded in 1981 to include Wally Suenaga on bass and Willy Paikuli on drums. In 1982, with Robert's passing, Haunani Apoliona joined the Olomana family.
Jake Shimabukuro is a powerhouse performer with lightening-fast fingers that dazzle his audiences with high-energy grooves and deeply felt melodic ballads.
photo: Merri Cyr
Jerry's most popular song, which crosses over genres, is "Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u." It was voted number 7 on the list of "Top 50 Songs" of all time by Honolulu Magazine. Robert's song, "Home," was also a top song from the Olomana debut album, Like A Seabird In The Wind. Their album, Come To Me Gently, was honored with six Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Olomana received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts for its large body of work. Tickets are $30/standard, $45/premium and $55/VIP experience on Morgado Lanai (plus applicable fees).
On Saturday, March 9, enjoy the only Maui performance by Hawai'i's 'ukulele hero, Jake Shimabukuro, in the Castle Theater. Jake is renowned worldwide for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques on the unlikely 'ukulele. He has gone viral on You Tube, performed for the Queen of England and Grammy Awards, and has earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.
With his new release, Grand 'Ukulele, Jake's star may burn even brighter. On this record, he collaborated with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for work on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Beatles' Abbey Road. Don't miss seeing this powerhouse performer who dazzles his audiences with high-energy grooves and deeply felt melodic ballads. Tickets are $12, $35 and $45 (plus applicable fees).
Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or visit MauiArts.org. Enjoy alfresco dining catered by 3's Bar & Grill from 5:30 p.m. in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard before each concert.