SATURDAY JUNE 10TH PERFORMANCE LINEUP
FIJI (SATURDAY 9:15 PM)
Fiji is one of the biggest Polynesian artists of our time. His golden voice and musical blends, have launched him on the world stage as a pioneer of the Pacific Island sound. A fusion of classic reggae, Hip-Hop, R & B and Jazz set Fiji apart as a performer. His unique style defies the idea of categorizing artists into a single genre of music, giving Fiji widespread appeal and capturing his array of musical influences. For those that love Hawaiian-style Hip Hop, Fiji offers established fans his recognizable energy and remarkable personality. Newcomers to his music embrace his smooth voice and exotic sound. Previous albums – Evolution, Born and Raised – brought successful unique island style to the mainstream, launching Fiji as one of the most recognized Polynesian artist in the world. His release, Independence Day, has made the greatest impact on the Pacific and West Coast music scene. Fiji has successfully captured the beauty and allure of the island life through his music. In 1998, he earned the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year, solidifying his place among Polynesian fans and introducing his sound to a wide audience of listeners. Embracing the Polynesian style, he has introduced music lovers around the world to his own take.
HOONUA (SATURDAY 8:25 PM)
Ho’onu’a translated into English means, “give lavishly”. Since the beginning of their musical careers together, Christian Yrizarry and Jared Keo have done just that; they’ve given it their all. In 1994, both Christian and Jared began their freshman year at the University of San Diego. They were among a small handful of Hawaii guys on the football team, and they would get together to hang out and “jam”. It was during these “jam” sessions that they realized their voices blended well together. After three years of just kanikapila and performing for the other local students that resided in San Diego, their opportunity to record some of their music had come. In 1997, their first single, “Surf Session,” was released on the T & C Sessions Volume II album, and in 1998, Ho’onu’a put out their very first full-length album, Feel Good Island Music, consisting 10 original songs. The album featured hit songs like “When I Think About You”, “Island Style Cruizin”, “Koa Tree”, “Surf Session”, and “Feel Good Island Music”, all of which reached #1 in Hawaii. Upon graduating from the University of San Diego in May of 1998, they returned home to Hawaii to promote their new album and to continue their musical careers.
EKOLU (SATURDAY 7:35 PM)
It all began back in 1994 where three young and talented men of Maui, began their musical journey. Lukela Keala, Akoni Dellomes & Makapu Hoopii attended Baldwin High School and were enrolled in a music class. Day after day, they would perfect their skills during little jam sessions. As the year went by, their talents allowed them to perform in front of an audience for the first time at Brown Bags to Stardom. Although they took 2nd place to ballerina dancers (Ha Ha Ha!), it didn’t stop them. Ekolu has traveled to many parts of the United States. They’ve been to Alaska, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado, Japan and played in front of crowds up to 15,000 plus people. They enjoy every moment of sharing their music with people all over the world.
OPIHI PICKERS (SATURDAY 6:55 PM)
A local music treasure in Hawaii, the Opihi Pickers began as recording artists in 1998 while still young teens. They broke through to a wider audience in 2001 with the success of their hit song “Old Fashioned Touch”. In early 2008 they announced that the band would be disbanding in June 2008. They reunited for one show in 2011 for the KCCN FM-100 Birthday Bash at the Waikiki Shell is Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2013, they will be releasing new music and performing at the Mayjah Rayjah 2013 Music Festival at Kaka’ako Amphitheater in Honolulu, Hawaii.
TEN FEET (SATURDAY 6:10 PM)
In the summer of 1995, on the south shore of Oahu, founding members Andres Delos Santos & Josiah Kekoa played their acoustic guitars and sang songs for the surf crew on the beach at Sand Island. Soon after, original members Ericson Carnate & Nathan Martin were asked to join the group. With the addition of original bass player, Jojo Guzman, the formula was complete –’ five guys, two feet each…Ten Feet. With two Billboard chart-topping albums under their belt, several Hawaii Music and Na Hoku Hanohano awards, dozens of tours and hundreds of performances later, in 2004, the band took a break. In 2005, with new bass player Jon Irei on board, the band returned to the stage and in 2006 was back in the studio for the first time in four years recording new music. They marked 13 years of music in 2008, with the release of album number three, Everyday. Ten Feet embarked on a new chapter in their musical voyage.
BET (SATURDAY 5:35 PM)
B.E.T., Big Everytime, is popular for their Jamaican-style roots-reggae sound and their soulful traditions of “urban” R&B ballads. With five albums to their credit, B.E.T. is Polynesian P-funk at its best. Their music is a mix of G-funk from the streets of L.A. with the dancehall and island sounds of Jamaica. Hawaii is a melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnicities. Like Hawaii, Big Everytime has many different musical facets that are combined to make a different and unique sound. B.E.T’s flavor covers unique styles from Reggae,Hip-Hop,and R&B to Funk. Add a heavily influenced Polynesian and island mood to this mix and the sum of these different musical facets would equal, BIG EVERYTIME!
KOLEA (SATURDAY 5:00 PM)
Kolea hails from Big Island, Hawaii, and is a family group named after their grandmother. Before their grandmother passed, the group asked her if they could name themselves after her – Kolea for them is Korean, and their grandmother was Korean/Chinese. They are known for playing Hawaiian, Country, Local and Old School music. Top songs that they have released are “Love Ten Feet Away,” “Everything That Glitters,” and their new song, “Let Me Down Easy,” which is #1 on radio stations across the state.