By Rich Figel
From Lei Day to Mother's Day, Waimea Valley has been adding all kinds of events and activities to the park's expanding menu of offerings. That includes their second Summer Concert Series, which launches on June 21 with Jerry Santos, Led Kaapana, and one of my long-time local favorites, Brother Noland. When I moved here from NYC in 1985, a bartender I met at the Shore Bird took me to a Waikiki club where Brother Noland was playing with a band, and I became an instant fan. I'm not sure what year "Coconut Girl" came out, but even now it still sounds fresh.
I know it seems early to be plugging a June concert -- however, you may want to take advantage of a special Concert Series Pre-Sale deal: order tickets today and you get to attend that show, plus the July 19 concert featuring Eddie Kamae, Imua Garza, Kalei Gamiao and Brittni Paiva, as well as the Aug. 23 concert (Timi Abrigo, Jeff Au Hoy, and Eddie Palama) all for just $35 per adult/$20 for seniors and keiki. Yep, $35 for three concerts! You can see the commercial we're running on this month's Career Changers TV show by clicking here.
There are a limited number of tickets available per show though, so I wouldn't wait too long. Last year the crowds kept building as word spread, and this year's line-ups will probably draw even bigger numbers.
If you're looking for a special way to celebrate Mother's Day, Waimea Valley will be doing a Sunday brunch. Ke Nui Kitchen will be serving up a delicious feast (here's the menu link) in their Pikake Pavilion for $45 per adult, $18.95 for keiki (ages 4-12). Price includes all day admission to the valley. Call 638-7766 to make reservations or visit www.WaimeaValley.net to find out more.
For daily viewing times of the new April episode of Career Changers TV, please go to our website. You can also watch segments from past and current shows on the CCTV YouTube Channel -- now averaging over 40,000 views per month this year!