Summer Concert News
Normally, I save my plugs for the Waimea Valley Summer Concerts until just before the weekend. But if you're a true fan of Hawaiian music, you'll want to make plans ASAP and get your tickets before the Sat., June 27 show sells out. Although their lawn can handle a pretty large crowd, they limit the number of people for each show.
Originally, the first of their three summer concerts was to feature Makua Rothman, Kawika Kahiapo (2015 Hoku Award winner) and Henry Kapono. Any one of those performers could headline their own show, but I was really looking forward to hearing Makua for the first time. While putting together the commercial, I listened to some of his tracks and liked one so much that I used it in this spot. That's him in the first half, then a Yoza song in the second half.
Unfortunately, while I was at the first Waimea Valley Screen on the Green family movie night last Thursday, I got the news that Makua had to cancel because of a family emergency. However, this is who they found to fill in for him: Sean Na'auao and Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole. What's even better is the price. If you call 638-7766 this week for series tickets, you get that concert plus the July 25 show (Pomai Lyman, Yoza and Melveen Leed) and Aug. 22 concert (Jerry Santos, Brother Noland and Ho'okena) all for just $40 per adult! Individual concert tickets are $22 at the gate -- which is a great deal too, but man, for $40 to see 10 of Hawaii's most popular musicians is impossible to beat!
Speaking of Screen on the Green, there were a couple of minor glitches with our first showing, but all in all it went very well. There were between 150 and 200 people who came to see THE GOONIES under the stars. Except for a little sprinkling here and there, the weather cooperated for most of the evening. When local families began arriving an hour early with blankets, pillows, chairs and beach mats, Waimea Valley Executive Director Richard Pezzulo surveyed the crowd and immediately announced, "We're gonna need a bigger screen." The larger screen should be available for the next Thursday night movie on July 2. We'll be showing GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, which was actually filmed in the valley. Cool, yeah?
You can still catch the June episode of my Career Changers TV show up until Weds., July 1. This month we featured the Hawaii Quilt Guild Show and Kent Untermann's Pictures Plus/Plus Interiors business, along with the Honolulu Mini Makers Faire at Iolani School. For daily viewing times, please visit our website. As always, you can view segments from past and current shows on the CCTV YouTube Channel.
But seriously, if you've never been to a summer concert at Waimea Valley, do yourself -- and your family -- a favor and check it out. You'll thank me, because it's a chicken skin feeling for both the musicians and the audience when the weather is nice and everything seems so... I dunno how to describe it. It's just da kine.