Our friends from Monterey are on their way back to Pono to welcome us in their own special way. By now you must know and love them as the rest of us do. But in case they are new to you, here is a brief description;
Originally formed in 2001, the Hoâ€™omana Hawaiian Band is known throughout Northern and Central California as one of the top recording and performing groups, with an instantly recognizable sound, focusing on fresh arrangements of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian songs with beautiful three-part harmonies.
A very tight trio, Hoâ€™omana features six-string rhythm and slack-key guitars, ukulele and bass. The band is led by Manley Bush (lead & background vocals, 6-string slack-key guitar, and ukulele). Manley was born in Honolulu, HI, raised in Kapaâ€™a, Kauaâ€™i and Waimanalo. His musical talents were self-taught and began at a young age, influenced by the masters of Hawaiian music and Slack-key Guitar, such as Gabby Pahinui and Sons, and the Sons of Hawaiâ€™i, among others. Manley is also a co-founder of the Bay Area Aloha Festival and popular emcee of the yearly August two-day outdoor event.
Joining Manley is Robert Ucangco on rhythm guitar and Eddie Navarro on bass. Al three musicians share lead and backup vocals. As Hoâ€™omana plays many hulas, dancers are invited to participate whenever you know the song – or even if you don’t.
For more information see www.hoomana.com Tho there is no cover charge, a donation of $10 (or whatever) is encouraged to help the band with recording expenses.of their next CD.