- 13 April 2018 6:30pm
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 Eddy Navarro on bass. All three musicians share lead and backup vocals. As Hoâ€™omana plays many hulas, dancers are invited to participate whenever you know the song â€“ or even if you donâ€™t.