- 22 April 2016 6:30pm
Pono Hawaiian Grill is excited to present a band from the Central Valley city of Stockton, CA, appearing at Pono for the first time.¬† Island Sunset Band was formed in 2008 by four friends who enjoy good music, good wine, and good food ‚Äď usually in that order, but not necessarily. The name of the band pretty much sums up the kind of music they play. You will hear traditional and contemporary Hawaiian, soft rock, some oldies, a little soul and sometimes a little country. ISB performs their brand of island-inspired, feel good music at festivals and private events throughout Northern California. The band consists of Oscar Aban on guitar, ukulele, and vocals; Fred Aynaga on bass and vocals, Thomas Chin on lead guitar and vocals; and Marcos Belasco on guitar and vocals.¬†¬† We are indeed fortunate that they are willing to make the long drive to share their sound with us.
Appearing with Island Sunset are dancers from “Hiva Nui,” “Na Pua O Ka Honua” This halau has been performing and teaching Hula and Ori since 1998 in Stockton, Ca.¬†¬† The halau is lead by their Kumu Debbie Haumea Aynaga and her Po’o her daughter Francine Kanoelani Aynaga and is under the¬† tutelage of Kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia¬† and La’amea Almeida of Ka Waikahe Lani Malie since 2002.¬† Kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia is the President and founder¬† of The¬† Lauakea Foundation celebrating, E Pili Kakou in Kaua’i and Japan annually where masters come together to share hula, music, and so much more in a memorable environment. Their halau has 50 haumana (students) and have performed and competed in Hula and Tahitian Events over the past 18 years. They have all ages from toddler to tutu sharing traditions of both Hula and Ori in a non competitive environment.
This is certain to be a major event with many performers making the extremely long drive to come play at Pono.¬† Please inform your friends, and bring them out for what will surely be a memorable evening of music and dance.¬† As is the policy at Pono, we do not charge a cover, rather we respectfully suggest a $10 donation (or whatever is comfortable) at the door to help the musicians with their expenses incurred getting here.