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- T-Dan Hofstedt – “Cherry Blossom”
T-Dan Hofstedt (Waialae, O’ahu) was introduced to Hawaiian music and ki ho’alu guitar during his teenage years. He performed in a Polynesian revue group as part of the Kalani High School Select Choir, that performed regularly in Waikiki and other venues around Honolulu. He is an animator with an impressive resume of big box office hits by day and a musician by night! T-Dan now resides in Valencia, CA
- Nani Edgar – “California”
Nani Edgar, daughter of Kumu Hula Sylvia Puananiha`aheo Edgar, is an exquisite hula dancer and a budding singer/songwriter. Well versed in classic hula repertoire, Nani furthers the tradition by performing her mother’s original choreographies of contemporary music. Her captivating hula and sweet voice add a refreshing touch to Grammy winner Daniel Ho’s performances. Nani is the hula dancer in the “Aloha `Oe” Hawaiian Airlines music video with Grammy winner Tia Carrere.
Nani started her career at the age of 4 and became a Kumu Hula at the age of 14. She has participated in multiple hula competitions and performances. She has been an ukulele and guitar instructor for 8 years. Nani released her first solo cd album, East of Maui, in April 2012. Nani has toured with Daniel Ho throughout California, Chicago, Australia, and Hokkaido, Japan. Nani had the great opportunity to work with movie composers Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders on the Soul Surfer movie (2011) soundtrack. In 2014, Nani was in a KOHLS/ DISNEY Sing Your Frozen Heart Contest, which she was a finalist, and made it into commercials for the American Music Awards. Nani currently has a halau (hula school) based out of Ventura, CA.
- Mindless Groove – “Pacific Tradewinds”
Bucci Canencia – Guitar, Jack Balauro – Bass, Bob Higashi – Keys, Brian Lear – Percussion, Justin Klunk – Saxes, Ian Gonzales – Drums
Mindless Groove is a high-energy, 6-piece contemporary jazz group formed in the South Bay. The band finds influences from groups like The Rippingtons, Jeff Lorber Fusion, and Fourplay. MG’s show includes mostly originals written by various band members, as well as powerful covers of classic R&B and Fusion tunes. Members of Mindless Groove members are all accomplished musicians in their own rights, sharing the stage with contemporaries such as Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Paulo, and Ricky Lawson. FB page: Mindless Groove.
- Pacific Legends – “Maui”
Robert Ihilani Agno (Palolo Valley, Oahu) was introduced to music by musician Uncle Roddy Gregory in the early 1960’s. He quickly established himself writing the song “Oh Why Leave” featured in the first “Home Grown Album” in Hawaii. A gifted musician Robert sings and plays 12 string guitar, bass guitar, percussions and steel-guitar. Kawika Dacoscos (Kalihi, O’ahu) is from the popular and talented Dacoscos family, performing often on Honolulu’s popular TV show of 70’s Filipino Fiesta. He is a multi-talented musician who sings, plays, guitar, bass, ukulele, harmonica, percussions. He has a wide range of musical styles from jazz to contemporary and traditional Hawaiian. T-Dan Hofstedt (Waialae, O’ahu) was introduced to Hawaiian music and ki ho’alu guitar during his teenage years. He performed in a Polynesian revue group as part of the Kalani High School Select Choir, that performed regularly in Waikiki and other venues around Honolulu.
- Kamaka Brown – “Sunday Afternoon”
Kamaka Brown is a multi-talented entertainer, producer, published writer, actor, master of ceremonies, entrepreneur and standup comic. He was born in Honolulu and raised in Waimea Valley on the North Shore of O’ahu. He’s been performing in Honolulu and Southern California for more than 20 years.
Kamaka has appeared on TV in Hawaii with “Hot Hawaiian Nights Showcase”, “NightTime” with Andy Bumatai, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Hawaiian Waikiki Beach Hotel, Boomer’s Night Club, Bo Irvine’s Comedy Club, Sharky’s Comedy Club, and Brew Moon. He is a repeat guest on Hawaii’s top rated radio show the “Perry and Price Show”. As a comic and master of ceremonies he opened for Blues Legend B.B.King, Rock and roll Icon Chuck Berry and Motown’s Temptations in Honolulu. On the West Coast he opened for Dennis Pavao, Makaha Sons, Hiroshima,, Henry Kapono, Sudden Rush, Cyril Pahinui. In Las Vegas he opened for the god father Polynesian hip hop, Fiji, Amy Hanai’alii and Willy K.
Now a California resident, Brown has performed at Pasadena’s Ice House, North Hollywood’s Ha Ha Café, Hollywood’s Comedy Store, corporate and private events in Southern California, Washington and Oregon. He recently performed at the Tropicana, Fremont, Greek Isles Casino and California Hotels in Las Vegas. Kamaka performed at the Chinook Winds Casino and Resort as well.
He tours with his Hawaiian Pidgin English stories show “Tales from da Hanabuddah Days” to Hawai’i, Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. He can be heard daily on the Sandwich Islands Network www.V93FM.com an internet radio station streaming contemporary island music 24/7. The station promotes and features local artists living on the mainland with island roots giving them much needed airplay. The Sandwich Islands Network is a 501 c3 non-profit organization. www.kamakabrown.com
- Kealoha Viloria – “Scoot Scoot”
Born into a musical and hula family. His parents (Kawika and Leinani Viloria) are kumu hula and by the time he could walk he was singing, dancing, and chanting. By the age of eight Kealoha was playing `ukulele and by age ten was playing guitar and composing songs.In 2013 he won a competition held by the Pacific Talent Academy for the Arts, which arranges singing auditions throughout the Pacific Island community in California to search for young talented singers, musicians, and entertainers
- Kapo Ku – “Pehea La”
Kapo’s passion for Hawaii and the culture began in earnest in 1997 with the passing of a beloved mentor. He began to study hula, learn the Hawaiian language and to play music. He lovingly contributed a new song from his latest CD “Ua Kiss ‘Ia E Ke Aloha”. Over the years Kapo has shared musical experiences with talented LA artists from Hawaii, Randy and Kawika Dacoscos, slack key guitarist Kimo West
On the CD front He released Eia Mai Ka Lā on the Mountain Apple label in November of 2006.
He continue to compose, perform and has been known to put a spontaneous jam together on a moment’s notice whenever someone needs a Hawaiian music fix. Kapo values a life-long work of healing. “I chose not to use the Hawaiian culture as a source of pride in order to separate myself from those who are not Hawaiian, rather to use it to connect us all. After all, we are all, at least in part, Hawaiian. We are all only one. Aloha!”
- Lise Lee – “Pua for Paul”
- Lise and Emi Lee – “The Legend of Keola”
From Rancho Cucamonga, Ukulele Sisters Lise and Emi Lee!
Emi is 20, studying mechanical engineering at UCSD and is also hula choreographer for their UCSD Hawaii club.
Lise is 17, in high school, and is preparing for college admissions.
Their ukulele adventure started in January when they were invited by Kanile’a Ukulele to play at this year’s NAMM convention in Anaheim. Since then, they’ve been invited to perform at numerous festivals and events throughout Southern California including the Heritage of Aloha Festival in Santa Fe Springs where Lise was the winner of the ukulele competition. On Oahu this summer, they were invited to perform as guests of Bryan Tolentino and Herb Ohta Jr. at the Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef, as well as at the Moana Terrace at Marriott Waikiki as guests of Alan Akaka and the Keawe Ohana Show.
They both play Kanile’a Tenor Ukulele’s; Lise’s is a Premium Koa HNS “Honu”, and Emi’s is a K1 Premium.
We also regularly post videos of our performances on our YouTube channel “UkuLise”. A recent upload we posted covering Disney’s “Lava” song has already reached over 170,000 views since July.
Finally, you may also be surprised to learn that they have only been playing for 4 years……and are self taught! (This year, we just recently started taking occasional lessons from Abe Lagrimas Jr., Bryan Tolentino, and Kalei Gamiao, hoping to take our music to the “next level”)
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Corporation principals: Kamaka Brown, Dan Lagronio, Clinton Lee
Sandwich Islands Network radio would like to Mahalo all those who made “California 808” possible.
- All artists for sharing their original music
- Kamaka Brown – Executive Producer
- Red Light Fever Production Studio and Engineer Kris Traynor
- Randy Lee – Project Manager
- Moke Hilacion – Graphics/Design
- Pualilia Hernandez – Promotions/Marketing
All rights reserved by individual artists who retain all rights to their work.Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
There are over a half million “tropical transplants” from Hawaii living on the West Coast. We have brought our culture, language, music and dance here so that we do not lose touch with our roots. We have often joked that there should be a bridge or a highway from our adopted mainland home back to the 808. Well, if that were EVER to happen just what would that highway be called? California 808, of course!
This CD came into being because we wanted to share the music of a generation of Hawaiians and Hawaiians at heart now living in Southern California playing contemporary island music. Our musical California 808 highway!
This project features the immense talent not getting airplay or the recognition deserved. One of the mission statement goals of Sandwich Islands Network radio is to promote local artists and musicians in our Pacific Island community in Southern California.
California 808 showcases contemporary island music of many genres. This is not your traditional Hawaiian music offering. It is a wonderful free spirit plunge into the ocean of jazz, pop, swing, reggae and contemporary island music. Each artist contributing to this project has an island connection on our California 808 highway.
It’s sweet ki ho’alu of T.DAN HOFSTEDT. It’s carefree pop vocals of NANI EDGAR. It’s throwback harmonies of PACIFIC LEGENDS. It’s ‘olelo Hawai’i in music form with KAPO KU. It’s the reggae flavored sound of KEALOHA VILORIA. It’s the easy swing of KAMAKA BROWN. It’s the amazing ukulele renderings of LISE AND EMI LEE. It’s the LA jazz taste of MINDLESS GROOVE.
It’s California 808 !!!