(HawaiiNewsNow) - The Makaha Sons recently celebrated 34 years of homegrown, effortless harmonies.
Who wouldʻve thought that these Nanakuli boys would become icons of Hawaiian music? Amy Kalili has more.
"I never expected us to last this long. Never really," said Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, six-string guitarist for the Makaha Sons. "When we first started 34 years ago we just wanted to play music. We wanted to be accepted by musicians who were already here."
Ma ke 34 makahiki aku nei, ua makemake wale e hoʻokani a mahalo ʻia e nâ mea puolo paʻa o ia wâ.
And accepted they were. Over the decades the Makaha Sons have collected numerous awards, played for important guests like President Clinton, and have become icons of Hawaiian music.
A ua ‘apo a pûlama aloha ʻia nô. Ma ka holo o nâ makahiki, ua eo nâ ʻano hanohano like ʻole i ko Makaha Sons, ua hoʻokani no nâ mea kiʻi maka nui e laʻa me Pelekikena Clinton, a ua lilo nô he mau kumu hoʻohâlike nô no ka ʻoi kelakela o ka puolo Hawaiʻi.
"Weʻre just three blalahs from the island of Nanakuli making music," said Jerome Koko, 12-string guitarist for the Makaha Sons.
He mau kupa no Nânâkuli e hoʻokani a hîmeni ana.
"We grew up in a musical atmosphere. My father was a musician. My grandfather was a musician. My granduncle was a musician," said Kauakahi.
Ua puni i ka puolo ma ka hânai ʻia. He mea puolo koʻu makuakâne, tûtûkâne a ʻanakala pû.
The group has been blessed to include legendary musicians, including Hawaiʻi's much-loved Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.
Ua nui ka pômaikaʻi o kçia hui i ke komo o nâ ʻano lâlâ like ʻole nui loa o ke kalena, ʻo ko kâkou Israel Kamakwiwoʻole i aloha nui ʻia nô kekahi.
"If you know us, weʻve been through it all and it's just getting over and over and over it," said Koko.
Inâ kamaʻâina, maopopo no ia ʻano minamina nui, akâ e hoʻoikaika mau aku ana nô.
And through it all, one thing remains – those harmonies. How DO they do it?
A i loko o ia mau mea, ua paʻa mau nô kekahi mea nani maoli nô - ʻo ia mau leo kûlauna. Pehea lâ?
"It's a mixture of green tea and jasmine," said Kauakahi. "Trying to arrange harmonies is rather difficult so what I normally do is just go back to the basics and it's just basic music."
He lekapî o ke kî ʻômaʻomaʻo a pîkake. He hana nui nô ka hoʻonohonoho i nâ leo kûlauna. Noʻu, hoʻi mau i ka mea nohie a i ke kahua ʻike.
Playing to sold-out crowds, Moon, John, and Jerome are happy to be part of perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music and see its bright future ahead.
ʻO ka hoʻokani ana ma nâ wahi piha i ke anaina nânâ, mahalo nui loa ana nô ʻo Moon, John, me Jerome i ka hiki ke komo i kçia hoʻôla mau ʻana aku i ka ʻike kuʻuna o ka puolo Hawaiʻi a nui ka manaʻolana no kçia mua aku.
"Thereʻs a lot of young groups coming up now and I hope we can leave an impact on them," said Koko.
Nui nâ hui hîmeni ʻôpio a makemake e kôkua iâ lâkou e like me ka mea hiki.
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