Local musicians featured on national TV Friday

Shilo Pa playing music is in itself enough to draw a crowd.

But add to that mix Larry Ramos of The Association on ‘ukulele, Gordon Marron on violin, Tim Mira on bongos, Jeff Mira on electric bass, Johnny Wichman on guitar, Pa playing a hand-crafted, koa guitar made by Anahola’s Michael “Mickey” Sussman, and the surroundings of the Stevenson’s Library lounge at the Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort and Spa at Po’ipu and you have, well, a TV moment.

Make that a national TV moment.

Although the HGTV (Home & Garden Television) show “Hawaiian Castaways in Paradise” features former Californian Sussman and his art, viewers may well see Pa as the star of the show.

He performs “Straight To The Heart,” from his CD “Leave Some Land,” on the show that airs on HGTV this Friday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., on channel 51. It is part of the Fine Living Network series, and was filmed on Kaua’i by Triage Productions of Los Angeles.

Sussman is a master guitar-maker who crafts world-class instruments from Hawaiian koa wood. Sussman, who has lived on Kaua’i for 30 years, uses koa, he says, because of its historical, sacred and spiritual qualities.

Well-known musicians, including Jackson Browne and Lou Reed, travel to Kaua’i to purchase Sussman’s guitars.

Sussman’s Web site is www.anaholastringedinstruments.com. He can be reached at 822-1645. Information on Pa is available at www.poiboyrecords.com.

For more details on the show, please see hgtv.com, or fineliving.com.

Staff Writer Paul C. Curtis can be reached at mailto:pcurtis@pulitzer.net or 245-3681 (ext. 224).

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