EKK season finale has Sunday, Monday concerts

Barry Kimokeo, Jerry Santos, Hoku Zuttermeister and hula dancer Nalani Badua-Fernandes will appear in a concert hosted by the Garden Island Arts Council on Sunday, at 7 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center.

Best known for his work in the musical group “Olomana,” Jerry Santos has been a familiar presence on the Hawai‘i music scene for the past three decades. Born and raised on the windward side of O‘ahu, he is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools. From his first professional gig at the age of 18, he went on to establish himself as a singer and songwriter. As a founding member and lead singer of the group Olomana, he helped to create a unique and easily recognizable musical style, blending Hawaiian music with contemporary rhythms.

Born and raised in Käne‘ohe, O‘ahu, Hökü Zuttermeister was brought up with a love for the Hawaiian culture and its music. He started singing at the age of two and loved singing his first song, “E Ku‘u Morning Dew.” He has recorded with many Hawaiian music artists such as Sean Na‘auao, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Raiatea Helm, Bryan Tolentino and Mahela and has toured with the “Mäkaha Sons,” “Ho‘okena,” Bryan Tolentino, Raiatea Helm, Jerry Santos and Ku‘uipo Kumukahi.

Kimokeo, Santos and Zuttermeister will also be the presenters at the finale concert for the 2007 EKK season on Monday at Island School in Puhi from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $30, $25/advance; $40/door. Visit www.gardenislandarts.org for more information.


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