Leahi back in a big way

It has been more than 15 years since we last saw Loke Sasil and Malia Rosa-Tokioka of Leahi play together. Where have they been? Well, they were on their own journeys of motherhood and other life adventures that made them more blessed and well-rounded. Now in full circle, the ladies are back and in full force. If you’re a big-time fan like me, you remember their songs like “Special Place” and  crowd favorite “Push Push,” played on radio stations all over Hawai‘i.

These ladies are back, and in a big way. They are currently working on their new album that is being produced by Tommy Tokioka. The album’s anticipated release date is set for 11/11/11. So be on the lookout for their new vibe and sensational lyrics. Each song will be inspirational and relatable like all other Leahi songs before. I don’t know about you, but I am truly excited for the new Leahi album and will order one for myself. It’s not every day we are blessed by two strong, beautiful women doing their thing and keeping the contemporary Hawaiian music alive.

When I asked Loke and Malia about their music goals, they said “Wherever music takes us, we will go.” Already they have their minds set on traveling and performing in Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa and all of the Hawaiian Islands. They did mention that “Exclusively, Kaua‘i fans can watch us at Duke’s every Monday nights from 4 to 6 p.m.” As I said before, they are making a comeback and in a big way. What am I talking about? Well, mark your calendars for May 14 at 6 p.m. It’s about to go down at the Aloha Tower in Honolulu.

“The Throwback Jam,” hosted by HI Rise Entertainment and HI Finest, will feature a legendary lineup like our very own: Leahi and more great groups like Ho’aikane, Mana’o Company, Braddah Wahah, Na Wai, Typical Hawaiians and Princess Ilona. Can you believe it? What a treat it will be, and all on one stage!

For more information on “The Throwback Jam,” concert check out: www.HIFinest.com or call (808) 450-0660. But hurry and get your tickets online at www.honoluluboxoffice.com, because the first 300 tickets sold online will only be $10. Tickets at the door will be $25 apiece, so make sure you get them now.

I had such a great time watching Leahi do their thing at Duke’s this past Monday, but I really enjoyed our one-on-one interview. They were so down-to-earth and generous with their time. They were more worried about making sure my son and I were comfortable then about themselves. It reminded me how lucky we are to be raised in Hawai‘i, and how the aloha spirit is still alive and visible in great souls like Loke and Malia. They are remarkable ladies that still share the childhood values they learned from their moms and families.

For instance, Loke said, “We are so grateful for my mom (Helen). She taught us the importance of playing the ‘ukulele and singing outside by the beach, instead of getting caught up inside the house on video games or computer gadgets like today’s generation.

Malia said, “Helen taught us from when we were little, singing to us from her own songbook. We were very blessed kids to be in such loving Hawaiian homes that taught us the old ways of Contemporary Hawaiian music.”

Today, as moms themselves, they continue to pass these special moments with their own kids.

Leahi is such a talented and beautiful pair of ladies. They have such a warm spirit and credit their blessings to their Savior above. And like their song “I’m So Lucky,” I am so lucky to have been blessed with their inspiring presence. I learned a lot from these ladies in a matter of seconds. I am so honored to have had the chance to meet my music idols and urge you to be on the lookout for their new album; it’s going to be another hot and inspirational one.


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