Makaha Sons top off final EKK of 36th season

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    The Makaha Sons are, from left, Kimo Artis on bass, Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar, and Mark Yim on six-string guitar.

On Monday night, March 25, one of Hawaii’s premiere musical groups, The Makaha Sons, will close the 36th season of E Kanikapila Kakou, Kauai’s heritage Hawaiian music program, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort near Hanamaulu.

Comprised of Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar, Mark Yim on six-string guitar and Kimo Artis on bass, what you won’t see just looking at the names is the huge history behind this band with the sought-after sound.

The Makaha Sons have garnered more Na Hoku Hanohano awards than you can stuff into 10 beach bags, along with their 22 CDs. Also, they were the first band to win a Hoku for “Best DVD,” receive the “Lifetime Achievement Award” and were inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.

A suggested donation is $10 to $15 or more.

A breakout group forms at 6 p.m. and goes 45 minutes. Attendees with or without ukulele who desire to learn a Hawaiian song gather and, later in the evening, show their stuff, playing and singing the song to the audience.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the visiting artists take to the stage and, in keeping with this year’s theme, “Music is our Mo‘olelo,” or “Music is Our Story,” they will sing and talk story.

The Makaha Sons’ history lives online in the YouTube videos that include the group’s early beginnings as The Makaha Sons of Niihau, with the late brothers Israel and Skippy Kamakawiwoole.

A no-host bar and food concession in the ballroom operates throughout the musical journey.

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