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Upcoming "Aloha by the Bay™" Music Series: Kanaka Kalikimaka

On Wednesday, December 10, the Nihonmachi Street Fair will welcome for the first time together on one stage:
Mark Yamanaka, Waipuna & Steven Espaniola!

Mark Yamanaka, Waipuna, Steven Espaniola  

Mark Yamanaka debuted on the Hawaiian music scene in 2010 with his solo album, Lei Pua Kenikeni. That year, he took home four big Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (the island equivalent of the Grammys) including Album Of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year (Kaleoonalani), and Most Promising Artist of the Year. His winning streak placed him amongst Hawaiian music greats Keali’I Reichel and Willie K. His 2013 album, Lei Maile hit the Top 10 Billboard World Music Chart, and was nominated in 10 categories and more recently became a finalist in the 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Mark took home the Single of the Year for Maui Under Moonlight, Male Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, and Album of the Year.

Kale Hannahs, David Kamakahi, and Matthew Sproat together comprise the group Waipuna. These Kamehameha graduates pride themselves in respectfully pushing the limits of traditional Hawaiian music while perpetuating the music of their predecessors. The combination of instrumental prowess, strong harmonies, and a passion for music, has garnered Waipuna with five Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, including the title of Group of the Year in 2012 and back to back Single of the Year awards for 2012, 2013 and the 2014 Extended Play (EP) album of the year.

Steven Espaniola offers a refreshing new spin on a traditional genre of music. Raised in Aliamanu, Hawai’i and now residing in the California Bay Area, Steven is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Ki Ho'alu (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar), ‘Ukulele, Upright Bass, and Leo Ki'e Ki'e (Traditional Hawaiian falsetto). Steven has performed with Hawaiian music legends Nathan Aweau, The Brothers Cazimero, Amy Gilliom and Ledward Kaapana. In 2007, he received the New Artist of the Year award at the Hawaii Music Awards for his mesmerizing collection of traditional and original Hawaiian mele. His debut album Ho’omaka transports the listener to the Hawaii of yesterday with soaring falsetto vocals, nahenahe slack key guitar, and rhythmic ‘ukulele.

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