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Upcoming "Aloha by the Bay™" Music Series
On Saturday, November 21, the Nihonmachi Street Fair will welcome Weldon Kekauoha, Gary Haleamau & Kāwili, Faith Ako, Steven Espaniola & JD Puli at the West Bay Conference Center in San Francisco's Western Addition.

Mark Yamanaka, Waipuna, Steven Espaniola  

Weldon Kelauoha has been turning heads in Hawai’i’s music scene since 1998. Whether he’s belting out soulful ballads or plucking bright riffs from his guitar, the gutsy songster from Kane’ohe, Hawai’i, puts a fresh spin on the classics and brings a melodious candor to his own tasty tracks.

Lauded by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Weldon grew up with an instrument in his arms and a head full of inventive lyrics. His lifelong training makes for gentle, rich, and innovative music that’s as musically nuanced as it is addictive.

His accolades include a Grammy nomination in 2014 and numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards that include Male Vocalist, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Favorite Entertainer.

Jack Ofoia and bassist Alika-boy Kalauli IV will be joining Weldon for the Aloha by the Bay. The trio continues to pair contagious melodies with crafted musical arrangements and to tell the kind of emotionally resonant stories you’ll remember long after the song is over.
Gary Kawiliau Haleamau, born and raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, he has become a well known musician and song writer, whom has made a positive impact on Hawaii’s music industry and lives of many aspiring musicians.

In 2008, Gary received a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for “Best Religious Album of the Year”, and nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Hawaiian Album of the Year, Haku Mele, and Anthology of the year. Besides his solo career, Gary has performed and been a part of the Pandanus Club, the Sons of Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian Band as well as Kāwili.

He has traveled from the U.S. to Japan and Tahiti sharing his music and touching the lives of many young men and women pursuing their career in music. Gary has given several Hawaiian Music Scholarship Awards throughout Hawai’i to students pursuing their career in music and/or Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Gary has also produced albums for Maya Soft Plan Co., Ltd located in Japan.

Gary now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada sharing music with his band “Kāwili” and “Hālau Hula o Kaleimomi”. He is the owner of GSK Productions, LLC and co-produces “Lei Day Las Vegas”, a Hawaiian event in Las Vegas.

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.
Faith Ako
grew up in Hawaii in the 60's and 70's, music was naturally a big part of her family traditions and cultural heritage. Singing in the home and at church formed a solid foundation of her passion for music. Faith is one of the Bay Area’s premier female artist in traditional/contemporary Hawaiian and continues to grace the West Coast with her versatile soothing voice. She's received two Hawaiian Music Awards for her first album Kukahi, and her second album, Papaku Bring It Home, earned a Hawaiian genre Grammy entry in 2010. Traditional Hawaiian music is making its way back and is reviving its people and senses to what was once lost in the music scene. Faith's goal is to help preserve and promote traditional music of the Hawaiian people.
JD Puli
was born into a family of musicians in Hawaiian. JD plays six instruments — ukulele, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and drums — and sings. Always lending his talent to many causes in and around the Bay Area, JD recently has been featured on many social media post for his Aloha spirit as he continues to entertain awaiting passengers of Hawaiian Airlines.

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