The Kahilu Theatre will present the reunion of Pure Heart live in concert Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, at 4 p.m. For more info, call (808) 885-6868 or visit https://kahilutheatre.org/.
Back in 1999, three young guys in their early 20’s burst into the Hawaiian music scene as the group Pure Heart. The group consisted of ʻukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro, acoustic guitar/vocalist Jon Yamasato, and percussionist Lopaka Colon, Jr. They were rated in the Top-50 Musical Groups of All Times of Hawaii, and one of Hawaii’s youngest musical groups ever to take the local music scene by storm in such a short period.
That same year, the group won five Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including “Album of the Year.” Pure Heart has three albums titled Pure Heart, Pure Heart 2, and Pure Heart 2.5 Christmas and a new digital album titled Best of Pure Heart.
Despite being extremely popular, Pure Heart disbanded a few years later. But things happen for a reason, and Jake Shimabukuro would become one of the world’s renowned ‘ukulele artists, Lopaka Colon, Jr., would go on to play with Hawaii’s top musicians, and Jon Yamasato, who returned to music three months after quitting Pure Heart in 1999 to release his first solo album, and has performed with numerous groups.
Jon Yamasata is a slack key guitarist trained by the famous slack key guitar master, Dennis Kamakahi. Jon has performed with Na ‘Oiwi (with Dennis & David Kamakahi and Mike Kaawa).
Hawai’i-born ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro has proven over the past two decades that there isn’t a style of music that he can’t play. While versatility for any musician is impressive, what’s remarkable about Shimabukuro’s transcendent skills is how he explores his seemingly limitless vocabulary — whether it’s jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, or even classical — on perhaps the unlikeliest of instruments: the ‘ukulele.
Born in Hawaii, Lopaka Colón Jr., an established percussionist, and multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winner. He’s the son of the famous percussionist Augie Colón and has followed in his father’s footsteps since a young age — he attended the University of Hawaii for six years majoring in Ethnomusicology.
Event: Pure Heart Reunion Concert
Where: Kahilu Theatre, Waimea
When: Sunday, February 6, 2022, at 4 p.m.
In-Person Tickets: $65 — $35. Purchase at KahiluTheatre.org
Livestream only: $19.99 – available at Kahilu.TV.
This live event has the following entry requirements and attributes: Social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitization protocols are in place. In addition, proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the theatre is required for in-person attendance.
To learn more, visit the venue’s site periodically until the specific event’s actual occurrence to keep updated.
Courtesy photo provided.