It’s been over two years since The Mākaha Sons have graced the stage at the historic Palace Theater. Returning on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m., this ever-popular group will play and sing new songs and old favorites like “Take a Walk in the Country.” Twenty-two albums, twenty-three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 have earned this long-lived group a place in everyone’s heart.
“We are thrilled to have The Mākaha Sons back on our stage,” said Phillips Payson, the Palace Theater executive director. “Over two years ago, the trio was the last act to perform on the Palace stage before the 2020 shutdown. It’s an honor to welcome them back to the Palace as the first group to usher in the return of live concerts to the historic theater.”
Jerome Koko, the sole remaining original member of the Sons, has kept the music going since their first “formal” performance at an assembly at Nānākuli High. Before they went on, the emcee asked, “What do you call yourselves?” “We looked at each other and said, ‘Uh … the Mākaha Sons of Ni‘ihau?’. The band’s line-up has changed over the years, with Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole as one of the original members. Jerome’s brother John joined the group. When both Brother Iz and later Jerome’s brother John died, Jerome was left to rebuild the band, retaining their original sound. Jerome is now joined by Kino Artis on electric guitar and Hanalē Ka‘anapu on six-string.
Fans of the Mākaha Sons know many of the band’s melodies by heart: “White Sandy Beach,” “I’ll Remember You,” “Hawai‘i ’78,” and “Ke Alaula” are just a few of the most popular ballads in their more than 150-song repertoire. “When people have been going to a concert for two decades, they are experts in what they want to hear,” said Kimo Artis. “I usually don’t get nervous, but the first time I played as part of the Mākaha Sons, I was the most nervous I’d been for a show in my whole life.”
“Welcoming the iconic harmonies and joyful banter of The Mākaha Sons back to the Palace stage is an absolute treat,” said Payson.
Make your plans to attend the special one-night-only concert on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 for orchestra seating and $35 for General Admission. Tickets are available on the Palace website at hilopalace.com, at the box office, or over the phone at 808 934-7010, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Event: The Mākaha Sons
When: Saturday, April 30, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hilo Palace Theater, 38 Haili St, Hilo
Tickets: $45 Priority Orchestra Seats, $35 General Admission. All tickets are $5 more on the day of the show.
Tickets are available online: http://hilopalace.com/hpt_event_categories/concerts-events/