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Upcoming "Aloha by the Bay™" Music Series
On Saturday, November 18, the Nihonmachi Street Fair will welcome Kūpaoa, Mark Yamanaka, Faith Ako, and Poamaika`i with hula performances by San Jose's Hālau Nā Wai Ola at the Hotel Kabuki, Imperial Ballroom in San Francisco's Japantown.Your MC for the evening is Bruddah Derrick DeMotta.


Kūpaoa- Husband and wife duo, Kellen and Līhau Paik have been performing as the duet, Kūpaoa, for about a decade. After meeting while they were attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, they became friends, then bandmates, then partners and finally married in 2010. Through the years, they have been honored to receive multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for their 4 CD releases including: Most Promising Artist (2009), Best Liner Notes (2010), Island Music Album of the Year (2014), and Best Hawaiian Language Performance (2014). The title track of their most recent full-length album, Bumbye, written by Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier, was awarded the coveted Haku Mele award at the Hōkūs this year and Kellen was also awarded the same prestigious award in 2009 for a song that he composed with friend, Iokepa Badis. As life-long students of Hawaiian language, they enjoy composing and performing their own original songs, in addition to the time-honored favorites that are loved by all.

The combined talents of Kellen and Līhau embody the name they've chosen for their musical presence - Kupaoa - suffused with fragrance, or heady with scent. Their talents are many, for they infuse musical ability and charm into two sweet, rich voices to offer up an invite blend, like a perfume that can be spicy , soothing, and alluring all at once. 

While the sound of the music will entice the ear, the content of their selections will engage the heart and mind.

Mark Yamanaka

Mark Yamanaka came out into the Hawaiian music scene in November of 2010 with the release of his long awaited debut solo album entitled “Lei Pua Kenikeni”. This album was celebrated at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards taking home 4 big awards that put him aside Hawaiian Music greats Keali’I Reichel and Willie K. On his debut solo effort, Mark took home the coveted Album Of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year (Kaleoonalani), and Most Promising Artist of the Year.

After three long years, Mark finally released his long-awaited sophomore CD “Lei Maile” in Nov. 2013. Since then it has hit The Top 10 Billboard World Music Chart, and nominated in 10 categories. The album Lei Maile received a total of 5 awards, with the first award being the technical best “Liner Notes” category and as the artist, Mark took home the “Single of the Year”, (Maui Under Moonlight), “Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Hawaiian Album of the Year”, and “Album of the Year.”


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.

  Pomaika`i quartet featuring Carey Camacho, Kaluna Kamai-Paler, Grant Kono, and John-David Pomaika'i Andre Puli (JD), have been sharing their musical talents throughout Northern California.

Kaluna, Carey, and JD perform together throughout the Bay Area, and we are fortunate to have Grant (from O'ahu) in town for this special night! From the soaring falsetto vocals, melodic harmonies, Carey’s Mainland/Big Island kīhō'alu style slack key guitar, Kaluna’s Hayward /Waimānalo style ukulele, enjoy the diverse sounds of Hawaiian music that will warm your heart.

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