Gary Aiko Poina ‘ole ‘ia
Poina ‘Ole ‘Ia

Poina ‘Ole ‘Ia CD Release Party

The CD Release Party for Poina ‘Ole ‘Ia was held on Novemnber 1, 2012 at the Moana Terrace, Waikīkī Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. The Release Party was held concurrently with the Keawe ‘Ohana Show and a celebration of Genoa Keawe's 94thbirthyday.

In addition to hotel and show guests, a number of Hawaiian music entertainers, dancers and dignitaries came to pay tribute to Gary Aiko. Joining in the celebration were Nina Kealiiwahamana, Marlene Sai, Melveen Leed, Kimo Kahoano, Leilani Kupahu-Marino, Raiatea Helm, Jeff Au Hoy, John Berger, Mahi Beamer, Helen Sunbeam Beamer, Gaye Beamer, Marmionette Kal‘aihue, Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, Mary Kehau Tiger, Melody Brighter, and Lovena U K West. Hula dancers included Nalani Meyer, Lei White, Pikake Enos, Doc Paperny, Herman Tachera, Kalani Kai, Birdie Wong, Joyce, students of Kehau Tiger, Mika, and others.

The CD Release Party show began as a traditional Keawe ‘Ohana Show with Gary, Pomaika‘i Keawe Lyman, Momi Bee Kahawaiola‘a and Alan Akaka doing Hawaiian mele in the Genoa Keawe style.

The next portion of the show was presented by Gary Aiko, Kaipo Asing and Alan Akaka (Alan Akaka and The Islanders) doing songs from Gary's new CD. Alan Akaka was the CD's music arranger, and Kaipo and Alan were backup musicians and vocals for the CD. It was during this segment that many of the local Hawaiian entertainers came up individually and collectively to sing with Gary and dance hula.

While Gary stepped aside to autograph copies of his CD, the third set continued with traditional Hawaiian mele and hula using alternate musicians and instruments. Alan Akaka on bass was accompanied by Nickie Hines on ‘ukulele, Kaipo Asing on guitar and Addison Ching on the steel guitar. Surprise guest Raiatea Helm took to the stage and performed several of her favorite mele including Kimo Henderson Hula (Kimo Hula) and Moani Ke ‘Ala Ona Pua Makahikina (Moani Ke ‘Ala.)

The show culminated with a birthday celebration for Aunty Genoa Keawe who would have been 94 years young and finished with an ‘Alika medley and the traditional Hawaii Aloha.

Sound engineering and mixing were provided by Wade Nakaya, and event photography was done by Colleen Ricci and Kaeokulani Keawe.

CD Release Party Photos

Colleen Ricci provided the photgraphy for the CD release party. All photos © Colleen Ricci and used with permission. Additional photos by Addison Ching where noted. Click on any photo to enlarge.

Gary Aiko Gary Aiko Gary Aiko and Raiatea Helm Mandy Pomaika‘i Lyman Momi Bee Kahawaiola‘a Alan Akaka Patrick "Kaipo" Asing Eline "Nickie" Hines Addison Ching Marlene Sai

CD Release Party Preparation Eric Keawe Decorates Genoa Keawe Portrait Gary Aiko Kaipo Asing, Gary Aiko, Alan Akaka Gary Aiko Gary Aiko Keawe ‘Ohana Alan Akaka and The Islanders

Gary Aiko Eric Keawe Nina Kealiiwahamana and Gary Aiko Helen Sunbeam Beamer and Nina Kealiiwahamana Gary Aiko and Melveen Leed Doc Papernyko Group Hula Group Hula

Lei White Pikake Enos Kimo Kahoano Leilani Kupahu-Marino Joyce Kalani Kai Asam Kumu Harmony Brighter Mary Kehau Tiger Herman Tachera Gary Aiko

Group Hula Group Hula Gaye Beamer Gaye Beamer and Marmionette Ka‘aihue Uilani West and halau Alan Akaka, Nickie Hines, Momi Bee Kahawaiola‘a Raiatea Helm Raiatea Helm

Nina Kealiiwahamana, Gordon Rapozo, Marlene Sai Lovena U K West, Nalani Meyer, Melveen Leed, Raiatea Helm, Bill Harrison Gaye Beamer, Mahi Beamer, Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, Helen Beamer Jam Session Gary Aiko Gary Aiko Gary Aiko Hawai‘i Aloha

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Gary Aiko
Gary Aiko

Gary Aiko
Gary Aiko

Gary Aiko
Gary Aiko and Raiatea Helm

Gary Aiko
Pomaika‘i Keawe Lyman

Gary Aiko
Momi Bee Kahawaiola‘a

Gary Aiko
Alan Akaka

Gary Aiko
Patrick "Kaipo" Asing

Kaipo Asing
Elaine "Nickie" Hines

Addison Ching
Addison Ching

Marlene Sai
Marlene Sai

CD Release Party Preparation
CD Release Party Preparation. PC-Addison Ching

Eric Keawe Decorates Genoa Keawe Portrait
Eric Keawe Decorates Genoa Keawe Portrait. PC-Addison Ching

Gary Aiko
Gary Aiko CD Cover

Alan Akaka and The Islanders
Kaipo Asing, Gary Aiko, Alan Akaka

Gary Aiko
Gary Aiko Autographing CDs

Alan Akaka and John Berger
Alan Akaka and Author/Columnist John Berger

Keawe ‘Ohana
The Keawe ‘Ohana

Alan Akaka and The Islanders
Gary Aiko with Kaipo Asing and Alan Akaka perfoming selections from Gary's CD
PC-Addison Ching

Nina Kealiiwahamana
Nina Kealiiwahamana

Eric Keawe
Eric Keawe

Nina Kealiiiwahamana and Gary Aiko
Nina Kealiiwahamana and Gary Aiko

Helen Sunbeam Beamer and Nina Kealiiwahamana
Helen Sunbeam Beamer and Nina Kealiiwahamana

Gary Aiko and MElveen Leed
Gary Aiko and Melveen Leed

Doc Paperny
Hula Dancer Dr. David Paperny

Group Hula
Group Hula

Group Hula
Group Hula

Lei White
Lei White

Pikake Enos
Pikake Ehos

Kimo Kahoano
Kimo Kahoano

Leilani Kupahu-Marino
Leilani Kupahu-Marino

Joyce
Joyce

Kalani Kai Asam
Kalani Kai Asam

Kumu Harmony Brighter
Kumu Harmony Brighter

Mary Kehau Tiger
Mary Kehau Tiger

Herman Tachera
Herman Kekoa Ka‘oiwinani MossmanTachera

Hula Dancer Mika
Hula Dancer Mika

Group Hula
Group Hula

Group Hula
Group Hula

Gaye Beamer
Gaye Beamer

Gaye Beamer and Marmionette Ka‘aihue
Gaye Beamer and Marmionette Ka‘aihue

Uilani West and Halau
Uilani West and Halau

Alan Akaka, Nickie Hines, Momi Bee Kahawaiola‘a
Musician Change: >Alan Akaka-bass, Nickie Hines-‘ukulele, Momi Bee Kahawaiola‘a-guitar

Raiatea Helm
Raiatea Helm

Raiatea Helm
Raiatea Helm

Nina Kealiiwahamana, Gordon Rapozo, Marlene Sai
Nina Kealiiwahamana, Gordon Rapozo, Marlene Sai

Gary Aiko
Lovena U K West, Nalani Meyer, Melveen Leed, Raiatea Helm, Bill Harrison

Gaye Beamer, Mahi Beamer, Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, Helen Beamer
Gaye Beamer, Mahi Beamer, Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, Helen Beamer

Jam Session
Some of the guests at the CD Release Party

Gary Aiko
Eric Keawe, Pomaika‘i Keawe Lyman, Gary Aiko, Momi Bee Kahawaiola‘a, Alan Akaka

Gary Aiko
Alan Akaka, Gary Aiko, Pomaika‘i Keawe Lyman, Eric Keawe

Eric Keawe and Cake
Eric Keawe with Birthday Cake for Genoa Keawe

Hawai‘i Aloha
Hawai‘i Aloha