Kahulanui – The Legacy of Music – Core Band Introduced
For immediate release: September 26, 2017
Hawaiian swing band, Kahulanui continues to encourage visits to the www.kahulanui.com website to purchase the signed and numbered, limited edition, 3-song preview CD of their upcoming ‘The Legacy of Music’ album due for release in December.
The 3-song preview is a nice taste of the full album with their classic hapa-haole flavor that is so much fun and makes you want to get up and dance! Check out the lively sound bytes on the site.
The Kahulanui core group is: originator Lena Naipo on lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Eskildsen on electric bass and vocals, Duke Tatom on ukulele and vocals, Tim Taylor on drums and percussion and Dwight Tokumoto on steel guitar.
Horn arranger Jesse Snyder on clarinet and tenor sax (www.jessenowjerome.com), Bill Noble on alto saxophone, Joshua Timmons on trumpet and Vincent D’Angelo on trombone round out the horn section.
Lena Naipo was born and raised in Waimanalo, O’ahu. He found his love for music at 12 years old and started playing professionally by 14. The inspiration was passed down three generations from his grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to his dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., to him Lolena Naipo Jr. and Kahulanui was created. Lena travelled the world playing music for Hawaiian Airlines. He plays the guitar, a little ukulele and the upright bass. Over the years he has performed with Aunty Genoa Keawe; Kekua Fernandez, Darryl Lupenui and many more.
Pat Eskildsen was born and raised in Kahalu’u, Oahu. He has been a professional guitarist, bassist, vocalist and arranger for 20 years performing with artists such as Big Mountain, Sudden Rush, Natural Vibrations, Fiji, Damon Williams, Ka’ale, as well as Grammy-nominated band, Kahulanui. Pat also works as a professional light and stage manager for MID event lighting and enjoys spending his spare time with his family and writing music.
Robert Duke Limaloa Tatom was born in La’ie, 0’ahu and moved to Hilo when he was 5 years old and has since mastered the ukulele, guitar and bass. He’s played with many groups on the Kohala Coast including “Hawaiians Unlimited” (with Lena Naipo) for over 10 years and performs weekly at the Four Seasons Hualalai, King’s Shops at Waikoloa, and for the annual ‘Queen’sMarketplace Keiki Hula Show.
Tim Taylor has been playing drums and percussion since the age of 5. After years of performing on the mainland with a variety of bands, he came to the Hawaiian Islands in 2001 and performed with many of the Big Island’s talented musicians, as weIl as, competing in the Ironman World Championship.
Born in Honolulu, multi~talented musician and composer Dwight Tokumoto graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in music. He has performed with artists in Hawaii, Tahiti, Japan and California. During his teaching career in Special Education he teamed up with Hawaii icon, Cyril Pahinui teaching at the Connections Charter School in Hilo encouraging and enabling many new young people in the field of Hawaiian music.
For more information go to www.kahulanui.com or www.jessenowjerome.com
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