Do It: The Mowgli’s, ‘Kundiman,’ Portuguese fado, ‘Innovators’

Jul. 26, 2013 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
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The Mowgli’s head to the isles to spread their sunny optimism

It’s summertime, so what better band to come to Hawaii than The Mowgli’s, a bright new summer-of-love-type band from California? Even their big hit is named “San Francisco” and has a video that portrays band members spreading the love with flowers and hearts.

They also do perform random acts of kindness for strangers, which is one way you can “Be a Mowgli,” as the group says at the website You can contact them through Facebook, Twitter or at, and if they like what you’re doing, they’ll post it on their website.

While retaining that peace-love-hippie ethos, the group produces a nice blend of indie-rock, folk and the sunny optimism of the Mamas and the Papas. They’ve been hitting the major music festivals and just released “Waiting for the Dawn,” their first album on a major label, after releasing the EP “Love’s Not Dead” earlier this year and self-releasing “Sound the Drum” in 2012.

It’s worth it to know all their names so that you can say “hi! …” when band members come out and mingle with the crowd, which they often do. So here they are, from left: David Applebaum (keyboards), Spencer Trent (drums), frontman Colin Dieden, Michael Vincze (guitar), Josh Hogan, (guitar), Katie Jayne Earl (vocals), Matt Di Panni (bass) and Andy Warren (drums).

As for the name of the group, yes, it comes from the character in “The Jungle Book,” and yes, it was originally a grammatical error that has stuck.

Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $25-$35
Info: or 855-235-2867

Folk music portrays passion of Portugal
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The French have the chanson; Portugal has fado.

Fado (it means “fate” in Portuguese) is a traditional folk music characterized by passionate, dramatic songs that tell of love, loss, mourning and redemption. Reflecting the hardships of the urban poor or the melancholy of the seafarer’s life, fado in the early 20th century became a “fixture in the everyday life of Lisbon’s working class,” according to, which describes it as the “earthy music of taverns and brothels and street corners.”

Ramana Vieira, internationally acclaimed for her fado-inspired world music, performs with her five-piece ensemble Saturday at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre as part of its Last Saturday Roots in Jazz concert series.

She’ll be singing works for her upcoming album, “Luso Sol,” which will include works in English and Portuguese. Vieira will also sing fados that pay homage to Amalia Rodrigues, known as the “Queen of Fado,” who is credited with popularizing the genre around the world from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Vieira, who is based in California, has earned plenty of critical praise, including Billboard magazine’s kudos for her “willingness to take chances” and “soulful, torchy performances.” She’ll be joined Saturday by Michael McMorrow on Portuguese guitarra and seven-string guitar, Laura Boytz on cello, Alberto Ramirez on electric bass and Steve La Porta on drums and percussion. They perform fado-inspired world music that includes elements of Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, reggae and American pop music.

Where: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $45 ($40 members)
Info: or 532-8701

Festival will highlight Filipino arts and culture
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“Kundiman” is the Tagalog word for Filipino love songs, and under colonial rule, kundiman became a secret expression of patriotism for Filipino people.

It’s not so secret anymore, and in fact, the Filipino Community Center is holding a celebration this Sunday called “Kundiman.” The first-ever event will present a variety of performing and visual arts to highlight Filipino culture.

The festival will feature martial arts champion Robert Garcia, four-time world champion in eskrima, a martial arts form that utilizes common implements like sticks and knives. Hawaii has an impressive record in eskrima, pictured, producing nine medal winners in the 2008 world championships held in the Philippines and helping the U.S. win the overall championship.

The evening will also feature young poets and storytellers, including visiting artist and storyteller Jay Menes of Manila. Visual artists will give demonstrations and show their work, while dancers and musicians will perform in both modern and traditional styles.

Where: Filipino Community Center, 94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahu
When: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Free
Info: or 680-0451

Top musicians honor Pahinuis
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Four top local musicians pay tribute to Emily and Gabby “Pops” Pahinui on Saturday in “Innovators,” the latest installment of Waimea Valley’s “Generations: 2013 Concert Series.”

Brother Noland, Ho’okena, John Cruz and Olomana will take the stage to honor the Pahinuis, known for their weekend-long kanikapilas at the family home in Waimanalo, where some of the island’s top musicians would come and play just for the fun of it. Gabby Pahinui was one of the most influential slack-key guitar players in history and a state Living Treasure.

Brother Noland is considered an originator of Jawaiian music, with his tune “Coconut Girl” setting the pace. Noland, an eclectic individualist and lyrical original who stands out in the world of Hawaiian music, also mixes elements of jazz, pop and R&B into his delivery.

Ho’okena, meanwhile, brought traditional Hawaiian music back in a polished, refined way with its debut album, “Thirst Quencher!” in 1990. (Ho’okena means “satisfy thirst.”) Not too many groups have lasted this long and stayed intact. Although some original members have left, Horace K. Dudoit III, Chris Kamaka and Glen Smith have been together since the 1990s.

Cruz is a multitalented artist whose abilities have brought him to theater and dance stages on the mainland. His debut album, “Acoustic Soul,” is one of the most successful recordings in Hawaiian music history.

Olomana, a trio consisting of original member Jerry Santos, Haunani Apoliana and Wally Suenaga, produce a unique blend of rock, folk and acoustic pop, with Hawaiian music mixed in.

Waimea’s concert series continues Aug. 31 with “The Future,” featuring Kaiholu, the Abrigo ‘Ohana, Maunalua and Waipuna.

Where: Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $10-$20
Info: or 638-7766

Steven Mark


Duncan Kamakana entertains at photographer Russell Tanoue’s fundraising birthday bash, 7 p.m. Saturday at Pearl Ultralounge; $20,

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