In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

HI Now Live music series features ManoaDNA on September 12

A father and two sons join forces, sharing music with the world

Sponsored by Jams World, Surf Line Hawaii & 93.1 Da Pa’ina

The HI Now Live music series continues Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 6 p.m. featuring ManoaDNA at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk at Ala Moana Center.

Officially formed in the summer of 2005, ManoaDNA has become one of Hawaii’s hottest bands. The group’s energy and intense harmonies create a sound that will sweep you off of your feet! With six worldwide releases that have garnered eleven Na Hoku Hanohano award nominations, and winner of Hawaii Music Award’s album of the year, ManoaDNA’s music appeals to a wide range of audiences.

“DNA” stands for Dad, Nick and Alex. This talented family band brings 3-part harmony, upbeat sounds, and infectious enthusiasm to every stage. Separately they’re good, but together, they’re great! Lloyd Kawakami, Dad, has 35 years of experience as a professional musician. He quickly recognized the potential for perfect harmony when he saw that his sons had inherited his passion for music.

After graduating from the college where he was a soloist with the University Singers, Nick returned home and joined forces with his younger brother, Alex. Their idea was to form a band of brothers and entertain friends and family at casual gatherings and parties. Their dad added a third dimension, and they realized they had a sound worth perusing.

ManoaDNA has gathered a fan base spanning two continents — from one side of the Pacific to the other. The band’s sound transcends generations, delighting audiences with their wide repertoire of music. Whether you enjoy The Eagles, James Taylor, Crosby Stills, the Beach Boys, Latino or Hawaiian music, MānoaDNA has the sounds you’ll enjoy.

Check out the next concert in the HI Now Live music series on October 10 featuring Kauai solo artist Micah G.

“HI Now Live” Music Series featuring ManoaDNA
Thursday, September 12 at 6 p.m.
Shirokiya Japan Village Walk entertainment stage

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