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Hawaiian Music Series to feature the Ako Trio

By Staff | Jan 6, 2011

Uncle Sam Ako (left) will perform with his sons John (pictured) and Preston at the Baldwin Home lawn on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.

LAHAINA — Enjoy traditional Hawaiian music with the Ako Trio at the Baldwin Home lawn on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bring lunch, beverages, mats, chairs, friends and family for this free treat!

Dr. Samuel Ako started playing music professionally at the age of 13 for the Jack McCoy Show in Honolulu. Prior to his professional career, he led his high school band, the John Russell 5, through a genre of rock and roll, R&B and jazz.

His love for music started at a very young age with a natural skill and talent to teach himself music theory and instruments ranging from upright and electric bass, ukulele, and steel, acoustic and electric guitar. By far his favorite instrument is keyboards.

He has also been part of local legendary groups, such as the Brothers Cazimero, Genoa Keawe, Paradise Serenaders and the Royal Lahaina Luau band. His passion for music has taken him around the world to perform in Japan, Europe and the Disney Company before starting his own luau at the Sheraton Maui, which successfully operated for ten years.

He is currently the cultural advisor and director of music for Kaanapali Beach Hotel by day and the music director for the Old Lahaina Luau at night.

Dr. Ako is truly blessed to have his two sons, Preston and John, follow in his footsteps. Preston currently performs throughout Maui. Just returning from his mission, John will attend BYU Hawaii in April and perform at the Polynesian Cultural Center before moving to BYU Provo to complete his education.

Relax under the shade trees and enjoy the free concert brought to you by Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Chairs are limited; blankets, mat, and low-back beach chairs are welcome. The Baldwin Home Museum is located in the heart of Lahaina on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets.

This concert is part of the foundation’s ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the county Office of Economic Development. Join LRF on the second Thursday of each month as it features local artists performing traditional Hawaiian Music.

For more information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.