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Eddie Tanaka and Friends headline benefit concert for The Story of Hawaii Museum

By Staff | Jan 15, 2015

Kathy Collins (left) will emcee the show, which will also feature Maui artists George Kahumoku Jr. (right), Pu‘uwai and the Mana‘o Radio Orchestra. There will also be special guests from Molokai — including Rick Schonely and Norman DeCosta — and hula performances.

WAILUKU – The Story of Hawaii Museum will hold a benefit concert with Eddie Tanaka and Friends, featuring original songs from the Na Hoku Hanohano-nominated album “Mystical Molokai” and the premiere of Tanaka’s new Hawaiian music video experience called “Ka Ele Ku, Molokai’s Sacred North Shore.”

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. (pre-show at 7 p.m.) on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets are $20 and are available at the theater box office (242-6969) or from the Story of Hawaii Museum in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Hailing from Molokai, musical artist Edward (“Eddie”) Akio Tanaka Jr’s signature sound creates a blend of that island’s mystical soul, culture, people and aloha.

A previous member of Rock Point Band, Tanaka has accompanied and worked with many musical talents (including Eddie and David Brigati of the Rascals, Dwight Kanae and John Cruz) and played alongside Makaha Sons and Willie Kahaialii.

In 2012, his album, “Mystical Molokai,” was nominated for the “Island Album of the Year” by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts for the 35th Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

“Eddie does the opening and closing invocation of our Hawaiian History Moment,” said Bryant Neal, co-curator of the museum.

Researched, written and narrated by the museum’s other co-curator, Richard Mickelsen, the spot plays four times a day on Mana’o Hana Hou Radio (91.7 FM).

“This benefit concert will help us continue to produce this daily segment and to keep admission to the museum free,” Neal explained.

The story of Hawaii is filled with adventure, discovery and conflict. It unfolds in a unique exhibit of rare maps, vintage prints and authentic artifacts at the Story of Hawaii Museum (www.storyofhawaiimuseum.com) on the first level of Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului.

The current exhibit, “The Pacific Theater 1941-45,” features a display about the Fourth Marine Division encampment on Maui during World War II.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission to the museum is free.

The benefit concert is supported by Mana’o Hana Hou Radio and Tradewinds Production Group. For tickets and more information, call 283-3576.