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Award-Winning Ho‘okena Performs Hawaiian Holiday Concert

Award-Winning Ho‘okena Performs Hawaiian Holiday Concert at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Ho‘okena performs a holiday concert at Soka Performing Arts Center with Hōkū winners Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Single tickets are $45 for adults; $37 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $33 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

A mainstay on the island music scene and synonymous with high quality Hawaiian music, Ho‘okena has produced eleven albums since 1986. Members Horace K. Dudoit III, Chris Kamaka, and Glen H.K. Smith have performed across the world with Nani Dudoit, a world-class ‘ōlapa hula (hula stylist) and Horace’s wife, who brings elegance, beauty, and mana to their performances. Ho‘okena will continue promoting Hawai‘i’s rich heritage and sharing their blessings and love of music.

Ho‘okena has performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City and won numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards as well as two Grammy nominations. Rhythm guitarist and musical arranger Dudoit has played, sang, and arranged music on three Grammy-nominated CD recordings. Bassist Kamaka is employed in his family-owned business, Kamaka Ukulele Hawai‘i Inc., and specializes in instrument making. Vocalist Smith began his career performing with KA ‘EO, which won the 1985 Nā Hōkū Hanohano for Song of the Year. In Hawaiian, ho‘okena means, “to satisfy thirst,” and the group name was taken from a song entitled “Hoʻokena,” which they performed at a Hawaiian singing competition at the start of their musical career.

Nani Dudoit, is a world-class ‘ōlapa hula who travels the world extensively sharing her hula and Hawaiian culture. In January 2018 she will ʻuniki (graduate), as kumu hula. She has also been a member of Halau Na Pualei o Likolehua for forty years. Maila Gibson has performed with Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winners and Grammy nominees and recorded two songs on Ho‘okena’s Grammy-nominated albums. Her album More won two Hawai‘i Music Awards for Pop Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year along with five Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominations. Ben Vegas has performed with acclaimed artists such as Ray Charles, Olivia Newton John, Stevie Wonder, and Tina Turner. He has garnered five number-one hits in the state of Hawai‘i both from his solo album, Walking in the Light, and performing with bands Krush and 5:05.