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4 | TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 Honoring A Legend: ‘In Dis Life’ Pays Tribute to Bruddah Iz Aeration Special May 6 to May 20, 2016 INCLUDES TWO-PERSON SHARED CART Cool, gentle winds with rolling fairways. Scenic beauty 2200 feet above the ocean blue. bigislandcountryclub.com We will be closed May 3, 4, & 5 for Aeration and will re-open on Friday, May 6, 2016 71-1420 Mamalahoa Highway, Kailua-Kona Highway 190 at Mile Marker 20 BEST PRICES MAY BE FOUND AT Pro Shop 808-325-5044 $39 Residents any time $55 Visitors any time One of the most unique occurrences in the music industry is taking a well-known classic and reinventing it to make it your own. is is exactly what the late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole did when he recorded “Over the Rainbow.” Better known as “Iz,” the beloved icon of Hawaiian music is being honored this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. when Kahilu eatre presents, “In Dis Life – A Tribute to Bruddah Iz.” e concert features his greatest hits performed by Hoku Zuttermeister and his band. “We’re delighted to be presenting this tribute to Hawaii’s greatest entertainer,” says Tim Bostock, Kahilu’s artistic director. “With his wonderful vocal range, Hoku Zuttermeister is the perfect musician to pay him homage.” As a teenager in the 1970s, Israel formed a band with three friends called the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau and went on to record 21 albums and receive multiple Na Hoku Awards. Performing traditional Hawaiian melodies, Iz stood out for both his beautiful voice and his sumo wrestler size body. Iz began his solo career in 1993 and be c ame b e s t k n o w n for his version of “Over the Rainbow,” a tune so p o p u - lar that m a n y children today are more familiar with his version than the Judy Garland version. He passed away in 1997. Hoku Zuttermeister is no stranger to success either. In 2008, he took home six Na Hoku Awards including Hawaiian Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Hawaiian Language Performance, Most Promising New Artist and Liner Notes. His voice is described as deep and resonating, with immense vocal range. He will perform some Iz favorites including, “La Elima,” “Kaleohano,” “Pupu O Ni’ihau,” “Henehene Kou Aka, E Ku’u Morning Dew” and “Kainoa.” He will also perform songs from his newly released album, “Ku’u Pua Sakura.” “Hoku will also feature much loved kumu hula Frank Hewett during the IZ Tribute segments of the program,” says Bostock. “I’m equally proud to present Halau Hula o Kahikilaulani, winners of the Kahiko Wahine at Merrie Monarch this year. eir hula kahiko will open up the concerts in spellbinding style to celebrate May Day is Lei Day in Waimea.” Kahilu eatre is encouraging audience members to bring a lei to share. Tickets to “In Dis Life” range from $20 to $68 per person and can be purchased online at www.kahilutheatre.org, or by visiting the box oce Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 885-6868. Joining Hoku Zuttermeister on stage is kumu hula Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Merrie Monarch award-winning dancers, Haulau Hula O Kahikilaulani. (COURTESY PHOTO) KAREN ROSE Special to North Hawaii News


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