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09.30.2016

Hawaiian Ukulele Master Herb Ohta Jr. Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Hawaiian Ukulele Master Herb Ohta Jr. Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Soka Performing Arts Center

 

Aliso Viejo, CA – Herb Ohta Jr. & Friends celebrates Ohta’s career as a ukulele master on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8 p.m. at Soka Performing Arts Center. Single tickets are $30 for adults, and $26 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $25 each. Purchase tickets online at PerformingArts.Soka.edu or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Join ukulele master Herb Ohta Jr. in celebrating his 25th anniversary in the music business with special guests Jon Yamasato, David Kamakahi, Chris Kamaka, Baba Alimoot and dancer Ihilani Kamaka. With 12 solo albums, 12 duet albums and contributions on more than 40 other recordings, Ohta has been a major influence in the Hawaiian music scene in the U.S. and Asia. 

Teaching six days a week, Ohta also finds time to compose new material, entertain at private and public functions, produce and record. With 14 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominations to his credit, he won for “Ukulele Nahenahe” in 2011, and for “Pure Ukulele” in 2013. Ohta is also a four-time Hawaii Music Award Winner. He co-authored two ukulele instructional books with Grammy Award-winning artist Daniel Ho that were released in Japan and the U.S. In 2015, Ohta published a songbook of his arrangements in Korea. Ohta has shared the stage with many of Hawaii’s legendary artists, including Ledward Kaapana, the Makaha Sons, Dennis Kamakahi, the Lim Family, Kapena, Cyril Pahinui, George Kahumoku, Ohta-San, Ka`au Crater Boys, the Brothers Cazimero and Daniel Ho.

His guests are all distinguished artists on their own and have performed in various combinations with each other. Yamasato was the lead singer for the award-winning trio Pure Heart, and performed with the group Na Oiwi. Kamakahi, also a member of Na Oiwi, is the son of the legendary Dennis Kamakahi and currently performs with his own group, Waipuna. Kamaka and Alimoot perform together as Hemapa`a at various hotels and restaurants throughout Honolulu. Kamaka is also a member of the group Ho`okena and is the production manager for Kamaka Ukuleles, one of the oldest ukulele manufacturers in the world.