The Makaha Sons have received numerous proclamations and awards both in Hawai’i and in the continental U.S. for their continuous and undying efforts in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through their music. Their peers in music have also acknowledged their efforts by awarding them countless “Na Hoku Hanohano Awards” for their timeless recordings and steadfast commitment to the music of Hawai‘i. They have released 22 CD’s, thus far.
In 2007, they were the first group to receive a Na Hoku Hanohano award for “Best DVD.” In 2010, they received the “Lifetime Achievement” award and to top off the year of 2013, they were inducted into the “Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.”
Currently, Jerome Koko has released his debut CD, Makaha Sons Memoirs with 6-time Grammy Award winner, producer, and songwriter, Daniel Ho. This CD serves as a tribute and commemoration to the group’s journey, thus far. Launched in early October 2015, the alluring harmonies and enchanting melodies of the magical sound that makes the Makaha Sons so memorable is captured in this highly acclaimed recording.
In commemoration of the group’s 40th Anniversary, the Makaha Sons reflect back to the times and places they have had the privilege and honor to have been a part. Their performances have taken them to such prestigious places as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington, D. C., and here in Hawai‘i, with performances for both the President and Vice-President of the United States.
For 40 years, the Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawai‘i and around the globe. Throughout the years the group has reorganized several times; from members seeking other professional careers, to the untimely passing of two key members of the original group.
Eventually, the Makaha Sons evolved into a trio, consisting of members Louis “Moon” Kauakahi on 6-string guitar, John Koko on upright acoustic bass and Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar. After the passing of John Koko in 2012 and the retirement of Louis “Moon” Kauakahi in 2014, the group has start afresh.
The group includes:
Founding member of the Makaha Sons, Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar and prominent Hawaiian musicians: Mark Yim on 6-string guitar and Kimo Artis on bass.
Today, the Makaha Sons is considered to be one of Hawai‘i’s premiere Hawaiian musical groups. They continue to perpetuate that vibrant sound, full and rich, with harmonies that only they can create. Their incomparable vocal arrangements and delightful stage presence is filled with comical antics which have won the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide.
Let the legacy of Hawaiian Music continue…