John Kapualani Koko
Aloha everyone, and welcome!
Here's my bio...I was born on August 24 at St. Francis Hospital. I was raised in Nanakuli and attended Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. Having had health problems in my younger years, I wasn't able to complete my high school education. However, in 1999 I earned my GED, and it feels great! I’ve been in the music industry for almost 30 years, 22 of those years with the Makaha Sons (of Ni'ihau). I started my musical career (age 12) with a group called "Na Leo O Nanakuli" (Andrew and Milton Rabanes and Kevin-Lee Kwan), who are now known as "Third Road Delight." We use to perform at the Makaha Sheraton back in the early 70's.
Some of the biggest highlights in my musical career are playing at Carnegie Hall in New York (twice), winning our first Na Hoku Hanohano Award, playing for President and Mrs. Clinton, and lately working on television and doing commercials.
A couple of the "lowlights" I've had is when, a couple of years ago, I took my kids to the library, and not having been to a library since the '70's, I didn't know that everything was computerized. So, I went to look up a book in the CARD CATALOG, you know, the one in those drawers. I couldn't find it, so I asked the librarian where it was. She looked at me real strange, and said, "We don't have those anymore... we haven't had them for at least 10 years now... how long has it been since you've been in a library?" I answered her, "Ten years, and one month." One more "lowlight" was when Toni asked me if I knew how to put oil in the car. I answered, "Of course - doesn't everybody?" So, she gave me a can of oil, and I opened up the hood of the car, took out the dipstick, and proceeded to try and pour the oil into the place where the dipstick was. Couldn't do it, of course, so I started yelling for her to get me a funnel so I can get the oil in... well, she came out, rolled her eyes, and put the oil in herself... in the right place! And you know what? I still can't do it!! Thank God for Jiffy Lube!! I take my car there, and tell Toni that I did it!
When I'm not playing music, some of the things I love to do are oil painting, playing chess, walking on the beach, traveling the world and meeting people, listening to jazz and the blues, and mostly spending time with my wife, Toni, our four sons, John Jr. (25), Jerman & Jordon (18), and Jerry (16).
There are so many people who have been a huge part of my life... first and foremost, God, Mom and Dad, my wife and kids, my brothers and sisters, aunties, uncles, cousins. Of course, Uncle Sam Choy and family, Lyle Hosoda and family, Tony Narito, John / Lea Heide, Kawikanui Kahele & family, Sharlene Oshiro, Dr. Francis Duhaylongsod, Hanale Kaanapu, Myrna Young, my friends, every single musician, disc jockey, writer, and news reporter I’ve had the pleasure of working with! And a very BIG part of my life, our fans...for without you, we would be nothing! To all of you, I send my fondest aloha and mahalo!
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