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About the Makaha Sons of Niihau

A unofficial fan site for the contemporary Hawaiian music group, the Makaha Sons of Niihau.

Facts About the Makaha Sons of Niihau
  • Group members first started playing together in 1974
  • The group name reflected the Niihau heritage of founding members Skippy and Israel Kamakawiwoole.
  • Original group members included Jerry Koko 15 year old Israel Kamakawiwoole. Israel's brother Skippy Kamakawiwoole, Louis Kauakahi, Abraham Nahulu, Melvin Amina and Sam Gray
  • The began performing during a time time when new groups were performing traditional Hawaiian songs using contemporary rhythms and harmonies.
  • Recorded 5 albums in 5 years between 1976 and 1981
  • After Skippy died of a heart attack in 1982 Jerome Koko rejoined the group and his brother John Koko Joined. By this time Mel Amina had already left the group.
  • The group recorded 4 more albums between 1984 and 1991 and they won several Na Hoku Hanohano awards during that time
  • They released two anthology albums in 1999
  • After Israel left the group in 19?? Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, Jerome Koko, and John Koko dropped the "of Niihau" from the group name and they became simply The Makaha Sons.

    Makaha Sons of Niihau Timeline
  • 1976: Released 1st album: No Kristo
  • 1977: Released 2nd album: Kahea O Keale
  • 1978: Released 3rd album: Keala
  • 1979: Released 4th album: Makaha Sons of Niihau
  • 1981: Released 5th album: Mahalo Ke Akua
  • 1982: Skippy Kamakawiwoole died of a hart attack
  • ----: Mel Amina left the group
  • ----: Jerome Koko rejoined and John Koko joined
  • 1984: Released 6th album: Puana Hou Me Ka Aloha
  • 1986: Released 7th album: Hoola
  • 1991: Released 8th album: Makaha Bash 3: Live at the Shell
  • 1991: Released 9th album: Hooluana
  • 1999: Released 10th Album: Na Mele Hanohano Vol 1
  • 1999: Released 11th Album: Na Mele Henoheno Vol 2

    Makaha Sons of Niihau Recordings
    Information about all eleven of the CD albums released by the Makaha Sons of Niihau between 1976 and 1999 plus information about where you can buy either the CD or MP3 download versions of those recordings.

    See also:
  • About the new Mahaka Sons Group
  • Hawaiian Music Artists by Name
  • Pictures of Hawaii Singers and Musicians



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