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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 21, 2001

April 14 reunion set for some '70s Isle favorites

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

Bilyeu: Member of Kalapana Pratt: Still part of the band
Kalapana, one of Hawai'i's enduring contemporary pop bands, will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in the Hawai'i Ballroom of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

Joining the group, which is now breezing into its third decade, in a nostalgic concert:

• Andy Bumatai, one of the Islands' premier stand-up comics, who is coming out of semi-retirement for the gig.

• Summer, a post-Kalapana band, reuniting after 20 years.

Like Cecilio & Kapono, Kalapana was a prolific, productive Island band with a string of self-composed hits, including such classics as "Nightbird," "Naturally," "The Hurt," "Moon and Stars," "You Make It Hard," "Black Sand," "Juliette," "Kona Daze," "For You I'd Chase a Rainbow" and more.

While band members have changed, with Mackey Feary's death leaving a notable void, Kalapana nonetheless has persevered. The group includes D.J. Pratt, Malani Bilyeu, Kenji Sano and Gaylord Holomalia; sidemen such as Maurice Bega are being lined up.

Bumatai, who has a cache of TV credits (local and Mainland), is remembered for his "All in the 'Ohana" series, in which he played five members of a family, as well as appearances on "Byrds of Paradise," "Raven" and "Marker."

Summer appeared in a 1976 Aloha Stadium concert with Kalapana and C&K. Members are Tim Hurley, Charles Recaido and Ron Yuen.

Tickets: $40, $30, $20 in advance, includes one drink ($45, $35, $25 at the door), on sale at Tower Records Kahala and Pearl Kai, Tower Video on Ke'eaumoku Street and the Sheraton dining desk. Information: 922-4422.