Gabe Kila & the Nanakuli Sons were a very popular Hawaiian music combo in the 1970s.
The leader was born Gabriel K. Kilakalua, Jr. and he hailed from Nanakuli. He played ukulele.
Gabe “Kila” was his stage name in an era of limited Hawaiian language skills in audiences.
Dennis P. Keohokalole, from the Windward side, played bass. He used ‘Bla’ as his stage name.
Sterling Kalua, the organist, was from Nanakuli.
Jimmy Dawson, the drummer, hailed from Waipahu.
Together, their polished vocal harmonies, and tight nightclub act made them headliners at Dell Webb’s Kuilima Hotel.
In 1974, they recorded 2 albums: one in the studio, and one live at the White Whale Lounge at the Kuilima Hotel.
Today, we’ll listen to those rare out-of-print recordings from the Territorial Airwaves archives.
This week's playlist:
1- Paniolo Country – Gaby Kila & Nanakuli Sons
2- Na Kohala Kamakani A Pa’a Pa’a – Gabe Kila
3- Kamuela – Gabe Kila & Nanakuli Sons
4- Waika - Gabe Kila & Nanakuli Sons
5- Paniolo - Gabe Kila & Nanakuli Sons
6- Akulikuli - Gabe Kila & Nanakuli Sons
7- Pili Me Ka’u Manu - Gabe Kila & Nanakuli Sons
8- Comeseibella - Gabe Kila & Nanakuli Sons
9- Beautiful Kauai - Gabe Kila & Nanakuli Sons
10- Waimea Waltz - Gabe Kila & Nanakuli Sons
Length: 54:00 Released on: 11-21-2014 Artist/Compiled by: Gabe Kila & Nanakuli Sons