Hiroshima to Kick Off the New Year in Waikiki

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HONOLULU — Start the Year of the Sheep with the world’s premier Asian Pacific American band.

Hiroshima returns to Honolulu to celebrate the spirit of a “Thousand Cranes,” the fun of “Da Kitchen,” and of course, “Hawaiian Electric.” The double Grammy-nominated group features June Kuramoto, called “the world’s greatest koto player” by Stanley Clarke; local keyboard sensation Kimo Cornwell; and a special guest vocalist, Ewa Beach’s own Yvette Nii, who sang on 2010 Grammy-nominated “Legacy” CD.

Kuramoto says, “Playing these songs is just so much fun! Come out and join us and share the magic of Yvette’s amazing vocals.”

Hiroshima's Kimo Cornwell and guest vocalist Yvette Nii. (Photo by Ken Yamada Fong)

Hiroshima’s Kimo Cornwell and guest vocalist Yvette Nii. (Photo by Ken Yamada Fong)

The program features vocal hits from the early albums, along with Hiroshima favorites and the vibrant new music of “J-Town Beat” (2013).

Hiroshima celebrates 35 years in the industry and continues to top the charts with tracks from its current CD. The group, led by co-founders Dan Kuramoto (saxophone, flute, shakuhachi, keyboards) and June Kuramoto, includes Cornwell, Danny Yamamoto (drums) and Dean Cortez (bass).

Nii is currently residing and performing in Los Angeles after completing a national tour with the stage show “Tony and Tina’s Wedding.” Recent stage credits include The House of Blues in Hollywood, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Club in Bel Air, singing the national anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, recording for three-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and vice president of A&R at Motown Records Ne-Yo, and capturing nationally televised recognition as a finalist on the Fox reality show “The Search for the Next Elvira.”

She also performed in regional musical theater productions of “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and two original plays written and directed in Southern California, with Nii in lead roles emulating entertainment icons Marilyn Monroe in “Love You” and Patsy Cline in “Judy and Patsy on a Blue Day.”

The concert is presented by Apaulo Music Productions and the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel at the Magic of Polynesia Showroom in the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel (third floor), located at 2300 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu.

All seating is cabaret table seating. VIP tables are reserved seats up front. Orchestra seating up front is $85. VIP seats: $75 presale, $80 at the door. Gold seating, Level 2 (open seating): $65 presale, $70 at the door. General seating, Level 3 (back of the room): $60 presale, $65 at the door. Group rates are available.

For more information, call (951) 696-0184 or visit www.apaulomusic.com. Tickets can be purchased online www.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=709864.

Visit Hiroshima’s website at www.hiroshimamusic.com or go to www.facebook.com/hiroshimamusic.

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