SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California invites you to a very special event: Na Leo Hawaiian Holidays Concert, on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Center, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco Japantown.
Na Leo Pilimehana, which in Hawaiian means “the voices blending together in warmth,” is the biggest-selling Hawaiian female music group in the world. Na Leo consists of three childhood friends, Nalani Jenkins, Lehua Kalima and Angela Morales. With numerous local, national and international awards and recognition for their range of Hawaiian contemporary songs to pop ballads, the center is excited to welcome Na Leo back for this fundraising event.
Over the course of their career, the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts has recognized Na Leo with 23 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s equivalent to the Grammy), including Song of the Year four times, with their hits: “Saving Forever,” “Flying With Angels,” “Rest Of Your Life,” and their international hit “I Miss You Hawaii.” as well as Album of the Year and Group of the Year. Earlier this year, Na Leo won Contemporary Album of the Year for “Beautiful Day.”
Prior to the performance, VIP guests will enjoy pupus by Les Tomita, owner of Da Kitchen, Maui.
Da Kitchen exemplifies the melting pot of cultures of Hawaii in its approach to cuisine. Tomita, a Sansei, combined the foods he loved as a child with all the flavors he shared growing up in Hawaii. The immigrants that came to work in the plantations brought their simple, inexpensive, but flavor-packed lunches to work and soon were sharing them with one another, creating the plate lunch. Tomita likes to refer to these origins as Hawaiian soul food— generations of family recipes, brought from all over the world, by those hoping to build a better life for their families and future generations. Food brought together by the spirit of aloha to be side-by-side on one plate. From these humble roots, Da Kitchen has become a culinary juggernaut, winning numerous awards, including the prestigious Ilima Award, Hale Aina Award and Aipono Awards for outstanding restaurants in Hawaii.
Click here to reserve your tickets. $110 VIP package ($95 JCCCNC members) includes preferred concert seating and VIP reception. $65 general admission ($50 JCCCNC members) for concert only.