The Makaha Sons Sponsors
These are the companies that sponsor the Makaha Sons’ effort to bring the music of Hawai‘i to everyone around the world.

Aloha Shoyu

96-1205 Waiahona Street
Pearl City, HI 96782
Phone: (808) 456-5929 | Fax: (808) 456-5093

In 1946, a small shoyu (soy sauce) manufacturing plant was established in Kalihi, Hawaii by five local Japanese families. Amidst post World War II, the Aloha Shoyu Company survived through competition to become one of today's market leaders in Soy Sauce sales in Hawaii. Aloha Shoyu continues to expand its line of quality products to include barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, and a variety of vinegars. Tradition, local roots and flavor make Aloha Shoyu products a favorite among locals and visitors alike, so serve up your next favorite dish with a little Aloha.

Big Island Candies
585 Hinano Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 961-2199 (Administration)
(808) 935-8890 (Retail)
Toll-free: (800) 935-5510 USA and Canada
Facsimile: (808) 961-0659

Welcome to Big Island Candies!
Big Island Candies was established in 1977 with one sole purpose - to create the finest macadamia nut chocolates and cookies found anywhere in the world today. All of our chocolates and cookies are handmade starting with the finest ingredients, such as high-grade chocolate, island eggs, and premium 100% Hawaii-grown macadamia nuts. All the attention we give to each piece of our handmade chocolates and cookies is what makes Big Island Candies A True Hawaiian Classic!

The Big Island Candies Vision
Big Island Candies is a special company. It is a company whose facilities, methods of operation, and employees define the meaning of the spirit of Aloha, thus making our company one of the best in the industry. We produce one-of-a-kind chocolates, cookies, and unique delicacies of unsurpassed taste and quality. We are constantly creating new products to provide our customers with a continuously improving selection of merchandise using packaging that highlights the excellent quality of our products.

Big Island Candies treats every customer as a special guest by providing prompt, helpful, and friendly service. Everything humanly possible is done to ensure that our customers enjoy their shopping experience with us. We are confident that you will leave the store knowing that your purchases will be thoroughly enjoyed by your friends, loved ones, or yourself.

Our Promise to You
Big Island Candies takes every precaution to ensure that all of our handmade chocolates and cookies are of the highest quality and freshness. If at any time you find that our products do not meet these standards, just return the unused portion to us and we will gladly replace it.

First Hawaiian Bank
999 Bishop St., 29th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 525-7000

For more than 140 years, First Hawaiian Bank has grown with and become a part of this most beautiful place called Hawaii. While they're the oldest bank, they especially take pride in being one of the state's most dynamic institutions in terms of banking, customer and community services.

415 Cooke Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 591-0889

We've been in business for more than thirty years; you may not know us, but our products are all around you.
We're there. When it counts. Where it matters.
We provide the following products and services:

  • binding more than three quarters of a billion presentations, manuals and reports annually
  • lamination
  • license or identification cards
  • menu and book jacket protectors
  • bulletin boards, white boards and poster printers
  • shredders that guard your personal financial information

We're Gebco of Hawaii.

Hardware Hawaii

In 2001 Hardware Hawaii saw a need in the Mapunapuna area. A full line hardware store and custom "roll on/ roll off" lumber racks now serve builders and homeowners. Hardware Hawaii began in 1954 after Dana and Mary Lundquist, while on vacation in Hawaii from their Minnesota hardware store, decided it made a lot more sense to live in Hawaii and vacation in Minnesota. They opened Hardware Hawaii in the Kailua shopping Center on June 19, 1954.

Dana brought his retail philosophy that the customer comes first. He determined to make Hardware Hawaii the friendliest store ever and to have the highest level of service. That belief of "Customer First" has brought the company through almost fifty years of growth -- it is still our philosophy!

The Kailua store
30 Kihapai Street
Kailua, Hawaii 96734
The Kaneohe Store
46-184 Kahuhipa Street
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
The Honolulu Store
704 Mapunapuna Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines has been Hawai‘i’s largest airline since it was founded in 1929, and today serves eighteen domestic and international destinations in the Pacific region. Carrying more than six million passengers each year, the airline specializes in bringing visitors to Hawai‘i from points in the Western United States, Australia and the South Pacific, as well as in air transportation among the Hawaiian Islands. The airline provides daily service to Hawai‘i from more North American cities than any other airline, while also providing high-frequency, daily jet service to five destinations throughout the Hawaiian Islands and weekly service to Australia, Tahiti and Samoa. As such, Hawaiian is the only airline able to provide single-carrier service to each of Hawai‘i’s islands from the Western United States, Australia and the South Pacific.

On board, passengers are surrounded with the gracious warmth unique to the people and culture of the Islands, with our in-flight entertainment content being an integral part of this experience. The 14 aircraft in Hawaiian Airlines’ 767 fleet have between 240 to 260 seats and provide entertainment and in-seat audio capabilities for all flights to and from North America, Australia and the South Pacific. Of the more than 2.5 million passengers that Hawaiian Airlines brings to Hawai‘i each year from these transpacific and South Pacific destinations, 41 percent are male and 58 percent are female; 83 percent are traveling for pleasure; 19 percent are coming to Hawai‘i for the first time.

Owing to the airline’s placement as the premier carrier to and from the Hawaiian Islands, our in-flight media strives to deepen passengers’ understanding and appreciation for Hawai‘i’s multi-faceted experience, starting with indigenous Hawaiian culture and radiating out to encompass all aspects of modern Hawai‘i’s multicultural population. Inflight video programming changes depending on direction, with content geared toward the interests of passengers traveling either to or from Hawai‘i. All inflight content—video, audio and print—is changed on a bi-monthly basis.

The Hawaiian Insurance & Guaranty Company, Ltd.
Bishop Square, ASB Tower
1001 Bishop Street, 5th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813

Serving Hawaii since 1915, The Hawaiian Insurance & Guaranty Company, Limited is a provider of quality insurance products and services to the people of Hawai'i. Drawing on the knowledge and experience of professional insurance agents on all the major islands of Hawai'i, HIG is committed to providing a superior sense of security and protection through its services. We'll Be There When You Need Us Most.

Honolulu Trading Company
1108 Pensacola St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 536-9739

Honolulu Trading Company's primary business is jewelry. We buy or give loans on diamonds, Jewelry, Gold (in any condition), Hawaiiana, Watches, Gemstones, and Collectibles. We also do big business in Tahitian black pearls. We sell pearls and also have hundreds of different kinds of settings to mount pearls. We can set our customers pearls they have purchased or received from Tahiti.

Kalakaua Hawaii, L.L.C.

238 Sand Island Access Rd. Ste.-R-10A
Honolulu, HI 96819-2299
Phone & Fax: (808) 843-8858

An Original Kalakaua
Made In Hawaii

The Hawaiian aloha shirts from the 1930’s – 1950’s have become highly collectible, being correctly perceived by many as an indigenous form of art unique to America and the islands of Hawaii. With the great influx of U. S. service personnel in Hawaii headed to Pacific battlefields during the Second World War, interest in the Hawaiian shirt boomed as every sailor, marine or GI perceived these shirts as a catalyst for the good times associated with a weekend pass or liberty. After the war, the Hawaiian shirt continued to gain popularity from the exposure it received with returning servicemen, Major clothing manufacturers began producing Hawaiian-styled shirts in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower were forever seen sporting these shirts during relaxing moments at ball games, on vacation or while on golf outings. Hollywood icons and entertainers, such as: Elvis Presley, Arthur Godfrey, Bing Crosby, Lee Marvin and, of course, John Wayne, were also quick to identify with these styles. But it was From Here to Eternity, the magnificent 1954 academy award-winning film about pre-war army life at the Schofield Barracks near Pearl Harbor, that flung the Hawaiian shirt to the forefront of popularity. This film hosts a feast of magnificent vintage Hawaiian shirts, most of which are prominently worn by lead actors Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Borgnine. Unfortunately, the great demand for the shirts in the late 1950’s spawned mass production of the polyester shirts of the 1960’s, thus went the unique beauty, designs, style and quality of the original shirts from the first 30 years, hence the great scarcity, collectibility and demand for these vintage shirts today.

We are proud to present the finest, most authentic vintage reproduction, retro style Hawaiian shirts available in the world, the esteemed “An Original Kalakaua, Made in Hawaii”, originally established in 1937.  These are vintage designs from the heyday of Hawaiian shirts (1930’s - 1950’s) reproduced true to their original and brilliant colors and charm. The imported fabrics are custom made 100% rayons, cotton/rayon blends, and 100% cottons.  Processes for silk screening of the ornate patterns have been duplicated with care. Buttons are handcrafted, cut, drilled and polished coconut.  The fit and shape of the shirt is uncompromisingly just like the originals, not updated for today’s fashion look.  Each vintage cut shirt features double needle stitching, an expertly matched pocket, top loop and button and an extra button stitched into the inside front facing.  We manufacture our shirts in sizes ranging from extra small to eight (8) extra large.  Complimenting our men’s shirts is a full range of junior and missy women’s wear and of course we have keiki (children’s) wear for the little ones in the family.  We take great satisfaction in our work to produce this fine line of Hawaiian wear.  Remember, Hawaiian shirts really can only be made in Hawaii.  All others claiming to be Hawaiian but made offshore are merely imitations.  Don’t wear anything but the best, you deserve no less.  Aloha!

Kamehameha Garment Company
Quality Aloha Attire Since 1936
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Office: (808) 597-1503 | Fax: (808) 597-1503

Named for Hawaii's legendary King Kamehameha I, who united the island chain in 1795, the company experienced immediate success and established a reputation of purveyor of high quality garments that captured the unique spirit and traditions of island living. This reputation continued throughout the ensuing years and today, if one looks through the many books and articles that have been written about the Hawaiian fashion industry, the name Kamehameha will always be mentioned first, and foremost. Indeed original Kamehameha "silky" aloha shirts are prized by collectors of the genre, fetching hundreds, even thousands of dollars from antique clothing aficionados.

If you are looking to buy a truly genuine Hawaiian garment made the old fashioned way, with quality and tradition as the prime ingredients, you need look no further.

In 1995, MELE.COM first opened its virtual doors to the then new world of the internet. Founded for the love of Hawai`i, its music and culture, MELE.COM made Hawaiian music accessible to Hawaiians-far-from-home, and those Hawaiian-at-heart all over the world. Even beyond offering the most extensive online catalog of Hawaiian CDs, DVDs and those of other Polynesian groups, The MELE.COM website houses information on halau around the world -- if you want to hula in Holland, you can! -- as well as a Hawaiian music concert calendar, and other links of interest to those who love the music of Hawai`i.

Originally based in California, MELE.COM now calls Kaua`i home. You can listen to Auntie Maria, the proprietor of MELE.COM on her twice-weekly radio show broadcast on KKCR-FM and hear the latest and the greatest in Hawaiian music.

MELE.COM supports community efforts through membership in the Hawai`i Academy of Recording Artists (HARA), the Kekahu Foundation, Pacific Islanders in Communication, and Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Mutual Publishing, LLC
1215 Center Street, Suite 210
Honolulu, HI 96816
Telephone: (808) 732-1709 | Fax: (808) 734-4094

With over 300 titles in print and approximately 30 new titles every year, Mutual Publishing is proud to be Hawaii's largest trade publisher of Hawaiiana and local interest books.

Mutual also produces a quality line of Hawaiiana stationery products. If you are looking for a gift that says "Aloha", look no further than our popular Hibiscus line, or our new "Slippa" and Pineapple lines of stationery products.

For Hawaii's leading businesses and organizations interested in distinguishing themselves in the marketplace, Mutual delivers a wide range of private label print products and services. Our extensive network of printers, authors, artists and industry experts allow Mutual to offer the optimal blend of quality and value.

Obun Hawaii Group
1052 Waimanu Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone: (808) 591-6286
Fax: (808) 591-9479

We are proud of our high standards of quality, and our one-stop-shop capability offering a full range of services including commercial printing, publishing, graphic design, database management, mailing, and media sales. We are committed to offering you personalized service and innovative solutions to suit your needs.


Local Television at its Best

Get a closer look at Hawaii's schools, the places we love to eat, the fun things to do outdoors and much more. OC 16 carries a refreshing mix of locally produced shows that feature the unique people and places in Hawaii.

The Paradise Yellow Pages
Paradise Media Group
99-860 Iwaena St. Suite 202
Aiea, HI 96701
Phone: (808) 485-8856

The Paradise Media Group LLC based in Honolulu, Hawaii is a multimedia corporation specializing in Yellow Pages publishing and advertising sales. The Company was founded in 1999 and opened for business May 2000.

The Company¹s overall objective is to become the leader of directional advertising and electronic media in Hawaii. Beginning with the introduction of an innovative Yellow Pages directory and followed by a savvy Internet strategy.

To contribute to the positive welfare of the Hawaiian community, to invest a generous portion of the company¹s profits back into Hawaii, and in particular, to emphasize youth development by sponsoring educational programs and youth sports.

The Company distributes directories to every residence and business on Oahu to achieve maximum coverage and exposure for its advertisers.

Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch, Crab & Big Aloha Brewery
580 N. Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 545-7979 | Fax: (808) 545-7997

Located in Honolulu's industrial district of Iwilei, Sam Choy's second restaurant on Oahu features generous portions of local favorites for breakfast and lunch. Dinner at Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch, & Crab features fresh seafood, including a variety of crab and shellfish, steaks, ribs, and chicken. Sam's own Big Aloha Beer is brewed on-site by Brewmaster David Campbell. Full bar also available.

Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab hosts a special Brewer's Dinner every month pairing 5 varieties of Big Aloha Beer with Sam's great food!

Sam Choy's Diamond Head Restaurant
449 Kapahulu Avenue, Second Floor
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone:(808) 732-8645 | Fax: (808) 732-8682

Chef Sam's first restaurant on Oahu, the Diamond Head Restaurant, opened in 1995. Located on the east edge of Waikiki, this award-winning restaurant serves Sam's unique rendition of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Restaurant patrons are presented with sumptuous local-style dishes in Sam's signature generous portions. All dinners include Soup du Jour and Kaloko Salad. Full bar available with an exciting wine list and a variety of refreshing tropical drinks.

Sam Choy's TV cooking show is filmed onsite at Sam Choy's Diamond Head Restaurant. Call about their monthly wine events in the tasting kitchen.

Sinaloa Tortillas
3239 Koapaka Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone/Fax: (808) 833-3695

Sinaloa Tortillas is a family-owned enterprise, dedicated to offering quality food products, made in Hawaii by local people, not imported from the mainland. We wish to take this opportunity to thank God and the Hawaiian community for their ho'okipa and to thank our loyal customers for buying Hawaii first. By buying Sinaloa products, you contribute to making Hawaii's economy stronger.

Tropical Music, Inc.

P.O. Box 1494
Honolulu, HI 96806
Phone: (808) 941-8751
Fax: (808) 943-6009

Bill Murata, a veteran record producer, started Tropical Music in 1974. He loved music, especially Hawaiian music and it was his mission to perpetuate the music of our Islands by seeking new talent as well as recording established artists.

Since 1983, Lea Uehara has been at the helm, and in 1989 Kata Maduli joined Tropical Music as producer. Notable stars such as Teresa Bright, Cyril Pahinui, Del Beazley, Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, and Rocky Brown have joined the established recording acts such as the Makaha Sons. In addition, solo efforts by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (from the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau), and Dennis Pavao (from Hui Ohana) have added award-winning recordings to the catalog.

Over the years the records have won every major category of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy Awards). Among the awards include Male, and Female Vocalist of the Year; Group of the Year; Traditional, and Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year; Instrumental of the Year; Anthology of the Year; Haku Mele (Hawaiian Song), and Song of the Year; as well as awards in the technical categories of engineering, graphics, and liner notes

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