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Blue Note Hawaii Presents Hoku Zuttermeister

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Hōkū Zuttermeister was born and raised in Kāne‘ohe, Hawai‘i. He comes from a Hawaiian family dynasty that encompasses both the hula and music communities.  His great-grandmother, Kau‘i Zuttermeister penned the beloved song, “Nā Pua Lei ‘Ilima,” and his great-aunt is Kumu Hula Noe Zuttermeister.

After all these years, and through the support of friends like Jerry Santos, Robert Cazimero, Aunty Genoa Keawe, Les Ceballos and many others, it was apparent that the time had come for Hōkū to step into the spotlight and record his first solo album.  Hōkū’s highly-anticipated debut album, “‘Āina Kūpuna”, was released on March 27, 2007, to brisk sales and glowing reviews.  In the April 6, 2007 edition of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, John Berger says “Hōkū Zuttermeister's long-awaited album lives up to the high standards expected of it.  A welcome addition to the relatively short list of traditional Hawaiian releases in recent months, it is a perfect showcase for Zuttermeister as a solo artist and would represent Hawaii quite well at the Grammy Awards next spring.”  From the Honolulu Advertiser, Wayne Harada exclaims “This is the kind of auspicious debut that evokes admiration and endorsements, and ultimate stardom.  Simply put, this is Hawaiiana at its best and an early contender to sweep the awards next year.”

Hōkū is a young man in his early 30’s, but he has been a part of the Hawaiian music industry for a very long time.  The way he keeps his outlook fresh is by keeping one thing in his heart…friendship; it is friendship that brings meaning to all of his music and keeps the music ‘fun’.  Hōkū’s outlook toward the future includes sharing his music and experiences and he hopes to provide a platform for future generations of Hawaiian musicians to stand on and to help guide them on a road that is sometimes rough and filled with twists and turns, but whose reward is the knowledge that they will be bringing the past forward to a very bright future.

Hōkū's album, “‘Āina Kūpuna”, won six 2008 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards including Hawaiian Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Hawaiian Language Performance, Most Promising New Artist and Liner Notes.

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