By Wayne Harada
A concert by three 1950s-'60s groups — The Platters, The Coasters and The Drifters — will be staged at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 21 as the nightcap of a day-long conference that will not only commemorate Hawaii’s 50th anniversary as a state but explore the vision for the next 50 years.
Themed “New Horizons for the Next 50 Years: A Commemoration Conference,” the event will include reflection and perspective on what Hawaii means to the rest of the world. The gathering will serve as a launching pad for the state’s next 50 years, according to the conference website, www.hawaiistatehoodconference.com.
The nostalgic flashback rock event is a post-conference attraction following a day reflection and contemplation, to plan for the future and to learn from the past. Conference folks may attend, but the general public take in the show without attending the daytime events. However, anyone can register for the the daytime sessions.
The Platters are known for such indelible hits as “Twilight Time,” “Only You,” “My Prayer,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “The Great Pretender;” The Coasters are linked to such classics as “Yakety-Yak,” “Searchin’,” “Little Egypt,” and “Charlie Brown;” and The Drifters are remembered for “Up on the Roof,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” and “On Broadway,” and “There Goes My Baby.”
Conference topics include issues on the economy, energy and education in the 21st century, amid a landscape of changing technology and cultural changes affecting Native Hawaiians, with key talks by Andy Karsner, former deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; Dean Kamen, founder, DEKA Research; John Zogby, political pollster, Zogby International; Tom Coffman, Island author; Dr. Charles Morrison, East-West Center president; and Andrew Mason, author.
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21
Hawai’i Convention Center
$30 delegates, $15 student delegates
$50 for food-beverage amenities (=breakfast, breaks and luncheon) plus evening concert featuring The Platters, The Coasters and The Drifters
$50, 7:15 p.m. concert only