50 Years of statehood--plus a '50s flashback show

June 27th, 2009
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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.

STATEHOOD CONFERENCE
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
www.hawaiistatehoodconference.com

3 Responses to “50 Years of statehood--plus a '50s flashback show”

  1. moke young:

    Aloha,

    What a refreshing note hear when you mention the Platter's, The Coaster's, The Drifter's & of course, Five-Oh Statehood Celebration's that also means great excitement for me.

    It brings an instantaneous smile to me!

    I met members of the Platter's while working in New Brunswick, Canada & had a blast singing along during a live show in a small venue & had a nice chat outside thereafter.

    My co-worker in Utah played with the Drifter's about five years ago in Las Vegas and I was so happy for him because their music is powerful & to be called upon by the musicians union there was a prominent gesture in my book knowing a little bit about how they elevate spirits.

    My friend, Brother Boom Gaspar, played with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes in Philly and NYC; I was so happy for him and impressed. He also performed in NYC with Al Jareau.

    I was shocked but when you heard Brother Boom Jam with Sam Solotario & Jensen Richards, Fughetaboutit!

    They were one of the finest outdoor evening bands nationwide I've ever saw in my life with the exception of Arnette Howard and the Creole Funk Band of Columbus, OH who could light up any crowd and even kids! Never saw anything like it and always wished that Arnette would visit and jam in Hawai'i.

    The music contained within the bands named in the above mentioned article are those that I love playing on the Ukulele because many common folk can sing along and it can make for a great time amongst friends and inspiring strangers.

    My friend, the late Sam Taylor, came up from that era & played with Joey Dee and the Starlighter's with my friends brother David Brigati. When Eddie Brigati makes new music at his home, there is special seating for guests whom some and go; everyone is allowed to hum along and get into the mix!

    Only a man with a huge heart like Eddie would allow something like that. His "War Room," decorated with Native American artifacts, is where serious business decisions are made but still filled with Aloha that wafts through the air within!

    It was that kind of music that leads me to the song "My Hawai'i" written by Eddie Brigati during a plane trip with his Mom in the late fifties that was later popularized by the Krush.

    Eddie Brigati was the finest human being I've ever met besides Jimmy Buffett and when I sing along with the tune my Hawai'i via You Tube I can envision him on the plane writing the tune and as he approached the island chains many of the lyrics must have clicked so well because its a powerful song.

    It's one of my all time favorites and when Eddie told me at his mom's home in Lincolm Park, NJ, I nearly fell over and buckled! When I first met him here in LI,NY at the Shinnecock Indian Res and asked him what songs the Rascals played while not knowing a whole lot, he mentioned "Groovin" that was enough to make me actually kneel down and bow!

    When I was introduced to Johnny Farina by Eddie it was the same fire drill but this time I saw this artist on stage as he played "Sleep Walk" then I found out that he was an icon to so many slide guitarists.

    I met Eddie through my Native friend whom while they were visiting LI with the LaBatte family of Kaneohe who were like family to me and it was one heck of a coincidence sometime ago indicating how small the world can appear sometime.

    Those characters from that era all drew Mana from one another and why that music will never die! They made it Universal.

    Dennis Kamakahi told me one day to tell Eddie that the music of the Young
    Rascasl's got he and many through puberty!

    Mahalo's for taking my mind back to the past & will at least play "Under The Boardwalk" that is such as great tune to play when friends have been drinking, smoking and carrying on!

    Happy Fourth of July!

    I'll now have to go to YouTube and catch the Platter's!

    I'd love for you to write about my main man Stevie Wonder in the near future or............. the...................

    Past Crater Festivals.....three, four or five stages.....Santana, Jeff Beck, Blue Oyster Cult and so many I forgot but never forgot hiking the crater to get in free! Easier to juts pay sometime!

    With Aloha,

    Moke Young


  2. tom okimoto:

    does anybody have the old statehood song? "I want my statehood uncle"?


  3. get rich today:

    Interesting story- Will definitely visit soon-