Hōkū, Kekoa, and Pono

Hōkū Zuttermeister and Kekoa Kaluhiwa are longtime friends and lifelong residents of Kāneʻohe who have shared a love of playing Hawaiian music for almost three decades.  

From an early age, both men found an innate desire to perpetuate the music their kūpuna listended to and performed. While in highschool, Hōkū at Castle and Kekoa at Kamehameha, theywere members of the quartet, Kānaʻe. They honed their entertaining skills playing for family lūʻau, accompanying numerous hālau hula at Merrie Monarch, and playing at various venues throughout Waikīkī. Both gentleman have travelled the world sharing the beauty of Hawaii‘s culture, music and hula.  

Over the years, Hōkū and Kekoa went on to receive numerous accolades for their musicalartistry.  

As a solo recording artist, Hōkū recorded albums in 2007, 2010 and 2017 and received multiple Nā Hoku 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.  He has also recorded and performed with noted Hawaiʻientertainers such as Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, Jerry Santos, Sean Na‘auao, Nā Palapalai, Hoʻokena, Raiatea Helm and others. Hōkū also learned hula from an early age as the great-grandson of beloved kumu hula Kauʻi Zuttermeister.

As one third of the group Holunape, Kekoa recorded two albums in 2005 and 2008 and received Nā Hoku Hanohano Awards for Group of the Year (twice), Hawaiian Album of the Year, and Hawaiian Language.  He is the husband of HBA graduate Cheryl Arakaki from the Class of 1994. Kekoa and Cheryl met on stage in Waikīkī 20 years ago, she a hula dancer, he a musician, and they have been happily married for the last 18 years.

Pono Renaud is a young, talented up-and-coming Hawaiian musician and composer. He hailsfrom Waimānalo and is currently completing his education in Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Music at Windward Community College. Pono regularly performs with Malu Productions in Waikīkī and now with “uncles” Hōkū and Kekoa.