Abrigo Ohana

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - April 11, 2008
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Abrigo Ohana: Emily, Quinn and Timi
Abrigo Ohana: Emily, Quinn and Timi

Three talented Maui keiki are traveling to Oahu this month for their very first musical tour, which they are dedicating to the memory of Aunty Genoa Keawe and Raymond Kane.

They call themselves the Abrigo Ohana - a fitting name since the entire band is made up of siblings Timi, Emily and Quinn Abrigo.

Timi, the big brother of the group, is a 13-year-old talent who has slack key and ukulele skills way beyond his years. He plays a 12-string guitar gifted to him by George Kahanamoku and is the obvious leader of his younger siblings.

“My big brother teaches me everything,” says 5-year-old Quinn.

“My big brother taught me (music),” adds Emily. Emily, the 9-year-old falsetto force of the group, also plays the ukulele and bass guitar. She says she was inspired by the greats of Hawaii music, including Aunty Genoa Keawe.

“Aunty Genoa had fantastic vocals, and no one will ever be better than the great Aunty Genoa Keawe,” she says.

The little man of the group is Quinn, who started playing when he was just 3 years old. He holds down percussion and also plays pakini bass.

“It’s really fun (performing) because you can react with the people, and I can do cool stuff on my pakini bass,” says Quinn. “It’s important for me to hold the bass down for my brother and sister.”

The Abrigo Ohana will appear April 12 at the Honolulu Design Center with Keahi Conjugacion; and April 17 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s Moana Terrace as guests of the Keawe family. Then on April 20 they will be at the Waikiki Shell for the Kokua Festival. And before returning home, on April 21 the kids will end with filming for the Nighttime Show with Andy Bumatai at the Outrigger Waikiki Showroom.

For more details on events, to see pictures and video, or to enjoy a sample of their music, check out their website at www.myspace.com/abrigoohana


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