Mark Yamanaka with IHM studentsHilo native and four time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Mark Yamanaka joined IHM students this afternoon for a nice long talk-story and jam session. He shared his experiences from growing up doing backyard jams, to his times performing with kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho, playing the Hilo “wedding/graduation/birthday lū‘ai” circuit, recording his first CD and his most recently release. His guitarist Bert Nāihe, joined him before heading off to soundcheck for their concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center this evening. Mahalo nui, Mark!

Mark Yamanaka with IHM students

Mark Yamanaka with IHM students

Mark Yamanaka with IHM students

Mark Yamanaka with Hollis Lee

Mark Yamanaka with IHM students

Mark Yamanaka with IHM students