Musician Gregson ‘Bozo’ Hanohano quenched his thirst for Hawaiian music

By | November 13, 2022

Multi-talented musician Gregson “Bozo” Hanohano, founding member of the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning band Ho’okena, died Oct. 29 at his house in Waimanalo. He was 66 years outdated.

Born in Honolulu, raised in Palolo Valley and a graduate of Campbell Excessive College, Hanohano discovered his calling in music. He was working with Keolalaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka of kumu hula Aloha Dalire – singing, enjoying ukulele and Tahitian drums, and typically internet hosting halau minishows in malls – when he was requested to hitch a dwell band who needed to “quench the thirst”. for conventional Hawaiian music on the peak of the Jamaican music growth.

Hanohano joined them to create Ho’okena (the title interprets to “to quench the thirst”).

Ho’okena debuted in 1989 as a quintet comprising Hanohano, William “Ama” Aarona, Manu Boyd, Horace Okay. Dudoit III and Glen Smith. The group’s first album is aptly named: “Thirst Quencher! – was an instantaneous hit with Hawaiian music followers when it was launched in 1990.

“Thirst-quenching drink!” gained three Hoku Awards—Group of the Yr, Most Promising Artist, and Modern Hawaiian Album—the next yr.

When remembering Hanohano, two different founding members agreed that though he was formally the band’s bassist, he contributed in different methods.

“He performed the ukulele a lot better than me, and I used to be pleased to obtain recommendation from him,” Aarona recalled in an e-mail. “Bozo was the soloist on ‘Lumaha’i’, from our (second) CD, ‘Alternative of the Coronary heart.’ He walked into the recording room and recorded it in a single take. He was nicknamed ‘One-take Bozo.’ When it was my flip to do a solo, I had a tough time, however Bozo was there to cheer me on, telling me I might do it.

Dudoit remembered Hanohano as “a gifted man, an superior ukulele participant with a really distinctive voice”, who additionally loved enjoying the Hawaiian card recreation paiute.

When the band performed for Dalire’s halau on the Merrie Monarch Competition, “our rehearsals had been at all times early within the morning at 6 a.m., and we might keep up all evening enjoying paiute and sounding like s— at rehearsal”, mentioned Dudoit. “Aloha Dalire can be (indignant) as a result of she knew we had been up all evening, however after sleeping by the day, we sounded nice at evening.”

In 1991, Hanohano left Ho’okena after the discharge of “Alternative within the Coronary heart”. He spent the remainder of his life working with the halau hula in Hawaii and different components of the world.

“He was stealing so much in Hilo as a result of he performed for Halau Hula O Kahikilaulani and kumu hula Ray Fonseca, who’s now beneath (kumu hula) Nahoku Gaspang, and likewise with (Keli) Gobbles (Viernes)”, his sister Adele Hanohano Tripp mentioned Thursday. “They had been going everywhere in the world to play music, they usually had been at all times going to Hilo and enjoying with the halau.”

Hanohano can also be survived by his mom, Sheila Hanohano; his brother, Lopaka Hanohano; and sisters Kehau and Jelyn Hanohano.

Plans for memorial celebrations haven’t been introduced.