The best gig for The Hawaiian Serenaders was when we represented the State of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 1996. We passed the audition backstage of the Opera House (show us what you can do in 5-minutes) and then planned a 1-hour concert after we were accepted into the State Days Program where an act from all 50 states performed during the year. Our show included hula as we told the story of Hawai’i through music. Hundreds of people heard us.
After the concert, our contact at the Kennedy Center came up to give us a plaque commemorating the occasion. The money we were paid has come and gone, but the plaque remains in our house today.
(Photo taken with Jay Kohn, Production Manager of the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer Series after our concert at Washington, D.C., 7 June 1996)