The first time I saw Summer play was in 1977 at the Aloha Stadium, for a C&K concert. I have to re-thank my sister Sharon who bought me and my other sister Terry Ann concert tickets for our Christmas gifts. Sharon along with her UH college friends frequent the 2nd floor establishment called "Toppe Ada Shoppe" along Kapiolani Boulevard back in the 70s. Today Walgreens occupies this property. Sharon would tell us about the bands that played there and the kinds of music they played. One of their favorite bands was Summer. Unfortunately I never got the chance to visit the Toppe Ada Shoppe, but luckily Terry Ann had purchased the Summer in Malibu album. We quickly learned the lyrics to all their songs and the rest is history.
We were so happy to finally see Summer play having missed their last 3 reunion performances due to conflicting schedules. This evening started with a visit by 2 dancing lions for the Chinatown New Year's celebration. After the smell of fire crackers and noise faded, we settled into our front row seats (thanks Terry Kakazu!) and it was 1977 all over again! It was fun to reminisce and sing along to our favorite songs again such as New Years Eve, Forrest, Fire Fly, Plenty of Reason, Kona Daze, No Place Like Home, Love Is, etc. Feeding that lion for good luck surely paid off. Since the show started later than planned due to the street festivities, the band agreed to play an extra set. What a treat to hear Juliet (written by Ron And Mackie), Nanakuli Blues, Lahainaluna, Lady Wants to Know, and more. Later that night I just had to get my guitar out and strum a few more songs. Geez, those were the good old days!
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Summer's next reunion show will be on February 22nd at Terry's Place.
Please enjoy these captured golden moments below. Mahalo SUMMER! and Don't Stop The Music!
The Summer Band:
Ron Yuen - Guitar, vocals
Tim Hurley - Bass guitar, vocals
Peter Abiva - Guitar, vocals
Dexter Cadiente - Congas, percussions, vocals
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