Roslyn Catracchia and David Kauahikaua chose five of Hawaii’s finest men doing what they do best – singing from their hearts.
These men all come from different backgrounds – opera, pop, Hawaiian, musical theatre. All five have been performing for years and love to share their gift of song.
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Originally from Guam, George moved to Hawaii in 1991 where he began his studies at the University of Hawaii, majoring in music. He quickly got involved with Hawaii Opera Theatre and has performed with the HOT chorus on the beautiful Blaisdell Concert Hall in a number of operas. While at UH, he was chosen to be one of the Hawaii Opera Studio singers. He moved to New York in 2001 to follow his passion for music and the arts and studied opera as a Resident Young Artist with the Dicapo Opera Theatre. “Our Finest Gifts” is George’s first recording project, but he sings as a soloist and with the choir at First Presbyterian Church throughout the year.
Nowhere is Mahi’ai as free as when he is singing, acting, dancing, or doing any type of performing whatsoever. A native of the Hawaiian Islands, he was awarded the Master Keiki Hula award in 1988 by Halau Hula Olana. A member of Hawaii Youth Opera chorus, he toured Switzerland, England, France, Austria, and Italy under the direction of Nola Nahulu. His local stage credits include “Scrooge” with Frank de Lima, “West Side Story,” “Grease,” South Pacific,” and “The King and I.” But his dreams and dedication to his craft have taken him all around the world. Broadway Show Stoppers at the Atlantic City Trump Plaza Hotel. “City Rhythm” in Kansas City. An original cast member of “Mystic Rhythms” in Tokyo Disney Seas in Japan, and “Christmas Joy Spectacular and “Imagine” at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, to name a few of his adventures. He led the Chippendales at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas as Dance Captain, and performed with Bottoms Up at the Flamingo Hotel. He has performed with Tony Braxton, Deborah Cox, John Saccade, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Gloria Gaynor, and Brian McKnight. Recently, he has worked on The Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise ship as lead singer with Royal Caribbean Cruises, as well as on the Spirit Cruise Ship with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Broadway Credits include “Aida,” “Mambo Kings,” and “Wicked” as Chistery.
A full-time musician for over 16 years, Cory performs all over our beautiful island, including The Modern on Tuesdays, Longboards at Ko Olina on Wednesdays, Nico’s on Fridays and Ihilani on Saturdays. He also sings at weddings, baby luaus, and any number of Holiday parties. His rich, versatile baritone voice is unforgettable, and worth the drive in any direction! Cory loves traveling with his family, especially to their favorite island, Kauai. You can find Cory’s CDs on iTunes. For more information, visit his website, www.coryoliveros.com
While Elika is a local boy at heart, we are lucky to actually catch him while he’s flying through town. This incredibly versatile tenor has been traveling the world as one of Holland America’s finest soloist aboard their glorious cruise ships. However, in 2008 he gave an unforgettable performance as Enjolras in Diamond Head Theatre’s Les Miserables. In 2010, he joined the famous Society of Seven, and Hawaii’s Star-Advertiser wrote, “Ruivivar’s latest stellar find is Elika Santos, (who) clearly deserves his place as the newest member of the group. Santos stands out from the opening number…on through several show-stopping showcase segments. He thrilled the opening crowed with a pair of Journey hits and topped that with a tribute to Pavarotti.” Also in 2010, he joined Hawaii Opera Theatre in their production of La Boheme. Singing all genres of music – Opera, Rock, Pop, Standards, and Musical Theatre, Elika is one of Hawaii’s finest vocal instructors.
Ryan has been performing in Hawaii and abroad for 20+ years. His love of music spans many genres from Gospel, Opera, Musical Theater, Pop, Hawaiian, and all music that shares emotion and tells a story. Ryan currently performs as an Emcee for Tihati Productions in Waikiki and throughout the Hawaiian Islands. But recently he has been inspired to begin working on his first solo CD as well as other exciting musical projects that will be coming out in the Spring and Summer of 2015.
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