Introducing… LS 34 Band

My dear friend, Sandy Ordonez Tsujimura would like to extend an invitation to all of you to come out to Dot’s in Wahiawa on Saturday, April 21 to enjoy the sounds of LS 34.



You’re probably wondering like me, how they came up with a band name like LS 34, right?  Well, I’m going to tell you.  Actually, I’m going to tell you what Sandy shared with me.


‘LS’ stands for ‘Lovin’ Sounds‘, a dance band that did the High School and Military circuit back the late 1960s through 1970.  They were also a Battle of Bands winner in 1969.
In the Summer of 2004, 34 years after the Band graduated from High School (1970) to pursue college/careers/families, they got back together just for fun but decided to do a few gigs from time to time to keep motivated and challenged.  Hence the ’34’ in LS 34. 
Their first public gig was at Kapi’olani Park for the Annual American Heart Association Oahu Heart Walk in 2006 for a crowd of 2,000+, and have been the spotlight band for the last 6 years.  The band primarily plays for Community Fundraisers, High School Class Reunions, and private parties.  Rehearsals are usually held monthly.  Performing and playing Classic Rock from the 60s and 70s is a Labor of Love.
The band has never charged a dime for their services!
This April 21st Rock & Roll night will be their 1st paying Gig.  What will they do with their earnings?  They plan to have a Band dinner with their spouses and families to celebrate their love for music and everlasting friendship! 


How could you not want to support them?  Yeah, Wahiawa is little bit far for us townies – but it’s a nice drive out to the country.  And the air is so clean and crisp in Wahiawa.


I understand that a couple of members of LS 34 used to play with Natural High back in the days of Hula Hut.  Jensen Tamanaha (Kaimuki 1972) was former Natural High band member, as well as Kenneth Uyeno (Farrington 1970) who also sang for a short period for Natural High and also the Lasting Sounds.


In fact, you know what?  Check this site out for more inside scoops on LS 34:


I know you MLCers enjoy looking at pictures from back in the day, right?  Check out this video produced by JontMedia that I borrowed from their web site.  This video is so MLC!



And here’s a write up of the original LS band – also borrowed from their web site:


The Lovin’ Sounds
by Wes Nakashima


Playing in the Lovin’ Sounds in High School was a lot fun, but also very hard work. We played every Friday, Saturday and practiced every Sunday. We enjoyed talking story with the other bands we played with. Harold and I liked to dance if we had a chance. Being a paying band, we were very responsible in showing up at the job on time and played very well every weekend. We hardly made any mistakes. There were nights that we played two places in one night.


There were a lot of bands: The Koachmen from Pearl City (Waipahu High School), Calientes and Insights from Roosevelt High School, The Lasting Sounds from Farrington High School, Pinky’s Rose Garden from McKinley High School were some of the bands we played with every weekend. Some of places we played at: High Schools – Punahou, Iolani, St. Louis, Mid-Pac, St. Francis, Kalani, University High, Marynoll, McKinley, Roosevelt, etc. Don’t you think that we were a town band. University of Hawaii – Hemming Way Hall and Klum Gym Waikiki Shell – Guest Band at a Battle of the Bands sponsored by KGMB, Won 1st place at another Battle of the Bands on August 25 and 26 competing with 17 bands. Proms- Farrington High School Junior Prom and St. Anthony High School Senior Prom in Maui.


1970 Lovin’ Sounds Band consist of 7 members:
Ronald Ishikawa – Lead Guitar
Harold Kageura – Rhythm Guitar
George Furukawa – Bass Guitar
Wes Nakashima – Organ
Bryce Freeman – Drums
John Kikuchi – Lead Singer
Ken Uyeno – Lead Singer


Music in the video performed by LS 34
Song Title: Get Together by Jesse Colin Young


There’s more pictures and videos on their web site so do take a moment to check it out.



THE LS 34 BAND (L to R):

Eugene Nakabayashi (Pearl City ’74) – guitar, sound
Jensen Tamanaha
(Kaimuki ’72) – congas, vocals
Craig Kim
(Aiea ’78) – drums
Karl Nishio
(Roosevelt ’72) – percussions, guitar, vocals
** Ronald Ishikawa(Waipahu ’70) – lead guitar**
Ken Uyeno
(Farrington ’70) – vocals

Ron Hanagami(Waipahu ’70) – vocals
Sandy Ordonez Tsujimura (Castle ’79) – vocals
** Harold Kageura (Waipahu ’70) – lead guitar
Mike Gonsalves (Waipahu ’71) – bass guitar, vocals
** Wes Nakashima (Waipahu ’70) – keyboards
** Milton Matsusaki (Waipahu ’68) – lead guitar


** LOVIN’ SOUNDS (Original Member)


So if you can, reserve 4/21/12 for a night of old school dance music at Dot’s in Wahiawa!



Happy Easter!

26 Responses to “Introducing… LS 34 Band”

  1. Rodney says:

    Thanks for the tip Kage! Maybe we see you there on Saturday?

  2. Kage says:

    Happy Easter everyone.

    @Seawalker- yup, das my neighborhood.

    Grew up eating at Dot’s. Rod, the sizzling hamburger steak is a show for sure. Just be careful and no touch the plate. If you get the complete meal, you get choice of pudding or jello. Their Japanese Teishoku meals are good too. Whatever you do, do NOT order the asparagus salad. It is canned asparagus… 🙁

  3. Rodney says:

    Hoppy Easter! 😉

  4. Mark'75 says:


  5. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Easter Sunday ❗ 😀

    Have a great holiday with your family ❗ 😀

  6. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Saturday ❗ 😀

    Have a great day/holiday weekend everyone ❗ 😀

  7. Seawalker says:

    Hey @Kage — your hood, eh? 🙂

  8. Seawalker says:

    Wahiawa, went there the other week. Wanted to try Shige’s. But it was closed on Sunday. So went to Dong Yang Inn instead. Winners. BBQ chicken was good. Meat Jun was ono. And the veggies served on the side was yummy.

    Remember going to Dot’s before. But it was so long ago. Wish I could be there for LS 34. Sounds like a bunch of ringers to me. Nothing beats a live performance. Hey, is this kind of like a second-chance prom? 🙂

  9. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!
    Happy Guud Friday!

  10. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Aloha Friday/Good Friday ❗ 😀

    Have a great day everyone ❗ 😀

  11. LINDA KATO says:

    Nice stories ❗ 😀 I haven’t been to Dot’s in Wahiawa for decades ❗ Last went there to attend a wedding ❗

  12. Rodney says:

    Here’s one more site to keep up with Hawaii’s local music created by Jon Tsujimura: Rock and Jazz Hawaii

  13. Rodney says:

    @tankobu – If we make it out there (and I think we will), I’ll try to remember to tell Ken and Jensen that you said Hi.

  14. Rodney says:

    @sally – Yes, Sandy and Jon the da bestest!

  15. Rodney says:

    @KHS68 – I like hamburger steak and I like sizzling! Thanks for the tip!

  16. tankobu says:

    LS34 played at our class reunion the other year. They had the joint jumpin’, no room on the dance floor!

    They played several Creedence songs and like MoppTopps said, the singer talked before the songs, so that created a friendly atmosphere. LS34 rocked the house!

    Rod, if you see ‘um tell Ken and Jensen tankobu said hi!

  17. sally says:

    Sandy Ordonez Tsujimura is such a gracious and talented friend! Jensen is a Kaimuki alum… go ‘dawgs!

    Keep the MLC spirit alive thru music… yah baybeee!

  18. M says:

    I haven’t been to Dot’s for a long time.

  19. KHS68 says:

    @Rodney: Get there early and try the sizzling hamburger steak. It’s a winna! The waitresses bring the plate out using oven mitts because the metal plate is so hot.

  20. Rodney says:

    @MoppTopps – Thank you for posting and welcome to the MLC (MidLifeCrisis) blog too! A singer that talks story about the ’60s and ’70s? That is the epitome of this blog! LOL

  21. Rodney says:

    @HeartWalker – Welcome to the blog! Thanks for posting. Honestly, I’ve never caught LS 34 yet. But I see Sandy all the time at other functions supporting all the other bands. I think I’m way overdue to support them. Think I’ll plan a drive out to Wahiawa. 😉

  22. LINDA KATO says:

    Good Morning MLCers ❗ Happy Thursday ❗ 😀

    Senior Fair at the Blaisdell Center today ❗ Admission is FREE ❗ See you there ❗

    Have a great day everyone ❗ 😀

  23. MoppTopps says:

    I’ve seen them at our class reunions and my favorites was that friggin’ awesome guitarist & bassist! You gotta see these guys! They love their music. That singer is great at talking stories about the ’60s & ’70s.

  24. HeartWalker says:

    I’ve watched this band the past few years in Waikiki and loved ’em. Very upbeat: great percussions, keyboards, guitars & singing.

  25. M says:

    3 day weekend!

    Gas at Sam’s Club is $4.29

  26. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!

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