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Introducing… The Kasuals

 

Headlining the 70’s Nightclub Reunion X (Encore) will be The Kasuals!

 

 

Here’s a bio on The Kasuals that I got from Robin Kimura of Greenwood:

 

“KASUALS” OFFICIAL HAWAII BIO (by Danny Perez)

 

“Guam and Hawaii’s Own-The Kasuals” was a band formed on Guam by founding members, Frank Mendiola, Danny Perez and Bob Owen, in the summer of 1971, when Frank had just gotten out of the Army after serving honorably in the Vietnam War and Danny had just graduated from high school. The band’s name was derived from two of the top bands on Guam during the 1960s: the “Kaskels”, a band that Danny and his brothers, Joe & Tony Perez had played in; and the “Casuals”, a band that featured Frank Mendiola & Bob Owen.

 

During their fifteen (15) year run, from 1971 to 1986, Frank and Danny had kept the “Kasuals” musical aspirations alive, recruiting and featuring some of the finest musicians from Guam, the Philippines, Hawaii, and the U.S. mainland, including (from 1971 to 1974): Dave (Tabi/Koho) Taitano; Jesse (Te) Leon Guerrero; the late Joe (Bela) Borja; Ray (Dúng) Baza; the late Charles Jackson; Monte Pladevega; Joe (Uncle Tote) Cunningham; Bobby Laigo; and Patrick Palomo. From 1975 (the year the band moved to Hawaii) to 1986, the “Kasuals” line-up included: Jesse Bais; Roger Jereza; Zachary Flores; Pat Palomo; brothers, Mike and Sal Diamore; Victor Maratas (from California); Mark Demello and Jack Martin (both from Hawaii); and Linda Guerrero.

 

The “Kasuals” were a full-time, hard-working band, and had performed at nightclubs, hotels, restaurants, and concerts in Guam, Saipan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Palau, Chuuk, Pohnpei, the Marshalls, the Hawaiian Islands, California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Georgia, Chicago, and Alaska.

 

From the time they moved from Guam to live and work in Hawaii in 1975, and up to 1986, the “Kasuals” had performed at many venues, such as:

 

(on Oahu)

  • Foxy Lady Disco (Beachcomber Hotel)
  • Point After (Regency Hotel)
  • Beef & Grog (the Spencecliff Restaurant on Kalakaua, where the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is now located)
  • C’est Si Bon (Pagoda Hotel)
  • Jazz Cellar (Imperial Hawaii Hotel)
  • Infinity (Sheraton Hotel)
  • Hawaiian Hut (Ala Moana Hotel)
  • Oceania Floating Restaurant
  • Garden Bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Hotel
  • Cock’s Roost at the International Marketplace
  • Canoe House (Ilikai Hotel)
  • Captain’s Table (Holiday Inn Waikiki)
  • Hickam AFB Officers’ Club
  • Waikiki Marina Hotel
  • Fort Shafter NCO Club
  • Black Angus/Stuart Anderson’s Cattle Co. in Pearl City

(on the Big Island)

  • My Place Disco
  • Kea’ahou Beach Hotel
  • Kona Surf Hotel in Kona
  • Naniloa Surf Hotel in Hilo

(on Maui)

  • Maui Surf Hotel
  • Kahului Beach Hotel

(on Kauai)

  • Waialua Beach Hotel
  • Kauai Beach Boys Hotel

 

In 1983, the “Kasuals” recorded an album on Tom Moffatt’s Paradise Records label, with “Songs About Love” and “Ebony Eyes” (and other cuts) making it onto the charts and getting extensive airplay on radio stations in Hawaii and Guam. For their recording endeavors, the “Kasuals” received a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for “Most Promising Artists”.

 

 

 

Some of the highlights of the “Kasuals” musical career includes: being the opening act for the “Elvin Bishop” Concert on Guam; opening for “The Beach Boys” Concert at the Blaisdell Arena; performing at the annual “Brown Bags to Stardom” concerts at the Waikiki Shell; and entering a song at the Hawaii Music Festival, where they performed with the Honolulu Symphony. As well, some of their most memorable performances were the ones where they gave back to the community for charitable causes, such as: playing a concert for “Operation New Life” on Guam in 1975, when they donated their services to entertain and help lift the morale of the thousands of Vietnamese refugees who were housed at Camp Asan after the fall of Saigon. In 1976, they helped to raise funds through their performances to assist the people of Guam with typhoon relief in the aftermath of Supertyphoon Pamela. They also volunteered their time and musical performances to help out at the annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon; the annual Carole Kai Bed Race; and they had also donated their performances to raise funds for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii, among others.

 

All in all, throughout their musical career, the “Kasuals” were all about striving for musical excellence; and fame and fortune had never been their motivation in working on their craft. Up to the present time, most of the former members of the “Kasuals” are still performing and/or recording in one way or another, whether as soloists, duets, or as members of various groups, and they have never let up in the contributions of their musical legacy; and their love of music and the performance arts has not wavered.

 

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It’s going to be another packed-dance-floor event!  Tickets for the main ballroom are pretty much sold out but there are singles and pairs of tickets available – spread out around the main ballroom.  And there are tickets and tables available in the overflow ballroom (where there is a live feed from the main ballroom and another dance floor).  Call all your friends for a night out, then call Candy to get your tickets!  It’s going to be another all-star line up!

 

Speaking of The Kasuals – do you remember The Kasuals from the 70’s nightclub scene?  I recall seeing them at C’est Si Bon because I remember seeing on the curtain behind the band “HAFA ADAI”.  And I remember asking “what does ‘hah fah a dye’ mean”.  And I was corrected that it’s pronounced like “Half a Day” and it means “Hello” in Chamorro.

 

How about that list of clubs that they played.  Do you remember those places?  How many of those places have you been to?  Do you remember other live bands that played the nightclub circuit?

25 Responses to “Introducing… The Kasuals”

  1. Bob burr says:

    My hangout was Hickam AFB OClub 1983-86
    I was in mid twenties. Navy submariner
    Loved dancing
    Loved those guys
    The Kasuals were simply awesome

  2. Ynaku says:

    Now I gotta go sleep. WAY PAST my bedtime

  3. Ynaku says:

    OK I went go

  4. LINDA KATO says:

    Oops, thought there were 5 left. There are only 4 finalists left on American Idol, 2 guys, 2 girls ❗

  5. LINDA KATO says:

    Good evening MLCers ❗ We’re enjoying the 5 finalists singing on American Idol tonight ❗ All are so good, how do they choose which one should leave tomorrow ❓

  6. LINDA KATO says:

    ankles: School will begin in July in Arizona, maybe a few will change their mind and drop out. Rather than wait for an opening, she will apply at other schools around the U.S. in Oregon and Nevada. First one to definitely take her, that will be the one! West Coast, cheaper airfare home. Today she tried to change her Delta airline ticket from 5/18 to 5/20 or 5/21 to make up for getting in a day late. The FEE $720.00 ❗ 😯 She chose to return on 5/18/12. That’s a round trip ticket, not worth the FEE to extend her stay by 2 days ❗

  7. ankleBYTERS says:

    LK:

    That’s unfortunate…long wait list? Just tell that student that it gets to be over 110 during the day for weeks…may change their mind.. 😆

  8. Rodney says:

    Try turn on da watah. Tink of da Mauna Kea snow. Or one big gulp.

  9. Ynaku says:

    I stay hea but I no can go 😀

  10. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Wednesday ❗ 😀

    Have a great day ❗ 😀

  11. LINDA KATO says:

    ankles: She was “wait listed”, too many applicants, not enough positions. After her mini-vacation at home in Hawaii she will send out applications all over the U.S. again. She was very disappointed. I told her not to be a quitter. Lots of super smart people out there. She has to dazzle in her interview. It is really difficult to encourage someone who has been “wait listed” twice. There is a chance that a student may decide not to attend and open up a spot for her. No one said getting into med school is easy. We hope she will find a school by next year. Stay tuned….

  12. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers! 🙂

  13. ankleBYTERS says:

    Nope, I don’t remember if I used the Pee Chee portfolios……darn….late again ❗

    LK:

    Any word on whether she’ll be here in the fall?

  14. Rodney says:

    @Mike in Waipio – Was it The Sty?

  15. Mike in Waipio says:

    @Rodney: Other places they didn’t play (?) include the Tiki (International Market Place), Duke’s (International Market Place), Da Sting (Princess Kaiulani). BTW, is the Jazz Cellar on the DH side of Lewers? Was it called something else? And is that where Ox (later Seawind) played?

  16. Kage says:

    Good Morning Everyone.

  17. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Tuesday ❗ 😀

    Have a great day ❗ 😀

    We are enjoying having our daughter visit us from Omaha for 2 weeks. While I was sleeping she was out jogging this morning ❗ Where does she get her energy ❓ Wish I had half her energy ❗ 😀

  18. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers ❗

  19. Rodney says:

    One place they didn’t play was Hula Hut!

    And Magic Mushroom (for Sally).

  20. NKHEA says:

    Howzit Rod

    If I’m not mistaken we used to go and see them at CSB every time. Funny when the spoke they had an accent but when they sang was a different story.

  21. dihudfan says:

    remember the band, but don’t recall where… just know they were great! probably couple of the discos… thanks

  22. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!

  23. LINDA KATO says:

    Did not have the pleasure of hearing this band play. They have quite a history of music in Hawaii. Thanks for sharing ❗

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Monday ❗ 😀

    Have a great day ❗ 😀

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