Ku­nia-based Band To Hit L.A. Mu­sic Scene

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BY NI­COLE KATO

A pair of Ku­nia mu­si­cians are mak­ing waves across the coun­try with their pas­sion for rock, and just last month, broth­ers Sean and Kyle Lus­ter, who make up the band Red Light Chal­lenge, dis­cov­ered they were nom­i­nated for the 2014 Los Angeles Mu­sic Awards.

They will play June 19 as part of the nom­i­nee awards night and press event at Whisky A Go-Go in West Hol­ly­wood, as well as at the voting party Sept. 25 and the ac­tual awards night in Novem­ber. The duo’s ini­tial re­ac­tion? “No way, man!” “We found out that we were the only band from Hawaii to be nom­i­nated for this,” said Sean, 21. “We’re ex­cited about it.”

As they pre­pare for it, they’re busy work­ing on new songs to­gether at their home stu­dio, as Sean grad­u­ated summa cum laude from Colorado State Univer­sity in De­cem­ber and is now home. “He’s fi­nally back!” said an elated Kyle, 16, a ju­nior at Pearl City High. “We’re fo­cus­ing on new mu­sic and lots of ex­cit­ing stuff.”

Sean and Kyle have been a band for nearly five years, and last Jan­uary re­named them­selves Red Light Chal­lenge,

af­ter the TV show Cash Cab, where the host yells “Red Light Chal­lenge!” when the taxi­cab is stuck at a red light.

The two are close and agree that they are able to work well to­gether and bounce ideas off each other.

They went on a 42-show tour last sum­mer across 16 states in a lit­tle less than two months, trav­el­ing from Colorado to Mas­sachusetts and back.

Dur­ing their lat­est es­capade, they per­formed at a big event in Topeka, Kan., at the West Ridge Mall to help col­lect school sup­plies for needy chil­dren.

“Their nom­i­na­tion from the L.A. Mu­sic Awards has opened in­ter­est­ing venues,” said dad and man­ager Rich Lus­ter. (Their mom teaches at Manana El­e­men­tary.) “As of right now they are slated to per­form for the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame.”

Their break into the L.A. mu­sic scene has led to amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing a cover fea­ture in Act Like a Child Mag­a­zine this month, with a fol­lowup from Rolling Stone mag­a­zine slated for the fu­ture.

The L.A. Mu­sic Awards cur­rently is in the process of ob­tain­ing votes, and you can vote for Red Light Chal­lenge on­line at lamu­si­cawards. net/ nom­i­nees. Each vote costs $1. Check them out in the Hot AC (Adult Con­tem­po­rary) Artist cat­e­gory.

In the mean­time, Sean and Kyle are hop­ing to work with as­pir­ing mu­si­cians in af­ter-school per­for­mance pro­grams here be­fore the school year is over.

“We want to tell kids about fol­low­ing their am­bi­tions and work­ing hard to achieve their goals,” the broth­ers said. “We’re re­ally about ed­u­ca­tion.”

They’re also about to launch a Kick­starter fundrais­ing cam­paign for the L.A. trip. Keep up with them on Face­book at face­book.com/red­lightchal­lenge­band.

State Sen. Mike Gab­bard (cen­ter) met with of­fi­cers and board mem­bers of the non­profit Kalaeloa Her­itage and Legacy Foun­da­tion (KHLF) March 12 at his Capi­tol of­fice. KHLF has worked to es­tab­lish Kalaeloa Her­itage Park. Pic­tured are (from left) sec­re­tary/trea­surer and board mem­ber Va­lerie Kane, board mem­ber Dan Ly­man, pres­i­dent and board mem­ber Melissa Ly­man, board mem­ber Lance Holden, vice pres­i­dent and board mem­ber Eric Matanane and board mem­ber Shad Kane. See what else the se­na­tor is up to in his col­umn on Page 9. Photo from Mike Gab­bard’s of­fice.

Kyle (left) and Sean Lus­ter are Red Light Chal­lenge. The band is nom­i­nated for the Hot Adult Con­tem­po­rary Award at the L.A. Mu­sic Awards. Photo from Red Light Chal­lenge.

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