A Case of the Mon­days

Catch lo­cal band Ca­noes 4 Rent live at Tiki’s.

Waikiki Magazine - - IPLAY - By Ja­son Black

Tonight is Mon­day night in Waikiki, usu­ally a low-key evening on the Kalakaua Strip. Up­stairs at Tiki’s Grill & Bar, how­ever, a play­ful pau hana (af­ter­work) crowd is just start­ing to fil­ter in. As the sun sinks be­yond the hori­zon, the en­tire space is bathed in the crim­son light from a pro­ces­sion of red pa­per Chi­nese lanterns. Sig­na­ture mai tais be­gin to flow as the large curved tiki-themed bar fills up with parched pa­trons. And the band, don­ning match­ing green-and-white tapa print aloha shirts, strikes up their open­ing set.

Af­ter a rous­ing open­ing num­ber, Jassen To­lentino, one third of Tiki’s reg­u­lar Mon­day night house band Ca­noes 4 Rent comes over the PA to wel­come ev­ery­one to the show re­mind­ing them: “Please no re­quests! Save it for the next band,” he chuck­les. “We apol­o­gize in ad­vance for any in­con­ve­nience.”

Over the past two years, this trio of ‘ ukulele player Al­bert Makanani, uke/ gui­tarist Duane Ing, and gui­tar/bass- ist Jassen To­lentino has been play­ing Mon­days from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. As they de­scribe it, their two-hour set of­fers an eclec­tic mix of pop­u­lar mu­sic in­clud­ing coun­try, R&B and even some Hawai­ian mu­sic stan­dards. Some reper­toire high­lights in­clude Bob Marely’s “Good Lovin’,” John Cruz’s “Shine On” and The Ea­gles’ “Best of my Love” as well as “un­cle” Car­los San­tana, the Temp­ta­tions and a coun­try med­ley clos­ing with ac­tual yo­del­ing. Yee-HAW!

“What we like most about play­ing each and ev­ery week in Waikiki is that we get to meet tons of new, in­ter­est­ing peo­ple,” af­firms To­lentino. “On Mon­days, we al­ways get a good mix of lo­cal reg­u­lars, vis­i­tors and even va­ca­tion­ing cou­ples that re­turn to see us year af­ter year. It’s cool.”

Orig­i­nally, the guys ran­domly met while at­tend­ing Wind­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege. One day, they re­al­ized they shared mu­sic as a com­mon in-

ter­est and de­cided to jam to­gether. “I didn’t know it at the time,” re­calls To­lentino. “But I was au­di­tion­ing for the band.” Ap­par­ently, his “au­di­tion” was trial-by-fire be­cause to­gether, they played a wed­ding that very week­end.

The band’s moniker it­self was also kis­met. “Years ago, there was a sign on my wall that sim­ply read: Ca­noes 4 Rent, 10 cents,” re­calls Ing. “Some­how, it just stuck.”

“Peo­ple still call us up and ask us if we rent ca­noes, or what?” he adds with a wry smile.

No 10-cent ca­noe rides here, just mu­si­cal jour­neys that rush and roll like a river.

Row your boat...gen­tly down the stream.

photo: courtesy tiKi’s Grill & Bar

Ca­noes 4 Rent Mon­day evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m. TIki’s Grill & Bar 2570 Kalakaua Ave. [C:11 Waikiki Map] (808) 923-8454

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