The original quartet-Macky Feary, Malani Biyeu, D.J. Pratt and Kirk Thompson-was formed late in 1973 by manager Ed Guy. The members, all of whom are part Hawaiian, had been playing in separate bands. Hawaiian radio jumped on nearly every track from the band's debut album in 1975 and "Kalapana II" the following year.
Lead guitarist Pratt replaced them and began to lead the group more toward hard rock. In 1984, though, Feary-whose own albums had been increasingly unsuccessful-reunited with [Biyeu] and Thompson, and Pratt joined them 6 months later. [Kenji Sano], from Los Angeles, replaced Thompson in mid-1985. The group, which has played Hawaii, Japan and the West Coast ever since, plans to release its 15th-anniversary album and a "best of" compilation next year.
"He turned down $3 million!" Biyeu says. Beyond that, "a small label like Abattoir couldn't support a touring group on the East Coast" or even get the group's records distributed on the mainland. Guy, now based in Los Angeles, refused comment. Kalapana now manages itself.