South by Southwest gathering educates, empowers isle groups
By Elizabeth Kieszkowski
March 4, 2012
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM The Makaha Studios crew and staff -- Nick Smith, left, Bill Evangelista, Dee Bailey, Keoni Fernandez, Nicki Manivanh, Chad Brown and Soloman Alfapapda -- will attend the SXSW Interactive this month in Austin, Texas.
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2006 Hapa was the first band from Hawaii to perform at SXSW.
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2011 Jake Shimabukuro is Hawaii's lone musical representative at this year's event.