The Krush: Hawaii’s Favorite Band

It’s a huge claim to make: Hawaii’s favorite band. But back in the 1980s, nobody could touch the Fabulous Krush. They were charismatic, dynamic and superbly talented. The Krush brought audiences together for good, clean fun with every performance.

It’s a huge claim to make: being Hawaii’s favorite band. But back in the 1980s, nobody could touch the Fabulous Krush.

Honolulu entertainment writer John Berger once described The Krush as “charismatic, dynamic and superbly talented,” a band that gave its audience “good, clean fun and a happy wholesome entertainment” with every performance.

Hawaii's The Krush throughout the years

Hawaii's The Krush throughout the years

Instant success

Krush won two Na Hoku awards in 1981—the quickest way to ensure instant success—Best Album of the Year and Most Promising Artist.

Five days following the 4th annual Na Hoku Hanohano awards, the Fabulous Krush launched straight to the top of Hawaii’s music scene. Their biggest

An evolving act

Like I mentioned earlier this week, the Krush went through several transformation before finally dropping “Fabulous” from their name:

  • The Exotic 5, a humble North Shore act from Waialua
  • New Experience, a “marginally successful cover band”
  • Fabulous Krush, featuring the addition of Glass Candle’s Bobby Gonzales
  • The Krush, a name change that coincided with the evolution of the band’s rock sound
The Fabulous Krush

The Fabulous Krush

How the band was formed

The Krush began in 1977 when Yemun Chung, one of Hawaii’s top talent managers and booking agents, created a simple formula:

  • Hire the marginally successful cover band New Experience
  • Add Bobby Gonzales of Glass Candle
  • Debut a new show band, the Fabulous Krush.

Rising stars

Despite a near constant rotation of members, the Fabulous Krush shot straight to the top, fast.

Their biggest gig in Hawaii? A headliner act at the Outrigger Hotel’s main showroom (they shared the space with the Society Of Seven).

A new direction

Manager Chung resigned and retired from show business, giving the Krush to make their own destiny.

Moving away from pop material and into a louder and more rock-oriented sound, the Krush eventually outgrew their Outrigger showroom.

The Fabulous Krush continued their successful career with mainland performances, sold-out concerts, and TV appearances like the Mike Douglas Show.

Saying Goodbye to The Krush

Lead singer Edwin Ramones left the group in 1987 with plans to live on the mainland with his wife and sons.

Without an official public annoucement, the Fabulous Krush disbanded.

Hawaii’s Favorite Band

Over the years, various Krush members would reunite with the same mission of bringing happiness and good, clean fun to the dance floor—it’s what makes them Hawaii’s favorite band.

Check out one of my favorite Krush cover songs, “Blame It On The Night.”

  1. Edwin Ramones was my boss at Sato Travel!

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    1. I laurie…. this is Renee K I worked at Sato too. How are you doing.

      I loved watching Edwin perform. 🙂

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  2. I was in Hawaii in 1980 and saw the Fabulous Krush at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, they were great. Finding this on google brought back some wonderful memories!!!!!!!

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  3. I just came across some posters of this band! Thanks for the info!

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  4. I just came across some posters for this band! Thanks for sharing this info!

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  5. Where are they now? Can they come back to Hawaii one more time?

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  6. I remember them from the 80’s!! They came to Loveland, Colorado in the middle of the winter to a floral shop. Over 30 years later I’m still confused as to why a Hawaiian band would visit a podunk Colorado town in the middle of the winter and play inside a floral shop, but it was awesome at the same time! Opened my eyes to things outside of my little town!!

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    1. I remember that gig. I kinda wondered why we were playing there too! Lol!

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  7. Eddie an Co. are back at it again as “New Experience”. Google MMR or Magic Mushroom Reunion and you’ll find some recent videos.

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