For those who would prefer to donate by check, please make the check payable to Nathan Nahinu and mail to:
Me Ke Aloha Productions
PO Box 2624
Ewa Beach, HI 96706-0624
Please note on the memo or “For” line that the check is for Chino.
Memorial services for Chino will be held on Thursday May 29th at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary (45-425 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI ). Public visitation begins at 8:30a.m. Services are from 11:30am – 12:30pm, followed by a final viewing and lunch from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Burial is open to the public and will take place at 2pm. (NOTE: Please respect the family’s request that no photos be taken in the chapel, particularly of the casket. Mahalo.) The family asks that Aloha/Casual attire be worn. Any floral arrangements or special requests will be handled by Chinoʻs life-long friend, Nathan Nahinu. Please respect the privacy of Chino's family by directing all inquiries to Nathan at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
David “Chino” Montero, well-known for his beautiful vocals and masterful guitar work as a founding member of the bands Palolo and Manoa Madness, as a member of Amy Hanaialiʻi’s band, and for his contributions to recordings by many of Hawaii's top artists, died suddenly on May 2, 2014, having suffered a pulmonary embolism. He was 52.
Although a humble person who preferred to let his music speak for itself, Chino was long recognized by fans and fellow musicians as a musical tour de force. His music was featured on three Grammy®-nominated recordings, and he performed in many countries world-wide, including Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Tahiti, and across the United States. Cherished highlights included opening for Carlos Santana at venues across Germany; playing the House of Blues in Chicago and Dallas; performing with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center; and playing at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.
His debut solo album “Made in Hawaiʻi” was released in October 2013, and earned him two 2014 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominations, one for "Kawena" in the Song of the Year category, the other for Entertainer of the Year. Upon being informed of the nominations by his publicist, he sent her several text messages using his customary all capital letters: "MAHALO FOR THE NEWS. IʻM TRYING NOT TO GET TOO EXCITED." When she broke the news that he’d made the final ballot in the Favorite Entertainer category, he said, “IʻM SO APPRECIATED....!!! AND NERVOUS TOO. LOL”
As is the case for many musicians, Chino had no medical or life insurance. Thus, this site was created not only to honor Chino, but also to collect donations to pay for all of his final expenses, including medical, funeral, and any outstanding bills he may have had.
Please consider donating to help our beloved friend and colleague one last time. No amount is too small.