Grammy Winner John Cruz Performed at Aloha House

Aloha House clients and staff were treated to a visit and performance by Grammy-award winner John Cruz on Friday, Mar 15 at the non-profit’s upcountry residential location, according to a news release from the nonprofit. Cruz was on island to open for Bonnie Raitt at the MACC and decided to share his time before that performance with the program residents, who are individuals from Maui County affected by addiction, substance abuse and mental-health issues. Cruz played the guitar and sang his hits “Island Style,” “Shine On” and “Eye of the Hurricane” as the men and women of Aloha House joined along in singing and drumming.

“Listening to John lifted my spirits and made me feel hopeful and recharged. It was great seeing other clients and staff members enjoying the music together, as one,” an Aloha House client said in the statement.

Jarrett Roback and Mitch Kepa joined Cruz in the performance. A  former classmate and longtime friend of Cruz, Kepa is also a substance abuse counselor who has been working with Aloha House for seven years.

“We are so lucky to have had John perform not once, but twice for us,” Kepa said in the release. “His music and song-writing has been such an inspiration for myself and others, and I thought that his message would be well-received by our clients. His music is down to earth, helps people relax and is appropriate for an organization like ours that emphasizes the spirit of aloha and Hawaiian culture.”

Aloha House offers a range of outpatient and residential programs for families and individuals in Maui County affected by addiction, substance abuse and mental-health issues. Aloha House works with other local non-profits Maui Youth & Family Services and Malama Family Recovery Center to provide a continuum of care and ensure that every individual and family has the help they need to achieve and maintain a foundation for lasting recovery and well-being.

For more information about Aloha House, contact Frances Duberstein at 808-579-8414, ext. 8102 or visit

Photo courtesy of Aloha House.