Pahoa Grad Sean Robbins to Perform at this Weekends Big Island Music Festival:

Big Island Music Festival

Pahoa Grad Sean Robbins will be taking the stage at 4:30 on Sunday this weekend at the  Big Island Music Festival:

Sean Robbins

Born and raised on the Island of Hawaii, Robbins calls the beautiful district of Puna home, known for its majestic Hala Groves, and oh so pleasant people. He fondly recalls stories of going holoholo down Pohoiki and kanikapila every weekend at Kalapana. He says, “This is where my love for Hawaiian music began”.

He is a 2011 Graduate of Pahoa High School. plays slack key guitar, ukulele, and sings.

From September 2006 to May 2011, he was a member of Na Pua Mae’ole Music Ensemble of Pahoa High School under the direction of Mr. Arnold Penueta and Pi’ilani Ka’awaloa(now known as Na Kamalei Lanakila). With the ensemble, he toured the islands and performed on cruise ships. Sean currently studies with Cyril Pahinui.

Sean Robbins

He has performed at the Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival for the past 3 years and been a featured performer at the Palace Theater’s May Day Mele 2010 and May Day at Kalakaua Park 2011.

For his Arts Leadership Project at Hilo Union School in May 2010, Sean visited three 4th grade classes. After talking about his instrument, playing slack key and singing falsetto, he led a question and answer session with the students. As part of his service commitment, Sean has performed at the Hilo Hospital and Adult Day Care Center during the Holiday Seasons as well as Montessori Country School’s 2009/11 Ho’olauleas.  May 2010 he performed in a benefit fundraiser for the Kapiolani Children’s Network at Hilo’s historic Palace Theater and most recently on May Day 2011 at the Puna Folklife Festival.

Google awarded Sean a Laptop Computer for a top Math score in Hawaii State Assessment tests.

Sean was selected to perform on National Public Radio’s  From the Top, as well as being awarded a Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Scholarship. In April 2010, the Hawaii State Senate recognized his musical, academic and leadership accomplishments. In April 2011, the Hawaii County Council recognized his musical accomplishments. He is a 2011 Graduate of Pahoa High School.

Sean is currently recording his first CD with Brandon Nakano. He looks forward to attending UH Hilo beginning in the Fall of 2011 majoring in Hawaiian Studies.

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