The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) Presents the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

The Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival and Awards are open to the public and will take place primarily at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

Media Release:

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) is proud to present the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival (“NHHF”), May 26-29, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  The exciting calendar of events is open to the public (see ticket information, below), and includes an opening event, unique workshops, the Lifetime Achievement Awards, and, of course, culminates in the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on May 29th.  Kama‘aina and student rates are available for the workshops, and there is also a Kama‘aina rate for the Lifetime Achievement Awards luncheon on May 28th.

Boyce Rodrigues

Boyce Rodrigues at the 2010 Life Time Achievement Awards

The Festival would not be possible with the support of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Airlines, Kintetsu International Hawaii, and other sponsors and individuals who support Hawaiian music and musicians.  We offer a big mahalo nui to all of them!

Kuhao Zane

2010 Na Hoku Award winner Kuhao Zane

NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 26 – OPENING EVENT*
Monarch Room, Royal Hawaiian Hotel
10:00 a.m.~2:00 p.m.
Tickets**:  $100 General; $75 HARA Members

This brunch and concert by past Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners will open the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival.

FRIDAY, MAY 27 – WORKSHOPS, DAY 1
Hawai‘i Convention Center
9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Fees for May 27 & 28 Workshops**:  $40 General Admission, Single Workshop; $100 General Admission, All-Day Pass; $30 Kama‘aina, Single Workshop; $90 Kama‘aina, All-Day Pass; $25 HARA Member or Student (with I.D.), Single Workshop; $75 HARA Member or Student (with I.D.), All-Day Pass.

Cas Haley and I

Cas Haley from America's Got Talent at one of last years workshops

•  Workshop Course 1: Music…The Business
This course set outlines the business side of being a recording artist/professional musician. It offers pointers and information for beginners as well as insight for established artists.

•  Workshop Course 2:  Manufacturers
We’re very happy to welcome a number of manufacturers both from here and abroad. These represent some of the biggest brand names in the music industry.

•  Workshop Course 3:  Extended Study
Not fitting in the conventional 50 minute time slot, we’ve added a ‘extended’ study set of workshops. Workshop 3 focuses on Hard Disk recording, Composition, songwriting and arrangement, and a storytellers session featuring some of the icons of the industry.

•  Workshop Course 4:  Hawaiian Language/Haku Mele
In order to give enough time to learn more about Hawaiian language usage, how to compose in Hawaiian as well as individual/group original composition review, we’ve created this extended series of workshops.

SATURDAY, MAY 28 – WORKSHOPS, DAY 2
Hawai‘i Convention Center
(Please see above for fees.)

HARA Board Member Keola Donaghy with Kenny Loggins

HARA Board Member Keola Donaghy with Kenny Loggins

•  Workshop Course 1:  Instrumentation
The instrumentation workshop is broken out by specific instrument/voice categories.

•  Workshop Course 2:  Music… the Business II
A continuation of Friday’s Music, the Business workshops. It offers pointers and information for beginners as well as insight for established artists

•  Workshop Course 3:  Extended Instrumentation
Our extended workshops for instrumentation provides a ‘201’ level instruction, tips and performances. For musicians that know the basics, or for fans of these performers.

•  Workshop Course 4:  Hawaiian Language/Haku Mele
In order to give enough time to learn more about Hawaiian language usage, how to compose in Hawaiian as well as individual/group original composition review, we’ve created this extended series of workshops.

SATURDAY, MAY 28 – LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Hawai‘i Convention Center
10:00 a.m.~2:00 p.m.
Tickets**:  $100 General Admission; $85 Kama‘aina; $75 HARA Member

Ida Keli‘i Chun

Ida Keli‘i Chun in red holding her 2010 Lifetime Achievement award

The 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards luncheon and concert will honor the following distinguished recipients:
•  Kalapana
•  Jacqueline “Skylark” Rossetti
•  Napua Stevens-Poire
•  Bill and Ernie Tavares
•  Bill Tapia

SUNDAY, MAY 29 – THE 34TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS
Kalakaua Ballroom, Hawai‘i Convention Center
Tickets**:  $150 General Admission; $135 Kama‘aina; $125 HARA Member

The 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards is sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines (www.hawaiianairlines.com), and will be telecast live on KFVE.  The Awards honor the best of Hawai‘i’s recording artists in 26 categories, and features exciting performances.

The schedule for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards will be, as follows:
3:30 p.m.   Doors Open
4:00 p.m.   No-Host Cocktail Reception
5:15 p.m.   Dinner
5:30 p.m.   Pre-Telecast Program
7:00 p.m.   Show and Live Television Broadcast

The theme of this year’s awards show is “Our Music, One Heart, Our Hawaii.”

“The theme captures the thought that the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts celebrates the excellence of commercially recorded music of and by Hawai‘i’s music recording artists, and fully conscious of the economic growth and sustainability of Hawai‘i’s music industry,” said Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, HARA President.  “We hope to see everyone interested in Hawai‘i’s music and the industry at all of the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival events.  Our mission is to preserve, perpetuate and promote Hawai‘i’s music and recording industry.”

** For event and registration information for all Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival events:
•  Go to www.nahokumusicfestival.com
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424
•  E-mail info@nahokumusicfestival.com

ABOUT THE NA HOKUHANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Hawaiian Airlines, and Kintetsu International, this 4-day music festival, May 26-29, offers the public a unique chance to experience a rich cultural interchange, making the connections between music, our culture, and the spirit of aloha, through interesting and unique workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibitions.

Summary of Events:
Thursday, May 26            Opening Event                               Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Friday, May 27                 Workshops, Day 1                         Hawai‘i Convention Center
Saturday, May 28             Workshops, Day 2                         Hawai‘i Convention Center
Saturday, May 28              Lifetime Achievement Awards     Hawai‘i Convention Center
Sunday, May 29                Na Hoku Hanohano Awards         Hawai‘i Convention Center

ABOUT MELE MEI
Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawai’i. It encompasses a large number of daily workshops, concert performances, and award ceremonies.  For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.  Media may contact Huy Vo at Bright Light Marketing at (808) 275-3014, or by e-mail at huy@brightlightmarketing.com.

Toad the Wet Sprocket Rocks the Royal Kona Resort’s Mai Tai Bar

Last night at the Royal Kona Resort, the band Toad the Wet Sprocket was scheduled to play outside under the stars in the Royal Kona Resorts courtyard.

Glen Phillips Jamming

Toad the Wet Sprocket's front man Glen Phillips jamming

Unfortunately mother nature turned for the worse and Kailua-Kona had a mean rain storm that forced the concert indoors to the Don the Beachcombers Mai Tai bar.

Don the Beachcombers Mai Tai Bar

Don the Beachcombers Mai Tai Bar

Due to the sound check earlier in the day being cancelled because of the weather, fans were able to get a first hand look at the band’s sound check inside of the place around 6:00 pm.

Check 123... Check 123

Check 123... Check 123

KBIG’s Keith Vachon was on hand to emcee the concert as local rocker Eric Gilliom opened the show.

Keith Vachon and Eric Gilliom

Keith Vachon and Eric Gilliom

The Eric Gilliom Band played about 7-8 songs.

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Eric Gilliom

Eric Gilliom

After Gilliom was through special guest Jim Majors played a few songs for the crowd and then it was time for Toad to take the stage!

Toad the Wet Sprocket live

Toad the Wet Sprocket live

Because of the change in the venue, fans were fortunate that they got to be so close to the band!

Dean Dining playing the bass guitar

Dean Dining playing the bass guitar

They were scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 but didn’t get on stage until about 8:30 which is pretty good considering the whole concert venue basically got moved.

Glen Phillips

Glen Phillips

The band had people dancing and grooving!

Dancing to Toad the Wet Sprocket

Dancing to Toad the Wet Sprocket

The concert was another excellent concert put on by the folks at Royal Kona Resort.

The Soundman

I was checking out the soundmans remote mixing board!

I’d like to thank the folks of the Royal Kona Resort for putting on these excellent concerts of late as well as inviting me to attend them!

A couple off duty staff members

A couple off duty staff members

I met with Glen Phillips this morning and this is what he told me about how the name “Toad the Wet Sprocket” came about:

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park May 2011 Hawaiian Cultural Programs

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park May 2011 Hawaiian Cultural Programs

Media Release:

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing the Hawaiian host culture with the community and visitors throughout May. Programs are free, but Park entrance fees may apply. Mark your calendars for these three upcoming events:

Kilohana Domingo

Kilohana Domingo

Lei Hulu and Ulana Pāpale Lauhala.  Master lei maker Kilohana Domingo demonstrates the intricate art of feather work and feather lei making, lei hulu.

Shirley Domingo

Shirley Domingo

Lehua Domingo (Kilohana’s mother) will share the beautiful ‘anoni style of weaving lau hala into an exquisite hat. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.

When: Wed., May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center lānai

Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kīlauea at Ka`auea

Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kīlauea at Ka`auea

An Evening of Hula and Hawaiian Music. Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kīlauea honors, prepares for and performs hula.

Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kīlauea

Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kīlauea

Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” series of cultural programs.

When: Wed., May 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center Auditorium

Park Ranger Jason “J.Z.” Zimmer

Park Ranger Jason “J.Z.” Zimmer

Ku‘i Kalo. Park Ranger Jason “J.Z.” Zimmer shares the art of making poi, a skill he learned from his grandfather. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.

When: Wed., May 25, from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center lānai