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Amy Hanaiali’i Christmas Concerts in Kealakekua, Kamuela and Hilo

Amy Hānaiali’i will perform three Christmas Concerts on the big island, on Wednesday December 18 at 7pm at the Aloha Theatre in Kealakekua, on Thursday December 19 at 8pm at Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela, and on Friday December 20 at 7pm at The Palace Theater in Hilo.

Amy Hanaiali'i for Friends and Family of Hawaii

Amy Hanaiali’i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Tickets are available in advance from AlohaTheatre.com, or from Kiernan Music for the Kealakekua show; from Kahilutheatre.org, or 885-6868 for the Kamuela show, and via HiloPalace.com or 934-7010 for the Hilo show.  Tickets for the Palace and the Aloha Theatre are $30 general admission, with $25 discount price for students and seniors.  At the door all tickets will be $35.  Tickets for the Kahilu Theatre show are reserved seating, ranging from $20 to $65, with discounts for Kahilu Theatre members.

Amy’s band will include Kamuela Kimokeo, Steve Jones, and Darryl Pellegrini.  The shows are produced by Tim Bostock Productions – long time Honolulu promoter recently moved to the Big Island, and since September the Artistic and General Manager of the Kahilu Theatre.

Amy Hānaiali’iis Hawaii’s top selling female vocalist of all time. She is a 5 time Grammy Nominee and a 17 time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner. All 11 of her albums have been in the top ten World Billboard Charts.

While Hānaiali’i received years of formal musical and theatrical training, it was Tutu Jennie who ultimately inspired her to grow in Hawaiian music. Recognizing her natural vocal abilities, Tutu arranged for a meeting between the legendary Genoa Keawe and her granddaughter. It was Aunty Genoa that introduced Amy to the ha’i falsetto music. Amy’s talent of ha’i brought a new found appreciation for the art of Hawaiian female falsetto style for which she is known today.

Amy Hānaiali’i has opened for numerous acts such as: Joe Cocker, Diana Krall, Earth Wind and Fire, Boz Skaggs, and Carlos Santana and recorded an acclaimed duet with Willie Nelson on her Friends and Family CD. Hānaiali’i has performed numerous times with the Honolulu Symphony Pops and made her debut with the Nashville Symphony.  She will cross over to Oahu following the big island concerts to play the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall with the new Hawaii Symphony.

Her Christmas Concert is a beautiful blend of traditional Christmas songs, sung in Hawaiian and English.  This show is a tribute to her childhood (growing up in a Hawaiian Church), while holding true to her classic hits that have made her so popular. Amy Hānaiali’i lives on her home island, Maui, where she raises her daughter Madeline.


UH Hilo Athletic Director Dexter Irvin Resigns for Mainland Job

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney today announced the resignation of Athletic Director Dexter Irvin, effective December 31, 2013. Irvin, who joined UH Hilo in August 2009, has accepted a position as athletic director with the College of Southern Nevada located in Henderson, Nevada, pending Nevada Board of Regents’ approval.

Dexter Irvin

Dexter Irvin

“Dexter contributed greatly to the progress of UH Hilo Athletics,” Straney said. “He worked tirelessly to move our diverse athletics program forward, and his efforts are greatly appreciated by the University and local community. We wish him all the best in his new position.”

Under Irvin’s leadership, Vulcan Athletics developed a gender equity plan, implemented its first official audits, created an operations manual from scratch, established Women’s Basketball and Men’s and Women’s Soccer as officially recognized sports with the hiring of full-time, permanent coaches, and witnessed the expansion of the PacWest Conference. During his tenure, fundraising revenue and corporate sponsorships also increased notably.

Pending final approval in accordance with UH System policies, Timothy Moore, founding director, Campus Recreation Department, will serve as interim athletic director, effective January 1, 2014.

Moore came to UH Hilo on June 1, 2008 from Southern Methodist University where he served as assistant director and later associate director of recreational sports from 1992-2008. He holds a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Louisville.

A national search for a permanent director of intercollegiate athletics at UH Hilo is anticipated to be launched in 2014.

Annual Hilo Elks “World of Magic” – Sunday, December 8th

Community members are invited to come join in a mid-day event of spell-binding entertainment and treats.

This year the annual Hilo Elks “World of Magic” performance includes Taishoji Taiko of Hilo and magician Kelvin Chun of Oahu who will share the stage at downtown Hilo’s Palace Theater on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 11am.

Taishoji Taiko of Hilo

Taishoji Taiko of Hilo

Taishoji Taiko was founded in 1989 under the direction of Yoshihumi Ono at Taishoji Soto Mission in Hilo. The group originally played only for Taishoji’s annual Bon dance, but gradually expanded into kumi daiko, or performance drumming. In addition to the annual Toro Nagashi (lantern floating ceremony), Taishoji Taiko has played at numerous community and cultural events around the Big Island. The group opened for the Big Island debut of the critically acclaimed group TAIKOPROJECT at the UHH Performing Arts Center in June 2008 and celebrated it’s 20th anniversary at the inaugural Big Island Taiko Festival in 2009.

At various times, Taishoji Taiko has received instructions from taiko masters from Hawaii and California, including Kenny Endo of the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Members have also attended workshops given by Kodo, On Ensemble, and Seiichi Tanaka of San Francisco Taiko Dojo.

Under the direction of Chad Nakagawa, members of Taishoji Taiko are a diverse collection of ages and backgrounds united by their passion for the energy and spirit of taiko. Their performances are fun, dynamic crowd pleasers sure to be enjoyed by audience of all ages.

“Magi-kel Magi-chun” Kelvin Chun is an internationally recognized award winning educator, magician, balloon artist and kite enthusiast.  He has over 20 years of magic and balloon experience and has competed against and performed with world class magicians in prestigious international magic competitions at venues such as Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort 1,800-seat showroom.

Kelvin Chun

Kelvin Chun

He was also a featured performer at other stages, including the New Zealand International Magicians Convention in Auckland, New Zealand, Texas Convention, Japan Cup, and Hong Kong International Magic Convention.

Learning magic and balloon techniques from all over the world, Kelvin’s performance is infused with international flair and has mesmerized audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Please come join us for this fun filled event! At the show’s end we are expecting a jolly visit from Santa, too.

Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted.

Questions? Call Lily at the Hilo Elks Lodge 935-1717. Hope to see you there.

2013 Pahoa Holiday Parade Information

Mainstreet Pahoa Association, celebrating 20 years in operation, will host the Pahoa Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Pahoa Village Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Montessori Country School, which celebrates 30 years in Pahoa this year, will be honored as the parade’s grand marshal. The parade’s theme will be “Passport to Pahoa.”

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Get parade applications at Pahoa Puna Buy and Sell, Puna Style or Jeff Hunt Surfboards.

Since Pahoa High and Intermediate School won’t be hosting a ho’olaulea his year following the parade, food and arts and crafts vendors may rent a booth at the farmers market in Pahoa Village.

hoolauleaContact Mainstreet Pahoa Association holiay parade co-chairs Tiffany Edwards Hunt at (808) 938-8592 and Madie Greene at (808)965-7296 for more information.