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Charmaine Clamor Returns to the Big Island

Celebrated by The New York Times as “a gifted vocalist” and by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade,” Filipino-American recording artist and cultural trailblazer Charmaine Clamor has earned her Queen of Jazzipino crown. Clamor visited Hilo two years ago and now returns to the big island to play one concert only at Honokaa Peoples Theatre on Saturday, October 12 at 8pm.

Charmaine Clamor

Charmaine Clamor

Charmaine’s musical journey began at age 3, entertaining passengers — whether they liked it or not! — in the back of buses traveling to Manila. Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Philippines, young Charmaine provided piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English-language classics. These childhood memories inspired Charmaine’s enduring love of American music.

In 2011, while making her sixth-straight appearance at the Philippines International Jazz Festival, Charmaine gave a command performance at Manila’s Malacanang Palace for United States Ambassador Harry Thomas and Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, President of the Philippines. President Aquino joined Charmaine onstage for a once-in-a-lifetime duet and declared her “a genuine source of Pilipino pride.”

In 2010 Charmaine was the only Filipina to appear on the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim concept album, “Here Lies Love” (Nonesuch), about the life of Imelda Marcos. She was joined on the recording by luminaries such as Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, and Natalie Merchant.

In the liner notes of Something Good(FreeHam), Charmaine’s 4th U.S. album, she declares, “I believe there are two kinds of music: the good stuff, and everything else.” To Charmaine Clamor, the categories don’t matter; the labels are irrelevant. Call her a Filipino-jazz-world-soul-pop-funk-blues singer. Call her the Queen of Jazzipino. When she shares her once-in-a-generation astonishingly expressive voice, genres fade away and beauty takes over. JazzTimes emphasized, “Clamor vocally resembles an amalgam of Nancy Wilson and Lena Horne, a sumptuously elegant blend of silk and satin, trimmed with gutsy self-possession.”

Saturday 10/12 at 8pm, at Honoka’a People’s Theatre. Tickets are general admission, $30 adult and $25 senior or student in advance, with all tickets $35 at the door. Tickets via www.charmaineclamor.com or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800 838 3006 (24/7), or at Tara Patch in Honoka`a. Doors open at 7pm on day of concert.


“Aloha Buddha” – Award Winning Documentary Comes to North Hawaii

Aloha Buddha,” winner of “Best Documentary” at Hawaii International Film Festival last year, tells the story of Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii—from its historic temple buildings, many of which have fallen into disrepair, been demolished or abandoned altogether.  The film will be screened on Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m. at Hawi Jodo Mission and on Sunday, October 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Kamuela Hongwanji, and 3:30 p.m. at Honokaa Peoples Theater.

In it, filmmakers have gathered interviews with priests and elder temple members across the state—including Hawi Jodo Mission in North Kohala—and painstakingly restored 16mm color film footage from the early 1900’s.  At that time, according to the website, www.AlohaBuddhafilm.com, Buddhism was a major religion in Hawaii, with about 50% of the population belonging to one of 170 temples across the islands.  However, according to the 2010 census, the number of Buddhists in Hawaii has shrunk to less than 5%.

From the site: “What has happened over the past 80 years to the people of Hawaii to cause such a shift, and why, with the tremendous upswing and interest in Buddhism on the mainland U.S. doesn’t Hawaii increase its membership even today? The answers to this are simple, yet complex at the same time, and a final question remains: is there any way to save the foreseeable death of Buddhism in Hawaii from happening?”

Filmmaker/producer Dr. Lorraine Minatoishi, PhD, AIA, will be available to talk story at informal receptions following the film screenings.  Founder and owner of Minatoishi Architects, Inc. and certified Historic Architect and Architectural Historian, Dr. Minatoishi earned her Doctorate of Engineering from Waseda University in Tokyo where she focused on ancient traditional Japanese architecture and the preservation thereof.

“I was looking at the architectural style of the temples focusing only on that,” said Minatoishi.  “However, I realized that the memberships of the temples were going down and I saw that most members were already older nisei and sansei generation.  I also realized that this story of the architecture was much broader…  The architecture reflected the story of immigration and settlement of the Japanese people in Hawaii.”

“I would like people to come away with a much greater and better understanding of the history of Hawaii—a big part of the history that has been largely untold,” said Minatoishi.  “For Japanese Americans, I would like for them to come away with a greater appreciation of the sacrifices that our ancestors have gone through.  Finally, I would like people to come away with an appreciation of Buddhism as a religion. The ministers and members were able to be flexible enough to change the religion to relate to the immigrants and to the larger society to meet the needs of the people.”

A donation of $5 is suggested for the screenings.  “Aloha Buddha” film presentation and talk story with filmmaker/producer Lorraine Minatoishi, Ph.D., AIA are presented by the Hawi Jodo Mission (889-5456), Kamuela Hongwanji (885-4481), Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (775-7232) and the Peace Committee.


Hamakua Community Project Updates With Council Chairman Yagong at Honokaa People’s Theater

Council Chairman Dominic Yagong invites the public to a meeting to update the community on projects in the Hāmākua Area.  Project updates include the Ahualoa Well Project, Kapulena Well Project, Honoka‘a Sewer Connection Project, Lehua Sidewalk Project, and the leasing of County lands in Pa‘auilo.

Honokaa People's Theater

“So many things are happening in Hāmākua, and we will provide time to discuss other matters as well,” said Chairman Yagong.  Meeting is on Monday, March 19th at the Honokaa Peoples Theater beginning at 6:30pm.  For information, call Yagong at 961-8538.

“Get A Job… The Movie” to Screen at Honoka’a Peoples Theater

The “People’s Choice Award” for Best Feature Film at the Big Island Film Festival was the movie “Get a Job“.

Writer and Director of Get a Job Brian Kohne with Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears and Actor/Musician Eric Gilliom

It has been selected to screen at the Honoka’a Peoples Theater beginning tomorrow night and running through Sunday evening.

For more information check out the Honoka’a Peoples Theater.

Honoka’a People’s Theater Earth Day

Honoka'a Earth Day

Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?

Media Release:

The Kohala Center invites you to “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?playing November 9 -11 at 7 pm at Honoka’a People’s Theatre. Queen of the Sun is a profound, alternative look at the global honeybee crisis from Taggart Siegel, award-winning director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John (showing in Honoka’a @ 5 pm on Nov 9 & 11). Special event night on Wednesday, November 10th with local beekeepers.