Hawaiian Songwriting Retreat August 2-4, 2013

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is offering a three-day Hawaiian music songwriting retreat for just $25, from Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4 with Hawaiian music, language and haku mele (Hawaiian song) experts Kenneth Makuakāne and Kaliko Trapp-Beamer.

Kenneth Makuakane

Kenneth Makuakane

The Friday, Aug. 2 workshop runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 3 and Sun., Aug. 4 both begin at 8 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m.

Advance registration required. To register, contact Elizabeth Bell at (808) 985-6019 or email Elizabeth_bell@nps.gov no later than July 25.

The retreat will be held in the park at the summit of Kīlauea. Budding songwriters will find inspiration in this wahi kapu (sacred place), among the towering koa and ‘ōhi‘a lehua trees, over fields of ropy pāhoehoe lava, and in the awe-inspiring eruptive glow from Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

Also inspirational are the retreat’s accomplished teachers. Kenneth Makuakāne is a multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner, along with his group, The Pandanus Club. He’s a prolific songwriter (1,500-plus songs), producer of more than 100 albums, and collaborator who has worked with virtually all of the stars of Hawaiian music over the years.

Kaliko was raised as the hānai son of Hawaiian cultural expert Aunty Nona Beamer (1923-2008), learning Hawaiian chant, storytelling, traditional protocol, family songs, and stories. He currently teaches Hawaiian language courses at the University of Hawai‘i in Hilo, and helps coordinate the Beamer Family Aloha Music Camp. He is the President of the Mohala Hou Foundation dedicated to “preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture through education and the arts.”

The three-day Hawaiian songwriting retreat is sponsored by Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association.


Free Veteran’s Day Concert

In honor of Veterans Day, the community is invited to a free concert from 11am-4pm at the Pahala Plantation House in Ka‘u.

The culmination of the weeklong Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop, the event is hosted by five-time Grammy winner Keoki Kahumoku. The free concert features some of Hawaii’s favorite entertainers, including John Keawe, Diana Aki, Peter DeAquino, and Sonny Lim bending the strings on ‘ukulele and slack key guitar. Plate lunches will be available for purchase and support the non-profit Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Inc. For more information go to KeokiKahumoku.com.

2012 Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival

The 2012 Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival is coming up in July:

The 23rd Annual Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival (BIHMF) is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15, 2012, with twelve hours of entertainment from Noon to 6:00pm both days at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium.  The primary goal of this event is to honor and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.  The BIHMF features all forms of Hawaiian music including Slack Key Guitar, Steel Guitar, Ukulele and Falsetto with Hula, while providing a unique & authentic experience that honors & perpetuates Hawaii’s culture.

On Hawai`i Island, we are blessed with the best Hawaiian musicians in the world, including Slack Key Guitar, Steel Guitar, Ukulele and Falsetto.  This year’s theme will be “Hawai`i Island Hawaiian Musicians”.

Building on last year’s success, we are planning our biggest and best music festival ever.  The addition of Hula to our music festival the last two years really completed our showcase of the Hawaiian.  Hula Halaus like Kahikilaulani really added excitement to our festival.  But unlike the Merrie Monarch Festival, we feature the musicians who are rarely seen on TV at the Merrie Monarch.

In our effort to attract international visitors last year we established the “Japan Connection”.  Last year, The BIHMF was featured in a centerfold article of the September 2010 “Hawaii Fan” Magazine, the largest Hawaiian music magazine in Japan, with a distribution of 100,000.  The article, written in Japanese, pointed out that our festival has “real” and “authentic” Hawaiian music as opposed to the “Japanese Hawaiian” music in Japan.  The names of all of our performers were also included in the article, promoting them and our festival in Japan.  Also last year, we tried to arrange a group from Japan to come to our festival and we had six people signed up, until the earthquake.  They were all from the Sendai area and had to cancel.

This past year, the BIHMF was featured three times in centerfold articles of the Hawaiian Fan magazine, in their September 2011, October 2011 and November 2011 issues.  Again, the articles pointed out that our BIHMF is a “real” and “authentic” Hawaiian music festival.  We feel that this is important because of the strong support that already exists for Hula in Japan and these articles may help inspire many Japanese to come to our festival next year.

This year we received a full page ad on the HFM Back page on both the January and February 2012 issues of HFM.  In February they also advertised a to arrange for a group from Japan to come to our festival for a Music Tour and we are exploring the possibility of inviting Japanese musicians who play Hawaiian music at our festival.

Again, this year we will continue to focus on Environmental Sustainability by increasing recycling efforts, minimizing waste, using recycled products, providing transportation alternatives and conserving water and supporting alternate forms of transportation to the event.

Tickets are available at East Hawaii Culture Center and Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival.

Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Presents the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival and the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) is proud to present the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival (“the Festival”), May 25-27, at the Hawaii Convention Center.  The Festival events are open to the public, and will include two days of unique workshops and panel discussions led over 60 of Hawaii’s most notable performing artists, kumu hula, and industry professionals, as well as the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (“the Hokus”) on May 27th.  Kamaaina rates are available for all of the Festival events (see ticket information, below, and at http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/eventinfo.htm).

The Festival is the culminating event of Mele Mei 2012 – a month-long celebration of Hawaii’s music, which kicked off with an Opening Concert and Luncheon at The Willows on April 27th, and has continued to showcase Hawaii’s finest talent at various venues in and around Waikiki.  Please visit www.melemei.com for a schedule of the remaining events – and mahalo for supporting Hawaii’s music!

“On this landmark 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts is especially proud as we continue to celebrate the excellence of Hawaii’s music and recording artists,” said Kuuipo Kumukahi, HARA President.  “HARA’s mission is to preserve, perpetuate and promote Hawaii’s music and recording industry, and with the success of the month-long Mele Mei, the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, and our efforts as an organization all year long, we feel we are fulfilling this important task and plan to continue and grow our efforts into the future.”

Here is a summary of the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival workshops and the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  Tickets are still available from HARA.


The Festival workshops include several courses over two days – “Music – The Business”; “Sessions with Artists & Composers”; “Haku Mele & Composition”; and “Kintetsu Presents Hula Workshops.”
Venue:  Hawaii Convention Center
Time:    9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Class Schedule:  http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/regist_fri/
Ticket Info:  Please see below.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 – FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, DAY 2                          
The Festival workshops include several courses over two days – “Music – The Business”; “Sessions with Artists & Composers”; “Haku Mele & Composition”; and “Kintetsu Presents Hula Workshops.”
Venue:  Hawaii Convention Center
Time:  9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Class Schedule:  http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/regist_sat/
Ticket Info:  Please see below.

The Hokus honors the best of Hawaii’s recording artists in 27 categories, and features exciting live performances.  You may see the complete list of nominees at http://www.hawaiieventsonline.com/view.php?eventID=19785&ref=%2Fquicksearch.php%3FCatID%3D8%26start_num%3D0%26num_results%3D20.
Venue:  Kalakaua Ballroom, Rooftop, Hawaii Convention Center
Time:    3:30 p.m. – Registration Opens
4:00 p.m. – No-Host Cocktails
5:00 p.m. – Ballroom Doors Open
5:15 p.m. – Welcome Pule/Dinner Served
5:30 p.m. – Pre-Show Awards
7:00 p.m. – Main Show/Life Televised Broadcast
Ticket Info:  Please see below.


   •  All-Day Pass for May 25 & 26 Workshops (unlimited workshops):
•  $100 General Admission
•  $85 Kamaaina
•  $75 HARA Member
•  Individual Workshop (single workshop on May 25 or May 26)
•  $40 General Admission
•  $30 Kamaaina
•  $25 HARA Member

   •  $150 General Admission
•  $135 Kamaaina
•  HARA Member

    •  Purchase online at www.nahokumusicfestival.com;
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424; or
•  Purchase at the door (workshops, only).

Started in May 2011, Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii.  It encompasses workshops, concerts, award ceremonies, two international hula conferences, and more, and culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, including the prestigious 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  The 2012 Mele Mei events are being held throughout Waikiki at various hotels, on the beach, at restaurants, the Hawaii Convention Center, and other venues.  For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.

Part of the month-long Mele Mei 2012, and sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Kintetsu, Ala Moana Hotel, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Alaska Airlines, Star-Advertiser & MidWeek, KZOO Radio, Hawaii.com, ING Direct, Celebrity Tuxedos, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Kamehameha Publishing, Hawaiian Airlines, and other partners, this music festival 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, as follows:

DATE                     EVENT                                                 LOCATION
Friday, April 27      Public Opening Event & Media Day     The Willows
Saturday, May 5     Lifetime Achievement Awards               Ala Moana Hotel
 Friday, May 25       Workshops, Day 1                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Saturday, May 26   Workshops, Day 2                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Sunday, May 27      Na Hoku Hanohano Awards                  Hawaii Convention Center

For Na Hoku Hanohano event and ticket information, please:
•  Go to www.nahokumusicfestival.com
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424
•  E-mail info@nahokumusicfestival.com

Mango Festival Next Saturday

Media Release:

Find mango activities, keiki games, ono grinds, arts and crafts, farmers market and continuous entertainment at the third annual Mango Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Keauhou Beach Resort. The free festival celebrates Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mango varieties during the peak of the harvest season on the scenic, palm-fringed grounds of the resort’s Royal Garden.

Mango-themed activities start 11 a.m. when University of Hawaii Extension Agent Ty McDonald demonstrates mango grafting. Bring in your different varieties of mangos for identification by Ken Love, president of the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers. Love discusses the importance on using local fruit at noon during “Why Hawaiian Mangos?” At 2 p.m., popular pastry chef Hector Wong of Oahu shows how to pair mangos with Keauhou’s Original Hawaiian Chocolate. Samples are on the house!

Other ag presentations are “Bee Happy” by Alisa Yahna at 1 p.m., “Tier Gardening and DYI Compost” by Patrick McDonald at 3 p.m. and “Incense: a SEEDs program for Teenagers” by Stephanie Bolton at 3:30 p.m.

Entertainment opens the festival at 10 a.m. with a traditional blessing and hula by Kumu Keala Ching and Na Wai Iwi Ola Hula Halau. A variety of music and dance continues with Pule Kahikina Nahe Nahe at 10:30 a.m., Maka & Friends at 11:15 a.m., Hands of Fatima belly dancing at noon and the Stuheart Band at 12:30 p.m.

Stepping off at 2 p.m. is the Divine Goods Fashion Parade with Nouveau Gypsy Belly Dance Troupe featuring Sahra Indio. Bolo takes the stage at 3 p.m., followed by the Anela Harp Ensemble at 4 and Divine Dance. A closing ceremony wraps up the festival at 4:45 p.m.

The Mango Festival is a zero waste event and presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens with support from the Keauhou Beach Resort. For info, phone 808-334-3340.

Contestant Submissions Now Being Accepted for the 27th Annual “Ka Himeni Ana” Hawaiian Music Competition

Media Release:

The HAWAIIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME is proud to announce the 27th Annual “Ka Himeni Ana” Hawaiian music competition on Saturday, August 27th, at the Hawaii Theater in Honolulu.

Ka Himeni Ana, founded by Richard M. Towill, features amateur Hawaiian music groups performing in the “nahenahe” style, the distinctive Hawaiian music form characterized by sweet vocal harmony supported by unamplified acoustic instruments.

Applications and recordings will be reviewed by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and contestants selected from the applications received on or before July 15th.

Ka Himeni Ana rules:
1.      Competition is open to amateur Hawaiian music groups containing 2 – 5 members (no solo acts).
2.      At least half of the group must perform with and play an instrument.
3.      Instruments shall be “acoustic”—no electric or amplified instruments, except Hawaiian steel guitar may be electric and use a small amplifier.
4.      No microphones are allowed for instruments or vocals.
5.      Contestants will be judged on the quality of their vocal harmony, use of Hawaiian language, and overall musicianship.
6.      Song selections must be restricted to compositions authored prior to 1945, or if post 1945 or new original composition, shall be in the “nahenahe” style.
7.      Although First Place winning groups may not enter subsequent contests, individual singers may participate as members of other groups.

Contestants vie for 6 cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,200.

To apply as a contestant, groups (no solo acts) with 2 – 5 members must submit a Ka Himeni Ana contestant information form and a cassette tape or CD recording to: P.O. Box 30337, Honolulu, HI 96820 or dropped off at 1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Roof Deck Suite #6A-1, Honolulu, HI 96814. Mark it:  Attention:  Ka Himeni Ana 2011.  Contestant application can be downloaded from this link: Contestant Application.

For questions or more information, please emailchimaine@hawaiipacificentertainment.com or debbie@hawaiipacificentertainment.com.  Contestant submission deadline is July 15th. To follow us on Twitter, please visit twitter.com/kahimeniana.

Mission Statement of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame:  To promote, preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula by celebrating the achievements of significant individuals and groups.

2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards… And the Winners Are!

The 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards were held at the Hawaii Convention Center last night and I just want to say that the Big Island of Hawaii was well represented and came away with many Na Hoku Hanohano Awards this evening.

Even Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi was impressed with the amount of awards Big Island recording artists received.

The following artists won awards for their hard work that was recognized by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts:

Most Promising Artist:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Female Vocalist of the Year:


Male Vocalist of the Year:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Group of the Year:
KUMZ – On the Summit

Christmas Album:

Willie K -Willie Wonderland

Album of the Year:

Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i

Song of the Year:

Single of the Year:

HE LEI KAULANA – Nā Palapalai

Extended Play Release of the Year

SOLO UKULELE – The King of Pop – Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Friends

Anthology of the Year – Producer’s Award:

BEST OF NĀ PALAPALAI, THE – Nā Palapalai; Shawn Pimental, producer

Compilation of the Year (Various artists) – Producer’s Award:
KONA – Dave Tucciarone, producer

Contemporary Album of the Year:

FOREVERMORE – Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson

Haku Mele -composer’s award for first-time recorded Hawaiian-language song or chant

Kainani Kahaunaele – ‘Ohai ‘Ula

Hawaiian Album of the Year:

MŌHALU – Nāpua Makua

Hawaiian Language Performance:

Kainani Kahaunaele -Ohai ‘Ula

Instrumental Album of the Year:


Island Music Album of the Year:

– Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters

Jazz Album of the Year:

DJANGO WOULD GO – Hot Club of Hulaville

R&B / Hip Hop:


Reggae Album of the Year:

GREEN, THE – The Green

Religious Album of the Year:
– Ata Damasco

Rock Album of the Year:

STREAM DREAMS – Kamuela Kahoano

Slack Key Album of the Year:


Favorite Entertainer:


Engineering Award:

Bryan Sanchez and Jeffrey James – Hawaiian Girls

This years winners as well as previous winners:

Click on the pictures below for larger versions:

The 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) presented the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards today at the Hawaii Convention Center.

2011 HARA & Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards

Musicians and family members began filling up the Hawaii Convention Center ballroom around 10:30 this morning.

Around 11:00 the President of HARA, Ku’uipo Kumukahi, welcomed the musicians and family members to the ceremony.

Kumukahi introduced the Mistress of the Ceremony Karen Keawehawai’i to the audience.

An opening Pule (Hawaiian for prayer) was said by the former HARA President.

Lunch consisted of beef brisket, chicken, steamed vegetables and rice with furikake.

After lunch was served the awards program and entertainment began by having Mihana Aluli Souza present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill “Tappy” Tapia who wasn’t present, but did send in a video of a recent show that he did on the Mainland.

Uncle Bill “Tappy” Tapia (born January 1, 1908) is an American musician, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, of Portuguese parents. At age 10, Tapia was already a professional musician, playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” for World War I troops in Hawaii.

In his long career beginning in Vaudeville and quickly expanding as a jazz guitarist and ukulele player he has performed with names such as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Hawaiian musicians such as King Bennie Nawahi, Sol Ho‘opi’i, and Andy Iona.

The next lifetime achievement award was presented by President Kumukahi to Harriet Daisy Kawai’ala Ka’oionapuaopi’ilani Stevens-Poire.

Napua Stevens Poire (born Harriet Daisy Kawaiala Kao’ionapuapi’ilani Stevens, August 31, 1918 – January 7, 1990) was a well-known Hawaiian entertainer, singer, hula dancer, musician, teacher, radio-TV personality, producer and author. Noted for her hits such as “Beyond The Reef” and “Hawaiian Hospitality” in the late 1940s, she performed as a Hula dancer in the group The Coral Islanders in the 1950s and later embarked upon a successful media career as a radio DJ for her own show KTRG and presenting her own TV cooking show Napua’s Kitchen in the 1960s. She made two guest appearances in the popular series Hawaii Five-O and also presented the Aloha Week and Kamehameha Day hula shows.

The next Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ernest and Freddie Tavares and was presented by their niece Tasha Tavares.  His son Terry Tavares along with Alden Levi, Kenneth Makuakane and Alan Akaka put on a performane to honor Ernest and Freddie.

Freddie Tavares (1913 – 1990) was an American musician and inventor. Born in Hawaii, Tavares is perhaps best known for his role in designing the Fender Stratocaster and other Fender instruments and amplifiers, although he was a virtuoso on the steel guitar, playing on many hundreds of recording sessions, radio broadcasts and movie soundtracks. The signature steel guitar swoop at the beginning of every Warner Bros.Looney Tunes theatrical short was played by Tavares. His other credits include work with Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, The Sons of the Pioneers, “Tennessee” Ernie Ford, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Lawrence Welk, and Henry Mancini.

The next lifetime achievement award went to Jacqueline Leilani “Skylark” Rossetti for her extensive work in promoting Hawaiian Music.

You can check out a recent interview of Skylark with Leslie Wilcox here.

The final Lifetime Achievement Award went to the group Kalapana for their many years of great Hawaiian music.

They played a few songs for the audience that got everyone in the house grooving!

In 1973, childhood friends David John (DJ) Pratt and Carl James Malani Bilyeu auditioned at the Rainbow Villa for Cecilio & Kapono. Malani was soloing at the Oar House in Hawaii Kai and DJ was downstairs at Chuck’s in Sunlight with Kirk Thompson. They got together in DJ’s grandfather’s garage with Bryant Mackey Feary, another solo act, playing at the Oar House. They wrote songs, rehearsed, and at one point discussed the meaning of Kalapana. The literal translation of the word “Kalapana” is “sprouting money”. Kirk said the meaning was “beat of the music”, but he wanted “Dove” anyway. DJ thought it meant “Black Sand”. Regardless, they named themselves Kalapana, playing their first gig at Chuck’s in Hawaii Kai.

They became a regular band at a club called “The Toppe Ada Shoppe”. They opened concerts for Earth, Wind & Fire, Batdorf & Rodney, The Moody Blues, Sly & The Family Stone, and Cecilio & Kapono. They released their first, self-titled album, Kalapana, which included Jackie Kelso on sax and flute, Bill Perry on bass and Larry Brown on drums.

Kalapana performed a three–concert event at the Waikiki Shell during the span of June 25–27, 1976, where 25,000 people attended. In 1977, they helped select the entrants for the “Home Grown” album project.

Kalapana won several Nani Awards, the predecessor to the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. They were nominated for four categories and received “Best Performance by a duo or group”, and “Best Male Vocalist” for Mackey, who had split from the group and joined Billy Kaui (Country Comfort).

The group reorganized to include Randy Aloya, replacing Mackey, who was pursuing a solo career, DJ, Malani, Kirk, Michael and Alvin. The reorganized group included Kimo Cornwell (formerly with Beowolf and later with Hiroshima) on keyboards, toured in Japan and released “Kalapana Live In Japan” (Sun Plaza), “Northbound”, and “Kalapana Alive at Yokohama”. DJ, as Kalapana, also released “Hold On” and a solo LP “Branded”.

In Hawaii, Mackey & Malani regrouped and recorded “Kalapana Live Reunion”, a concert at the Waikiki Shell. The group changed members over the next few years while each pursued solo and duo efforts.

For me the most touching part of the afternoon was when the only son and grandchild of Mackey Fearey took the stage and addressed the audience on behalf of his deceased father.

As usual you can click on the pictures below for a larger view and don’t forget to tune into KFVE tomorrow for the live broadcast of the 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show.

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

Jim “Kimo” West and Dennis and Christy Soares in Concert Friday at the Volcano Art Center

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Volcano Art Center Hale Hoomana Performance Hall

Media Release:

“We are so excited to have a guitarist and musician that is of the highest quality perform in Volcano Village. This concert venue  is an intimate setting and is one that allow the audience to get close and personal with Jim and we expect to sell out fast. Joining Jim will be Big Island favorites Dennis and Christie Soares who have been nominated for both Na Hoku and Hawaii Music awards. This is going to be a special night in Volcano, I can promise you that!”  stated Volcano Art Center Concerts and Performance Coordinator David Wallerstein.

Kimo West

Kimo West

West’s first two CD’s, “Slack Key West” (2005) and “Coconut Hat” (1999) are excellent examples of the tradition of slack key guitar taken to a new and unique place, while still retaining the essence of ki ho’alu. “Kimo” as he is called in Hawaii, has performed at many of the islands’ legendary slack key guitar festivals as well as on the mainland, including the historic So Cal Slack Key Festival. His playing has been featured in a number of Honda TV spots, Disney Channel movies and National Public radio. “Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar: Kimo-Style”was released in December of 2007 and proved to be another evolutionary step in the ever-evolving journey of ki ho ‘alu.

Dennis and Chistie Soares

Dennis and Chistie Soares

Released in fall of 2008, “Kimo’s Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas,” features slack key arrangements of classic and contemporary holiday songs and won the Hawaii Music Award for Best Seasonal Recording. West is also a two-time recipient of the LA Treasures Award from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Between composing music for TV and film and slack key guitar playing, West also finds time to hone his production chops and has produced CDs for a number of independent artists including a project for Los Angeles-based Hawaiian performer Kapo Ku, a talented composer of new Hawaiian language mele. “Eia Mai Ka La” was recently released by Hawaii’s foremost record label, The Mountain Apple Company. He also has produced two CD’s for CMH Records in Los Angeles, “Hotel Honolulu”, and ‘Livin’s EZ-The Hawaiian Tribute to Sublime.”

Tickets for West’s performance on Friday April 29 are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for Children. Please call David Wallerstein

at 808-967-8222 for tickets or visit the Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus or the VAC Art Gallery. Visit www.volcanoartcenter.org  for information and to purchase tickets online. Tickets are also available the evening of the performance 1 hour before scheduled concert time at the venue.

Volcano Art Center is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization created in 1974. VAC promotes, develops, and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i through the arts and education.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Celebrates Merrie Monarch Festival with FREE Hawaiian Programs April 27 – 29

Media Release:

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will celebrate the 48th annual Merrie Monarch Festival by offering Park visitors free ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work) Hawaiian cultural programs and live Hawaiian music Wednesday through Friday, April 27 – 29.

Keiki Hāliko and Hi‘ilei Hauanio wearing lei.

Keiki Hāliko and Hi‘ilei Hauanio wearing lei.

All programs are offered free of charge at the Kīlauea Visitor Center lanai
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Park admission fees apply.)

Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture through these fun programs:

Nose Flute Workshop. Join Park Ranger Adrian Boone and volunteer Ed
Shiinoki and create your own ‘ohe hano ihu, or bamboo nose flute.
Singer/songwriter Rupert Tripp, Jr. will also perform.  When: Wed., Apr.
27; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lei Making. Patricia Kaula and her daughter Lehua Hauanio will share the
art of lei making. Hawaiians use lei for blessing crops, adornment for hula
dancers, in healing and sacred rituals, and much more. Lei can be made from many items, including leaves, flowers, shells and seeds. When: Thurs., Apr. 28 and Fri., Apr. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feather Kahili Making. Join the Makuakāne ‘ohana as they share the arts of
Hawaiian culture.  Violet May and daughter Helene will demonstrate the art
of making a feather kahili, a symbol of royalty. Join them and make your
own kahili to take home. Singer/songwriter Kenneth Makuakāne will play
original songs from his solo albums, The Dash and Makuakāne. When: Thurs.
Apr. 28 and Fri. Apr. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Create Ahu Lā‘ī.  Ahu Lā‘ī, or ti leaf capes, were fashioned by attaching
individual stems of the ti leaf to a net mesh. It was worn over the
shoulders to protect the wearer from driving winds and rains. Join Park
Ranger Jason Zimmer as he shares his knowledge and skills in making a cape, or better yet, try your hand and add a few leaves to the cape. When: Thurs. Apr. 28 and Fri. Apr. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Jeff Peterson to Perform on the Big Island Saturday February 5th

Media Release:

Born on the Island of Maui, multiple Grammy Award and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Jeff Peterson grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a paniolo or Hawaiian cowboy, at the Haleakala Ranch. As a performer, Jeff has had the honor to work with a wide range of artists and groups including Eric Clapton, James Galway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, The Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii, jazz bassist Rufus Reid, shakuhachi master Riley Lee, the acclaimed string quartet Ethel, and with many other artists in the fields of Hawaiian, classical, and jazz music. He has four recordings with Riley Lee: “Maui Morning”, “Bamboo Slack Key”, “Haiku”, and “Haleakala”. Volcano Art Center will be presenting Jeff Peterson on Saturday February 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Kilauea Military Camp Theater in Volcanoes National Park.

Jeff Peterson at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

He also released five solo guitar recording featuring his slack key artistry, “Maui On My Mind”, “Kahealani”, “Slack Key Jazz”, “The Artistry of Jeff Peterson”, and “Pure Slack Key”. Wayne Harada from the Honolulu Advertiser reacted to hearing the CDs by writing: “Add the Peterson name to the top 10 list of slack key giants”, “His manner is impeccable, his style exquisite: the CD is perfection”, “Brilliant . . . Peterson raises the bar a few notches in both slack key and jazz with this bright and exceptional release”. He is also featured as a performer and arranger on the 2008 and 2009 Grammy Nominated recordings “Aumakua” and “Friends and Family of Hawaii” by Amy Hanaiali’i.

Jeff Peterson and Kuhao Zane after winning their 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

He recently had the honor of performing for former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton on the island of Kauai on two separate occasions. He achieved a milestone in Hawaiian music at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards on February 13th, 2005, when a recording featuring Jeff and other island artists, “Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2”, won the first ever Grammy Award for best Hawaiian recording. He is also featured on the recording that won the 2010 Grammy Award in the Hawaiian music category. His latest solo CD, “Maui On My Mind” won the 2010 Hoku Award for Best Slack Key Album and was just nominated for a Grammy Award.

Tickets are $40.00 for the first 7 rows and $25.00 for the remainder of the Theater but all seats in the house are reserved. $10.00 for students with student ID. 10% off for Members of Volcano Art Center and Seniors. 50% off for all members of the United States Military. Please call David Wallerstein at 808-967-8222 for tickets or visit the Volcano Art Center Niulani Campus or the VAC Art Gallery. Visit www.volcanoartcenter.org for information and to purchase tickets online. Tickets are also available the evening of the performance 1 hour before scheduled concert time at theater Box Office. The Volcano Art Center is thankful to all the Members of the VAC for making this concert possible.