Join the band for a special concert entitled Mele Lāhui Performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band–on Friday, April 26, 2013 at ‘Iolani Palace (weather permitting), from noon to 1 PM.
Mele Lāhui Performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band, a program presented by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and Royal Hawaiian Band, will explore the story of songs composed either during the time of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom or in remembrance of it and of the ali‘i. Special presenters–Aaron Mahi, Puakea Nogelmeier, and Martha Noyes–will illustrate the events of that time and give perspective through the eyes of the composers. This concert of songs about Hawaiian nationalism will feature the Queen’s Prayer, Ku‘u Pua I Paoakalani, Nā Ali‘i, Ka Na‘i Aupuni, and Mele ‘Ai Pōhaku.
A special booklet containing program notes about the pieces, written by the speakers, along with song lyrics, will be made available to audience members at no charge.
This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic meal for seating on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace. A limited number of chairs will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For information on the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities site, please visit:
Bandmaster Clarke Bright shares how he balances his work with his physical fitness and how he used basketball to recruit students to the Waimanalo Intermediate School’s band program in this 2012 article in HMSA’s Island Scene magazine. Read how he keeps both his mind and body healthy and how he finds inspiration to do what he does in his father, Ron Bright.
On Saturday, March 16, the Royal Hawaiian Band premiered a brand new work commissioned by the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band from conductor/composer/arranger Matt Catingub at the annual Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band luau at Queen Emma’s Summer Palace. It is the third commissioned work for the band by Matt but the first in which the band members were asked what kind of composition they wanted. The result of a vote, and overwhelming favorite of the band membership, was a medley of songs by Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole. Featuring six of his most popular tunes, Matt weaved together a medley that is exciting, contemplative, and touching. The highlight of the performance was when it was revealed that in attendance at the gathering was Israel’s widow, Marlene Kamakawiwo‘ole. With hardly a dry eye in the audience afterward, President of the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band, Antoinette “Toni” Lee, commented how proud she was of the band and that she thinks Israel would be proud too. The band looks forward to debuting the work to the general public soon.
Exciting news! The Royal Hawaiian Band is looking for talented musicians to join the ohana by filling two vacant positions in its brass section. The openings are for principal trombone and for french horn. If you are interested or know someone who is, please visit the Government Jobs website (www.governmentjobs.com) at the direct links provided to apply.
Update: application window is now closed.
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The Royal Hawaiian Band is proud to welcome our newest member to the band Yoojin Cancio. Yoojin was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and attended Ohio State University where she earned her Master’s degree and D.M.A. in Percussion. In Korea she was a faculty member of the Ewha Womans University and Pyungtak University from 2001 to 2006. While there, she played as a solo marimbist and percussion ensemble member. Yoojin also lived in Heidelberg, Germany for three years where her husband was stationed while in the army and then came to Hawai‘i in 2010 to settle down. She loves living in Hawai‘i and is so proud of being one of the members of Royal Hawaiian Band.
What an honor it was to perform for the 1869 SMS Donau Seamen’s grave historical re-dedication at the King Street Catholic Cemetery on Friday, October 26. Hosted by by the Austrian Association of Hawai‘i with special permission granted by the Catholic Church in Honolulu, the ceremony recollected the story of the SMS Donau and, interestingly, its connection to the Royal Hawaiian Band.
On December 20, 1869 the frigate SMS Donau of the Austrian Imperial Navy entered Honolulu for needed repairs, after being severely damaged by two typhoons off the coast of Japan. The ship was on a circumnavigational cruise and carried the remains of two officers and four sailors who perished during the two storms. Their remains were laid to rest in the King Street Catholic Cemetery.
While the repairs to the SMS Donau took nearly five months to complete, the ship’s marching band held daily concerts to the great delight of the Honolulu populace. In fact King Kamehameha V was petitioned by his subjects to revive a band that had been semi dormant. As a result we have today’s Royal Hawaiian Band!
~ Press release from the Austrian Association of Hawai‘i
On Friday, 10/26, the Royal Hawaiian Band will welcome the Jaran Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Company. They hail from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and will be touring Hawai‘i as part of the Arthur Beetson Foundation Murri Queensland Tour.
The troupe’s performance features high-energy dances for all ages, providing an entertaining cultural experience. It is led by Artistic Director Graham Blanco, a Mununjali descendant who has been performing traditional dance for more than 25 years. It is one of the few troupes that are permitted to present sacred Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dances.
The Arthur Beetson Foundation Murri Queensland Tour also brings the Indigenous Rugby League team (who will be in attendance at Friday’s concert) to our islands for matches and cultural exchange. The tour, sponsored by the Arthur Beetson Foundation, also promotes Queensland’s indigenous tourism industry.
**Thanks to the MNonakaGallery for posting a video on Youtube of this concert.
On Monday, October 22 at 8 p.m., KITV will broadcast a special program called The Royal Hawaiian Band: Lifeblood of the People. It is a telling of the Royal Hawaiian Band’s history from its inception during the times of the Hawaiian monarchy all the way to its present state as an agency of the City & County of Honolulu. The program explores the band’s connection to the development of Hawaiian music and its personification of Hawaiian culture throughout time. Helping to tell the story of the band are island luminaries Jimmy Borges, Robert Cazimero, Mamo Howell, Nina Keali‘iwahamana, and Karen Keawehawai‘i, as well as bandmasters Clarke Bright and Aaron Mahi. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR’s because this is a special fans will not want to miss!
When playing on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace, it is hard not to conjure images of what it was like when the band would perform for the monarchs of Hawai‘i during the 1800′s. This past Friday imagining those performances was made easier when Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa, who is the great-grandniece of King David Kalākaua, came to the Palace to attend one of the band’s weekly Friday concerts. Afterward, she greeted the band and thanked the members personally for the work they do in perpetuating this aspect of Hawaiian culture. She was even gracious enough to pose for pictures!