On Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Royal Hawaiian Band will perform on Kauai as part of a celebration honoring Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole Pi‘ikoi. The festivities will be held at Prince Kuhio Park in Koloa and will begin at 10 am and the band will perform at 12:30 pm.
This is the first time in a number of years that band has performed on Kauai, Prince Kūhiō’s birthplace, but this concert is special because 87 years ago, the band performed there for the first celebration of Prince. Attached is a description of that day and its celebration written by Dave Bandy, a member of the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
The Royal Hawaiian Band presents The Ocean Connects Us All or Ma O Ke Kai E Pili Ai Kākou, a free band concert at Hawai‘i Theatre kicking off an annual tradition that will renew and foster the Downtown gala atmosphere during Aloha Festivals.
The Ocean Connects Us All will honor the legacy of Hōkūle‘a and its current “Malama Honua” voyage around the world. Featured during this special evening will be guest artists John Cruz, Hula Hālau Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e, Kawaiolaonāpūkanileo, UH Mānoa Hawaiian Chorus, Hawai‘i Youth Opera Chorus Kūho‘okahi Ensemble, and the singers, dancers and musicians of the Royal Hawaiian Band. New musical arrangements will also make their debut as well as a new original composition, The Fantastic Voyage, by local composer Michael-Thomas Foumai.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact the Royal Hawaiian Band office at (808) 922-5331.
After about a year of work it”s finally here, our new Aloha uniforms. Noted fashion designer Mamo Howell, known for her quilt patterns, helped to outfit the band in a pattern that is near and dear to her heart. Her print, called “Roselani” or “Heavenly Rose,” is inspired by her Grandmother”s quilts. The pattern pays homage to the band”s royal past with the Roselani blossoms arranged in a crown-like pattern. While the fresh color scheme, of turquoise and lime, takes the uniforms boldly forward into the future. The Royal Hawaiian Band is the first group to wear this pattern and it is an exclusive design made for the band. Be sure to watch the band as we debut our bright new uniforms on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Aloha Festivals Parade that extends from Ala Moana Beach Park, through Waikiki, until Kapi‘olani Park. We hope to see you along the parade route!
Click here to see video coverage about the debut of our new uniforms. Thanks to KHON2 and Olena Heu.
You can also see more pictures of the band during its concert at the Lotus Adult Day Care, where KHON2 filmed the unveiling of the new uniform, at its Facebook page here.
- At July 2, 2013
The “A Song for Japan” project was started by Japanese trombone players living outside Japan in collaboration with a group which has deep connections to Japan and includes Japanese members. It is in remembrance of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. On that day,the largest earthquake in Japan”s history, a magnitude 9.0, generated a tsunami that took the lives of over 27,000 people. The devastation by earthquakes and tsunami, as well as the nuclear accidents, is so deep that the entire country still doesn”t know the full impact of the disaster. People have no idea how many years it will take to rebuild their homes and lives, and for their smiles to return. Music can help this process. Music heals the soul in a unique way that is individual to people yet at the same time brings them together in harmony.
The Royal Hawaiian Band performed a version for solo trombone and wind band featuring Jason Byerlotzer. Enjoy the music and remember those who were and still are affected by this tragic event.
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 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.
Thank you to the all the team members who made the RHB display a success!
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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