RHB Returns to Kauai June 18


On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the Royal Hawaiian Band will be returning to Kaua‘i to perform at Prince Kuhio Park in Koloa. The festivities begin at 11 am and will feature Kaua‘i’s Lady Jane along with the band and its vocalists and hula dancer. The concert is sponsored by the Kaua‘i Museum, the Club at Kukui‘ula, the Royal Order of Kamehameha (Kaumuali‘i Chapter), the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, and the City and County of Honolulu.

A Holiday Concert with the Royal Hawaiian Band


The City and County of Honolulu will present A Holiday Concert with the Royal Hawaiian Band, a free performance at the historic Hawaiʻi Theatre at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2015. The Royal Hawaiian Band will play a selection of holiday tunes, new arrangements, and perhaps something from a galaxy far, far away!

In addition to the musicians of the Royal Hawaiian Band, this event, which is part of the traditional Honolulu City Lights celebration, will also feature a number of special guest performers, including Frank De Lima, Jerry Santos, hula hālau Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai o Ha‘eha‘e, the Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus, Gary Aiko, Malia Ka‘ai, Karen Keawehawai‘i, and Pi‘ilaniwahine Smith.

This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.  The doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Hawaiʻi Theatre Center is located at 1130 Bethel Street.

For more information, please call the Royal Hawaiian Band office at (808) 922-5331


Band Travels to Kauai to Celebrate Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole Pi‘ikoi


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.


Prince Kuhio celebration featuring the Royal Hawaiian Band.



The Ocean Connects Us All


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.




Band Outfitted by Noted Local Designer Mamo Howell



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.

A Song for Japan


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.

Click the link to watch the YouTube video.


Mele Lāhui Performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band


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:

Mele Lahui Flyer

Mele Lāhui Flyer Download

Clarke Bright in HMSA’s Island Scene Magazine


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.



Band Debuts Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole Medley

Melanie Martin, Ernie Martin (City Council Member), Toni Lee (President of FRHB), Marlene Kamakawiwo‘ole, Clarke Bright (Bandmaster), and Breene Harimoto (City Council Member)

Melanie Martin, Ernie Martin (City Council Member), Toni Lee (President of FRHB), Marlene Kamakawiwo‘ole, Clarke Bright (Bandmaster), and Breene Harimoto (City Council Member)

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.

RHB Places in City & County Christmas Tree Competition

Congratulations to the Royal Hawaiian Band and the team who built this year’s tree for the city’s annual Christmas tree competition. The trees are judged and displayed in Honolulu Hale for public viewing during the holiday season. The theme for the competition was “Shaka Santa’s Underwater Adventure” and the team from the Royal Hawaiian Band created a Spongebob Squarepants display titled “Shaka Santa catches a Concert.” This year the band won two awards for the display! It was the sole recipient of the Aloha Pacific FCU excellence award and it won 2nd place Best in Show as voted by fellow tree coordinators.

Thank you to the all the team members who made the RHB display a success!

RHB participants
Karla Meyers
Yoojin Cancio
Mike Baker
Eric Kop

Display set up assisted by
Jeri and Jeff Evans
Dennis Nagamine

Community volunteers
Mae Masuda-Kop
Lynn Ueshiro
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