On Tuesday, November 22, the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band and the Royal Hawaiian Band Music Society presented Our Legacy Lives On: Celebrating 175 Years of the Royal Hawaiian Band, E mau aku ana kō kākou ho‘oilina, at the Farrington High School auditorium.
It was a historical and musical panorama that demonstrated the vital role the Band has played in Hawaiʻi’s history as well as its relevance and importance for our state’s future. By partnering with the production team of New Hope Oahu, the Band presented a musical and multimedia experience unlike anything it has done before, utilizing state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and video technology.
The evening featured guest artists: Raiatea Helm, Nina Kealiʻiwahamana, Karen Keawehawaii, Gary Keawe Aiko, Misty Kelaʻi, Cathy Foy-Mahi, Emalia Keohokalole, the Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus, Halau Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e, the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club and former bandmasters, Aaron Mahi and Michael Nakasone. The Band also premiered a newly commissioned work, Spiritus Mundi, by Hawaiʻi’s own Michael-Thomas Foumai, a doctorate fellow in composition at the University of Michigan.
The evening culminated with everyone in the auditorium singing Hawaiʻi Aloha in acapella unison and the mayor of Honolulu proclaiming November 22, 2011 as Royal Hawaiian Band Day.
The television PSA for the anniversary concert produced by KITV4.