Mayor Peter Carlisle is proud to announce that the Royal Hawaiian Band will receive the 2012 Industry Award from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. The presentation will be at the Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards Reception on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Only three other entities have received this award: the Bishop Museum, Kamehameha Schools, and the Hawaii Calls radio program.
“The Royal Hawaiian Band has a significant place in Hawaii’s history and serves as one of the great institutions of Hawaiian culture,” said Mayor Carlisle. “Its exceptional bandmasters and historic performances have generated respect and admiration in our music community and throughout the world.”
The Royal Hawaiian Band is an agency of the City and County of Honolulu. It was founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III and is the only band in the United States with a royal legacy, and the only full-time municipal band in the United States. Its mission is to promote and foster music, both current and historic, to preserve Hawaiian musical culture, inspire young musicians, and ultimately enrich the lives of the people and visitors of Hawaii.
The Royal Hawaiian Band celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2011. It performs more than 300 concerts each year and has traveled to Japan, Canada, Europe, and various parts of the continental United States, including a historic stop at Carnegie Hall in the summer of 1988.
The Royal Hawaiian Band will perform at the Na Hoku Hanohano event that honors ten outstanding individuals for their contributions to the music of Hawaii with the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The reception will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel.
Update: The band was invited to perform at the opening of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards on Sunday, May 27.