Hawaiian Band and the Hawai’i Council on the Humanities have joined forces for
a tasty lunchtime program this Friday (4/26) at ‘Iolani Bandstand. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.
This story includes a version of Kaulana Na Pua performed by the Royal Hawaiian
Band with Misty Kela’i. Hear more this Friday,
April 26, at ‘Iolani
Palace from noon to 1 PM
(weather permitting). Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to this
free lunchtime concert.
The program, Mele Lāhui, will explore songs composed either
during the time of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom
or in remembrance of it. 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. Stellar vocalists, Malia Ka'ai and Nina Keali'iwahamana are also featured.
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 more information, contact Stacy Hoshino,
HCH director of grants and special projects, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on the Royal Hawaiian Band:
The Hawai'i Council for the Humanities collection,
"We Go Jam", contains the essay about Kaulana Na Pua by Martha Noyes
as well as many other scholarly notes and recollections about Hawai'i's music
over the years. Check the Humanities
website for a copy: http://hihumanities.org/