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Aloha Maui Music Festival, April 18, 2015, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

The Institute of Hawaiian Music presents a celebration of the music of Maui for the entire ‘ohana. The theme of this year’s inaugural ALOHA MAUI MUSIC FESTIVAL is “Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui” (Maui is truly beloved). Entertainers include Mailani, Kenneth Makuakāne, George Kahumoku, Nā Wai ‘Ehā, hālau Pā‘ū O Hi‘iaka (under the direction of Kumu Hula Hōkulani Holt) and the students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music at UH Maui College. Hawaiian food, arts, crafts and other merchandise will be available for purchase, and there will be activities for the keiki. Proceeds from this event will provide scholarships to students, and support the many educational activities of the Institute of Hawaiian Music.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Tickets $10 in advance/ $15 at the door (keiki under 10 free) available at Bailey House Museum, Bounty Music, Mandala, Lahaina Music, Awakening in Paradise, and Native Intelligence! We are also still looking for vendors interested in selling their products or services, and are accepting donations for our silent auction! Call 808-984-3570 for more information.


IHM To Audition Prospective Students To Start In Fall 2015

Are you interested in learning the art and craft of Hawaiian Music from industry professionals? Need to develop your instrumental, vocal, and technical skills, and learn from award winning recording artists and composers? You can do all of this and much more as a student in the Institute of Hawaiian Music, which is accepting new students starting in Fall 2015.

An informational session will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 4PM to 6PM for prospective students, parents and other interested parties at Ka‘a‘ike Building, Room 105 CD.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2013 from 9AM to 5PM at Ka‘a‘ike Building, Room 105 CD. Prospective students will be expected to perform for six minutes, introduce themselves and their song(s), sing and play their instruments, and carry themselves in a professional manner. Reservations are required, and prospective students may select from the following time slots: 9-11am, noon-2pm, or 2-4pm.

The Institute of Hawaiian Music’s (IHM) is a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music. Formal university classes are supplemented with direct mentorship sessions led by professional Hawaiian musicians. Students selected for the IHM program will receive exclusive opportunities to receive personal training, guidance, and knowledge through these mentor-mentee relationships with performers, composers and other industry professionals. Visiting mentors have included Keali‘i Reichel, Kenneth Makuakāne, Mailani Makainai, Keola Beamer, Kainani Kahaunaele, Aaron Salā, Raiatea Helm, Jake Shimabukuro, Barry Flanagan, Mark Yamanaka, and former IHM director and Grammy Award-winning slack key guitarist George Kahumoku, Jr.

“Starting a career in Hawaiian music can be a challenge,” said IHM Faculty Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy. “Aspiring musicians are often left to their own devices to locate willing mentors and performance partners, receive personal training, find gigs, […]

Moonlight Mele on Saturday, February 7, 2015

The second Moonlight Mele performance of 2015 will be held at the Bailey House Museum on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Join our Institute of Hawaiian Music students and Uncle George Kahumoku, Jr. at the Maui Historical Society/Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. The event opens at 5PM, General admission is $20, kama‘āina admission is $10, children are free. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

We hope to see you there!

Moonlight Mele on Saturday, January 3, 2015

The first Moonlight Mele performance of 2015 will be held at the Bailey House Museum on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Join our Institute of Hawaiian Music students and Uncle George Kahumoku Jr at the Maui Historical Society/Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. The event opens at 5PM, General admission is $20, kama‘āina admission is $10, children are free. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

We hope to see you there!

Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou! Peformances! Recording! Auditions! Oh, My!

The students and staff of the Institute of Hawaiian Music wish to extend our best wishes to all for a happy and prosperous 2015! We have many performances planned for this semester, a big concert event in April, will be producing a new compilation CD, and many students will be graduating in May!

We also wanted to let you know that IHM will be holding informational sessions and auditions for new students wishing to start classes in fall 2015. If you are interested in auditioning for the program, or know someone who may be interested, please contact us and we will let you know more about the program and how to proceed.

Busy Week For IHM Students

It was an incredibly busy and productive week for IHM students.

On Wednesday, students Leihuanani Keali‘inohomoku, Destiny Mahaulu, and Kalani Librando-Souza performed for a private function at the Kea Lani Resort in Wailea. That evening, ten of us attended George Kahumoku’s Slack Key Show in Nāpili with the evening’s guest performer Nathan Aweau. On Thursday during our Applied Music Class, students were joined by IHM graduate and George Kahumoku Outstanding Student Award Winner Brad Bordessa. That evening, students  performed and learned how to run live sound at the UH-MC open mic night. Finally, Brad returned on Friday morning to provide some personal tips to students who could make it that week.

Not a typical week, for sure, but a great way to keep momentum going as we steam toward the end of the year!

Busy First Week of November for IHM Students

Our IHM students have three gigs this week, all are open-to-thepublic events:

Wed, Nov 5, 2014. Students will be playing before a community meeting sponsored by Hui O Nā Wai ‘Ehā, a group that has been fighting to return the flow to the four famous waters (Waihe‘e, Wai‘ehu, Wailuku and Waikapū). We will perform from 5:30 until 6PM, before the community meeting starts at the Wailuku Community Center.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014. Students will perform at the Made In Maui Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center from 5:20-6PM.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014.Students will perform at the monthly Moonlight Mele event at the Bailey House Museum/Maui Historical Society in Wailuku. We will be joined by Uncle George Kahumoku and perhaps others at this event.

Please stay tuned, we have more gigs coming up in November and December!

Keola Beamer Visits IHM

We’re grateful to the legendary Keola Beamer for sharing his wisdom with our students today. Mahalo nui e Keola!

UHMC Music Club To Host Next Monthly Open Mic On Thursday, October 23 For The Community Of Maui

Love to sing, play an instrument, slam poetry, do magic tricks, stand-up comedy, karaoke, act, dance – hula? Come perform (or just watch) at The Music Club of University of Hawaii – Maui College Open Mic on Thursday October 23, 6 – 9 pm at the Student Lounge. UHMC students, staff and faculty invited along with the whole community of Maui. All talents, All ages. Free admission and free food. This is a family event with food and all kinds of talent found in Maui.

“So many open mics are just for music, held late at night and is not for family.” says Karyn Sarring faculty advisor to the Music Club. “We wanted to showcase all the different talents in our community.”

Next open mic will be November 20th which will include a performance by the UH-MC Chorus.

IHM at Kaho‘olawe Exhibit at Bailey House Museum

On Friday, October 10th from 6 – 9 PM, students of the Institute of Hawaiian music will be performing at an opening reception for the new exhibition “He Moku Poina ‘Ole, An Island Not Forgotten” at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. The exhibition will be on view through November 3, 2014. Featuring pieces from the Bishop Museum’s Kaho’olawe: Rebirth of a Sacred Hawaiian Island (1996, Honolulu, HI) and Smithsonian Institution’s Ke Aloha Kupaa I Ka Aina — Steadfast Love for the Land (2002, Washington, D.C.) collections, our exhibition was curated under the guidance of Hokulani Holt, will be installed by former Schaefer International Gallery Director Darrell Orwig and is being sponsored by Maui Historical Society/Bailey House Museum, Haleakala Distilleries, UHMC’s Institute of Hawaiian Music, and more on the way. Please mark your calendars and share this Facebook event with friends & family. The more the merrier!