On Saturday, May 28, 2016, the Institute of Hawaiian Music was honored with the 2016 “Compilation Album of the Year” at the 39th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. A contingent of IHM students accompanied Dr. Keola Donaghy to the awards, held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center in Honolulu. Because of time constraints (we were given only 30 seconds to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported the program and participated in the recording, we had to offer abbreviated thanks. Below is the text that we prepared to express our gratitude to everyone: Mahalo palena ‘ole i nā po‘o kulanui Clyde Sakamoto me Lui Hokoana, ka hope po‘o kulanui John McKee, kā mākou mau kumu Karyn Sarring, Anne Ku, David Fisher, Lois Leinani Whitney, Kahele Dukelow, Kaleikoa Ka‘eo, Kī‘ope Raymond, Kanī‘au Kai‘anui, Leinoa Kong, Hōkūlani Holt, Nāone Morinaga me Kaluhialoh Eldridge. Pōmaika‘i mākou i ke kōkua a me ke kāko‘o o Joel Katz, Kenneth Makuakāne a me Halemanu Villiarimo, me ka po‘e he nui wale o ka pā‘oihana puolo Hawai‘i i kōkua nui mai iā mākou mai kinohi mai. A mahalo iā Harvey Reed a me Scott Waters no ke ki‘i a ho‘onohonoho pale sēdē. He aloha a mahalo nui i ke Kauka Robert Wehrman, ko ka UH Foundation, a me ‘Anakala George Kahumoku, Jr. no kā lākou hana nui i ka ho‘okumu ‘ana i kēia papahana ‘Ī HĒ MŪ (IHM). Mahalo nui, ALOHA! “Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui” is available for purchase at Mele.com. IHM students with faculty coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy and IHM's former director, George Kahumoku, Jr. “Aloha ‘Ia ‘O Maui” CD cover. Picture courtesy Harvey Reed, Graphics by Scott Waters Kalani Librando Souza offering thanks on
“Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui”, the second CD produced by UH Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music, has received two nominations for the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards – in the “Compilation Album of the Year” and “Hawaiian Language Performance” categories. The finalists for Hawai‘i’s most prestigious music awards were announced today, and the final ballots sent to members of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts this week. The CD is entered in one additional category – Engineering – but the final nominees for that category will not be announced until later this month. “We are obviously thrilled by these nominations. It’s a testament to the hard work that our students put into the project, with the help and support of their instructors and music industry mentors,” said Dr. Keola Donaghy, faculty coordinator of the Institute of Hawaiian Music. “We’re especially grateful to Joel Katz, Halemanu Villarimo, and Kenneth Makaukāne for their exceptional efforts in engineering and other contributions to the recording,” he added. Students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music, 2013-2015 who recorded “Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui”. 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. IHM offers
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.
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. IHM Students, 2013-2015 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
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. Students from the second IHM cohort performing at Bailey House Museum in Fall 2014. We hope to see you there!
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. Students from the second IHM cohort performing at Bailey House Museum in Fall 2014. We hope to see you there!
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.
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! Destiny, Leihuanani and Kalani perform at a private function at Kea Lani Resort in Wailea on Wednesday morning. IHM students meet with Nathan Aweau after his performance at George Kahumoku's Slack Key Show in Nāpili on Wednesday evening. IHM students joined by Brad Bordessa perform at the UHMC open mic. IHM students learning how to run our sound system at the UH-MC open mic on Thursday evening. Brad Bordessa mentoring IHM students Leihuanani Keali‘inohomoku and Kalani Librando-Souza on Friday morning.
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!
We're grateful to the legendary Keola Beamer for sharing his wisdom with our students today. Mahalo nui e Keola!