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!

IHM Students and George Kahumoku at Moonlight Mele This Saturday

Our Institute of Hawaiian Music students will be joining George Kahumoku Jr again at this Saturday's Moonlight Mele concert at the Maui Historical Society/Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. The event opens at 6PM, music begins at 7. General admission is $20, kama‘āina admission is $10, children are free. We hope to see you there!

Barry Flanagan of Hapa Mentors IHM Students

Our students enjoyed a great licks and music business mentoring session with the inimitable Barry Flanagan of Hapa today. It is the first of what will be many visits from Hawai‘i music industry professionals in the year to come. Mahalo nui e Barry!

Summer Updates and Upcoming Performances

IHM Group 'Maunaleo' performing at the annual Kauaua ‘Ohana reunion in Pukalani in May It's been a busy summer for those of us in the Institute of Hawaiian Music. Many of our students spent the summer rehearsing with their groups and performing at venues around Hawai‘i. We’re grateful to the individuals, groups, organizations, and companies that have supported us and provided performance opportunities for our students. We do have performances the next three Fridays in August - August 1, 8 and 15, 2014, at the lobby of the Kea Lani Resort in Wailea from 4:30-5:30PM. Admission is free, and all are welcomed to join us. We will also be joining Uncle George Kahumoku at the Moonlight Mele concert at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku on Saturday, August 9, 7-9PM. Gates open at 5 pm and concert starts at 7 pm. General admission is $20, Kama‘āina $10, 12 & under Free. For more information, call 244-3326 or e-mail We are about three weeks from the start of the Fall semester. We did not hold full auditions for the fall, but will be adding a few new and well-prepared students to our current group. Our next auditions will be held in Spring 2015, for students who wish to start the program in Fall 2015. Please stay tuned for future announcements as we move forward into the future!

Rev. Dennis Kamakahi: 1953-2014

Dennis Kamakahi The faculty, staff and students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music would like to extend our deepest condolences to the ‘ohana of Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, who passed away today. Dennis was one of the many early supporters of the IHM, met with and mentored the students in our first cohort. Dennis had wanted to also meet and work with our current students, but we were unable to arrange a date and time to do so before he was diagnosed and began treatment. We will be forever grateful for his dedication to Hawaiian music, and his enduring spirit.

IHM Students Perform at Maui Steel Guitar Festival!

A number of students in our inaugual Elementary Hawaiian Steel Guitar class peformed at the Maui Steel Guitar Festival this past Saturday at the Ka‘ānapali Beach Hotel. Mahalo to their kumu Joel Katz for preparing and accompanying them during the performance. Many in attendance were suprised but delighted to learn that steel guitar is a regular course at Music at UH Maui College, and will be offered again next semester. We will be offering a combined Elementary and Intermediate steel guitar class in the fall. Please stay tuned for details!

IHM Students on KPOA Morning Show

IHM Students visiting the Morning Goddess at KPOA Mahalo to the Morning Goddess, Alaka‘i Paleka, Island Boy and Sista Val for having us on the KPOA 93.5 FM morning show this morning to talk about our upcoming performance at Kama‘āina Nights at Ka‘ahumanu Center, this Friday, February 28 at 6-7 PM. We hope that many of you will attend and support our IHM students! We are making big plans for the big end-of-year concert that the students will be performing along with UHMC Chorus and Hawaiian Chorus students. Stay tuned!  

IHM Students at Kama‘āina Nights With Ikaika Blackburn

Some of the students in the Institute of Hawaiian Music's second cycle of classes, who will complete the program in Spring 2015. Please join us this Friday, February 28. 2014 as our Institute of Hawaiian Music students open Kama‘āina Nights at the Ka‘ahumanu Shopping Center in Kahului. They will perform from 6-7PM, opening for Maui’s own Ikaika Blackburn. We will have two different student groups performing that night, and hope you will join us!

IHM Students Visit Jake Shimabukuro

Once again, our Institute of Hawaiian Music students were fortunate to receive visits and mentoring from an amazing Hawai‘i artist. On Saturday, February 1, the students spent over an hour with ‘ukulele virtuoso and innovator Jake Shimabukuro prior to his concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. He talked to them about his development as a performer and composer, his practice and composing, and various aspects of the music industry. We are always grateful for the knowledge and experience passed down by our generous and talented Hawai‘i performers and recording artists. Their contributions are a huge part of what makes IHM special, and we couldn’t do it without them. A bit mahalo also to Art Vento at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center for coordinating the visit and allowing us to use their facilities. IHM students meet and receive some mentoring from Jake Shimabukuro on February 1, 2014 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Mahalo Jake!