Nā Hōkū Hanohano Compilation Album of the Year: “Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui”!

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 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

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. 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

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 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!

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!

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!

What Do Mark Yamanaka, Raiatea Helm, and Bryan Tolentino Have In Common?

All three will be sharing their talents and mana‘o (thoughts) with our Institute of Hawaiian Music students this week! Mark Yamanaka will be visiting up on Friday, January 31. Mark's  talent has been nurtured from a young age by renowned musician, composer and kumu hula, Johnny Lum Ho, whose traditions produced some of Hawai‘i's most cherished Hawaiian falsetto singers like Darren Benitez and Nā Palapalai's Kuana Torres Kahele. His 2011 debut "Lei Puakenikeni" won the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Most Promising New Artist. He recently released his second CD, "Lei Maile." Mark will be performing at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center that evening. Please contact the MACC box office for more information. Raiatea Helm and Bryan Tolentino will be joining us on Saturday to discuss vocal and instrumental performance, singing, and other aspects of being a professional musician and performaner. Raiatea is a multi Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and two time Grammy Award nominee who hails from the island of Moloka‘i, and is a former UH-Maui College student (back when it was still Maui Community College). Raiatea will be joined by the amazing ‘ukulele stylist Bryan Tolentino. Raiatea and Bryan will be performing at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Saturday evening. Please contact the MACC box office for more information. These special events for our students are just a few that are made possible by the generosity of outstanding artists like these, and they are only open to our students. If you are interested in joining the Institute of Hawaiian Music, please feel free to contact us!