IHM’s “Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui” CD Nominated For Two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

“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

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.  

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! 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.

Keola Beamer Visits IHM

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

Mahalo Mark Yamanaka and Bert Nāihe!

Hilo native and four time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Mark Yamanaka joined IHM students this afternoon for a nice long talk-story and jam session. He shared his experiences from growing up doing backyard jams, to his times performing with kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho, playing the Hilo "wedding/graduation/birthday lū‘ai" circuit, recording his first CD and his most recently release. His guitarist Bert Nāihe, joined him before heading off to soundcheck for their concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center this evening. Mahalo nui, Mark!

The Secrets of Vocal Health on the Road

Jaime Vendera is a vocal coach, world-renowned for his wineglass-shattering voice as seen on shows like MythBusters, Dr. Oz, and Super Human Showdown. Many of his books, including Raise Your Voice 1 & 2, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and the Sing Out Loud series have been read by countless singers, beginner and pro alike. Jaime offers some tips on Voice Council Magazine’s website that could make the difference between singing night after night or cancelling a gig.

The Top 5 Lyric Pitfalls

Jason Blume is in this eighteenth year of teaching BMI's Nashville Songwriters' Workshop and has written hit songs fro many artists in a staggering variety of genres. Jason has also been a regular instructor and mentor at the Kaua'i Music Festival. He offers his list of the Top Five Pitfalls that he sees in many songs that he has seen and heard.

A Guide to Music Performance Royalties

The folks at the website “Music • Technology • Policy” have posted an excellent and concise series of blog posts that discuss the creation of music, from composition, through copyrighting, publishing and recording, and explains how these various parties in these creative activities can make money from them. Part One and Part Two.

5 Top Tips to Get the Most from Your Affordable Vocal Mic

CD Baby’s DIY Musician blog is a great source for useful information on maximing your money, time and resources. This recent addition talks about how to get the most from your affordable vocal microphone. This post should not be construed as an endorsement of CD Baby or its services, simply a link to what we believe to be a valuable resource for musicians.