Raiatea Helm and Bryan Tolentino performing “Kalama‘ula" for IHM students at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Raiatea Helm and Bryan Tolentino performing “Kalama‘ula” for IHM students at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Our Institute of Hawaiian Music students were fortunate to receive visits and mentoring from amazing artists two days in a row. Yesterday was Hilo’s Mark Yamanaka with Bert Nāihe. Today the students got to spend nearly an hour and a half with two-time Grammy Award nominee and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winning singer Raiatea Helm, along with the amazing ‘ukulele stylist Bryan Tolentino. They discussed an incredible array of topics, answered questions from our students, and played several songs for them as well.

As always, we are incredibly 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 Dennis Chong-Imamura, Leihuanani Keli‘inohomoku, Destiny Mahaulu, IHM Faculty Coordinator Keol a Donaghy, students Patti Kuwaye, Glenn Keli‘ikoa, and Marie Donaghy with Bryan Tolentino and Raiatea Helm.

IHM students Dennis Chong-Imamura, Leihuanani Keli‘inohomoku, Destiny Mahaulu, IHM Faculty Coordinator Keol a Donaghy, students Patti Kuwaye, Glenn Keli‘ikoa, and Marie Donaghy with Bryan Tolentino and Raiatea Helm.