175th Anniversary Concert CD

     Aloha Kāua! The Royal Hawaiian Band’s 175th-Anniversary Concert CD, "Our Legacy Lives On," may now be purchased through our online merchandise store as well as through the U.S. mail. This product is a limited edition and will not be reproduced again beyond the original count of 2,000 CDs. The unique history of the Royal Hawaiian Band will make this recording a “must have” for all music lovers and wind band enthusiasts.

     Established in 1836 through a royal decree by King Kamehameha III, the Royal Hawaiian Band is the only band in the United States that was founded by royalty! In addition to its’ royal legacy, the band has now been in continual existence for more than 175 years without missing a single beat. This new recording features musical selections that have never before been recorded, a newly commissioned symphonic wind composition specifically written for the band’s 175th anniversary, and some of Hawaiʻi’s most well known vocalists.

Playlist on this CD

  1. La Hanau O Ke Aliʻi - Henry Berger, Arr. Dale Senega
  2. Introduction 1
  3. Hawaiian Hits Medley 2009 - Arr. Matt Catingub
  4. Sweet Lei Lehua - King David Kalākaua/Henry Berger, Arr. William Wiley
  5. Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī/Paoakalani - King David Kalākaua/Henry Berger, Arr. DeShannon Higa / Queen Liliʻuokalani, Arr. Jack de Mello, Emalia Keohokālole & Nina Kealiʻiwahamana, Vocalists
  6. Introduction 2
  7. Mele ʻai Pōhaku - Ellen Prendergast, Arr. Dale Senaga, Misty Kelaʻi, Vocalist
  8. Puamana - Irmgard Farden ʻĀluli, Arr. Lloyd Krause, Scott Furushima (steel guitar), Kaipo Asing, Gary Keawe-Aiko, RHB Glee Club
  9. Aʻoia - Johnny Almeida, Arr. Harris Ichida, Karen Keawehawaiʻi, Vocalist
  10. Spiritus Mundi - Michael-Thomas Foumai, World Premier commissioned for the Royal Hawaiian Band’s 175th anniversary
  11. Queen’s Hula - John Kaulia, Arr. Jack de Mello, Conducted by Mike Nakasone, Former Bandmaster
  12. Alte Kameraden - Carl Teike, Conducted by Aaron Mahi, Former Bandmaster
  13. Kamehameha Waltz - Charles E. King, Arr. Lloyd Krause, Conducted by Aaron Mahi, Former Bandmaster; Cathy Foy-Mahi, Vocalist
  14. I’ll Remember You - Kui Lee, Arr. Harris Ichida, Gary Aiko, Vocalist
  15. Haole Hula - R. Alex Anderson, Arr. Kenneth Choy, ed. Steven Agasa, Raiatea Helm, Guest Artist
  16. Kalamaʻula - Hannah Dudoit, Arr. Dale Senaga, ed. Todd Yukumoto, Raiatea Helm, Guest Artist
  17. Remember Who You Are - Lynell Bright, Arr. Joe Pacheco, Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus

Sample tracks from this CD

"Hawaiian Hits Medley 2009” (0:43)

“Puamana” (0:44)

"Haole Hula” (0:43)

"Spiritus Mundi” (0:56)

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&=====&=====&    ABOUT THE ARTISTS ON THIS CD    &=====&=====&

Clarke K. Bright, Bandmaster (2011-Present)

     Clarke Bright was appointed Bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band in 2011 by Mayor Peter Carlisle. Prior to his appointment, he was the band director at Kamehameha Schools for thirteen-plus years where he taught Elementary, Middle and High School levels. He also coordinated the Kamehameha Schools Summer Performing Arts Academy in 2009. During his tenure at Kamehameha Schools, Mr. Bright coordinated band and choir trips to New Zealand, Japan, the East and West coasts of the continental United States, Hawai’i Island, Maui and Kauaʻi.

     Mr. Bright received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Music Education from the University of Hawai’i. During this time, he was the Captain of the percussion line for the UH Rainbow Marching Band.

     Along with his many duties and performance engagements, Mr. Bright remains active in music education as a sought after clinician and adjudicator at various tournaments and competitions.

Michael Nakasone, Past-Bandmaster (2005-2011)

     Bandmaster Michael Nakasone was appointed by Mayor Mufi Hannemann in 2005. Under his baton, the band has travelled to Japan and throughout the state. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Hawai’i and has served as Director of Bands at Pearl City High School for 28 of his 39 years of teaching. While at Pearl City, the band was honored through performances both nationally and Internationally.

     Mr. Nakasone was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor award in 1995 and was chosen as Hawaiʻi’s State Teacher of the Year in 1996.

     Mr. Nakasone served as Director of the Pearl City Performing Arts Learning Center, Conductor with the Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony, and Band Director for the Kamehameha Schools Summer Performing Arts Academy. His professional memberships include the ABA, ASBDA, MENC, NBA, HMEA, OBDA, NSTOY and Phi Beta Mu. He remains active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the United States, Canada, and Japan.

Aaron Mahi, Past-Bandmaster (1981-2005)

     Bandmaster Aaron David Mahi is a conductor, performer, and lecturer on orchestral, choral, and Hawaiian classical music. For 24 years he held the position of Bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band. He has also held the position of associate conductor with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra of which he served as Bass section leader. He is the director of the Hawaiʻi Ecumenical Chorale and the famed Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club. He has conducted in Europe, Japan, and the United States.

     Mr. Mahi is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and studied at the Bloomstead Institute of Orchestral Conducting. As Bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band, he lead the band at the renowned Carnegie Hall in 1988, and in 1989, lead the ensemble at the Peace Park in Hiroshima, Japan.

     A lifetime member of the Community of Christ Church, he has held that position as pastor since 2005. He performs regularly with slack-key artists George Kuo and Martin Pahinui at the Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.

Michael-Thomas Foumai, Composer

     The music of Michael-Thomas Foumai (b. 1987) has been performed across the United States, China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. His works have received awards from Broadcast Music, Inc., American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the American String Teachers Association, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, Aspen Music Festival and School, the Transatlantic Arts Consortium, the Presser Foundation, Austin Peay State University and many more.

     Mr. Foumai holds degrees in composition from the University of Hawaiʻi and the University of Michigan.

About Spiritus Mundi

     Commissioned by the Royal Hawaiian Band in celebration of its 175th anniversary, Spiritus Mundi borrows melodic motives from Hawaiian chant and fragments from Aloha ʻOe. Spiritus Mundi is the Latin translation for Spirit of the World, and resonates with the long and prosperous career the band has had over its many years. The work is a celebration and tribute to the continued prosperity and ever-present gift of music making to come. 

Raiatea Helm, Vocalist

     Raiatea Helm is undeniably the preeminent Hawaiian songstress of her generation. She made history in 2006 as Hawaiʻi’s first solo female vocalist ever to receive a Grammy Nomination for her sophomore CD Sweet and Lovely. She repeated this achievement in 2008, with a second Grammy Nomination for her follow-up CD, Hawaiian Blossom. Ms. Helm also received two prestigious Female Voclist of the Year Awards from the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts for her Far Away Heaven and Sweet and Lovely CDs.

     You can read more about Raiatea Helm at http://www.raiateahelm.com/

Nina Kealiʻiwahamana

     Katherine “Nina” Kealiʻiwahamana Rodrigues Rapozo began singing with her famous mother, Victoria Ii Rodrigues, and siblings, Lani, Lahela, Boyce, and Ione. She attended Maryknoll School and Woodbury College, earning a degree in Business Administration.

     In 1957 she was asked to join the renowned Hawaiʻi Calls broadcast as a member of The Waikīkī Girls trio. Lani, Nina and Boyce were second generation performers on the show, following their mother who appeared on the very first broadcast until 1949.

     Nina’s night club appearances have included the Waikīkī Biltmore’s Top of the Isle showroom, the Monarch Room of the zRoyal Hawaiian Hotel, Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Tapa Room, Ilikai Hotel’s Canoe House and the Kahala Hilton’s Hala Terrace. Nina has also travelled extensively, performing with the symphonies of Reading, PA., Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, the Honolulu Symphony, the Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony and the Royal Hawaiian Band. She has also sung for both Queen Elizabeth II and Emperor Hirohito. Nina has appeared three times at Carnegie Hall – with the Royal Hawaiian Band in 1988 and with the Hawaiʻi Calls revue in 2004 and 2008.

     Nina appears on more than ten record lables, including many featuring the music of Hawaiʻi Calls and Jack de Mello’s Music of Hawaiʻi series, which were recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and two Rodrigues’ Family albums. She has been awarded three Nani Awards, two Nā Hōkūhanohano Awards, the Ka Himeni Ana Award and the Msgr. Charles A. Kekumano Noblesse Oblige Award. In 2006 Nina was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and in 2007, the Music Foundation of Hawaiʻi presented Nina with the Female Vocalist of the Year Award.

Karen Keawehawaiʻi

     Karen Keawehawaiʻi is a mom, a grandma, a talented entertainer, and a proud Hawaiian. It’s the pride in the first two identities that fuel the humility in the third. “I would have performed no matter what” says Karen, when recalling the upward spiral that marks her musical career. “It allowed me to stay home with my children and to set my own trend.”

     In 1978 she recorded her first solo album, “Karen,” that included her father singing his composition, My Yellow Ginger Lei. The album is dedicated to her mother and father.

     Karen won her first major award in 1980 capturing Most Promising Artist at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. Three years later, Rhythm’s of the Islands album earned her the Hōkū for Female Vocalist of the Year, an honor that re-visited her in 1985. In 1993, she won the Entertainer of the Year award from Honolulu Magazine.

     Despite her celebrity status, her accomplishments, and all her rewards, Karen still see herself as Karen, local girl and a good friend. “Before I can feel good about an award I need to feel happy about what I’ve done,” she declares. “To get the award is just the icing on the cake, because, if there is anything that would be my legacy – it has to be my children first and then my music.”

Misty Kelaʻi 

     Misty Mamo Kelaʻi is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa with a degree in Vocal Performance.

     Misty went to the University of Hawaiʻi to study the Bel Canto singing style of opera, which has led to many performances with the Hawaiʻi Opera Theater. She has been a soprano soloist with the Royal Hawaiian Band since 1981 and proudly celebrates 30-plus years of performing with the band. Traditional Hawaiian music has always been her love and passion.

     Misty is most proud singing at the sacred grounds of Maunaʻala for la hanau ke aliʻi. Performing the band’s stirring rendition of Mele Ai Pohaku at the ʻIolani Palace grounds and looking up at the room where our Queen was held captive moves her Hawaiian soul each time the mele is played.

     After one particular performance of the nostalgic tune E Maliu Mai, Misty was thrilled to have the composer, Aunty Irmgard Aluli, acknowledge her with a hug and tears in her eyes, saying that Misty had truly captured her mele. To Misty who has always felt that “Music hath charm that soothes the savage beast (Congreve 1697),” these are the highlights of her singing career.

Cathy Foy-Mahi

     In New York, Cathy has appeared as a guest performer with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center. She received a New York Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her work in the award winning musical Song of Singapore.

     Hawaiʻi audiences have seen Cathy in numerous productions at Diamond Head Theatre, Army Theatre and HPU. She is the recipient of four Poʻokela Awards. She has appeared as a feature vocalist with the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre and the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus

     The Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus (KSCC) was organized in 1988 by KS music teacher Suzanne Kaupu Soon and has been under the direction of Lynell Bright since 1989. Consisting of 100 members, the chorus is made up of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, ages 9-12, from the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus elementary division, and has travelled Internationally to perform.

     The group released its first CD in December 2000 singing with Hawaiian guest artists Nā Leo Pilimehana, the Brothers Cazimero, Henry Kapono, The Anguay Sisters, Brother Noland, Teresa Bright, Imua and Crystal Mateo. In the fall of 2001, the chorus also recorded two songs for the Disney animated hit movie Lilo and Stitch. These songs are featured on two Disney CDs, the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack and Lilo and Stich Island Favorites along with a song off their first CD. Their newest CD, “He Koa Mau A Mau” is scheduled for release during the first half of  December 2015.


     The notes above have been taken from the official program of the 175th anniversary concert in an abbreviated and paraphrased format.




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