The 2014 Aloha Festivals Floral Parade Oʻahu and the coveted Hawaiian Music Award for competing bands was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Bands were encouraged to perform a variety of Hawaiian music from year to year with the help of the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band, and are also able to access complimentary band scores & printed parts on the Friends website as a community service effort on the part of the Friends organization.
Judges for the 2014 parade were (left-to-right) Jay Junker & Dr. Ricardo Trimillos (FRHB Board Members), and David Blon (University of Hawaiʻi Associate Director of Bands)
In 1989 the Hawaiian Musc Award was established by the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band, as the Nā Mele Paikau O Hawaiʻi Award. It signified the high school band with the best performance of a Hawaiian march in the parade and was awarded to the Moanalua High School Marching Band, under the direction of Elden Seta. During the years of 1991, 1992, and 1993, the award was altered to carry the title of the "Kapena Berger Marching Band Award.” The award went inactive beginning in 1994 until finally it was re-activated in 2008 and simply named “the Hawaiian Music Award.” Also beginning in 2008, the award morphed from a single winner during the earlier years, into a three-tiered level of placement. The award winners in 2014 included:
The Punahou Marching Band: 1st place winners in both the overall band competition as well as the 2014 Hawaiian Music Award competition. Congratulations!
1st Place - $500: Punahou High School Marching Band - Mak Falzarone, Director
Toni Lee (left) and David Bandy (right) present Punahou’s 2014 awards to Band Director Mark Falzarone (center), in front of a packed auditorium.
2nd Place - $300: Waipahu High School Marching Band Henry Fu, Director
3rd Place - $200: Sacred Hearts Academy Marching Band - Keith Higaki, Director
Toni Lee is seen here as she presented their trophy, certificate, and awards check to both Jamie Suh (SHA Marching Band Drum Major) and Mr. Keith Higaki (Band Director)
If you would like to view or download the Autumn 2014 Nā Makamaka O Ka Pāna Aliʻi O Hawaiʻi newsletter that includes an article on the parade, click here.
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