"Bring Back the Music Hawaiʻi"


     Bring Back the Music Hawaiʻi was an advocacy, awareness, and fundraising project that sought to collect unused musical instruments from around the island for distribution to needy schools of ʻOahu. This three-day event collected musical instruments in selected towns July 9-10, 2010. Instruments collected from this fundraiser were repaired and restored at local music shops, and distributed to school programs in need by The Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band, with the assistance of the Hawaiʻi Music Educators Association.


     The goal of Bring Back the Music Hawaiʻi was to collect 100 musical instruments for redistribution to local needy music programs. These instruments were fully repaired and restored to playable condition with assistance from local music shops and repair technicians.


     It was also the hope of the "Friends" that the redistribution of these musical instruments would provide a financial stimulus for participating music stores by increasing instrument accessories, sales, music book sales, music lessons, and future instrument repairs.

     An auxiliary goal of Bring Back the Music Hawaiʻi is advocacy for the raising of awareness of the importance of music education in Hawaiʻi, advocacy for support of the Royal Hawaiian Band, and a raising of awareness of the importance of Hawaiian band music in our local culture.


     The Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band, in conjunction with sponsors American Savings Bank, Global Music Supply, Bike Factory and Grace Pacific were able to exceed their goal. More than 100-plus musical instruments were collected, refurbished, and distributed to more than one dozen school music programs throughout numerous communities on the island of ʻOahu. The "Friends" also thank Ms. Olivia DeJane for her generous contribution to the repair of the instruments, and Governor Neil Abercrombie for his contribution for purchase of new instruments through Global Music Supply.


     Central donation locations were established and publicized so that donors would have a location for instrument drop-off at pre-designated times. Standardized locations included local American Savings Banks around the island of ʻOahu.


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