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September 9, 2004





            The next in a series of free Aloha Friday concerts featuring Halau Mohala ‘Ilima and  living legend Aunty Genoa Keawe and her band will be held Friday, September 24, at the newly-restored Mission Memorial Auditorium on the Civic Center grounds.


            The concert, sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu, will start at 6 p.m.  


Halau Mohala ‘Ilima performs under the direction of Mapuana De Silva, who has been a kumu hula since 1976 and is noted for her traditional approach and unique style.  She currently teaches more than 400 students, who compete regularly in the annual High School Kahiko Competition, keiki hula competitions on O’ahu and in Kona, and the Merrie Monarch Hula competition.


            Aunty Genoa Keawe has been a venerated and much-beloved influence on Hawaiian music.  Her signature, sweet falsetto voice has set the standard for female falsettoists and she has inspired many of the top local entertainers of today.


            A professional recording artist since 1946, she still loves to perform with her band, often known as “Aunty Genoa’s Hawaiians,” and has helped to perpetuate Hawaiian music for more than half a century.  Though band members have changed through the years, their sound still remains uniquely sweet and Hawaiian.


The Mission Memorial Auditorium recently underwent a yearlong renovation. It

is one of three distinctive red-brick buildings located on the Civic Center grounds that once served as the headquarters of the Hawaii Evangelical Association, part of the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society.   Two of the brick buildings, the Mission Memorial Building and the Mission Memorial Auditorium, were designed by architect H. L. Kerr and were built between 1915 and 1916 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the arrival of the American Protestant missionaries to Hawaii in 1820.


            Concert seating is limited to the first 350 guests so please arrive early. Doors open at 5 p.m.  Free parking is available at the Civic Center Parking Structure, with entrances off Alapai and Beretania streets.


            Future concerts at the Mission Memorial Auditorium are scheduled for October 15, featuring the Brothers Cazimero  and November 19, starring Hapa.


            Call 523-4674 for more information.













Friday, September 10, 2004

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