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July 6, 2004






The first in a series of Aloha Friday concerts will mark the dedication of the new Mission Memorial Auditorium, after a yearlong renovation that has restored the historic  theatre to seat up to 300 people.


            The dedication will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, on the Civic Center grounds, next to Honolulu Hale.  Kahu Kaleo Patterson will perform a Hawaiian blessing.


The concert will feature performances by the Galliard String Quartet of the Honolulu Symphony; 2003 Merrie Monarch winner Halau Hula ĎO Hokulani, and ĎAleĎa, winner of the Na Hoku Hanohano Best Hawaiian Album award.


            Admission is free to the public, although seats must be reserved by calling

523-4674.  Free parking will be available at the Civic Center parking structure.


            The Mission Memorial Auditorium 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 Childrenís Society.  The Society is a non-profit educational institution and genealogical society comprised of descendants of the first American Protestant missionaries to Hawaii. 


            Two of the brick buildings, the Mission Memorial Building and the Mission Memorial Auditorium, were designed by architect H.L. Kerr and built between 1915 and 1916 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the arrival of the American Protestant missionaries to Hawaii in 1820.  These structures are the only example of Jeffersonian architecture in Hawaii.  (The third building was added in 1930.)


            The City and County of Honolulu purchased the Mission Memorial buildings in 1945 for $162,000 to provide office space for City workers, who moved in two years later, following renovations.


            The latest renovation brings the Mission Memorial Auditorium back to its former elegance and use.




Tuesday, July 06, 2004

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