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August 3, 2004






            The second in a series of free Aloha Friday concerts featuring a Merry Monarch and Na Hoku Hanohano “Best Hawaiian Album of the Year” winners will be held this Friday, August 6, at the newly-restored Mission Memorial Auditorium on the Civic Center grounds.


            The concert, sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu and radio station 105KINE, will start at 6 p.m. with a performance by Halau Hula Olana followed by an appearance at 7 p.m. by Maunalua. Accomplished musician Peter Apo will serve as master of ceremonies for the concert.


            Halau Hula Olana, under the direction of Kumu Hula Olana Ai and Howard Ai, placed 5th in the Wahine Kahiko and Wahine Auana competition. Halau Hula Olana member Kellilynn Kanoelani Cockett Smith was the first runner-up in the Miss Aloha 2004 competition.


            The keiki of Halau Hula Olana have won numerous competitions. They have performed internationally—most recently at the Shanghai International Children’s Cultural Festival in The People’s Republic of China.


            Maunalua, recipient of the 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano “Favorite Entertainers of the Year” and “Best Album of the Year” awards, also won the “Best Hawaiian Album” award in 2001 with their first release, “Maunalua.”


            The musical group’s members, Bobby H. Moderow, Jr., Kahi Kaonohi and Bruce Spencer, are talented musicians and vocalists dedicated to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music. The new album, “Kuleana” or responsibility,” reflects this commitment. They also tour internationally and will perform in Japan this December.


     The Mission Memorial Auditorium has recently undergone 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 August 20, September 17, October 15 and November 19.


               Call 523-4674 for more information.













Tuesday, August 03, 2004

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