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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         October 14,  2005 Release No. M-80                                                                               

NOVEMBER CONCERT CELEBRATES HAWAIIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

         Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the City and County of Honolulu will honor the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame with a concert at the Mission Memorial Auditorium on Friday, November 4, at 6 p.m.  The concert celebrates the 10th year of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and will feature Mahi Beamer, Nalani Olds, Pa`ahana and the Kahauanu Lake Singers presenting an anthology of music from the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame’s past inductees.

           Mayor Mufi Hannemann will present a $20,000 check to James M. K. Stone, Jr., president of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. The check is a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts for the cultural preservation, education and the concert.

“The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame plays an essential role in preserving and recognizing the best of Hawaiian music,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “Hawaiian music contributes to our economy through cultural tourism and the recording industry, but more than that, it defines our Island culture for us and the world.”

Since 1995, the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame has honored the achievements of significant composers, singers and performers including the great chanter and composer Keaulumoku, the Kalakaua Family, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Ray Kinney, Kawena Pukui, Helen Desha Beamer, Gabby Pahinui and Irmgard Aluli.

At the November 4 concert, the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame will induct the Kahauanu Lake Trio; whose lead musician “K” Lake is the driving force behind the hall’s efforts to promote Hawaiian music.  The Kahauanu Lake Trio has been a consistent force on the Hawaiian music scene since 1954.  Their perfect three-part harmony style of Hawaiian music influenced many groups over the past 50 years.  The group’s recordings continue to outsell others since their first recording in 1964.  The Trio is comprised of guitarist Al Machida - guitar, bassist Tommy Lake and ukulele virtuoso, Kahauanu Lake.

           The Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts regularly presents  events in the Mission Memorial Auditorium.  Located Diamond Head of Honolulu Hale, the Mission Memorial Auditorium is becoming an “arts-incubator” for grassroots performing arts organizations wishing to present their works to the community.  The November 4th concert is free and will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Parking is available at the Honolulu Civic Center parking structure.

             For more information contact the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts at 523-4674.

 

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Friday, October 14, 2005

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