Waikiki Beachwalk presents The 1st Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival was held on Sunday, July 4, 2010, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at the Waikiki Beachwalk Plaza Stage. Harry B. Soria, Jr. and Senator Brickwood Galuteria co-hosted the innaugural event co-sponsored by Outrigger Enterprises, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Embassy Suites, and the Waikiki Beachwalk. Steel Guitarists featured included Alan Akaka, Greg Sardinha, Casey Olsen, Jeff Au Hoy, and Ronald Kanahele. Pictured, Harry B. sharing Hawaiian steel guitar history. (Photo: Keith Haugen)
Robert Cazimero accompanied living treasures of Hawaiian music on the piano as they sang and told the stories behind classic songs from the Hawaiian music canon. The program featured beloved songbirds Emma Veary and Nina Kealiiwahamana, the legendary Mahi Beamer with Helen Sunbeam Beamer, and special surprise guest Danny Kalekini.
Robert Cazimero also shared his incomparable vocal talents throughout the evening, and the entire ensemble was backed up by the Kawika Trask Trio. PBS Hawaii CEO Leslie Wilcox, music historian Harry B. Soria, Jr. and Hawaiian musical treasure Mihana Souza hosted this unforgettable, "chicken skin" evening of great Hawaiian music.
Hot Club of Hulaville performs at The Venue on Bethel Street in downtown Honolulu, on First Friday, June 4, 2010. Hot Club of Hulaville features David Chiorini on bass, Duane Padilla on violin, Emmet Mahoney and Sonny Silva on guitars, and Ginai on vocals and ukulele. The Hawaii group pays tribute to guitar icon Django Reinhardt on their new CD, "Django Would Go!", which includes "I'm Pau", "Love Song of Kalua", & "Some Enchanted Evening", plus many Django-inspired international tunes. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Alan Akaka's wife, Michiko, keeps Harry B. Soria, Jr. company, while Alan was being interviewed on the radio, and Harry B. awaited his interviews. Michiko is co-producer of Alan's latest CD release, "Simply Steel", to be elligble for the 2011 Hoku Awards. (Photo: Kaipo Asing)
Steel Guitarist master Alan Akaka is interviewd by Randy Hudnall (left) and David Daniels (right) for live broadcasts on AM940 and Hawaiian 105 KINE FM in Honolulu. In a light moment, all three are cracking up. In the next table, KAPA FM from the Big Island of Hawaii is hosted by their personality Abbott. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Ku'uipo Kumukahi's release, "E Ku'uipo E Hula Mae Me A'u", won the Hoku Award for Island Music Album at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Kumu Hula Carole Aiu (left) and Ku'uipo Kumukahi (right) celebrate the moment. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Uluwehi Guerrero, kumu hula & falsetto vocalist supreme from Maui, won 2 Hoku Awards at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Ulu's release, "Uluwehi Sings na Mele Hula Aloha" won the "Hawaiian Album" and "Liner Notes" categories. (Left to Right) Uluwehi Guerrero, Harry B. Soria, Jr., and Pono Fried. (Photo: Guerrero Ohana)
The Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. The presenter for their segment was Skylark Rossetti. (Left to Right: Moon Kaukahi, Jerome Koko, John Koko, Sam Gray, Mel Amina, & Sonny Lim. Moon, John, & Jerome continue as the Makaha Sons, while Sam, Mel, and Sonny, were all part of different phases of the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau along with Skippy and Israel Kamakawi'wo'ole. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs and his 3 musical sons, Barney, Norman, & Atta, were honored by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Na Hoku Hanohano LTA luncheon was held on Saturday, May 29, 2010, from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Hawaii Convention Center. Harry B. Soria, Jr. presented the history of the Isaacs Ohana and their musical legacy in one of the 5 multimedia features that accompanied the awards. Harry B. Soria, Jr. (left) and Harry Isaacs (2nd from right)(Atta Isaacs son) are joined by Harry's family. (Photo: Isaacs Ohana)
Danny Akaka on guitar & vocals sits in with his brother's group, Alan Akaka & the Islanders on Sunday, May 16, 2010 as a special suprise during the Sunday Showcase at the Waikiki Beach Walk. Danny's wife Anna dances hula to complete the family portrait. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Alan Akaka & the Islanders perform on the Sunday showcase at the Waikiki Beach Walk on Sunday, May 16, 2010. (Left to right) Kaipo Asing - guitar, Alan Akaka - steel guitar, and Gary Keawe-Aiko - bass guitar. The event was part of the Na Mele O Na Pua events presented by the Outrigger Corporation. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. hangs out in front of Toontown City Hall in the middle of Toontown, Tokyo Disneyland, on Monday, April 26, 2010. (Photo: Kihei de Silva)
Kihei de Silva, the composer, author, and creative collaborator with his wife, Kumu Hula Mapuana de Silva, and their Halau Mohala Ilima, is captured in a quiet moment while familiarizing himself with a secondary camera at Tokyo Disneyland in Chiba, Japan, on Monday, April 26, 2010. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Kako Saito, Mapuana de Silva, & Yasuhiko Ariga gather at breakfast in the Marmolado Restaurant in the Prince Hotel in Shinagawa, Japan, on Sunday morning, April 25, 2010. Yasuhiko Ariga's U'ilani Japan has been bringing Hawaiian music & hula to Japanese audiences for 3 decades. Yasu has served as a bridge between Hawaii and Japan since 1987 to bring Hawaiian culture, Hula and Music to Japan and also to bring people from Japan to Hawaii to exchange the culture and to have them understand the meaning of Aloha to see, to touch, to smell and to breathe etc. Hawaii, and he has also produced Hawaiian shows at Carnegie Hall in NYC in 2004, 2008, and 2013. Also joining the group are Nobu-san, Suzuki-san, and the dancers of Halau Mohala Ilima. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Melveen Leed called up George Keoki Matsushita in the middle of her Jazz Show on the 30th floor of the Pacific Meridian Hotel on Sunday, April 25, 2010. Here, they perform a duet, the Hawaiian Wedding Song, with George, the famed Hawaiian male falsetto vocalist, singing the traditional female part, and Melveen, the comedienne extraordinaire, camping the male part. It was a priceless pairing! Mel's band on this day were Benny Chong and Byron Yasui. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)