In 1986, Harry B. Soria, Jr. began a long-running relationship with the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. Every May for 11 years, Harry B. would broadcast Territorial Airwaves shows from the shopping center's stage in Waikiki. An artist working in the mall persuaded Harry B. to sit on his stool and gifted him with this sketch portrait, circa 1986.
In the late 1990s, Harry B. Soria, Jr. was invited by Mike Kelly, the GM of our radio cluster in Hawaii at the time, to leave 1420 AM KCCN, and join Hawaiian 105 KINE FM. This was his first publicity photo for the new station. Harry B. continues to serve as a proud 'Weekend Warrior" of Hawaiian 105.
Harry Baty: Guitar, Al McIntire: standup bass, Sol K. Bright: steel guitar, Allan Kila: guitar. Bandstand in Hollywood, California. 1938.
December 8, 2013. Yokohama, Japan. Traveling in the backseat of falsetto singer legend George Matsushita's auto, his niece Ryo tuned into TerritorialAirwaves.com on her I-Phone. We listened to a Territorial Airwaves program from the All Shows page while we drove through Yokohama. (Photo: Ryouko Takaya)
United States Senator Daniel Akaka (retired) - Hawaii and Harry B. Soria, Jr. share a few stories at the regular Aaka Luncheon at the Treetops Restaurant in Manoa Valley on November 11, 2013. Harry B. was honored to be asked to speak to the group about vintage Hawaiian music history. (Photo: George Waialeale)
Glenn Smith of the group, "Ho'okena", and Harry B. Soria, Jr. hang out backstage at the 2nd annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival West Side. Also known as the Ewa Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, it is the 2nd festival now held each year on the island of O'ahu. Other festivals are held annually on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Mainland tours are also part of the legacy of HawaiianSlackKeyGuitarFestivals. (Photo: Teri Oasay Smith)
Camille Amy Miske and her brother Harry B. Soria, Jr. arrive at the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala Event at Milks Studios in West Hollywood on a clear evening in September of 2013. Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Mariska Hartigay. The CEO of the organization is Maile Zambuto, daughter of Camille, and niece of Harry B. It was a night to remember as all Joyful Heart events are. The theme launched at this year's gala was, "No More!", with reference to the tired excuses for sexual and spousal abuse. (Photo: Lynn Lolly)
May 25, 1941:
In the Sunday morning Advertiser newspaper, the photo in the Radio section features the cast of the "Voice of Hawaii" radio show on KGU.
L to R: Harry Soria, KGU announcer; Buddy Peterson, bass; Randy Oness, Ukulele; Freddie Tavares, steel guitar; Ray Andrews, vibes; (Benny) Kapena Kalama, guitar; Alvin Kaleolani (Isaacs), Ukulele; & Steppy (De Rego) Kaohu, guitar.
Sponsored by the Hawaii Tourist Bureau, the show broadcast via the NBC Red Network from the KGU Studios in the Advertiser Publishing Building each Monday at 4:30 pm.
(Photo: KGU Radio)
On Saturday, July 27, 2013, the 11th annual "Three Days of Aloha" culminated with the big Festival in the Esther Short Park. Robert Cazimero, Manu Boyd, Vicky Holt Takamine, Paulette Kahalepuna, Maile Andrade, and Deva Yamashiro teach workshops for the 1st 2 days, and the participants are featured with the dances and crafts that they learned on Saturday for 12,000 of their closest friends. Everyone shares a love for Hawaii and its culture. Here Harry B. Soria, Jr. is flanked by the top notch stage management support team at Friday evening's Hapa Haole Hula Festival. (Photo: Jim Sequeira)
This 1940 article in the Honolulu Advertiser promotes an evening program on KGU radio. Hawaii-based composers of both traditional Hawaiian mele and Hapa Haole hits appeared together at this event in the KGU studios. KGU was founded and owned by the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper so it was routine for the paper to promote the radio station's programs. [Note: The Harry Soria, Jr. referenced in the article is actually Harry B. Soria, Sr. In 1940, Harry G. Soria, his father, was very well known in Honolulu, so his son used the Jr. on his name. Later, the 3rd generation Harry Soria in Honolulu would inherit the name of Harry Soria, Jr. per the middle names.] (Source: Soria Family Archives)
On Saturday evening, July 13, 2013, the Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum featured "Boat Days", a panel discussion and concert, featuring Nina Keali'iwahaman, Aaron Mahi, Pohai Souza, and Harry B. Soria, Jr. After the panel discussion, a concert was presented on the grounds under the stars. Alan Akaka & the Islanders shared a program of Territorial era music, featuring the vocals of Nina Keali'iwahamana & Gary Aiko. Emcee: Harry B. Soria, Jr. (photo: Marian Yee)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. in a Mamo brand Aloha Shirt during an advertising shoot at the Kahala Hilton Hotel in 1980. (Photo: Mamo Howell)
Harry Browning Soria, Sr. in 1935, at the beginning of his Hawaiian radio career. (Photo: Soria Family Collection)
Harry Gilman Soria and his bride, Amy Belle Criswell, pose for the camera in 1904. Their son, Harry Browning Soria (Sr) would be born the following year. (Photo: Soria Family Collection)
Harry Browining Soria, Sr. (left) and his father, Harry Gilman Soria (right) greet with lei Amy Soria at the Matson pier in Honolulu in 1928. Amy stands buried in lei and flanked by her son and husband. (Photo: Honolulu Advertiser)