The Bell Records Studio, the "Leo Kupina'i Studios", in 1948. Left to Right: Joe Diamond (standing on a desk, playing standup bass), Andy Cummings (playing guitar), Ralph Alapai (playing ukulele), and Gabby Pahinui (playing guitar). Back to camera: David Nalo (playing steel guitar). [Insert: Bell Records label for Gabby Pahinui recording, "Hula
Medley". (Photo: Kent Ghirard)
The goal of the day: to review long lists of Hawaii songs submitted by a larger group of music folks and winnow them to the 60 most memorable songs of Hawaii. With knowledge, passion and civility, music scholars and music industry peers gathered in the PBS Hawaii television studios to create lists of memorable Hawaii songs from different eras
It was indeed a rare and weighty and fascinating conversation. Leslie Wilcox, Keola Donaghy, Marlene Sai, Tom Moffatt, Amy K. Stillman, Aaron J Salā, Jon de Mello, Harry B. Soria, Jr., John Berger, Michael Keany, Gaylord Kalani Holomalia, Kainani Kahaunaele, Chad Takatsugi, Ryan Gonzo Gonzalez, Doug Tolentino, Byron Yasui, Billy V, Dirk Fukushima, & Robert Pennybacker. Pictured here are Harry B. Soria, Jr. and Jon de Mello discussing one of the songs.
(Photo: PBS Hawaii)
Monday, May 27, 2013. Memorial Day. Shinnyo-En Lantern Floating Ceremony. Ala Moana Beach Park. Harry B. Soria, Jr. and Kuana Torres Kahele pause at the shoreline after Kuana released his ceremonial lantern in remembrance of his ancestors. Kuana was the primary Hawaii entertainer for the event, while Harry B. was a hospitality escort. 40,000+ people attended the ceremony in quiet respect. (Photo: Karl Okemura)
A chorus line at the 2013 Hoku Awards. Bruddah Frank, Greg Sarhdina, Billy V., Puakea Nogelmeir, Mailani Makainai, Kaui Dalire, and Harry B. Soria, Jr.
Saturday, May 25, 2013. (Photo: Billy V)
2013 Hoku Awards at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Harry B. Soria, Jr., Brudda Frank, and Puakea Nogelmeir talk story. It was an evening of fellowship and storytelling. (Photo: Cat Wade)
The 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards were held on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. L to R: Alan Akaka, Kuana Torres Kahele, Harry B. Soria, Jr., and a fan. Alan played steel on Kua'ana's Na Palapalai CD, which won Hokus. Harry B. had 2 final nominations for the George Kainapau CD. (Photo: HARA)
Backstage at the 2013 Merrie Monarch on Friday night (Kahiko night) April 5, 2013, four of our premiere traditional Hawaiian musicians relax for a few minutes prior to lighting up the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. Harry B. snapped this shot of Aaron Sala, Iwalani Ho'omanawanuikanaauao Apo, Kai Smith, and KapulanaKehau Tamure. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
This is KGY Radio on Olympia's waterfront in Olympia, Washington. During the March 2013 Northwest Slack Key Tour, emcee Harry B. Soria, Jr. was sightseeing on the Sound when the group happened upon the site of KGY Radio. The KGY call letters were issued to Father Sebastian in April of 1922, and the pioneering station went on the air a few months later in the same year. Earlier in 1922, KGU radio was issued their call letters in Honolulu, Hawaii. KGU went on the air on May 11, 1922. Historically, it would appear that 3 other stations may have had call letters issued between these 2 stations that may have used the third letters of V, W, & X. All radio stations launching after 1925 were issued 4 letter call letter sets rather than 3 letter call letter sets like KGY and KGU. (Photo: Ann Lau)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. and Haumea Ho hang out in the green room prior to the PBS Hawaii TV benefit concert, "Pure Caz". Harry B. and Haumea were interviewed together during one of the concert breaks by Billy V. Harry B. reminisced about how the Sunday Manoa transitioned into the Brothers Cazimero, and their impact on our culture through the following decades, while Haumea shared stories about the Brothers Cazimero from her late husband, Don Ho. (Photo: Stephen Jones)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. (left) hangs out in the green room with John Cruz (center) and Kawika Kahiapo (right) prior to the "Pure Caz" benefit concert featuring Robert & Roland Cazimero, The Brothers Cazimero. All 3 manned the phone bank. Harry B. & John gave on camera interviews, and John performed as well. And of course, the Brothers Cazimero were incredible! (Photo: PBS Hawaii)
On Thursday evening, February 21, 2013, PBS Hawaii TV shared a fundraising concert for their new building location fund. "Pure Caz" featured the Brothers Cazimero. During the breaks, a support ohana of friends manned the phone bank to take pledges for PBS Hawaii. Harry B. Soria, Jr. (near top left) was honored to be among the support team. See if you can spot your favorite personality, including Robert & Roland Cazimero, Tootsie Cazimero, Neva Rego, Leslie Wilcox, Robert Pennybacker, Michael C. Harris, Billy V, Bobby Moderow, Kahi Ka'anoi, & Richard Gideon, John Cruz, Kawika Kahiapo, Natalie Ai Kama'u, Mihana Aluli Souza, Haumea Ho, Amy Hanaiali'i, Stephen Jones, & Dan Del Negro, (Photo: PBS Hawaii)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. spent Christmas of 2012 with his niece's family in West Harrison, New York. (Part of Westchester County, near White Plains) Harry B. ran outside as the first snowflakes began falling on Christmas Eve with Nicolas, 10, and Bella, 7. (Photo: Jason Zambutto)
Michael Christopher Harris and Harry B. Soria, Jr. go over production notes during the PBS Hawaii special fundraiser evening in 2012. Harry B. was one of the members of HARA, the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, who manned the phone banks Michael is a top TV director in Hawaii, with both PBS and Hawaii News Now responsibilities. (Photo: Sunny)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. joins Agnes Kimura, Slack Key Guitarist and recording artist from Japan, and her manager Toru Hirakawa, backstage at the 1st annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival - West Side Style in Ewa Gentry, O'ahu. Photo: Colleen Ricci.
Young haumana dancers of na kumu hula Iliahi & Haunani Paredes dance during the 15th anniversary celebration of the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono. The historic home extends gracious territorial style hospitality in a former mansion in a gorgeous setting. Musiciains:Sam Ako, Liz & Joanie. Emcee: Harry B. Soria, Jr. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)