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Third Annual Henry Kaleialoha Allen Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival

The 2011 Maui Invitational Music Festival and Kaanapali Beach Hotel will present the Third Annual Henry Kaleialoha Allen
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival on april 29-30 and May 1st.  This Festival is dedicated to two giants in the history of Hawaiian music: to the creator of the Hawaiian steel guitar Joseph Kekuku, and to the famous radio show Hawaii Calls that broadcast live Hawaiian music worldwide and popularized the sound of the Hawaiian steel guitar.

Thursday, April 28
6-9 pm – Meet the Artist VIP Reception Party – Private Suite
The Festival begins with an exclusive opportunity to meet and talk story with Henry Kaleialoha Allen. The only ticked event offered during the weekend, the $150 per person price includes food, wines, champagnes, beers, individual photo sessions, and gift bags. Hosted by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and First Lady Ann Arakawa.
For reservations and more information, call (808) 669-6189

All events on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 are offered for free.

Friday, April 29
Beginning at 2pm – Greetings and Crafts – Lobby
Hawaiian cultural enrichment specialists Danny Akaka, Jr. and his wife Leolani, Alii Noa, Wailani, Aloha Kekoolani, and niece of Joseph Kekuku Kaiwa Meyers offer greetings. Hawaiian quilters showcase their craft.

Hawaiian crafts and activities including:
Lei making
Ti leaf skirt weaving
Hawaiian tattoo
Hula dancing
Hula implement display

Workshops – Kanahele Room and Courtyard
2-5pm – Hands-on Hawaiian steel guitar making classes with University
of Hawaiis Dr. Neil Scott , his assistant Bill Weichert, and accomplished musician from the Big Island Colin John (building kits are provided)

Opening Ceremony – Main Stage
5:30pm – Pule and chants – Danny Akaka, Jr. and Aloha Kekoolani
Welcoming address by guest speaker Maui Mayor Hon. Alan Arakawa

Performances – Main Stage
6-6:45pm – Kani Ka Pila Steel Guitar Trio from Yokohama, Japan featuring a cameo appearance by Henry Kaleialoha Allen and Archie Grant

7-8:30pm -Alan Akaka & Islanders with hula dancers including hula class students

Open Jam Session – Kanahele Room
8:45-11:30pm – All are welcome to bring their instruments and join in

Saturday, April 30
Beginning at 9am – Lobby
Hawaiian cultural enrichment specialists Danny Akaka, Jr. and his wife Leolani, Alii Noa, Wailani, Aloha Kekoolani, and niece of Joseph Kekuku Kaiwa Meyers offer greetings. Hawaiian quilters showcase their craft.

Beginning at 9am – Courtyard
Hawaiian crafts and activities including:
Lei making
Ti leaf skirt weaving
Hawaiian tattoo
Hula dancing (learn in the morning, dance in the afternoon)
Hula implement display
Display of instruments and accesssories, books and music

Beginning at 9am – Plein Air painting – Courtyard
Jack Hamilton and fellow artists painting on location

Presentations – Kanahele Room
10am-11 – Powerpoint presentation: Joseph Kekuku, Hawaii Calls and Don McDiarmid, Jr. followed by conversation with Henry Kaleialoha Allen and Kaiwa Meyers and Q&A session

Workshops – Kanahele Room
11am – 1pm – Playing techniques with Alan Akaka (left and right hand techniques), Greg Sardinha (recording tips), and talking story with Duke Ching, Henry Allen, and Lion Kobayashi

Workshop – Courtyard
11am – Hands-on Hawaiian steel guitar making classes with University of Hawaiis Dr. Neil Scott , his assistant Bill Weichert, and accomplished musician from the Big Island Colin John (building kits are provided)

Performance – Main Stage
1-4pm – Kani Ka Pila – Hawaiian-style musical get together with festival players and guest dancers from hula class

Ceremony – Main Stage
5:30pm – Pule and chants by Danny Akaka, Jr. and Aloha Kekoolani Hosted by Senator Brickwood Galuteria with guest speakers Hawaii Tourism Authority President & CEO Mike McCartney and Maui Visitors Bureau Executive Director Teryl Vencyl

Performances – Main Stage
6-6:45pm – Music by Greg Sardinha and Duke Ching with hula dancers

7-8:30pm – Concert Under the Stars
Senator and singer Brickwood Galuteria emcees a fabulous evening of music starring Henry Kaleialoha Allen and Tropical Swing with A Touch Of Cool Jazz and Japanese singing sensation Masami Sato

Open Jam Session – Kanahele Room
8:45-11:30pm – All are welcome to bring their instruments and join in

Sunday, May 1 – May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii
Beginning at 9am – Courtyard
Hawaiian crafts and activities including:
Lei making
Ti leaf skirt weaving
Hawaiian tattoo
Hula dancing
Hula implement display
Display of instruments and accesssories, books and music

9am-1pm – Brunch – Tiki Terrace
Kaanapali Beach Hotels famous Sunday Champagne Brunch with emcee Kimo Mansfield and featuring entertainment by festival artists and a cameo appearance by Henry Kaleialoha Allen. Other activities include a presentation by Dr. Neil Scott and his workshop students and a lei contest

For reservations, call (808) 661-0011

Free Performances – Main Stage
9-10am – Kani Ka Pila, Hawaiian steel guitar trio from Japan
10:15-11:30am – Island musicians Greg Sardinha and Duke Ching
11:45am -1:00pm – Popular trio Alan Akaka & The Islanders with Japans renown Hawaiian steel guitarist Lion Kobayashi and hula by guest artists

 

2 Comments »

  1. teri bush Said,

    May 4, 2011 @ 1:09 am

    Love Napili Point-this site on Face book has been my link to Maui for quite sometime now!!! I lived in Honokowai for years and worked the poolside @ the Hyatt as well…..miss it and Maui dearly, a friend of mine worked there @ the Peacock in the kitchen for years as well, needless to say I live vicariously through the photos all your loving guests post,what a blessing……here in SanDiego it’s so far and yet so near , I can not wait to come back one day……..soon I hope…….again, Mahalo and Aloha

  2. Lola Said,

    May 4, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Aloha Teri,

    Thanks so much for writing and your comments. We too hope that one day soon you will be able to come back to Maui! Lola

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