Hawaiian musicians shine at Stars
Tomorrow's Lei of Stars concert celebrates pioneering Hawaiian musicians and cultural practitioners whose reverberating influence has earned them positions in the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.
The 2008 Hall of Fame inductees were selected by a committee for their unique styles, perseverance in promoting and perpetuating Hawai'i's musical culture and overall influence on the Hawaiian music. Some will be honored posthumously, others will perform, including Palani Vaughan, the Leo Nahenahe sisters and Ka'upena Wong.
The 2008 inductees are:
Albert Po'ai Ka'ula Kukui O Kamehameha Nahale'a
Born: Dec. 9, 1910, Watertown, Honolulu
Died: April 16, 1970, Hilo
Highlights: Served as the minister of music for the famed Haili Church Choir in Hilo; composed "He Punahele No 'Oe," "'Aina Malihini," "Hali'ilua," and "Ku'u Home 'O Keaukaha"
Alice Angeline Johnson "Song Bird of Maui"
Born: July 24, 1912, 'O'okala, Big Island
Died: November 1982, Wailuku, Maui
Highlights: The composer, singer and member of the Royal Hawaiian Band wrote numerous songs about Maui. Among her compositions are "Aloha 'Ia No 'O Maui," "Hanohano Olinda," "Kaulana Ke Kuahiwi Haleakala," and "Ho'okipa Paka."
Anuhea Audry Brown
Born: Sept. 9, 1922, Hilo,
Highlights: The musician, composer, singer and recording artist served as the piano accompanist for the famed Haili Church Choir from 1940 through 1960. Mostly known for "Hilo Nani E."
John Matthew Keola Maka'aina Naka Lahui Oka Lani O Kamehameha Hae Kolu Lake
Born: Oct. 11, 1937, on Maui
Died: May 14, 2008
Highlights: Mentors and teachers included Edith Kanaka'ole, Maiki Aiu Lake, Mary Kawena Pukui, 'Iolani Luahine and Henry Mo'ikeha Pa. He established a Hawaiian studies program at Saint Louis High School and in 1993 taught Hawaiian language at Chaminade University and founded "Halau Mele," and the Hawaiian Academy of Arts, Music, and Dance.
Joseph Kapaeau Ae'a
Born: Waimea, Kaua'i, about 1846
Died: June 25, 1912
Highlights: A musician, composer, and member of the Royal Hawaiian Band. In 1881, he composed "Ke'ala Tuberose." He also composed "Hilo March."
James Ka'upena Wong Jr.
Born: Aug. 21, 1929,
Chanter, dancer, teacher, composer and recording artist
Highlights: He has made numerous recordings for Tradewinds Records and Poki Records and his distinctive speaking voice has also been featured on numerous narrations of Hawaiian cultural television and radio documentaries.
He's best known for his Hawaiian chanting; he composed his first chant in 1967 and has lectured in chant at the University of Hawai'i.
Thomas Kihei Desha Brown
Born: Jan. 30, 1925, Hilo
Died: Sept. 11, 1978,
Highlight: The singer, musician, bandleader and recording artist had a unique falsetto voice he developed in the Haili Church Choir. He went on to perform with the Hilo Hawaiians, Hilo Kalimas and formed the Kihei Brown Trio.
The Leo Nahenahe Singers
Composed of Mahoe and Ethlynne, Mona Teves, and Lynette Kaopuiki Paglinawan.
Highlights: Formed in 1962 by Noelani Kanoho Mahoe, their first "Folk Songs of Hawaii" came out that same year. Other recordings include "Hawaii's Folk Singers" (1963), and "Hawaiian Christmas" (1968). In 1964, along with Ka'upena Wong, they were the first Hawaiians to perform at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Kahau Kauanui Alohikea
Born: about 1885
Died: about 1935
Highlights: One of the best-known singers of the Royal Hawaiian Band in the early 20th century. She composed "Radio Hula" in the 1920s to celebrate the arrival of radio broadcasts in Hawai'i. The melody of "Alekoki" is also attributed to her.
Frank Palani Vaughan Jr.
Born: May 27, 1944, Honolulu
Highlights: In 1968, while classmates at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Palani Vaughan and Peter Moon made plans to record an album. "Meet Palani Vaughan & the Sunday Manoa." It would be the first of five Sunday Manoa recordings, the final three featuring the Cazimero Brothers. He got his start after being called up to sing an impromptu song at a Don Ho Show. Ho would later record him and the Sunday Manoa on his Hana Hou Records label.
Considered a central figure in the Hawaiian Renaissance, Palani's four-volume album series known as "'Ia 'Oe E Ka La," recorded in honor of King David Kalakaua in the 1970s and early 1980s, has become his definitive work.