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Hoomana Na Mele - Hawaiian Soul Infusion, HPR's Atherton Studio Dec 13

Hoomana Na Mele - Hawaiian Soul Infusion, HPR's Atherton Studio Dec 13

Hawai‘i Public Radio prides itself on presenting both established and emerging artists on its airwaves and on its stages. On Saturday, December 13th, a collection of like-minded musician/composers beginning to establish themselves as Hawaiian artists and already making a difference in the music scene, locally and beyond our shores, bring their unique talents to HPR's Atherton Studio for a night of new music. Known as Ho‘omana Na Mele, Ian O’Sullivan, Blayne Asing, and Duncan Kamakana Osorio will each perform original music from their upcoming recording releases, as well collaborate on arrangements blending their individual musical styles. These vibrant young artists are under the direction of producer Bailey Matsuda.

State Librarian Receives Second Consecutive Exceptional Rating from BOE

State Librarian Receives Second Consecutive Exceptional Rating from BOE

State Librarian Richard Burns received an “Exceptional” rating from the Board of Education (BOE), the highest rating possible, during his annual job performance evaluation, and received commendations from then-Governor Neil Abercrombie and a resolution from the Board for his 30 years of dedicated service during the Board’s General Business Meeting November 18.  Burns, who is retiring at the end of December 2014, also received an Exceptional rating from the BOE on July 16, 2013.     

REHAB Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Therapeutic Art Program with Annual Art from the Heart Event

REHAB Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Therapeutic Art Program with Annual Art from the Heart Event

This highly anticipated event for Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific's Louis Vuitton Creative Arts Program is an art sale and exhibit that is open and free to the public.  This year’s annual "Art from the Heart" celebrates 20 years the therapeutic art program has been bringing out the creativity of many patients while aiding in their recovery.

Professional Hawaii artists will also be contributing work to the fundraiser.

Who:               Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific

When:            Thursday, December 4, 2014

                        5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

What:              Art from the Heart fundraiser and reception

Celebrate This Holiday Season @ your Public Library

Celebrate This Holiday Season @ your Public Library

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will offer something for everyone during the 2014 Holiday Season – free programs and events statewide –  ranging from special Holiday-themed Storytimes and craft activities, Christmas Concerts, Performances and Movies, to visits with Santa Claus. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Contact the hosting library as soon as possible for more information or if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. Programs and events are subject to change:

•             November 29 – “Christmas Movies,” at Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library (ph. 733-8488): 1:30 p.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas, (1966 animated version featuring the voice of Boris Karloff); 2:30 p.m. – The Muppets Christmas Carol.  These movies are suitable for all ages.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra To Play Messiah With Sing-Along Hallelujah Chorus

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra To Play Messiah With Sing-Along Hallelujah Chorus

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will present a Baroque holiday program on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Hawaii Theatre, performing some of the most popular classical music ever composed. 

The soothing and immensely popular Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon In D” will open the concert, along with "Christmas Concerto" by Arcangelo Corelli. The Oahu Choral Society (OCS) will join the HSO for the second half of the concert, performing Handel’s Messiah Part I with a triumphant sing-along Hallelujah Chorus, under the direction of OCS Artistic Director Esther Yoo. Messiah soloists will be Georgine Stark, soprano; Mary Chestnut Hicks, alto; Jim Price, tenor; and Leon Williams, baritone.

Standards and Other Delights from Rachel Gonzales, Les Peetz in HPR’s Atherton Dec. 6

Standards and Other Delights from Rachel Gonzales, Les Peetz in HPR’s Atherton Dec. 6

One of Hawai‘i’s top jazz vocalists Rachel Gonzales and longtime collaborator pianist Les Peetz return to Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Atherton Studio on December 6th with an eclectic evening of “Standards and Other Delights.” Backed by music veterans Dean Taba on bass and Scott Shafer on drums, their program promises delightfully unconventional arrangements of jazz standards, plus a mix of contemporary classical music, Sixties pop, folk music, and more.

Admission for the December 6th return engagement of these talented jazz artists is $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. The intimate Atherton Studio is located at Hawai‘i Public Radio, 738 Kaheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m. The Atherton regularly sells out and patrons are advised to reserve their tickets early.

Experience a Taste of Java at Hawaii State Library on Nov. 18

Experience a Taste of Java at Hawaii State Library on Nov. 18

 “Cup of Java,” a free program featuring classical dancers from Central Java, will be presented at the Hawaii State Library on Tuesday, November 18 at noon in the Lobby.   

See a unique performance by dancers from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, highlighting the grace and visual beauty of Javanese dance.  Movement and music will fill the “stage” as every gesture and cadence is masterfully executed with precise intention and energy.

The Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta is a state-owned college that teaches visual, performing, and media arts in traditional Indonesian and modern international styles.

Cup of Java is co-commissioned by the East-West Center and California Institute of the Arts, and supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles, with partial support from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta.