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Celebrate the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival at Waikiki Beach Walk

Celebrate the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival at Waikiki Beach Walk

Legendary steel guitarists and up-and-coming students return to Waikiki Beach Walk in July for the 5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival. The Festival celebrates the island culture by the beautifull sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar.

"Hawaiian steel guitar is truly synonymous with our islands and we're thrilled to be back at Waikiki Beach Walk to celebrate and showcase this wonderful intstrument that was created right here in Hawaii," renowned Hawaiian steel guitarist, music teacher, and director of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii, Alan Akaka, said. "It's an honor and joy for all of us in the steel guitar community to participate in the Festival and we hope that both visitors and kama'aina will join us."

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Independence Day Holiday; 15 Libraries Offer Special Hours

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Independence Day Holiday; 15 Libraries Offer Special Hours

         In observance of the Independence Day 2014 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed from Friday through Sunday, July 4 – 6. 

        Prior to the holiday observance, the following 15 public libraries will be open with special hours on these days:

  • June 30 (Monday):

          Oahu – Aina Haina Public Library, McCully-Moiliili Public Library, Waialua Public Library, Wahiawa Public Library, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library, Waipahu Public Library;

          Big Island – 

          Hilo Public Library, Kailua-Kona Public Library, Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library;

Jeff Peterson & Friends, Hana Hou! Benefit Concert for HPR on Aug. 3rd

Jeff Peterson & Friends, Hana Hou! Benefit Concert for HPR on Aug. 3rd

Hawaii Public Radio presents Jeff Peterson & Friends, Hana Hou! with special guests Raiatea Helm, Cyril Pahinui, and John Kolivas live in concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 3rd at the Palikū Theatre (Windward Community College campus). This will be a rare opportunity to see these great performers sharing the same stage.  Tickets available at www.hprtickets.org or by phone at (808) 955-8821 weekdays between 9am and 5pm   

Jeff Peterson is one of Hawaiʻi’s most talented guitarists, and his technique fuses traditional Slack Key with elements of classical and jazz, two styles with which he is also adept. Jeff studied classical guitar at USC before returning to the islands to play and teach in the Honolulu area. He is featured on many award winning albums and has numerous awards including two Grammys and five Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards.

Jeff Peterson & Friends, Hana Hou! Benefit Concert for HPR on Aug. 3rd

Jeff Peterson & Friends, Hana Hou! Benefit Concert for HPR on Aug. 3rd

Hawaii Public Radio presents Jeff Peterson & Friends, Hana Hou! with special guests Raiatea Helm, Cyril Pahinui, and John Kolivas live in concert on Sunday, August 3rd at the Palikū Theatre. This will be a rare opportunity to see these great performers sharing the same stage.  General admission tickets ($45) are available for purchase at www.hprtickets.org or by phone at (808) 955-8821 weekdays between 9am and 5pm.  

Musical Innovators Conjugacion, Kalahiki, and Okami Mix It Up at HPR’s Atherton June 27 and 29

Musical Innovators Conjugacion, Kalahiki, and Okami Mix It Up at HPR’s Atherton June 27 and 29

Individually known as pioneers and polymaths, Tony Conjugacion, Starr Kalahiki, and Alvin “Pops” Okami combine their formidable talents on June 27 and in a newly added performance on June 29 at Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Studio. The evening showcases their eclectic repertoire of jazz, pop, and show tunes -- even an operatic aria and “hapa-haole” songs. Reservations for this inspired collaboration may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during business hours. Tickets are $35 general, $30 for HPR members, and $20 for students with ID. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaii Public Radio, 738 Kaheka Street. Concerts begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 27; 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Kuana Torres Kahele’s HPR Concert Features New Work from "Music for the Hawaiian Islands"

Kuana Torres Kahele’s HPR Concert Features New Work from "Music for the Hawaiian Islands"

On Saturday, July 5, in HPR’s 75-seat Atherton Studio, Kuana Torres Kahele gives a rare up-close-and-personal concert of his recently released CD Hawaiʻi Keawe, the first volume of his Music for the Hawaiian Islands series. Each album in the anticipated six-part series pays tribute to an individual island with original music from the multi-award-winning composer/vocalist, written specifically for hula. For his July 5th return to the Atherton, Kahele also gives a sneak peek into the next installment in the series, focused on the island of Niʻihau. Reservations may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $35 general, $30 for HPR members, and $20 for students with ID. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaii Public Radio, 738 Kaheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
 

State Librarian Richard Burns Announces Retirement

State Librarian Richard Burns Announces Retirement

Richard Burns, who has served with distinction as the State Librarian of the Hawaii State Public Library System since January 2008, has informed the Board of Education of his retirement at the end of the year, completing more than 30 years of dedicated service, the last seven as Hawaii’s State Librarian.