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April 1, 2023 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy a day of free, “life-giving” music experiences—creation, performance and education—on Saturday, April 1 at the 2nd Annual Kani Kūola: UH System Music Festival. The festival runs 10 a.m.–5 p.m. with a scholarship benefit concert at 6 p.m. in Palikū Theatre. Workshops will be in-person in Hale ‘Ākoakoa with live streaming available.

Guests are welcome to bring their instruments and voices. Faculty from UH music programs statewide invite the community to enjoy morning educational workshops; afternoon master classes and a panel with music industry professionals.

Kani Kūola culminates with an evening benefit concert from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Palikū Theatre featuring music of the Hawaiian Renaissance by Jerry Santos, Jon Osorio, Ledward Kaapana, Liko Martin, and Kawaikapuokalani Hewett. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Kanile‘a Hawaiian Music Scholarship, making it possible for Windward CC students to learn and perpetuate Hawaiian music.

Workshop Schedule

10–10:50 a.m.

Haku Mele: Hawaiian Music Composition
Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

Ukulele Theory and Arranging
Benny Chong and Dr. Byron Yasui

11-11:50 a.m.

From Mele to Motion: The Relationship of Words to Movement in Hula
Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

Ukulele Theory and Arranging Continued
Benny Chong and Dr. Byron Yasui

12-12:50 p.m.

Collaborative Composition and Music Making
Dr. Keola Donaghy and Ken Makuakane

Kapena School of Music: Fostering Music in the Home
Kalenaku De Lima

Hawaiian Comping on Piano
Dr. Aaron Sala

1–1:50 p.m.

The Honoka‘upu Collection: Birthplace and Early Development of the ‘Ukulele
Shawn Yacavone and Kilin Reece

Music Transcribing with Uncle Eddie’s Songbook
Dr. Jon Magnussen, Kapena Shim, Dr. Byron Yasui and Myrna Kamae

2–2:50 p.m.

From Hula to Hendrix: Hawaiian Music Impact on World Music
Kilin Reece

Recording and Producing to tell Native Stories
Kelli Cruz

Keyboard/Synthesizer Ensemble Bands
Anne Craig

3–3:50 p.m.

Music of the Hawaiian Renaissance
Dr. Jon Osorio, Liko Martin and Jerry Santos

4–5 p.m.

OPEN MIC run by MELE Program