Music has the power to bring us all together.
The people who come here transcend
country, culture, and language to become one,
to have a Hawaiian experience like never before, and to make history.
HONOLULU MUSIC WEEK is here to stay.
Ryoko Moriyama is a well-known Japanese folk singer. In 1967, she released her debut single “Kono Hiroi Nohara Ippai”. Since then, she has made numerous hit songs such as, but not limited to, “Kinjirareta Koi”, “Nada Sousou,” “Satoukibibatake” and “Anata ga sukide”. With her voice that has an airy quality and singing ability she became the top singer in Japan both in name and in reality. Moriyama sang the theme song of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in a performance that was televised the world over.
At 44th Annual Japan Record Awards in 2002, she received Best Singing Award and Golden Award for “Satoukibibatake” along with the Best Lyrics Award for “Nada Sousou”, thus capturing the triple crown.
In 2016 Moriyama held an event called Fifty Years in Five and a Half Hours for the start of the 50th anniversary of her debut. She also celebrated the 50th anniversary of her debut with over 100 concerts across Japan. She’s still very much active in the music scene.
Outside of her activities as a singer, she has worked for Nippon Broadcasting Systems on the radio show All Night Nippon MUSIC 10 every Monday as a regular personality for 4 years. Last September, Moriyama released her long-awaited second classics album Ryoko Classics II. She is currently on her nationwide Prime Songs tour.
The University of Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra provides a robust musical experience for students of all majors on the campus of UH Manoa. With a membership of almost 70+ instrumentalists, the UHSO performs in a variety of concerts each year that have included past collaborations with Weber State University from Ogden, Utah and with members of the United States Marine Band. The orchestra performs regularly in concert venues throughout Honolulu including the Neal S. Blaisdell Center and the McKinley School Auditorium, a historic location in Hawaiʻi. The UHSO is led by director, Joseph Stepec.
Pene is a 25 year old Samoan-born Aucklander who has completed his MA in Advanced Vocal Technique at the Wales International Academy of Voice under Dennis O'Neill. In 2012, Pene won the prestigious Richard Bonygne and Joan Sutherland Bel Canto Award, having also won the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Operatic Aria the year before, and the Dame Malvina Major Foundation First Prize in the NZ Aria in Rotorua in 2009.
In 2010 he won the Performing Arts Competition Society "NZ Young Performer of the Year" award in Invercargill and other awards include the inaugural Iosefa Enari Memorial scholarship from Creative New Zealand, the Seamus Casey Memorial Award, and many more from the University of Auckland such as the Pears Britten and Marie Dʻalbini awards.
Pene's performances include the role of Elvino in the Auckland Opera Studio's production of La Sonnambula, a solo in the Auckland Chamber Orchestra's Britten's Serenade and the demanding tenor solo in Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Hamilton Civic choir.
Pene's rise in the opera world was from the Maestro Richard Bonygne AC, CBE, whom publicly announced in the Sydney Opera house that “this young man has the voice from God”.
Pene is currently a "Merolini" of the prestigious "Merola Opera Programme" in San Francisco.
From its royal beginnings in 1836, the Royal Hawaiian Band has entertained audiences in Hawai‘i and around the world for 180 years. Once known as the “King’s Band,” it was created by King Kamehameha III and became a staple of daily life by performing for state occasions, funerals, and marching in parades. The band accompanied Hawaiian monarchs on frequent trips to the outer islands, bringing music to remote destinations of the kingdom, such as the leper colony of Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka‘i.
Leading the band at that time was Heinrich (Henry) Berger, who remains its most influential bandmaster. His musical setting of the “Hymn of Kamehameha I” would eventually become the Hawaiian national, and now state, anthem “Hawai‘i Pono‘ī.” Thus for his contributions to the band and Hawaiian music in general, Berger became known as the “Father of Hawaiian Music.”
As the band grew in prominence, it made its first voyage outside of the kingdom to participate in a band competition held in San Francisco. There the band took first prize amidst stiff competition from bands all across the country. This would mark the first of many major trips undertaken by the band which would draw attention to the beautiful music of the Hawaiian Islands. Since then, the band has traveled to Japan, Canada, Europe, and various locales across the US, including a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In September 2005, the band took a goodwill tour to Japan where it performed with ten Japanese hula hālau, enthralling audiences out of their seats!
Today, the Royal Hawaiian Band is an agency of the City and County of Honolulu and is the only full-time municipal band in the United States. The band performs and marches in over 300 concerts and parades each year including: city, state, and military functions; schools, community centers, shopping malls, retirement communities, graduations, and private events. Weekly public performances are held on Fridays at ‘Iolani Palace and Sundays at the Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand.