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Royal Hawaiian Band future

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Royal Hawaiian Band is the only full-time municipal band in the country and government funding for the institution may be on the chopping block this year.  The 170-year-old institution has survived many historical changes from the overthrow to the Great Depression, and more. Amy Kalili shares its story.

The Royal Hawaiian Band has played throughout Hawaiʻi's history. And today, as the only municipal band in the United States, they play more than 300 concerts a year.

Kani haʻaheo ana ka Royal Hawaiian band no kçia mau makahiki he lôʻihi o ko Hawaiʻi môʻaukala. A i kçia lâ, ʻo ia wale nô ka pana aupuni a puni o ʻAmelika Hui Pû ʻIa a he 300 a ʻoi a lâkou ʻaha mele o ka makahiki.

"It's just wonderful to be a part of an organization that is able to reach out to so many different parts of the community," said Denby Dung, Clarinet, Royal Hawaiian Band.

Nani ke ʻano e pâ nui ai ke kaiâulu i kçia hui.

Through these performances the band gives their audience a glimpse into the past with original compositions from the 1800s, some composed by our aliʻi.

Ma o kçia mau hôʻikeʻike e haʻi môʻaukala ai ka pana i ke anaina me nâ mele kahiko i haku ʻia ma ke kenekulia 19, kekahi na ko kâkou mau aliʻi aloha.

"When we look back at some of the poetry of our aliʻi, we have a connection to not only what they were feeling, but most importantly, what was happening at the time," said Piʻilaniwahine Smith, Mea Hula, Royal Hawaiian Band. 

Ke nânâ i nâ mele na nâ aliʻi, he mea e moakâka ai ko lâkou mau manaʻo a me nâ hana a moʻolelo o ia wâ.

The band has played more original aliʻi compositions under current Bandmaster Michael Nakasone than at any other time in its history.

ʻAʻohe pana a puni ka honua e hoʻokani ana i nâ mele aliʻi, ma kona ʻano nô i haku ʻia ai.

Itʻs very important that without these types of compositions and poetry.

ʻO kçia wâ nô, ma lalo o ke alakaʻi ʻia na Michael Nakasone, ka wâ e hoʻokani nui loa ʻia ai nâ mele haku na nâ aliʻi i loko o nâ makahiki a pau o ka pana.

"No other band in the world performs our aliʻi compositions in it's original key, in it's original state, only the Royal Hawaiian Band," said Misty Mamo Kelaʻi, Vocalist, Royal Hawaiian Band.

ʻAʻohe pana a puni ka honua e hoʻokani ana i nâ mele aliʻi, ma kona ʻano nô i haku ʻia ai.

"It's very important that without these types of compositions and poetry.  We really have no umbilical cord to touch back on," said Smith.

He ala kçia mau mele e hoʻi a i ka piko.

So these 40 musicians carry a significant responsibility.

No laila, he kuleana koʻikoʻi nô ko nâ loea hoʻokani he 40 o ka Royal Hawaiian Band.

"So that's really been entrusted to us and I feel very proud when I'm singing here today.  I cannot tell you what that means to me as a Hawaiian," said Kelaʻi.

He kuleana nô a he mea e ulu mau ai a paʻa koʻu haʻaheo ma ke ʻano he Hawaiʻi.

ʻO wau no kçia o Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

 

Original Airdate 2/4/2010

 

 

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