Major music festivals in Hawaii include the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, which brings together Hula groups from across the world, as well as a number of slack-key and steel guitar festivals such as the: Big Island Slack Key Guitar Festival, Steel Guitar Association Festival and the Gabby Pahinui and Atta Isaacs Slack Key Festival. April's Aloha Week is a popular tourist attraction, as is the Moloka'i Music Festival held around Labor Day. There was also a Hawaii International Jazz Festival, which ran from 1993 until 2007. The annual Pacific Rim Jazz Festival occurs in mid-autumn at the Hawaii Convention Center. The annual Manoa Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place in early autumn at the Andrews Amphitheatre on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus.|
Hawaii is home to numerous hotels, many of which feature music in the afternoon or evening; some of the more prominent ones include the Kahala Hilton, the Sheraton Moana Hotel, the Sheraton Waikiki, the Halekulani, Casanova's and the King Kamehameha Hotel. Large music venues in Hawaii include the University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center, which has 600 seats and is the largest venue on the Big Island. A 560-seat venue and cultural exhibition center on Kauai is the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. In Honolulu, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena, Concert Hall, and Exhibition Hall are three of the largest venues in the state. Other venues for Hawaiian music on Oahu include the Waikiki Shell an establishment used primarily for concerts and entertainment purposes. Over the years many local, as well as international artists have graced the stage there. It is unique outdoor theater located in Kapiolani Park. This venue seats 2,400 persons, with the capacity to hold up to 6,000 more on the lawn area. Concerts, graduation ceremonies and hula shows are very popular at this site. As well as Kennedy Theatre and Andrews Amphitheatre on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Blaisdell Center Concert Hall, the Hawaii Theatre in downtown Honolulu, the Red Elephant (a performance space and recording studio in downtown Honolulu), Paliku Theatre on the campus of Windward Community College and the Leeward Community College Theatre. The historic Lanai Theatre is a cultural landmark on Lanai, dating back to the 1930s.
Hawaii is home to a number of renowned music institutions in several fields. The Honolulu Symphony Orchestra is an important part of the state's musical history, and is the oldest orchestra in the United States west of the Rocky Mountains, founded in 1900. The Orchestra has collaborated with other local institutions, like the Hawaii Opera Theatre and the Oʻahu Choral Society, which sponsors the Honolulu Symphony Chorus and the Honolulu Chamber Choir. Hawaiian folk music includes several varieties of chanting (mele) and music meant for highly ritualized dance (hula). Traditional Hawaiian music and dance was functional, used to express praise, communicate genealogy and mythology, and accompany games, festivals and other secular events. The Hawaiian language has no word that translates precisely as music, but a diverse vocabulary exists to describe rhythms, instruments, styles and elements of voice production. Hawaiian folk music is simple in melody and rhythm, but is "complex and rich" in the "poetry, accompanying mimetic dance (hula), and subtleties of vocal styles... even in the attenuated forms in which they survive today".
Since few Hawaiian musicians even read music each
Hawaiian Song lyrics had to be translated and hand printed over an extended period of time. Early
Hawaiian Music artists and
Hawaiian Music composers simply listened, felt and then played their music by and from the heart. Many of the
Hawaiian Music lyrics to the
Hawaiian Songs presented here are available to purchase on
Hawaiian Music CD or DVD Video formats, the most pospular being,
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow Song" as sung by the now famous
A more detailed chronology of the "Life of IZ" can be found featured on the site:
Biography of the Man and his Music including an overview of the Hawaiian artists significant milestones and artistic accomplishments all the way up to his untimely death at the age of 38 in 1997.
A timelined chronological biography of the life of "IZ" may be accessed at the
"Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Biography Highlights" web site. Also be sure to visit the
"IZ Memorial Tribute" web site. For the Hawaiian Music Song Lyrics to many of IZ's Hawaiian songs including
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" visit our
"Hawaiian Music Song Lyrics Directory". Scroll down for a detailed
biography of "Israel Kamakawiwo'ole" and related
Hawaiian Music links.
Aloha Oe' to all Hawaiians at Heart ~Michael AngelOh