THE FAIRMONT KEA LANI PARTNERS WITH THE INSTITUTE OF HAWAIIAN MUSIC
Free Summer Concert Series Begins Friday
Wailea, Maui, Hawai΄i, July 4, 2012 – The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui recently announced a
long-term partnership withUniversity ofHawaii,MauiCollege’s Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM). The partnership kicks off with 8 weeks of free concerts, coined the “Aloha Friday Summer Concert Series.” Beginning July 6 and every Friday through August 31, students from IHM will be performing in the hotel lobby between 5:00 and 6:00pm. The concerts are free and open to all.
IHM, which is dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music, offers
students the unique opportunity to form a musical mentorship with professional Hawaiian musicians, one of which includes four-time Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku, Jr. The curriculum takes students from the beginning of their musical training to their career debut, offering classes in guitar, ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, music industry business and marketing, and recording. Students are also required to complete courses in Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian language to understand the cultural roots of their art.
“Graduates of The Institute of Hawaiian Music will be the future performing artists ofHawai’i, trained in playing Hawaiian instruments, knowing the history of the art and the ability to communicate this art to an audience,” says mentor George Kahumoku, Jr. “Students will graduate with the skills to produce their first album ready for commercial release.”
Beyond the summer concert series, The Fairmont Kea Lani will continue to support IHM’s fundraising efforts and act as a venue for students to practice performing skills.
“We couldn’t be more proud to showcase the talented students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music,” says General Manager of The Fairmont Kea Lani, Charles Head. “The institute provides students with the education and support they need to graduate and be successful in the music industry. It is incredible to see young, talented musicians at the beginning of their careers. Plus, it’s a real treat to hear them perform.”
The Fairmont Kea Lani continuously offers visitors authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences in a luxury resort setting. Along with the summer concert series, guests enjoy complimentary Hawaiian cultural activities conducted by the hotel’s full time Cultural Coach, Jonelle Kamai. Activities such as outrigger canoe paddling, ‘Olelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language) Sessions, a Cultural Education Tour and monthly celebrations of Hawaiian holidays/history are ongoing.
Some Fairmont Kea Lani Hawiian Culture Experiences include:
he Hawaiian Canoe Experience
This excursion teaches guests Hawaiian traditions while offering a fun adventure at sea. Participants learn the basics of paddling, as well as the history of the canoe and its importance to Hawaiian heritage.
Monday – Friday beginning at 6:00 am (1 hour excursion). For guests ages 10+ yrs.
The Hawaiian Canoe Experience fills up quickly so please book early.
Hawaiian Cultural Tour
This 45 minute walking activity includes information about the many uses of native and non-native plants by the Hawaiian people. Knowledgeable guide, Jonelle Kamai will point out plants such as kalo (taro), papaya, and ko (sugarcane), as well as locate visible neighboring islands and distinctive landmarks that speak to Hawai’i’s rich history. Wednesdays at 9:00am, Lobby
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i Session
Guests may join us for a “talk story” session on ‘Olelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language). In this 45-minute activity, guests learn about the history of the Hawaiian language, how to pronounce words they see around the islands, and more. Thursdays at 9:00am , Luana Lounge
Introducing Aloha Friday Summer Concert Series!
The Fairmont Kea Lani is proud to introduce a new summer concert series in partnership with The Institute of Hawaiian Music at University of Hawaii, Maui College. Starting July 6 and every Friday through August, Maui’s most talented students will be performing a free concert in the hotel lobby from 5:00-6:00pm. The summer concert series will culminate with a large concert at the hotel on August 31. The Institute of Hawaiian Music is led by Hawaiian music icons (including four-time Grammy award winner George Kahumoku Jr.) and preserves authentic Hawaiian music while mentoring the next generation of musicians. Look for singing, slack key guitar, ukulele and hula each week.
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