The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, was founded in 1994 in the State of Hawai'i, as a nonprofit educational corporation, federally tax-exempt under IRS code 501(c)(3).
The 1998 Hall of Fame exhibit, is funded with grants from the Cooke Foundation, Ltd., and the Atherton Family Foundation. Martin & MacArthur built our koa exhibits in collaboration with their designer, Richard Towill. The display panels are designed and produced by Robyn Buntin Galleries.
We also wish to thank Bishop Museum, the Hawai'i State Archives, and all the families of our Hall of Fame Honorees for supplying biographical material and photographs for our exhibits.
Mahalo nui loa to the people and their companies who have chosen to sponsor the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame:
Outrigger Enterprises Group
James "Kimo" Stone, Jr.
Louis Doody & M. Dolly Strazar
Richard M. Towill
[Creating a new context in which to cherish Hawaiian music, its history and the gifted ones who made it]
Named by the Hawaiian community not only for their musical abilities, but for their patronage in support of Hawai'i's musical culture, the Royal Composers, David Kalakaua, his sisters Lydia Kamaka'eha Paki (Lili'uokalani), Miriam Likelike, and his brother William Pitt Leleiohoku, the youngest, are credited with the vitality and rich musical environment enjoyed by all Hawaiians during the last half of the 1800's. Were it not for the dynamic cultural leadership and personal contributions of Na Lani 'Ehā (The Royal Four) in encouraging and supporting aspiring composers, singers, instrumentalists, dancers, chanters and poets, Hawai'i's significant musical contributions to the world might never have happened.
Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in May 1994 as a non-profit membership corporation in the State of Hawai'i, and in the United States is tax exempt under IRS code 501(c)(3)
The mission of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is to promote, preserve, and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula by celebrating the achievements of significant individuals and groups.
To inspire and engage new generations of Hawaiians in the perpetuation of Hawai'i's traditional music through performance and exhibit.
Our Immediate Goal
To create an interactive Hawaiian music center where the Hall of Fame exhibits can be permanently housed, historic display space expanded, and Hawaiian music source information collected and made available to all who seek it.
May 1, 2016, Sunday
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort
Doors open at 10:30 AM
Honoring our 2015
inductees: Lokalia Montgomery, Lei Collins, Halekulani Girls, Jerry Byrd, Darrell Lupenui, Thaddius Wilson, O'Brian Eselu. Tickets $125 includes lunch and entertainment. Call Ann Shinsato 808-392-3649 for information/tickets.
Introduction to 2015 Inductees/Annual Meeting
October 17, 2015, Saturday â All Pau! Treetops Restaurant
Honoring our 2015
inductees: Lokalia Montgomery, Lei Collins, The Halekulani Girls, Jerry Byrd, Darrell Lupenui/Thaddius Wilson/O'Brian Eselu.
May 1, 2015, Friday — All Pau!
Pomaika'i Ballrooms (in the Hokulei Ballroom) at Dole Cannery
Honoring our 2014
inductees: Hawaii Calls, Sonny Chillingworth, Edith McKinzie, Puakea
Nogelmeier, Beverly Noa, and Lani Custino.
The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is a grateful recipient of funds from the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., the charitable arm of the Sony Open. These funds have enabled 3 classes in 2 elementary schools in at-risk areas to participate in our E Mele Kākou music curriculum for the fall semester 2015. This program teaches the music of Nā Lani ʻEhā as well as bel canto singing, Hawaiian history and culture, culminating in a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band at ʻIolani Palace. E Mele Kākou fills a void for many schools which have had to reduce or eliminate music education. The elementary schools who received funding were Kaʻiulani Elem. and Kalihi Elem. Schools. We gratefully acknowledge this grant from the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc.