The Board of Directors wish to acknowledge Hawaii's well-known educator, civic leader and author, the late Dr. George S. Kanehele, for his definitive work as editor of "Hawaiian Music and Musicians, An Illustrated History". This book, with its contributions from many well-known Hawaiian music archivists around the world supplied much of the source material for the biographies of the Hall of Fame Honorees. We are forever indebted to Dr. Kanehele for his prodigious contribution to preserving the history of Hawaiian music.
The families of the honorees, where such were available, supplied additional information and photographs from their private collections, as did Bishop Museum and the Hawaii State archives.
Hall of Fame Honorees are selected periodically and are displayed in their own koa exhibit. Each member is given a separate panel which includes biographical information, pictures, and other items of interest.
The Patrons of Hawaiian Culture
Na Lani Eha, the Patrons of Hawaiian culture, were not only giants in the field of Hawaiian music but form the very cornerstones of subsequent Hawaiian culture and arts, and as such, "preside" over the greats of Hawaiian music honored herein. They have their own prominant place in the 1995 koa traveling exhibit and share space with the first ten Hall of Fame honorees. Click on the links below to access the biographies and pictures of the Royal Four:
David Kalakaua (1836-1891)
William Leleiohoku (1854-1877)
Miriam Likelike (1851-1887)