Traditions of the Pacific lecture series

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Traditions of the Pacific is an ongoing educational program that explores the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific through dynamic lectures, workshops, fieldtrips, and films.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and Bishop Museum members receive special postcard mailings and free/discounted tuition for these events. Not a member?
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Rockin' Talkin' Kanikapila on July 14

Rockin' Talkin' Kanikapila

hosted by Alan Akaka & the Islanders

Monday, July 14, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Hale Wa‘a
Notice: Due to forecasted evening rain showers, this event
is being relocated to Hale Wa‘a.

FREE to the General Public & Museum Members
Seating is full with standing room only. We encourage you to bring lawn chairs! Alan Akaka

Calling all musicians!   Break away from the grind for a night under the stars and join steel guitar artist and educator Alan Akaka and friends for a panel discussion, followed by a pau hāna jam session like no other. First, we’ll explore Hawai‘i’s stringed instrument tradition and the roles of steel guitar, slack key guitar, ‘ukulele, and even 'ūkēkē, in creating the music that we love.  Experience first-hand how Hawaiian music has long been an integral part of Hawai‘i’s social fabric, and how it is also a way for Hawai‘i to connect to the world. Then, it's time to play! Together, bend sounds, rhythms and melodies and find new convergences for slack key, steel, and classic guitar, along with ‘ukulele, drums, auxiliary percussion and any other instruments that make their way to the Great Lawn for this fun-filled evening. And, if you have the He Mele Aloha: Hawaiian Songbook, bring it along to share your love for Hawaiian music! Not a musician? No worries. Guests are also invited to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy.  Refreshments will be available
for purchase and no coolers please.

Bring your copy of He Mele Aloha: Hawaiian Songbook and play along!

Alan Akaka

Alan Akaka is deeply rooted in Hawaiian music and education and is known for his unique steel guitar sound and style, which is derived from an array of steel influences including his own kumu, Jerry Byrd. A successful recording artist and leader of “The Islanders,” Alan is also an international entertainer and guest soloist committed to the perpetuation of Hawai‘i music and to inspiring renewed interest in the unique, lilting sound of the steel guitar. A graduate of both Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai‘i, Alan founded and directed the Kamehameha Middle School Na ‘Opio Singers and Ensemble. He was also the director for the Performing Arts Academy at Kamehameha for 16 years. You can find Alan weekly at the Waikīkī Beach Marriott and at Duke’s Waikīkī. Photos Courtesy of Alan Akaka

Seating limited!
For information, call 808.847.8296 or email 

Not a member?  Join Bishop Museum today to enjoy these programs and support the Museum’s important work to preserve and celebrate Hawai‘i’s cultural and natural heritage with through exhibits, research, and programming.

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