Hawaiian Musicians to Headline Presidential Inauguration, + Aloha Music Camps Resurrected

Hawaiian Musicians to Headline Presidential Inauguration, + Aloha Music Camps Resurrected

Two bits of hot news, fresh off the press. First, a "posse" of Hawaiian musicians are headed this week to the frosty climes of our mainland's East Coast, to perform at what is being hailed as the most historic Presidential Inauguration in over a century. Touring under the name "Hawaiian Aloha" will be songstress Raiatea Helm (twice nominated for a Grammy as a soloist, also from the Island Rumours Band), the Kohala Trio (frontman Charles Michael Brotman accepted the first Hawaiian Grammy Award) and Keale (cousin of Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole). The three groups will perform on January 20th in Washington, D.C., at the Hawaii State Society Presidential Inaugural Ball.

On the same road trip, the acts will also stop in New York City, appearing at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference's World and Jazz music venue, on January 12th. The evening following the inauguration, they will return to New York City and perform at B.B. King's Times Square club.

If you happen to be on the road, don't miss these shows. Or, visit any of the artist's web sites for updates and/or news concerning the shows.

www.RaiateaHelm.com, www.myspace.com/kohalatrio, www.kahiapotalent.com

Second, a while back we reported on Keola Beamer (and the Beamer family's) Aloha Music Camp, formerly at the Moloka'i Ranch. Since the hotel and resort closed early last year, that fate of the camp was up in the air; until Keola put his foot down.

First, he produced an online version of the music camp, so those truly interested in learning the art of slack key guitar could get their feet wet at home. The sessions can be purchased through his web site, and are called the "Kaukamalama Online Video Lesson Series" (found at www.kbeamer.com). There is a free starter lesson that demonstrates how successive lessons work, and gives you a taste of what's to come. We can attest, these are worthy lessons for the musically interested.

Next, the Aloha Music Camps themselves have been resurrected—in Kona, Hawai'i, on magical Keauhou Beach. The next camp is coming up in early February, and we have it on good authority that Raiatea Helm will be one of the "celebrity" musicians partaking in camp, Feb. 8 – 14, 2009. Be sure to sign up in advance to reserve your space, as these are sessions you won't want to miss!

[To read the "B on Hawaii" feature on what happens at Aloha Music Camp, visit the original article at:
www.bonhawaii.com/music-camp-molokai-week-authentic-cultural-haps]

Aloha Music Camps themselves have been resurrected—in Kona, Hawai'i, on magical Keauhou Beach.