The moʻolelo of ʻUmi, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, 2016.

Go check out tomorrow’s brownbag at the Center for Biographical Research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa!


Don’t forget! The Queen’s 175th Birthday! 2013.


Don’t Forget, if you are on Oahu nei, there are many events coming up to celebrate the memory of Queen Liliuokalani, like the Onipaa Celebration happening on the grounds of Iolani Palace on Sunday, September 1, from 10:00 a. m. to 3:00 p. m. Also there are the Mai Poina Walking Tours on the 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th!

What about the rest of the islands? What are all of you up to?

Mai Poina 2013

Another promising brown bag from UHM Center for Biographical Research, 2013.

If you are free at noon this Thursday (4/4/2013), this sounds like an interesting brown bag. Hokulani K. Aikau talks about her new publication on Mormonism and Hawaiians. See below for more:

“A Chosen People, A Promised Land:

Mormonism and Race in Hawai‘i.”

Hawaiian Music and Musicians, Revised and Updated, 2013.

If you are free at 12:00 noon tomorrow, the Center for Biographical Research’s Brown Bag tomorrow is on the updated classic, “Hawaiian Music and Musicians”!

“Hawaiian Music and Musicians, Revised and Updated.”
by John Berger, Author and Editor
Thursday, March 14th
12 noon to 1:15 pm
Kuykendall 410

For more information, please contact, 956-3774, or

George S. Kanahele published his monumental Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History in 1979. Compiled with the assistance of a hundred contributors and the research of many more, it was immediately recognized as the most ambitious book ever written about Hawaiian music.

The book is arranged alphabetically, with entries on Hawaiian music from its roots in ancient chants to the flowering of the musical renaissance in Hawai’i. It describes leading personalities and groups, organizations, songs and publications, and discusses the extraordinary popularity of Hawaiian music round the world. There are biographies of musicians from every period of Hawaiian musical history—from Henry Berger, David Kālakaua, Queen Lili‘uokalani, and others of their time, to the great names of the 20th century.

In 2000 Dr. Kanahele asked veteran music critic John Berger to work with him on a second edition; Dr. Kanahele passed away a few months later. It took John Berger another dozen years to complete this Revised and Updated Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Encyclopedic History (Mutual Publishing, 2012). The book is now more than doubled in length, with almost every entry revised and updated, and with almost 100 new entries. In this talk, John Berger will be discussing the process of revising and editing this immense musical history.

Speaker Bio:

John Berger has covered entertainment in Honolulu for 40 years. He has been writing about music, theatre and social events of all kinds for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (formerly the Honolulu Star-Bulletin) since 1988.

[From University of Hawaii’s Center for Biographical Research Facebook page: ]

Post Brown Bag: “The People of Kalaupapa as Active Participants in Their Own History.” 2012.

Much appreciation goes out to all the good people at the Center for Biographical Research at UHM! And to Anwei Skinsnes Law and Henry Law for their presentation today!! I came out of it feeling upbeat, and excited that there are people out there looking at Hawaiian-Language source material for a window into the past (outside of the University).

I encourage people to go check out the talk, questions and answers, and book signing put on by Native Books from 3 to 5 in the afternoon this Sunday.

Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory

Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory

Celebrating the Queen’s Legacy, 2012.

I passed this before i got off the bus at Punchbowl today, and so i walked back and took a picture. Here is a nice description of some of the events taking place this Sunday, September, 2, 2012.

Also, one week later on the 8th, more celebration, Hilo style.

[How about everywhere else? Anybody have information on other celebrations?]