To preserve and perpetuate the music of Hawai‘i—from indigenous Hawaiian music and dance to contemporary music of all genres.
To provide a venue for the teaching and appreciation of music across generations and in all its varied forms.
To help aspiring musicians achieve their personal and professional goals.
HMI was conceived by members of Windward Community College’s advisory board, including Mike McCartney, the CEO of PBS Hawai‘i, and William Meyer, a prominent entertainment industry attorney. In the eyes of its founders, the Institute would help to nurture and inspire Hawai‘i’s musical talent, offer instruction about both the making and the business of music, and provide a showcase for sharing talent and information.
Now in its second year of operation, HMI is receiving enthusiastic support from members of Hawai‘i’s music industry who share their time and talent by acting as instructors and mentors.
People and Programs
HMI offers non-credit courses in fall, spring and summer, covering everything from hula and slack key guitar to advice on performance and copyright law. The instructors include some of the best in the music business: Melveen Leed, Peter Moon, Brother Noland, Rich Crandall, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, Van Diamond, Byron Yasui, Mike Kato, Ron Loo, Pamai Tenn, and attorney William Meyer.
Last summer’s “‘Ukulele 2002: A Weekend with the Masters” featured a stellar line-up of music industry notables—from Aunty Genoa Keawe, Bill Kaiwa and Sonny Kamahele to Kelly Boy DeLima, Gordon Mark, Bruce Shimabukuro and Bryan Tolentino. The weekend also provided instruction in ‘ukulele making by industry leaders such as Casey Kamaka, Derek Shimizu, Michael Chock and Alan Okami.
Promise for the Future
As interest and support for HMI grows, the College hopes to continue to work with community partners such as PBS Hawai‘i to provide more concerts showcasing Hawai‘i’s musical treasures and merging talent and an expanded series of courses and special programs.
Windward Community College is uniquely postioned to house an institute dedicated to teaching, learning, and preserving the music of Hawai‘i for future generations. It recently opened a state-of-the-art visual and performing arts center with the 300-seat Paliku Theatre, music, and dance studios.
HMI fills a void in Hawai‘i’s music industry by bridging the gap between performer, student and business professional.
For details on HMI classes,
contact coordinator Ron Loo through e-mail or at 236-9144, or
visit us on the web at http://ocet.wcc.hawaii.edu
‘Ukulele 2004—learn from the Masters
Join us this July 10 – 11 for ‘Ukulele 2004, a weekend of teaching and learning the art and history of ‘ukulele music . Click here for information on ‘Ukulele 2004.