The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will once again join Grammy award winning local slack-key artist John Keawe for an evening of romantic music on Thursday, February 14, 2013. “Hawaiian Love Songs”, the orchestra’s 1st Annual St. Valentines’s Day fundraiser, will feature Keawe playing some of his favorite songs, accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra of strings and woodwinds led by Maestra Madeline Schatz, with Hope Keawe dancing hula. The event begins at 6:00 pm in The Fairmont Orchid’s Grand Ballroom.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $70.00 per person, and can be purchased online or by phone at (800-838-3006), or from the Kona Wine Market at Kona Commons.
Light pupus prepared by sponsor The Fairmont Orchid, and two beverages are included in the ticket price.
A live and silent auction will be conducted prior to the concert. Some of the
exciting auction items that will be offered include: rounds of golf at Nanea
Golf Club, Mauna Lani Golf Course and Waikoloa Village Golf Club; a helicopter
tour by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; overnight stays at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
and Bungalows and Waimea Guest House; passes to the Big Island Film Festival;
art works, including paintings by Darrell Hill, glass art by Rebecca Johnson and
photos by C. Brad Lewis, as well as gift certificates from Gallery of Great
Things at Parker Square, Holualoa Gallery, Lilikoi Café , Café Pesto in Kawaihae
and Kope Lani Coffee in Kona, along with many other interesting items. Visit
the orchestra’s website kamuelaphil.org to catch a “Sneak Peek” of these items
and more details on the auction.
John Keawe enjoyed his orchestral debut with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra
last March, and is glad to once more help the orchestra raise money for their
programs, including music education. The five songs Keawe chose for that
concert, “Aina Hanau, “Beautiful Hula Dancer” (dedicated to his wife Hope),
”Kauholo”, “ Puuwai Hoano” and “Steal The Morning” were orchestrated especially
for the fundraiser by Kamuela Philharmonic principal cellist, Herb Mahelona.
Mahelona, a Kamehameha Schools teacher, composer, web designer and filmmaker, as
well as a musician, is also of Hawaiian heritage.
He picked four additional Keawe songs to orchestrate: “Hawaii Island Is My Home”, “Faces of Pele”, “Kohala Kuu Home” (which has vocals in Hawaiian) and “Slack Key 101”, because they were so much fun for him to arrange. These songs celebrate Keawe’s thankfulness for being Hawaiian, and love of his home, Hawaii Island (which he prefers over “Big Island”), since these are the primary inspirations for his music. At the request of Musical Director Madeline Schatz, Mahelona also arranged “Hawaii Ponoi” and Schatz’s favorite Hawaiian song “Poliahu” for the program.
The combined talents of these two”homegrown” musical entities make for a very
different and highly enjoyable event. Both John Keawe and the orchestra are
looking forward to sharing this experience with their Hawaii Island fans, both
old and new.
If you want to contribute to the future growth and improvement of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, and assist us in continuing to provide live, high quality orchestral music to local audiences, your attendance at this event would be greatly appreciated. The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society is a 501(c)3, so any donations you make may be tax deductible. You can also mail your contributions to P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745 or contribute via Paypal on our website.