History Notes

October 1, 2012 | By Stephanie Killion

Photo courtesy of Royal Hawaiian Band

Nothing says “aloha” quite like the melodic tunes of the Royal Hawaiian Band. For over 175 years, the Royal Hawaiian Band has been entertaining both the people of Hawai‘i and visitors alike. Founded by King Kamehameha III in 1836, the band breathes life into songs written by Hawai‘i’s monarchy including works by King Kalakaua and Queen Lili‘uokalani. Classic songs that evoke old Hawaiiana and contemporary Hawaiian hits can be heard during their concerts today. Clarke Bright, the current bandmaster, was appointed by Mayor Peter Carlisle in 2011 and continues to preserve the Royal Hawaiian Band’s legacy. The Royal Hawaiian Band is not only a tradition; it’s also a living piece of Hawaiian history. These relaxing and entertaining concerts are a must for visitors and kama‘aina alike. As an agency of the City and County of Honolulu, the band personifies both the beauty of Hawaiian culture through music and the integral role Hawaiian culture plays in our statehood. Drop by one of their free concerts on Sundays at Kapi‘olani Park. For more information, visit www.rhb-music.com.