Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - Basically Books in Hilo

Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - 
Basically Books in Hilo

Please join us for any or all of our 14 free events highlighting the music, art and culture of Hawai‘i as Basically Books celebrates the 51st Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo.

Saturday, April 19th, 1:00pm
Bert Naihe Performs: Bert celebrates his first CD “You’re the One” with a performance on this Saturday before the Merrie Monarch Festival begins. His CD invites the listener to come to Hilo to party and dance the hula.

Monday, April 21st, 11:30am
Helen Wong Smith Lecture: Librarian and archivist Helen Wong Smith will present a talk on 19th century Hawaiian scholars and historians.

Monday, April 21st, 2:00pm
Ben Kaili Performs: Hilo’s own Ben Kaili will perform songs from his New Slack Key Guitar album “Huanani”. 2014 Na Hoku Slack Key Album nomination.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 11:30am
Weldon Kekauoha and Friends: Musician, vocalist, composer, Hoku Award winner and Grammy Nominee Weldon Kekauoha sings hula favorites and contemporary songs.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2:30pm
Kumu Kawika Alfiche and Duncan O’Brien: San Francisco Bay Area Kumu Hula, Kawika Alfiche performs hula songs and Author Duncan O’Brien reads from his book for children of all ages, Matson the Mouse.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 11:30am
Boyd Bond Talks: Kohala resident Boyd Bond, historian and folklorist, will present a talk on the development of Hawaiian Mele from Ancient Chant to modern song.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2:00pm
Volcanoscapes by Mick Kalber: Emmy Award Winning Videographer Mick Kalber shows highlights of the new DVD “Volcanoscapes….Dancing with the Goddess” an odyssey of sight and sound that takes us into the lives of those intimate with Pele, the goddess of Volcanoes.

Thursday, April 24th, 11:30am-12:30pm
Natalie Ai Kamau: Na Hoku award winning vocalist and composer presents her new CD titled “Eia.” An anthology of her first 3 CDs ‘E, ‘I, and ‘A, it shows the listener what is in her heart.  2014 Na Hoku Anthology Album nomination.

Thursday, April 24th, 12:30-1:30 pm
Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero: Meet Robert Uluwehi Cazimero and get your signed copy of the revised edition of Men of Hula, a book honoring the Kumu and his men of Halau Na Kamalei. His CD, Hula 2, got a 2014 Na Hoku Hawaiian Music Album nomination.

Friday, April 25th, 9:30am
Rob Iopa Children’s Book: An architect and artist, Rob presents his new children’s book, A’ama Nui, an original tale celebrating Keaukaha’s history and lore. In addition, this fascinating book also explores the creative process of designing and building a home.

Friday, April 25th, 11:30 am
Cyril Pahinui: Cyril Pahinui returns to celebrate his new CD “Kani Pu Kolu”. It honors the past with Hawaiian standards spanning generations of music lovers.  2014 Na Hoku Liner Notes nomination.

Friday, April 25th, 1:30 pm
Sean Na’auao: Sean Na’auao shares music from his new CD, Na’auao, showcasing his vocal style with contemporary and traditional Hawaiian mele. Four 2014 Na Hoku nominations.

Saturday, April 26th, 9:30 am
Waipuna: Featuring 3 Kamehameha School alumna, Matthew Sproat, Kale Hannahs and David Kamakahi, Waipuna will share music in celebration of Hawai’i. 2014 Na Hoku nominations in seven catagories.

Saturday, April 26th, 2:30 pm
Kuana Torres Kahele: Kuana will share music  from his new solo album, Hawai’i  Keawe, celebrating the island of Hawai’i, his home. Kuana has eight 2014 Na Hoku nominations including male vocalist.

You may call ahead to reserve your selection of any of the items featured above.


Christine Reed
Basically Books
160 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720

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