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Free Aloha Friday Summer Concert Series Begins in Wailea

July 12, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui recently announced a long-term partnership with the University of Hawai'i Maui College's Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM). The partnership kicks off with free concerts, coined the "Aloha Friday Summer Concert Series." Every Friday through Aug. 31, students from IHM will perform in the hotel lobby between 5 and 6 p.m. The concerts are free and open to all.

IHM, which is dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music, offers students the unique opportunity to form a musical mentorship with professional Hawaiian musicians, including four-time Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku Jr.

The curriculum takes students from the beginning of their musical training to their career debut, offering classes in guitar, 'ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, recording, and music industry business and marketing. Students are also required to complete courses in Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian language to understand the cultural roots of their art.

"Graduates of the Institute of Hawaiian Music will be the future performing artists of Hawai'i, trained in playing Hawaiian instruments, knowing the history of the art and the ability to communicate this art to an audience," said Kahumoku. "Students will graduate with the skills to produce their first album ready for commercial release."

Beyond the summer concert series, The Fairmont Kea Lani will continue to support IHM's fundraising efforts and act as a venue for students to practice performing skills.

"We couldn't be more proud to showcase the talented students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music," said The Fairmont Kea Lani General Manager Charles Head. "The institute provides students with the education and support they need to graduate and be successful in the music industry. It is incredible to see young, talented musicians at the beginning of their careers. Plus, it's a real treat to hear them perform."

The Fairmont Kea Lani continuously offers visitors authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences in a luxury resort setting. Along with the summer concert series, guests enjoy complimentary Hawaiian cultural activities conducted by the hotel's full-time cultural coach, Jonelle Kamai. Activities such as outrigger canoe paddling, 'Olelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian language) Sessions, a Cultural Education Tour and monthly celebrations of Hawaiian holidays/history are ongoing.

For more information or to donate to The Institute of Hawaiian Music, visit To learn more about the free summer concert series, visit and click on "Hawaiian Culture."

University of Hawaii, Maui College's Institute of Hawaiian Music's (IHM) mission is to create a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music through establishing relationships with professional Hawaiian musicians. The institute will mentor and train aspiring from the beginning of their musical training to their career debut.

Located on the pristine white sands of Wailea, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is Hawai'i's only luxury oceanfront resort featuring spacious suites and villas. This distinctive hotel encompasses 22 acres of tropical landscape and offers authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences and warm and personal service which portray the essence of aloha. A luxurious haven in one of the most scenic places on Earth, the resort rests gracefully on Polo Beach, situated on the sunny southwest shores of Maui.



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