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Live from Carnegie Hall: The Royal Hawaiian Band

Aloha! This week, Live from Carnegie Hall celebrates summer in New York City by recalling the 1988 visit of The Royal Hawaiian Band to the Hall.


Artist: The Royal Hawaiian Band
Album: The Royal Hawaiian Band: Live at Carnegie Hall, Part 1
Label: Friends of The Royal Hawaiian Band
Date Recorded: July 16, 1988
Fun Fact: The Royal Hawaiian Band—an agency of the City and County of Honolulu—is the only full-time municipal band in the United States.

Celebrating its 175th anniversary, The Royal Hawaiian Band was formed in 1836 by King Kamehameha III. Until the end of the monarchy in the 1890s, the band accompanied reigning monarchs on trips to all of the Hawaiian islands, bringing its music to places as remote as the leper colony of Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai. Of the band's travels, then Regent Lili'uokalani stated, "I wished to bring with me, to my friends and my people ... a delight which I knew to them was quite rare, and in which I was quite sure all would find much satisfaction."

In the summer of 1988, the band ventured further afield and performed its only Carnegie Hall concert to date. The concert was recorded and released in two parts, both of them showcasing Hawaiian music—traditional and modern—with several of the pieces written by Queen Lili'uokalani, the last reigning Hawaiian monarch.

More information about The Royal Hawaiian Band is available here.


Ho'i Kealoha I Ka Palolo | The Royal Hawaiian Band | The Royal Hawaiian Band: Live at Carnegie Hall, Part 1 | Friends of The Royal Hawaiian Band 

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