When Jazz Comes To Hawaii

HAWAIIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES’ HISTORY OF MUSIC IN THE STATE HAS BEEN THE LAST TOPIC OF OUR COVER STORY.

In 1876, Hawaiians first began performing their music in the state by joining the Ku’u’i and Hawai’i American Association (HAAA).

Today, over 4,000 Hawaiian-born musicians and scholars play in Hawai’is most prestigious musical tradition, the Hawai’ian Jazz Orchestra (HJA).

For nearly 100 years, HJA has produced and curated some of the most important music in Hawaii, including a number of international Jazz Classics.

Its annual summer concerts bring Hawaiians together in an immersive musical experience for an intimate and fun atmosphere.

The HJA also hosts the Hawaiian Jazz Festival annually and has a diverse roster of award-winning musical groups, including the Hawaiian American Jazz Orchestra, the Hawaiian Pacific Jazz Orchestra and the Hawaiians Jazz Music Orchestra.

The HJA is the first of its kind to operate on a state-funded basis.

Through the Hawaiian Jazz Music Alliance, which includes HJA, the HJA supports programs for the Hawaiian community that help develop and sustain musical talent.

The Alliance, an alliance of over 60 nonprofit organizations across the Hawaiian islands, provides financial and technical assistance to music and arts education and promotion in Hawaiians communities.

To find out more about HJA’s work, visit the HJO website at: www.hawaiiansjazz.org or call (808) 598-8200.

For the latest information about the history of Hawaiians music, please visit www.haisongmusic.org.