KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR AT THE QUEEN EMMA COMMUNITY CENTER, CHRIST CHURCH EPISCOPAL
This next lecture in the Hanohano `O Kona Series features a joint presentation from Alan Akaka and Smithsonian Curator John Troutman
Kona Historical Society is honored to present, for June’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture, “The History and Influence of Hawaiian Steel Guitar” with John Troutman, the curator of American Music from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History, and renown musician Alan Akaka, on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Queen Emma Community Center at Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua.
The Kona Historical Society invites attendees of this Hanohano `O Kona lecture to become KHS members and to RSVP prior to the event, since seating will be limited. While the Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series is always free to the public, the Society hopes the dedicated supporters and attendees of this program will join KHS as members if they have not done so already, and participate in a short Annual Membership Meeting with refreshments at 5:00pm, followed by the historical presentation at 5:30pm, and a short Question and Answer period with the presenters at 6:30pm. Membership in the Kona Historical Society is open to everyone, and membership levels start at $35 per year.
Alan Akaka is the Director of Ke Kula Mele Hawai’i ‘O Akaka, and steel guitarist, has been exposed to Hawaiian music his entire life. Alan is the past president of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association, and is currently the leader of the group “The Islanders.” John Troutman is the author of “Kika Kila, How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music,” and “Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934.” Presented by Kona Historical Society, this free, public lecture series, is a gift from the Society to the community.
Kona Historical Society is a community-based, nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii.