ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER
2201 Kalākaua Avenue, Waikiki
August 13, 2016
Saturday, Show at Noon
At Helumoa in Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel was one of the premiere showrooms for hapa haole music, starting in 1934 when composer and bandleader, Harry Owens, was appointed music director for the Hotel. It was also 1934 when Owens wrote “Sweet Leilani” to celebrate the birth of his daughter and which became the signature song of Owens’ Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1937, and one of Bing Crosby’s biggest hits.
“Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima & Friends” showcases hapa haole music with live Hawaiian musicians, vocalists, and hula by the keiki (children), wahine (women) and kāne (men) of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima that will include hapa haole favorites like “Puka Puka Pants,” “Show Me How to Do the Hula.” “That’s How They Do the Hula,” “I Fell in Love with Honolulu,” and more.