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YOUTH SYMPHONY I Maestro Henry Miyamura

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Conductors Elton Masaki & Susan Ochi-Onishi

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Acknowledgements We are grateful to our community partners whose generous support and special talents are invaluable to the Hawaii Youth Symphony. Danny Kaleikini Nicholas Kaleikini Hilton Hawaiian Village Susan Smith Master of Ceremonies Ben Gutierrez Invocation Isabella-Marie Geppert Music Arrangements Courtesy of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Audio Engineer Fred B. Li Recording Engineer C&A Recordings

HYS Volunteer Stage Crew Les Murata Gary Hirokane Gavin Hirokane Jerry Kushiyama Lloyd Nakamaejo Delbert Nakaoka Tom Shigeta David Yee Graphic Design Mark Nakamura YSI Concert Parents Lance Uchida Laura Yamamoto YSII Concert Parents Stacey Hatakenaka Wesley Yoshida

UH Music Department Dr. Laurence Paxton, Chair Byron Moon, Facility Coordinator University Laboratory School Keoni Jeremiah, Principal Ira Wong

Mahalo to the music educators and private music teachers whose expertise, encouragement and support mean so much to our talented musicians. We are also grateful to the families and friends who volunteer their time and energy to strengthen our program and make it a success.

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2016–17 Board of Directors & Staff BOARD OF DIRECTORS Richard K. Ing, President Vice Presidents Roy E. King, Jr. Malcolm Lau Tina Lau Leslie Murata Michael Onofrietti Patti Look, Secretary Jean Tsukamoto, Treasurer Alan Arizumi Sharon R. Himeno Gladys Hirano Nathan Hokama Martin Hsia Daniel Momohara Alan Okami Joseph Rothstein, PhD Geoffrey S. Sewell, MD Chris Yuen

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MUSIC STAFF Symphony Program Henry Miyamura, Music Director & Conductor, Youth Symphony I Elton Masaki, Co-Conductor, Youth Symphony II Susan Ochi-Onishi, Co- Conductor, Youth Symphony II Hannah Watanabe, Conductor, Concert Orchestra Wayne Fanning, Assistant Conductor, Concert Orchestra Academy Program Joan Doike, Conductor, Beginning String Ensemble & String Orchestra Ensemble Chad Uyehara, Conductor, Intermediate String Ensemble & Concert String Orchestra Aris Doike, Coordinator, Academy Program Helen Fong, String Sectional Coach

Music in the Clubhouse Joy Waikoloa, Instructor, Music4Kids Matt Momohara, Conductor, Clubhouse Band ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Randy Wong, Executive Director Carol Tsang, Finance Manager Ann Doike, Programs Manager Janet Morita, Programs Associate Melody Wan, Programs Assistant & Music Librarian Ruth Komatsu, Education Consultant

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Message from the Maestro

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fter 33 years of being the Music Director for the Hawaii Youth Symphony, I have always felt that our program provides an important community function. By that, I mean that it has a place in the field of arts and music in the community. Not only does HYS fulfill the education of each of its students, but it also allows the student the opportunity to go beyond themselves by performing many outstanding concerts for the community. The existence of Hawaii Youth Symphony will be continuous, and the musical growth of the students – as well as the organization – will continue, as we aspire to higher musical standards, and be the leader in our musical community. I look forward to being in the audience, feeling proud and happy that I had this nice association with the most wonderful people in the youth symphony family. I would like to personally thank our president, Richard Ing, the entire board of directors, and our executive director Randy Wong. I also give a very special thank you to Les Murata for his 30 years of dedication, for supporting all of my endeavors for the youth symphony, both musically and organizationally. I have the fondest memories of my association with this organization, and wish HYS the highest “mahalo nui loa” with a lot of aloha.

Henry Miyamura Music Director and Conductor, Youth Symphony I

A Special Commendation

Hawaii Youth Symphony deeply and truly thanks Maestro Henry Miyamura for his musical direction, inspiration, and dedication to students far and wide across the Islands. Mr. Miyamura’s first appearance with HYS was in 1965, as guest conductor. Mr. Miyamura served on the HYS Board of Directors from 1982–1984, and was selected as Music Director in 1984. Over the past 33 years, Maestro Miyamura reached over 15,000 students through his leadership of HYS—and more than 4,800 who played directly under his baton in the YSI (formerly YSO) and Pacific Music Institute programs. Under Maestro Miyamura’s leadership, HYS expanded from two to seven orchestras, and quadrupled its enrollment. We wish him all the best as he embarks on a very, well-deserved retirement! Bravo, Maestro Miyamura!

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CONCERT PROGRAM Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Welcome

Ben Gutierrez, Master of Ceremonies

Invocation

Isabella-Marie Geppert, St. Andrews Priory senior LUNCH SERVICE

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Elton Masaki , Co-Conductor Susan Ochi-Onishi, Co-Conductor Fingal’s Cave Overture

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

The Cowboys Overture

John Williams

Laputa — Castle in the Sky

Joe Hisaishi arr. Kazuhiro Morita INTERMISSION

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Henry Miyamura, Conductor Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna Overture Tracie Young, cello Max Arakaki, clarinet Sinfonische Metamorphosen I. Allegro Selections from Les Miserables

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Franz von Suppe

Paul Hindemith Claude-Michel Schoenberg arr. Bob Lowden

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Youth Symphony I with Danny and Nicholas Kaleikini Here is My Happiness (Koko Ni Sachi Ari) My Way

arr. Mitch Morala

Jacques Revaux and Claude Francois arr. Angel Peña

Nose Flute Concerto

Danny Kaleikini arr. Angel Peña

Youth Symphony I Broadway Curtain Time

arr. John Krance

Senior Aloha Ceremony Aloha ‘Oe

Queen Lili‘uokalani arr. Douglas Palmer

Master of Ceremonies BEN GUTIERREZ

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en Gutierrez is a general assignment reporter and weekend weather anchor for Hawaii News Now (KFVE/ KGMB/KHNL). He is also involved in music and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, home of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards. He is a proud, longtime supporter of Hawaii Youth Symphony.

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Special Guest Artists Danny & Nicholas Kaleikini

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he spirit of aloha and the love of this magical island is held dearly within this musically inspired family. Danny Kaleikini, also known as “Kaniela,” has been entertaining audiences from around the world for over 40 years and is most commonly known for his long-standing residency at the Kahala Hilton, a stint that ran for 30 years. He was the opening act for Paul Anka and has performed alongside Sammy Davis Jr., Wayne Newton, Dolly Parton, McGuire Sisters, and Don Ho. While growing up in Papakolea in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, he learned to sing and perform at jam sessions after a day's work shining shoes in Chinatown. He began his career at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, learning from legendary musicians Hilo Hattie, Alfred Apaka, and Ray Kinney, that eventually led to a seven-day a week show at the luxurious Kahala Hilton, the first successful show outside the boundaries of the famous Waikiki Beach. He is also the president of the Danny Kaleikini Foudation, a non-profit organization established in 1983 to help local organizations provide service to Hawai‘i’s people. Its State of Hawaii charter authorizes operation for charitable, educational, scientific, religious, and medical purposes. Over $400,000 has been given in donations. Nicholas, grandson of Kaniela, is a classically trained musician and producer at Lana Lane Studios. He played clarinet in his early years that developed into a lifelong love of the saxophone and piano. He is the Director of POW! WOW! School of Music Hawai‘i, a two-week-long music intensive program for local youth. Students are taught a series of creative modules including jingle composing, songwriting, industry standards, producing, and medley collaborations. Nicholas is also co-owner of Kaleikini Productions, a sound and entertainment production company (www. kaleikiniproductions.com). Nicholas currently performs and tours with internationally acclaimed Japanese MC Shing02. He also performs with The Willards, Mango Season, and is currently working on a solo project under the alias SaxWillard. Danny and Nicholas have released two EPs, Aloooha and Mahaaalo. They will be performing at Blue Note Hawaii on 5/16. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to local music programs. More information can be found at www. kaleikinimusic.com.

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Youth Symphony I HENRY MIYAMURA

Music Director & Youth Symphony I, Conductor

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enry Miyamura conducts Hawaii Youth Symphony’s top orchestra, Youth Symphony I, and has been HYS’s music director and conductor for nearly three decades. Joining HYS in the early ’80s, Maestro Miyamura provided the artistic vision that has shaped HYS’s programs and led to tremendous growth of the organization. Miyamura also founded and directs HYS’s summer program, the prestigious Pacific Music Institute. Maestro Miyamura recently retired from the University of Hawaii, where he conducted the UH Symphony Orchestra. His numerous credits include 14 years as band director at McKinley High School; principal clarinetist with the Honolulu Symphony; and membership in the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Hillel Chamber Concert Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic. Miyamura also served as assistant conductor for the Honolulu Symphony, which gave him the opportunity to conduct concerts featuring artists such as Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; David Bar-Ilan, piano; Joshua Bell, violin; and Harvey Pittel, saxophone, as well as Hawaii entertainers. Miyamura was named winner of the prestigious 2001 Alfred Preis Award by the Hawaii Alliance for Arts Education for his lifetime commitment to arts and education in Hawaii. Miyamura received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Master of Music degree from Western Washington University.

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Youth Symphony I Roster Violin I Crystal Cathcart Ian Chang Chelsea Cline, Associate Concertmaster Megan Ganeku Christopher Inouye Alex Kobayashi Evan Liu Skylar Mizukami Elisabeth Sewell, Assistant Concertmaster Ryder Tanaka Megan Uchida, Concertmaster Burson Wang Jinny Wang Violin II Nadine Alcantara Kenneth Chee Kurumi Kawata Brooke Kumasaka Kenny Kwock Allyson Kwong Yudai Leonzon Christian Llantero Lauren Llantero Josiah Matsuda Sabine Mejia Eunice Park Ryan Park Kauai Paule Darius Soo Hoo Caitlin Steele Moriah Tom, Principal Junyi Yin, Assistant Principal Charles Yung Viola Kaycee Beardeaux Kody Dunford Brandon Hong Queenie Huang

Sean Kwon, Principal Austin Lau Megan Lauw Michael Murakami Frank Sun Ethan Tran Nashya Yoshimoto Charles Zhang, Assistant Principal Cello Abigail Austria Joshua Chang Sofia Himeno-Price Christopher Kwock Chloe McCreery Dong-Woo Seo, Assistant Principal Eugene Son Uriel Sung Alexa Wong Gradon Wong Tracie Young, Principal Bass Taiga Benito, Principal Isabella-Marie Geppert Sage Guo Elliott Hee Flute Margaret Nakayama Tamlyn Sasaki, Principal Sherry Tanaka Hana Yoon Aileen Zhang Piccolo Aileen Zhang Oboe Ryan Hirokawa, Principal Daniel Huang Kacie Kajihara Chance Yagi

About Youth Symphony I

Youth Symphony I (YSI) is the most advanced of HYS’s seven orchestras, and is one of the finest youth symphonies in the country. In its history, YSI has performed with renowned guest artists and was a Finalist in the Na Hoku Hanohano awards. This year, the orchestra has the special honor of being selected to perform on From The Top, a nationally-broadcast radio show. For the 2016–2017 season, Youth Symphony I is composed of 100 students, grades 9–12, from 27 public, home, and independent schools across Oahu and Maui. They will rehearse more than 130 hours and perform 10 concerts on Oahu and Hawaii islands. Megan Uchida, a senior home school student, is this season’s concertmaster.

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English Horn Chance Yagi Kacie Kajihara Clarinet Max Arakaki, Principal Nakoa Kanahele Christopher Montoya Tani Takushi Bass Clarinet Christopher Montoya Bassoon Everett Amemiya Chanelle Junio Mark Ushiroda Austin Young, Principal Horn Kamuela Akeo Fuma Fujiki Kira Goya, Principal Crystal Lee Emerlynn Shibayama Trumpet Taichi Hirata Ace-Kamakani Inouye Tiffany Nakayama Micah Nishimoto, Principal Davan Sagara Trombone Joseph Abe, Co-Principal Jeffrey Hayashi, Co-Principal Cody Lee Rachael Yamamoto Baritone Ethan Murakami Tuba Jayden Fonseca, Principal Lucas Toor Percussion Marsha Ho Joseph Li, Co-Principal Albert Mackey, Co-Principal Brandy Shinoda Shayn Toothman Harp Sharene Lum, guest Piano Queenie Huang

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Youth Symphony II ELTON MASAKI

Youth Symphony II, Co-Conductor

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lton Masaki holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Master of Music in Education degree from Boston University. He is currently working on a PhD in Education with an emphasis in technology from the University of Hawaii. Mr. Masaki is the orchestra director at Mid-Pacific Institute where he has been conducting since 2005. He has also taught orchestra at Kamehameha Schools, Iolani School and the Hawaii Youth Symphony Academy String Program. Mr. Masaki also serves as an orchestra clinician for a number of different camps and workshops and manages his own string quartet. Professional affiliations include American String Teacher Association and Association for Education and Communication Technology.

SUSAN OCHI-ONISHI Youth Symphony II, Co-Conductor

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usan Ochi-Onishi has been with Kaimuki Middle School since 1993, directing the Beginning and Advanced Concert Bands. Mrs. Ochi-Onishi graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1984 and a PDMUS Secondary Music Education degree in 1987. She received a Master of Music degree in 1985 from Northwestern University, where she studied the oboe with Ray Still (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the English horn with Grover Schiltz (CSO). Mrs. Ochi-Onishi is a member of the Oahu Band Directors Association and the American School Band Directors Association. Mrs. Ochi-Onishi is proud to be an alumnus of the Hawaii Youth Symphony program, where she served as principal oboist for both the Junior Orchestra (1976–1977, under the direction of Norma Parado), and the Hawaii Youth Symphony (1977–1980, under the direction of Peter Mesrobian and Grant Okamura).

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Youth Symphony II Roster Violin I Maya Chang Courtney Chun Marianne Garcia Stella Hung, Assistant Principal Leilani Ikeda Mika Ishii Maria Matsuki Erin Nishi, Concertmaster Camryn Nishita Shinya Saito Lauryn Takanishi Kylee Takanishi Violin II Maya Camacho Alizah Chao Demian Choi Micaela Diaz-Paez Valentina Diaz-Paez Joshua Kim Marissa Kwon Che Won Lee Lilian Lu, Assistant Principal Zoe Oda Sunwoo Oh Joshua Park Alyssa Reyes Alec Tam Nicolas Tanaka Stephanie Yoshida, Principal Kimberly Zheng Viola Gabriel Agno Kelly Chen Joshua Choy Ana Danko Sophia Ellis, Principal Yukiko Hughes Camrie Kubota, Assistant Principal Kainoa Maruoka Sewon Park Fiona Sievert Mahina Smith

Cello Katie Cho Aubrey Danko Ryan Fielding, Principal William Hee Jonah Johnson Shawn Jun Mira Kawano, Assistant Principal Julian Kwon Kaileen Lardizabal Dylan Merkel Elijah Shimabukuro

Bassoon Cassandra Barina, Principal Hayden Hawkins Kamakoa Tomich Cara Yoshimi

Bass Maysa Segovia, Principal Maya Watanabe

Trumpet Riki Haraguchi David Kimura, Principal Kekoa Lemke Joshua Romero Jarin Sakamoto Isaiah Takahashi

Flute Sunny Nam Sejin Park Lauryn Shinno Karen Watarida, Principal Michelle Woo Piccolo Lauryn Shinno Oboe Lauren Higa Tabitha Hiyane Mie Oishi, Principal Koko Tamai Clarinet Jonah Blas Kento Francisco Kassi Hatakenaka, Principal Garrett Lau Maxwell Miyasato Taryn Takanobu Bass Clarinet Garrett Lau

Horn Kai Abergas Kai Le Chang Andrew Hayashi Raquel Hernandez, Principal Ashley Nakazaki

Trombone Anthony Mills Jungwoo Park, Principal Levin So David Young Baritone Cuyler Murata Robert Wiemer Tuba Ryoma Sears Kaisei Shigeta, Principal Percussion Daniel Kam, Principal Justin Sato Tevin Takata Aiden Woodard Harp Marcy Tokunaga

About Youth Symphony II

Youth Symphony II is the second most advanced of HYS’s seven orchestras. This year, Youth Symphony II is composed of 97 students, grades 8–12, from 27 schools across Oahu and Maui. This season, they will rehearse more than 120 hours and perform 7 concerts. Erin Nishi, an eighth grader at Punahou School, is this season’s concertmaster.

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Celebrate Hawaii Youth Symphony’s 53rd Season

He Makana O Nā Mele: The Gift of Music GALA FUNDRAISER Featuring

Joseph Stepec and Youth Symphony I with KEOLA and MOANA BEAMER

Sunday, November 19, 2017 Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom All Proceeds Benefit Hawaii Youth Symphony Sponsorship Opportunities Available Inquire with Randy Wong, HYS Executive Director (808) 941-9706

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2017 Winter Concert Series December 3 – Symphony Program (YSI, YSII, CO)

Blaisdell Concert Hall with Very Special Guest David Shifrin, Clarinet Mr. Shifrin will be HYS Artist-in-Residence from November 27 – December 5. One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, Mr. Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator. Mr. Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit and Denver symphonies among many others in the US, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony.

December 4–5 – Listen & Learn Educational Concerts Blaisdell Concert Hall

December 9 – Academy String Program Location TBA

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Want to learn a string instrument this summer? Join our Summer Strings program! June 5, 2017 – July 7, 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club Spalding Clubhouse, adjacent to Washington Middle School

This five-week, daily course is targeted to young students, born on or before June 1, 2009, who are interested in learning about music and string instruments. Instruction is available for students on the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. No prior experience necessary! Sign up at HiYouthSymphony.org

HYS announces its Pacific Music Institute July 7 – 16, 2017 at McKinley High School A ten-day, jam-packed music program that will help you become a better musician! All students play in large ensembles, chamber music, and have the opportunity to work with incredible clinicians! Open to students of all orchestral instruments, including saxophone and euphonium. Applications available soon; check our website for details! 2016 Spring Concert Series Aloha Concert

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Mahalo to Our Donors The Hawaii Youth Symphony is grateful for these gifts that were made between July 1, 2016 and April 26, 2017. CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE ($25,000 & up) Cades Foundation City and County of Honolulu McInerny Foundation PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($10,000–$24,999) Anonymous ABC Stores Altres, Inc. First Hawaiian Bank Foundation George Mason Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Gloria Kosasa Gainsley Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation John R. Halligan Charitable Fund Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ing State Foundation on Culture and the Arts ANGEL ($5,000–$9,999) Alaska Airlines Foundation Aloha International Piano Festival Mrs. Gladys Hirano Island Insurance Companies Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation Mr. James Leong Mr. Lance Teruya Mr. & Mrs. Kent Tsukamoto BENEFACTOR ($2,500–$4,999) Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Russell Arakaki Bank of Hawaii Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Gainsley Hawaii State Federal Credit Union Mr. Bob Hayashi Mr. & Mrs. Kendall N. H. Hee Mr. Martin Hsia Mrs. Marilyn Katzman Ms. Carol S. Koga Ms. Patti Look Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Momohara

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Ohata Chun Yuen, LLP Mrs. Ruth Oshiro Pacific Property Group, Inc. Par Hawaii Price Okamoto Himeno & Lum ALC Dr. and Mrs. Geoffrey S. Sewell The Dods Foundation United Laundry Services, Inc. Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu PATRON ($1,000–$2,499) Anonymous Action Realty Corporation Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. Ms. Lorraine Araki Avalon Commercial, LLC Dr. & Mrs. Ralph S. Carungi Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Conley Dr. & Mrs. Ian M. Cooke Mr. Peter G. Drewliner Foodland Super Market, Ltd. Mr. & Mrs. Owen Fukumoto Mr. & Mrs. Roy T. Ganeku Mr. & Mrs. Carlton Gushiken Hazel H. Takumi Foundation Mr. Warren Price III & Ms. Sharon Himeno Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Hokama Mr. & Mrs. Andy D. Huang Mrs. Julia S. Ing Mr. Mike Irish Mr. & Mrs. Alan S. Ito Jonathan Y. C. Ching Revocable Trust

Kaimuki Middle School Band Boosters Mr. & Mrs. Ken Kajihara Mr. & Mrs. Kerry Komatsubara Mr. & Mrs. Paul Kosasa Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Kosasa Mr. & Mrs. Franklin T. Kudo Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Lau Mr. Malcolm D. Lau Mr. & Mrs. Ferdinand F. Llantero Marcus & Associates, Inc. Ms. Nancy Masaki Matson Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Mejia Mr. Henry Miyamura Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell Nishimoto Ms. Sandi Okamoto Mr. & Mrs. Michael Onofrietti Mr. Dwight Otani Patrick and Kris Kobayashi Foundation Pikake Foundation Mr. Joseph Rothstein, PhD Dr. & Mrs. Vern Sasaki Mrs. Barbara Shibayama Mr. Morrie Stoebner Ms. Jennifer Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Toyama Mr. & Mrs. Lance Uchida Velocity Honolulu/Cycle City, LTD Watumull Stores/Jhamandas Watumull Fund Mr. & Mrs. Gaylord Wilcox Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Y. Wong

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SPONSOR ($500–$999) Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Donald Amemiya Mr. Alan Arizumi Mr. & Mrs. Roger Benito Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Cathcart Dr. Yi-Chuan Ching Dr. Richard Yoon & Mrs. Sujeon Kim Dr. Sandi Kwee & Dr. Leilani Ka‘anehe Dr. Steven Nishi & Dr. Pamela Tauchi-Nishi Mr. Wayne Fanning Ms. Rachele Lee Gomes Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Goya Mr. & Mrs. Randall Hee Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hirokawa Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Hong Ms. Marie Imanaka Mr. Roger Izuka Mr. Randall G. Moore & Ms. Lynne Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Osamu Kawata Mr. Geneson Coloma & Ms. Theresa Kiehm Mr. & Mrs. Ron Kikawa Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Dae Kim Mr. & Mrs. Tyler Kimura Mr. & Mrs. Roy E. King, Jr. Ms. Mary Ann Kobayashi Mr. & Mrs. Ty Kubota Mr. & Mrs. Philip Kwon Mr. & Mrs. W. Peter Kwong Mr. John Mackey Ms. Ann Mahi Mr. & Mrs. Richard MartinDoike Mr. Elton Masaki Mrs. Dorothy Mason Mr. & Mrs. David Monk Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Oda Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Oishi Mr. & Mrs. Won Sik Park Ms. Julie Reyes S. Saito Family Charitable Fund Mr. Bin Li & Ms. Sujuan Situ Mr. Grant Murata & Ms. Chikako Shimamura Mr. & Mrs. Robert Shinoda Mr. & Mrs. Tom Soo Hoo Mr. & Mrs. Brian Stapleton Mr. & Mrs. Kent Takahashi Mr. & Mrs. Don Tomich Mr. Harold Toor Mr. Chad Uyehara Mr. & Mrs. John J. Verghese Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Wong

Wong’s Drapery Shoppe Dr. Mark M. Yoshida Mr. & Mrs. Keith Yoshimoto Mr. & Mrs. Randall Young PARTNER ($250–$499) Mr. & Mrs. Angelito Alcantara Princess Dialta Alliata Alora Ambiance Mr. & Mrs. Michael Amore Mr. Vic Angoco Mrs. Mary Ann Berry Carole Kai Charities/Great Aloha Run Mrs. Esther Cartoon Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chang Mrs. Meredith Ching Mr. & Mrs. Rick Chong Ms. Patrice Choy Mr. Kenin Coloma Ms. Elizabeth Coraggio Mrs. Shuli Deng Mr. & Mrs. Gil Farias Mr. & Mrs. John Geppert Mr. David Griggs Mr. & Mrs. Hong Guo Mr. & Mrs. George Haraguchi Mr. & Mrs. Troy Hatakenaka Carole Sheridan Memorial of Hawaii Community Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Lance Hayashi Ms. Stephanie Hayashi Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Hiyane Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Ho Mr. & Mrs. Hiroshi Leslie Inouye Mrs. Molly Inouye Ms. Carol Tsang & Dr. Takuma Itoh Dr. & Mrs. Sid Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Chester Kaneshiro Ms. Elizabeth Kaneshiro Dr. & Mrs. Toshihiko Kawasugi Mr. & Mrs. Eric K. Kobayashi

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Mr. Larry Takumi & Ms. Jo-Ann Komori Mr. Richard L. Kurth Dr. Bradford W. Lee Dr. Tom Leland & Dr. Jean Adair-Leland Ms. Margaret M. Lin Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Love Ms. Chelsea Maeda Mr. & Mrs. Carl Maki Dr. Maya Matsuda & Mr. Edwin Matsuda Dr. Alex Suenaga & Ms. Kay Mattos Mrs. Marion McKay Mr. Gilbert Miyasato Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Momohara Mr. & Mrs. Mike R. Montoya Dr. Edward K. Yi & Dr. Susan Moriyama-Yi Mr. & Mrs. Chris Nielsen Mrs. Doris Ogawa Ms. Carole K. Onouye Mr. Steven Premo Randal S. Furomoto & Associates, Inc. Ms. Suzanne Sato Mr. & Mrs. Grant Shimabukuro Dr. Neil Smith Mr. & Mrs. Brent Takushi Mr. & Mrs. Dean Tanaka Ms. Brenda Tang Dr. Dailin Wang & Ms. June Tang Mr. Leighton Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Barry Toshi Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Winner Mr. Carl Yee & Ms. Mary Wong Dr. Jay Kwon & Dr. Natalie Woo Mr. & Mrs. Philip Yee Dr. Lester Yim & Dr. Letitia Yim Mr. Xiang Yee & Ms. Jiangyan Zhu

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CONTRIBUTOR ($100–$249) Anonymous Ms. Carol Aki Ms. Arline Akina Mr. & Mrs. Robert Y. Akinaka Ms. Anne Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Masanobu Arakaki Mr. Mark Arimoto Mr. Martin Beardeaux Ms. Patricia Beardeaux Mr. & Mrs. William A. Bordner Mr. & Mrs. Mark Caliri Mr. James Chan Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Q. C. Chang Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Char Ms. Yongli Chen Mr. & Mrs. David Chi Mr. & Mrs. Harry J. Chinn Mr. & Mrs. Robert Choy Mr. & Mrs. Andrew T. M. Chun Mr. & Mrs. Gary Chun K.C. Collins Ms. Lisa Cottrell Ms. Tricia Dang Ms. Leticia Diniega Dr. Douglas Chang & Ms. Sandra Lau Dr. Jeffrey Lim & Dr. Marcia Nagao Dr. Jennifer Townsend & Mr. Reid Townsend Dr. John Chen & Dr. Lillian Chen Dr. Namthip Sitachitta & Mr. Wesley Yoshida Dr. Praphan Puapong & Dr. Ratana Puapong Dr. Richard Liu & Dr. Amber Liu Dr. Robert Weiner & Dr. Linda Weiner

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Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Kohara Mr. & Mrs. Eric Kop Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kujubu Col. & Mrs. Daniel Lau Mr. & Mrs. Jason Lee Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lee Mrs. Mei-Fa T. Liu Dr. Milton Liu Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery Logan Robie Lunger Ms. Cindy Mackey Mr. & Mrs. Chester J. Malins Mr. & Mrs. Roy Masaki Mr. & Mrs. Michio Matsuki Ms. Eileen Matsumoto Mrs. Carol Matsushita Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts Mr. Burr McCutcheon & Ms. Claire Arakaki Mid Pacific Steel Inc. Mokapu Elementary Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Morita Mrs. Karen S. Mukai Mrs. Lynn Muramaru Mr. & Mrs. Keith Muraoka Ms. Janet H. Murphy Music Center of Hawaii, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. George I. Nagao Ms. Carol Nakaganeku Ms. Kay J. Newnam Mr. Tin Shing Chao & Ms. Lai Ling Ng Mr. & Mrs. Melvin S. Nishina Mr. & Mrs. Don Nishita Mr. Glenn Nohara Mr. David Okabe Mr. Eryle Okamura Mr. Nathan Okinaka Mr. & Mrs. Glenn M. Okino Ms. Miki Okumura Dr. & Mrs. Tilden Osako Mrs. Helen T. Oshio Ms. Frances E. Oshita Dr. & Mrs. Robert G. Peters Ms. Margaret Pisani Mr. Chris Pitsaroff Ms. Meredith Prescott Prof. David Ross & Ms. Ann Castelfranco Mr. & Mrs. Dennis W. Randall Mrs. Maxine Robson Ms. Patricia Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. Gavan Sagara Mr. & Mrs. Makoto Saito Ms. Corynn Sakamura Mr. Dane Sasaki Ms. Janice Savidge Schwab Charitable Fund

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Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Segovia Mr. & Mrs. Arthur S. Seki Mr. Daniel S. K. Shaver Mr. & Mrs. Yoshio Shibuya Mr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Shimabuku Mr. & Mrs. Steven Shimabukuro Ms. Junko Shimana Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin H. Shimokawa Shinnyo-En Hawaii Mr. & Mrs. Dayne Shinsato Ms. Joan Shishido Ms. Heather Shohet Ms. Sheryl Shohet Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence So Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Son Ms. Nancy K. Sonoda Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Sorensen Star of Honolulu Strings for Tomorrow LLC Ms. Sandra Sulliban Mr. & Mrs. Dean K. Taba Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Taba Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Takemoto Ms. Jill Takemoto Mr. & Mrs. Kent Tamai Ms. Amy A. Taniguchi Dr. Lynn Tanoue Mr. & Mrs. Brenda Teranishi Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Tom Mr. & Mrs. Edward Toma Mrs. Faith Tomoyasu Ms. Kelley Toor Mr. & Mrs. Hiraoki Tottori Mr. & Mrs. Luong Tran Mrs. Janice Trubitt Mr. Shichao Li & Ms. Haiying Wang Ms. Rebecca S. Ward Ms. Hannah Watanabe Mr. Mark Watanabe Rev. Msgr. Terrence Watanabe Mr. Tsunehisa Watanabe & Ms. Priscilla Carmichael Mrs. Nancy D. White Mr. & Mrs. Gin D. Wong Mr. & Mrs. Vernon K. W. Wong Mr. & Mrs. Derrick Yamane Mr. & Mrs. Grant S. Yee Ms. Mildred A. Yee Mr. & Mrs. Su Juen Chris Yeh Ms. Ann K. Yoklavich Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Yoshimoto Mrs. Kathleen Yoshinaga Ms. Mihae Yu

FRIEND (Up to $100) Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Abergas Mr. Alan L. Akaka Dr. Maryann Ally Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Amasol Ms. Melisa Ampornpun Mr. & Mrs. David Anderson Ms. Marion Ano Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Anspach Mr. & Mrs. Francis Arakaki Mr. & Mrs. Myron Araki Ms. Ruby Arii Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Asano Ms. Karynna Asao Mr. David Asato Ms. Masami Asuncion Mr. & Mrs. Louie Bala Mrs. L. Christine Ban Mr. Edward Bartolini Ms. Ellen E. Belconis Mr. Colin M. Belisle Captain & Mrs. Stephen S. Bell Ms. Cheryl Bochentin Mr. & Mrs. Clarke Bright Mr. & Mrs. Philip Brown Mr. Kenneth H. Burtness Mr. & Mrs. Eduardo Camacho Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Campbell Mr. Charles Carpenter Mr. Matthew Carr Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Chan, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Francis Chang Dr. & Mrs. Walter Chang Mr. Dorman Chee Ms. Lily Chen Ms. Martha Child Ms. Faye Ching Mr. & Mrs. Gale Ching Mr. Song Choi Mr. & Mrs. Richard Cline Mr. & Mrs. Ken Colombe Mr. & Mrs. Leslie G. Crandall Ms. Lynn Dagli Dr. & Mrs. Evan Dobelle Mr. Harry Dobelle Mr. & Mrs. Arnel Domingo Mr. & Mrs. Shermon Dowkin Ms. Susan Doyle Dr. Adelheid Kuehnle & Mr. Gordon Wallace Dr. George Chu & Ms. Diane Wong Dr. Richard Courson & Dr. Tina Tom Mr. Rick Egged

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Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ellis Michael S. Englar, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Masahiro Enomoto Mr. & Mrs. Todd Evans Ms. Teresa Fabry Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Feeney Mr. David Fisher Ms. Joanna Fleming Mr. Gregg Fujimoto Ms. Diane Fujimura Rev. & Mrs. Yoshitaka Fujinami Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Fujioka Ms. Julia Fujioka Mrs. Lois Funai Mr. & Mrs. Louis Furtado Mr. & Mrs. Robert Furukawa Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Furuto, Jr. Ms. Michelle Ganeku Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan C. Gochu Mr. & Mrs. William Goh Mr. William H. Gould Ms. Kimberley Haines Mr. Fred Harris Mr. & Mrs. Keith Haugen Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Harvey H. Hayashida Mr. & Mrs. David Haynes Ms. Janna Healy Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hee Henry M. Gunn High School Mr. & Mrs. Kenn Higa Mr. Lester Higa Mr. & Mrs. Russell Higa Mr. & Mrs. Todd Hirayasu Ms. Daryle Ann Ho Dr. Edward L. Ho Mr. & Mrs. Eric H. Horio Dr. Yujen E. Hsia Ms. Fujiko (Donna) D. Hughes Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hui Mr. & Mrs. Shawn Ibara Ms. Lee Ann Ichimura Mr. & Mrs. Donald Ikeda Mrs. Celeste Imamura Mr. Doug Imig Ms. Carolyn Ing Ms. Lauren Inouye Mr. & Mrs. Eric A. Irwin Ms. Lori Isara Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Ito Col. Alan R. Iverson Ms. Ethel C. Iwasaki James K. Michishima, CPA Mrs. Natali Jourdel

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Mr. Carlton Jow Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Kaahanui Kaahumanu Elementary Mr. Aaron Kanemaru Mr. & Mrs. Joel Kanemori Mr. & Mrs. Abraham K. Kaniho Mr. & Mrs. Jon Kawaiaea Mr. & Mrs. Norman Kawakami Ms. Oress Kawakami Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Kawano Mr. & Mrs. Alan Kaya Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Barry Kikuno Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Kim Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Y. Kim Mrs. Anne King Mr. Charles T. Kishimoto Mr. Aaron Kito-Hong KoAloha Ukulele Dr. & Mrs. Joel Kobayashi Mr. & Mrs. Keith Kobuke Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Kodama Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Kogot Mr. & Mrs. Craig Koizumi Ms. Dina Kojima Mr. & Mrs. Donald Kopf Mr. & Mrs. Walter S. Kubota Mr. & Mrs. Jared Kumasaka Mr. Mel Kumasaka Mr. Brian Kunioka Mr. & Mrs. Clement Lau Mr. & Mrs. Gary G. H. Lau Mr. & Mrs. Martin Lauw Mr. Joseph LeBlanc Mr. Bill Lee Ms. Colleen Lee Mr. & Mrs. Roger Lerud Mr. & Mrs. Michael Li Ms. Qi Li Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Lim Mr. & Mrs. James S. H. Liu Mr. & Mrs. Warren Loh Mrs. Alyce K Loui Mrs. Rose Loui Mr. Adam Luchak Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Lui Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Lum Ms. Jennie Lum Mrs. Kazue Machida Mr. & Mrs. Steven M. Maclay Mr. Brian Maeshiro Mr. & Mrs. Steven Marcus Melia Marquleas Mr. & Mrs. George Masaki Ms. Pamela Masaki Ms. Naomi Masuda Mr. Paul Matsuda

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Mrs. Jean McIntosh Mr. & Mrs. William Mills Miss Aily Miyake Mr. & Mrs. Dan T. Miyamoto Ms. Jennifer Miyamoto Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Miyasato Mr. & Mrs. Scott Miyashiro Mr. & Mrs. Seimasa Miyashiro Ms. Iris C. Mizokami Mr. & Mrs. Albert Morinaka Ms. Jill Morita Mr. Alex Kelawala & Mrs. Pauline Shum Mr. Andrew Ishii & Ms. Diane Imamura Mr. Chad Crall & Ms. Melissa Hawkins Mr. Chao Zheng & Mrs. Zhen Fan Mr. Eric Merkel & Ms. Heather Doyle Mr. Lex R. Smith & Ms. Cynthia M. Nojima Mr. Michael Okamoto & Ms. Leen K. Hong Mr. Nevzat Soguk & Ms. Clare Hanusz Mr. Peter Li & Mrs. Fiona Leung Mr. Taehyun Oh & Ms. Jongyun Yi Mr. Tom Park & Ms. I-Mei Sun Mr. Wayne Chen & Ms. Angela Tom Mr. Xinfu Shuai & Ms. Zhijun Zhou Mr. Youn Choi & Mrs. Hyun Lee Mr. Zi Jing Huang & Ms. Yuyu Zhan Mr. Zihang Ou & Ms. Fan Gong Mr. & Mrs. Mark Munemitsu Mr. & Mrs. Jon Murakami Mr. Craig Nakamura Mrs. Dawn Nakamura Mr. & Mrs. Kyle Nakamura Mr. & Mrs. Mark Nakamura Dr. Elizabeth Nakasone Mr. Takashi Nakayama Mr. & Mrs. Shigeo Nakazaki Mr. Michael Navales New City Nissan Mr. & Mrs. Sam Ng Mr. & Mrs. Hao Nguyen Mr. & Mrs. Willard Nishigata Mr. & Mrs. Brent Nishikawa Mr. & Mrs. Warren Nishimoto Mr. Ernest T. Nogawa Mr. Norman Noguchi Ms. Erin Nolan

Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Ogasawara Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Ohta Mr. Rockwell Okada Mr. Curtis Okazaki Mr. & Mrs. Ernest N. Okazaki Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Ono Mr. Lambert Onuma Mr. & Mrs. Kaname Oshiro Ms. Myra E. Oshiro Mrs. Sally S. Oshiro Mr. & Mrs. Angel G. Pablo Mr. & Mrs. Joel Pabo Ms. Iris Pascua Pastor David Chun & Mrs. Imsunaro Chun Mr. Kevin Pease Mr. & Mrs. Larry Radel Mr. & Mrs. Charlynn M Raymond-Ortiz Mr. Christopher R. Rice Mr. & Mrs. Steve Rodolfich Mr. & Mrs. Joel Romero Mr. & Mrs. Ron Ruhaak Ms. Yuriko Saito Mr. & Mrs. Mark Sakamoto Mr. & Mrs. Todd Sakuda Mr. & Mrs. Shawn Sanekane Mr. Arnold Schulmeister Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Sears Ms. Ramona Sewald Mr. & Mrs. Ty Shibayama Mr. & Mrs. Paul Shigeta Mr. & Mrs. Derry Shimabukuro Ms. Laurie Shimabukuro Ms. Ruby Shimabukuro Mr. & Mrs. Garret Shinno Ms. Beatrice Shiroma Dr. & Mrs. Alfred Sison Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence W. J. Siu Mr. and Mrs. Andrew D. Smith Dr. & Mrs. Robert Spear Mr. & Mrs. James Sposato, III Mr. & Mrs. Robert Springer Mr. Joe Stepec Ms. Gail R. Sugita Mr. & Mrs. Ryan N. Sumida Mr. & Mrs. Mark Sumikawa Mr. & Mrs. Brian W. Sung Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Swan Mr. & Mrs. Michael Takahashi Mr. & Mrs. Dale Takanishi Mr. & Mrs. Michael Takanobu Mr. & Mrs. Gary Takeshita Mr. & Mrs. Darren Tanaka Mr. & Mrs. Ben Tano Mr. & Mrs. Xerxes Tata Ms. Linda Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Derek Tenn

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Mr. Gary T. Todoki Ms. Eleanor Tokunaga Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Toma Mr. Brandon Tomita Ms. Midori Toor Ms. Emi Troeger Mr. Tyler Truby Mr. Marcus Turner Ms. Rochelle Uchibori Mr. & Mrs. Brandon Uehara Mr. & Mrs. Yoshiteru Umezawa Mr. & Mrs. Gregg Ushiroda Dr. Daniel Uyeunten Ms. Wendi Vasconcellos Ms. Tara L. Vaughn Mr. & Mrs. Victor Velasco Mr. & Mrs. Lyle Wakabayashi Mr. & Mrs. Vance Wakakuwa Mr. Nathanael H. Wallace Mr. & Mrs. Frank Wei Ms. Fumiko Wellington Mr. & Mrs. Scott Wiemer Ms. Julie Wiggett Captain David Wilson Mr. John Wollstein Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Womack Mr. & Mrs. Clinton Wong Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Wung Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Wurthner Mr. & Mrs. Lionel Yagi Mr. & Mrs. Corey Yama Mr. & Mrs. Sueki Yamamoto Ms. Denise Yamashiro Dr. Byron K. Yasui Ms. Dale H. Yatsushiro Mr. & Mrs. David Yee Dr. & Mrs. Eric K. S. Yee Mr. & Mrs. Hiromichi Yokoyama Mr. & Mrs. Kendall K. Yoshida Mr. & Mrs. Scott Yoshihara Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Yoshihiro Mr. & Mrs. Randal Yoshimura Mrs. Amy Young Mr. & Mrs. Cory Young Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Young Mr. Fred Yuen

IN HONOR OF Thomas Bell by Captain & Mrs. Stephen S. Bell Sofia Himeno-Price by Mr. Winfred Inouye Dr. Yujen E. Hsia by Mr. Martin Hsia Richard Ing by Mr. Michael Sitch & Ms. Louise Ing Christopher Inouye by Mrs. Molly Inouye Bradford Lee by Dr. Worldster Lee Edith Leong by Mrs. Helen T. Oshio Gordon Mark by Mr. Malcolm D. Lau Henry Miyamura by Dr. Bradford W. Lee by Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Love Kelsey Mukai by Mrs. Karen S. Mukai Tiffany Mukai by Mrs. Karen S. Mukai Joseph Rothstein by K.C. Collins Elisabeth Sewell by Ms. Frances E. Oshita Katherine Sewell by Ms. Frances E. Oshita Christian Takemoto by Ms. Junko Shimana Jordan Takemoto by Ms. Junko Shimana Marjorie Tanoue by Ms. Lauren Inouye Ginny Tiu By Mr. David Griggs Hollie-Anne Toma by Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Toma Janice Trubitt by Dr. Maryann Ally Randy Wong by Ms. Janna Healy Derrick Yamane by Mr. Lance Teruya

The Hawaii Youth Symphony thanks each donor and community partner who has contributed to its programs. Every attempt has been made to publish a complete listing. We regret any omissions or errors that may have occurred, and would appreciate if you would call HYS at 941-9706 to advise us of them. Thank you! 2016 Spring Concert Series Aloha Concert

IN MEMORY OF Dr. Benson H. Araki By Ms. Lorraine Araki Geoffrey Au by Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu Jason C. Ban by Mrs. L. Christine Ban Charles E. Higa by Mr. Peter G. Drewliner Jason Tomoyasu by Mrs. Faith Tomoyasu Marjorie Tanoue by Anonymous by Ms. Leticia Diniega by Ms. Susan Doyle by Ms. Roxanne Fujita by The Gloria Kosasa Gainsley Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation by Mr. Warren Price III & Ms. Sharon Himeno by Ms. Wendy Ikezawa by Mr. & Mrs. John Ishikawa by Mr. & Mrs. Norman Kawakami by Dr. & Mrs. Toshihiko Kawasugi by Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Kodama by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kujubu by Mrs. Alyce K. Loui by Ms. Miki Okumura by Ms. Margaret Pisani by S. Saito Family Charitable Fund by Mr. & Mrs. Arthur S. Seki by Mr. & Mrs. Yoshio Shibuya by Ms. Beatrice Shiroma by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew D. Smith by Dr. Neil Smith by Mr. & Mrs. Ryan N. Sumida by Mr. & Mrs. Gary Takeshita by Mr. & Mrs. Brenda Teranishi by Mr. & Mrs. Hiraoki Tottori by Ms. Denise Yamashiro by Ms. Rebecca S. Ward by Mr. Carl Yee & Ms. Mary Wong Edmund K. U. Yee by Ms. Janet H. Murphy

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Congratulations Class of 2017 Joseph Abe Max Arakaki Cassandra Barina Kaycee Beardeaux Taiga Benito Crystal Cathcart Joshua Chang Katie Cho Courtney Chun Kody Dunford Jayden Fonseca Alto Fukusato Isabella-Marie Geppert Kira Goya Jeffrey Hayashi William Hee Ryan Hirokawa Marsha Ho

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Christopher Inouye Kacie Kajihara Lisa Kam Nakoa Kanahele Kauri Koizumi Camrie Kubota Garrett Lau Crystal Lee Joseph Li Christian Llantero Albert Mackey Kayla Maki Maria Matsuki Skylar Mizukami Ethan Murakami Camryn Nishita Mie Oishi Se Jin Park

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Alyssa Reyes Shinya Saito Tamlyn Sasaki Elisabeth Sewell Emerlynn Shibayama Brandy Shinoda Mahina Smith Caitlin Steele Taryn Takanobu Moriah Tom Kamakoa Tomich Ethan Tran Megan Uchida Burson Wang Chance Yagi Junyi Yin Tracie Young Aileen Zhang

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Class of 2017 Joseph Abe

Youth Symphony I, Trombone / McKinley High School

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usic has always been a part of my life ever since kindergarten, when my family put me through piano lessons. My parents both played the trombone in college and they met at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In addition, my uncle played the trombone in college. Knowing this inspired me to also play the trombone. I started the trombone in fifth grade and am currently a co-principal trombonist in YSI. I’ve been inspired to always keep playing and to never stop practicing to achieve music excellence. Being in an ensemble with amazing young musicians from all over the state showed me that there were people like me, who wanted to be the best they could be on their instruments. In addition to Youth Symphony, I am the president of my school’s band and a member of the school’s volleyball team. This fall, I plan to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa and join their marching band, concert band, and brass quintet. I hope to major in Music Education to help guide and inspire Hawaii’s future musicians.

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Max Arakaki

Youth Symphony I, Clarinet / Kailua High School

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ax has been playing in YSI for three years. As a freshman, his clarinet teacher nudged him to audition. With a little help and a lot of practice, he made it in. YSI was the first orchestra Max played in, and through the years it has provided invaluable learning experiences in responsibility, musicianship and teamwork. During the 2014-2015 season, Max fondly remembers messing up the opening bass clarinet solo on Gershwin’s American In Paris, causing the whole orchestra to look in confusion at him and the “big, black saxophone” he held. He was embarrassed to say the least, but glad that it happened during rehearsal. During summertime, Max has attended PMI, Interlochen Arts Camp, and the University of Denver Lamont Summer Academy. In March, he debuted as a soloist with the Kamuela Philharmonic as a winner of their Youth Concerto Competition. Outside of music, Max is involved with the National Honor Society, and is the President and Co-Captain of Kailua High School’s Math Team. For all the support he has received, Max would like to thank his loving parents, Lynne Nakaura, Daryl Akamichi, Henry Miyamura, Michael Yoshimi, and the awesome clarinet sections he played in. Max plans to attend a 4-year college/university this fall and major in music performance.

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Class of 2017 Cassandra Barina

Youth Symphony II, Bassoon / Le Jardin Academy

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hen I was about six years old, I took piano lessons and hated them. When I was in middle school, I decided to try to play the flute, and I hated that. But in seventh grade, I was told that my school had an instrument called the bassoon. I had no idea what it was but I was told it was a challenge to play so I raised my hand. Since then, I studied privately with my band teacher John Lundgren for that entire year and the year after. I participated in Middle School Honors Band and Select Band, and then in ninth grade under a new teacher Paul Barrett, decided to try out for the Hawaii Youth Symphony. I played in CO for two years, and then in my junior year took a break. I then joined Youth Symphony II for my senior year. I have learned that sometimes the things you are most passionate about can come from your 7th grade band room, and no amount of preparation can influence that, so you've got to go where your gut tells you to. Along with the YSII, I like to paint, am a brown belt in Kempo Karate, and am moving to Australia this year and auditioning to join the youth symphony there.

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Kaycee Beardeaux

Youth Symphony I, Viola / Mililani High School

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usic has played a significant role in my development as a student and individual. I started playing piano at the age of seven and soon became fascinated with musical performance and composition. I began playing viola in the 8th grade at school, joining Hawaii Youth Symphony at the BSE level that year. Through the years of private lessons and nerve wracking auditions, I have learned a lot about the elements of music and have come to appreciate the beauty and complexity of classical music. I believe that music and my involvement in Hawaii Youth Symphony has shaped me into a well-rounded individual. My participation in YSI this year has been especially wonderful, as I feel that I am being actively challenged as a musician. I plan to continue my involvement in music through college as a minor while I pursue degrees in International Relations and Biochemistry.

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Class of 2017 Taiga Benito

Youth Symphony I, Bass / Moanalua High School

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aiga joined the HYS program in 2013 as a double bassist in YSII and then later moved up to YSI in 2015. During his high school music career, he served as a bassist in the Moanalua High School Jazz Band, Con Passione String Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble and as a drum major for the “Menehune” Marching Band and Color Guard. Taiga is very grateful for all of the amazing opportunities that he was able to do in music such as travel to Kauai for the very first time with YSI, attend the Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass at the Oberlin Conservatory, and be featured on NPR’s From The Top with his ukulele quartet, 4U. After high school, Taiga will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in Double Bass Studies. Taiga would like to thank all of his music directors and teachers past and present for giving him his musical experiences and his friends for always getting his back. Taiga would most especially like to thank his parents for making him the person he is today.

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Crystal Cathcart

Youth Symphony I, Violin / Roosevelt High School

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have been a part of HYS for 10 years and started off in the Preparatory Strings program, now known as ISE. Being a musician in this program has taught me a major lesson that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else: the importance of appreciating the subtleties in music. Through Mr. Miyamura’s guidance, I learned how to recognize the many nuances that make a piece completely different from another. From the decrescendos to crescendos, sudden staccatos to a smooth legato, and the climax of it all, a single unique story is created which is precisely the purpose of music. Next year, I will continue appreciating the subtleties in music but also in academia and exploration. At the University of San Francisco, I will be double majoring in finance and music while still making the time to explore my brand-new surroundings. As I play around with numbers, practice for my first college recital, or walk down the unfamiliar streets of San Francisco, I’ll make sure to appreciate their subtle qualities to begin my new chapter in life with passion.

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Class of 2017 Joshua Chang

Youth Symphony I, Cello / Roosevelt High School

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urrently I’m applying to the department of music at the University of Hawaii. I hope to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Music performance. Music is something that is dear to me but it is something that I have taken for granted during my childhood and adolescence. When I picked up the cello, I started to slowly develop a personal interest in classical music. I found pride towards my instrument and the music that I played. Attending Youth Symphony was a great learning experience. I enjoyed my years playing with my fellow musicians and I am grateful for the opportunity to have played many concerts with my friends. I’ve learned a lot from Youth Symphony and it will be a fond memory for me to keep with me when as I leave.

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Katie Cho

Youth Symphony II, Cello / Kaiser High School

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lthough I have been in YSII for only a short time, the program helped me grow as a musician and taught me valuable lessons which I will take into the future. I am grateful to have been in YSII as it gave me a rare experience to practice with other talented individuals and create great music. More than that, the organization had taught me to constantly challenge myself and improve, making it an incredibly worthwhile experience. I would like to thank everyone who has been part of my journey in music, including Darren, my cello teacher, Mr. Fanning, and Mr. Bataluna who have all cultivated a sense of my newfound appreciation for music. I would also like to thank Ms. OchiOnishi and Mr. Masaki for being understanding and patient, and I’m thankful again to have spent my time at HYS with these dedicated conductors. At Kaiser High School, I am the co-editor-in-chief for the school’s newspaper, vice president for Leo Club, and part of the math team. I will be attending a four-year university in the fall majoring in civil/environmental engineering.

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Class of 2017 Courtney Chun

Youth Symphony II, Violin / Punahou School

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hese past four years in Hawaii Youth Symphony have been quite a ride, and I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way. I would like to especially thank my parents for the countless hours of driving me to and from lessons and their undying love and support throughout my musical journey. I have been playing the violin for 12 years now, and I have never regretted it for a second. It has truly been an honor to be a part of Youth Symphony II for my entire high school career. The HYS program has given me a newfound appreciation for the classical art form and has taught me that performing music is much more than simply playing notes on a page— it produces a universal language that has no bounds, conveying a range of feelings and emotion. Although my time in HYS is coming to a close, I will never forget the lasting relationships I've made with my peers and the extensive knowledge I've gained over the years. Thank you all—for everything. I will be attending Willamette University in the fall and plan to pursue pre-med.

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Kody Dunford

Youth Symphony I, Viola / Punahou School

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his is a bittersweet year for me, as it is my first and last year in the HYS. I was honored to be accepted into YSI on my first try, and have enjoyed the camaraderie of my fellow musicians, as well as the expertise of Mr. Miyamura. He is passionate about what he does, and imparts that on the students. I chose the viola in 5th grade because it had the shortest line! Eventually however, after lessons, chamber music, performances, and orchestra (both in and out of school), music has become a major part of my life. Since it's such a major part of my life, I decided to major in it. In my spare time, I enjoy playing chess, listening to classical music, and attending concerts. I am so grateful to the HYS staff and volunteers, my teachers, family and friends for supporting me all these years.

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Class of 2017 Jayden Fonseca

Youth Symphony I, Tuba / ‘Aiea High School

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never planned to be involved in music, even more so to participate in HYS. Being accepted to YSII in my Junior year and YSI the following year, these are the biggest highlights in my high school career. Being involved with this group gave me more experience as a musician than I would ever have at my high school. It’s the students in that group that really make HYS worthwhile. I’ve learned to challenge myself and strive to be better not only as a musician, but as a person. I was involved with the marching band in my freshman and sophomore year, and all four years participating in the wind ensemble at Aiea High School and Central District Honor Band. I plan to attend Leeward Community College and later transfer to a 4-year university with a high-rated pharmacy program. I would like to thank my family, friends, and teachers for supporting my music career. I’m glad to have finished the year on a good note.

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Alto Fukusato

Concert Orchestra, Cello / Maryknoll School

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first picked up the cello about a year and a half ago under the instruction of Joshua Nakazawa and made a goal to audition and become a part of the HYS Concert Orchestra. I worked endlessly for a few months to prepare myself for the big day, so HYS has taught me that I can achieve my goals with diligence even before I was accepted into the orchestra and that sense of motivation still continued to the end of the HYS season. As the band leader of the Rock and Jazz Combo in my school, I find myself exposed only to contemporary styles so being able to immerse myself in a foreign world of concert orchestration definitely diversified my musicianship. This experience in a classical environment will also benefit my future endeavors including my collegial studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as I will study Technology and Applied Composition–a new program designed to prepare the 21st century composer. From there, I plan to become a composer who collaborates cohesively with a wide range of media outlets. Being in the Hawaii Youth Symphony gave me a strong foundation in shaping my abilities as a musician.

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Class of 2017 Isabella-Marie Geppert

Youth Symphony I, Bass / St. Andrews Priory

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zzy began playing bass in middle school because of school requirements, but she never expected for it to lead her to HYS. She chose to play the bass because the orchestra was lacking one after everyone picked an instrument and she thought that was that. Then, her orchestra teacher, Mr. Uyehara, encouraged her to join CO for her freshman year and she has since worked her way up to YSI in her senior year. She couldn’t have done it without the help of her private lesson teacher, Mr. Wong. Through her experience with the symphony, Izzy has learned self-discipline and how important music is to people’s growth and development. She also began learning to play viola and piano her senior year, In addition to HYS, Izzy plays with her school orchestra, plays on her school’s volleyball and basketball team, and is VP of the Interact Club. She’s yet to determine which college she will attend, but intends to major in Computer Science and hopefully continue to play music wherever she goes.

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Kira Goya

Youth Symphony I, Horn / Mililani High School

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was introduced to music at a young age with the piano, but like all younger siblings, I followed in my sister’s footsteps and joined band in middle school. It may sound cliché, but playing my horn has given me so much joy that I cannot imagine my life without it. Three years ago when I first joined HYS, I had no idea how much of an impact it would have on my life. Performing with YSII for my sophomore year and with YSI for the past two years has been life changing; meeting other passionate musicians and hours upon hours of rehearsals has inspired me to pursue a career in music. Throughout my musical journey, I’ve been blessed with amazing private lessons teachers and band directors that I could never thank enough for their endless support. Last but not least, my parent’s unconditional love and support have allowed me to chase my dreams, in which I am eternally grateful for. In the fall, I will be attending the Eastman School of Music as a French horn performance major.

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Class of 2017 Jeffrey Wil Hayashi

Youth Symphony I, Trombone / Punahou School

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am grateful to HYS for giving me the opportunity to study under the direction of my YS conductors, Henry Miyamura, Elton Masaki, and Derek Yamane. My conductors have very high expectations and they still patiently teach me to value hard work above all else. My participation in HYS has also allowed me to work with amazing people from different schools. I am so honored to have met them, as they have each contributed to my personal growth. When I first auditioned in the HYS program, I never could have imagined making it into one of the three symphony orchestra groups. Now I can't imagine what my life would have been like without HYS. My five years with the symphony have simply been fantastic, and I thank my band directors, parents, teachers, and friends. Because of HYS, I plan to continue music while I pursue my goal of becoming a medical doctor.

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William Hee

Youth Symphony II, Cello / ‘Iolani School

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illiam has been playing the cello since the age of eight, first trying the instrument as part of his elementary school's Beginning Orchestra. He fell in love with the sound of the cello, and has played in orchestras ever since then. When he changed schools to Iolani in the seventh grade, he joined their Orchestra 1, eventually working his way up to Orchestra 4. He has spent the last three years performing with HYS, from Concert String Orchestra to Youth Symphony II. Music has shaped William's life, allowing him to see the true potential of a group of people to create something incredible, as well as the importance of dedication and constant practice. His experiences with HYS will always be some of his best memories and he will always cherish them.

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Class of 2017 Ryan Hirokawa

Youth Symphony I, Oboe / Kaiser High School

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aving started playing the oboe in 6th grade, little did I know that music would become a huge part of my life from then on. From playing in CO and eventually making my way up to YSI, HYS has given me the opportunity to play at a high level of performance, and form friendships with people I would never have met otherwise. I would like to thank my parents for their years of support, and Mr. Henry Miyamura, Mr. Wayne Fanning, Mr. Michael Bataluna, and Mrs. Susan Ochi-Onishi for inspiring me to pursue a career in music. Outside of HYS, I am a member of the Kaiser Symphonic and Marching Band, a captain for the judo team, and I also participate in Interact Club, National Honor Society, and Kaiser Sports News. This fall, I am planning to attend the University of Michigan and major in music education.

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Marsha Ho

Youth Symphony I, Percussion / Roosevelt High School

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irst off, I would like to thank my parents not only for driving me to HYS rehearsals for the past five years, but also for supporting me by attending every single one of the concerts. I began playing percussion in the 6th grade, but I wasn’t an avid musician until my dad “encouraged” me to audition for CO two years later. Miraculously, I got second seat and if he hadn’t forced me to try out, I wouldn’t be in YSI now. Even though everyone says being in HYS is an eyeopening musical experience and builds lifelong friendships (which may not be untrue for some) for me it gave me friends from other schools to say hi to at marching band tournaments, made me accustomed to seeing percussion parts written in Italian or German, and taught me the importance of coming early to set up our equipment. After graduation, I plan on working toward a major in astronomy and physics as well as a minor in psychology.

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Class of 2017 Christopher Inouye

Youth Symphony I, Violin / Punahou School

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joined Hawaii Youth Symphony when I was in 5th Grade. I had only been playing violin for two years, so I wasn't the most experienced. Since then, I've gone to different islands, played for a lot of children, and had lots of practice. I'd like to thank the Youth Symphony for giving me opportunities to spread music with countless youth, hopefully inspiring them to follow the same road with a different twist. I'd also like to thank all my fellow orchestra members for helping create beautiful memories and wonderful memes. Thank you, Maestro, for never calling me by my real name but I've learned to become Lance anyways. After graduating, I plan to get my master's in a science related field. I wish all of you reading this, student or not, the best of luck in your future endeavors.

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Kacie Kajihara

Youth Symphony I, Oboe / Kalani High School

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laying the oboe in HYS has given me the opportunity to grow both as a musician and as a person. Through the seemingly countless hours of rehearsals and many concerts, I learned the true value of hard work and determination. I gained a deeper understanding of music and an even greater appreciation for the powerful emotions each piece allows us to experience and share. These years have been filled with priceless memories, and I know now that music will always hold a special place in my heart. After graduating high school, I plan to attend a 4-year university and major in biochemistry. I would like to extend my thanks to the HYS conductors for their years of musical wisdom, the concert parents and volunteers for their dedication, and my parents and sister for being so loving and supportive throughout this journey. It has been a privilege to be a member of HYS for the past five years, and I am endlessly grateful for all it has taught me.

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Class of 2017 Lisa Kam

Concert Orchestra, Viola / Maryknoll High School

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isa started playing viola when she was twelve years old. She started her HYS journey by attending PMI and then auditioning for CSO. She is now currently in CO. She is thankful for all the guidance and the many friends she has been able to make through HYS. She appreciates all of her conductors and mentors who have helped her along in this journey. In addition to being in HYS, Lisa is a dancer, a cheerleader, helps with her nonprofit, as well as various community service activities around the island. Last fall, she was grateful to become a teacher at her dance studio. Lisa is hoping to attend a college on the mainland, where she plans to get her doctorate in physical therapy.

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Nakoa Kanahele

Youth Symphony I, Clarinet / Roosevelt High School

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usic was always a big part of my life, regardless of whether I liked it or not. I’ve been playing piano ever since I was four, so I had a good foundation to build upon for the clarinet. I started the clarinet when I was in the 4th grade, but I never thought much of it until I was in 7th grade. That was when I started taking lessons from Lynne Nakaura, who has opened my eyes to the world of music. She suggested that I audition for the Youth Symphony, and that was my start. For three years, I was in YSII, which was fun and all, but YSI was on a whole other level. I've never played with such an advanced group before and that helped me improve as a musician. It made me feel like I had to better myself so could be on par with everyone else. The most important thing I learned in Youth Symphony was to go beyond "beyond," whether it be in music or life. I plan on attending UH and majoring in Biochemistry to pursue a career in medicine, I know that music is going to be with me till the end.

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Class of 2017 Kauri Koizumi

Concert Orchestra, Flute / Pearl City High School

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his is my first year being in HYS and I am in the Concert Orchestra playing flute. I have played the flute in the Wind Ensemble at the high school for four years and in the Charger Marching Band for two years. For the other two years, I was the Drum Major. I am so grateful for the all the opportunities that the band has given me. It has brought me to HYS and allowed me to appreciate music more. I would like to thank Mr. Chadwick Kamei, Mr. Chris Otsuka, Ms. Susan McGinn, Ms. Hannah Watanabe, and Mr. Wayne Fanning for all their support towards me to achieve musical greatness and always believing in me. I will attend a 4-year university (TBD) and I aspire to major in music education. HYS has given me so much opportunity to learn this year. I have learned through this: a musician’s talent isn’t just talent, but it’s the hard work that they have put through to obtain that talent. Music is something I will cherish forever.

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Camrie Kubota

Youth Symphony II, Viola / St. Andrew’s Priory

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amrie has always loved music. From a young age, she participated in choir, played the electric guitar and the piano. Camrie first began playing the viola in the sixth grade as a part of St. Andrew’s Priory Beginning Strings orchestra. In her sophomore year of high school, she auditioned for HYS and was accepted into CO, where she achieved third seat for the 2015-16 season. Under the guidance and instruction of Chad Uyehara, Camrie improved tremendously. She was accepted into YSII for the 2016-17 season where she currently is the second seat in the viola section. Participating in HYS has been challenging but extremely rewarding. It has helped her learn diligence and perseverance and has expanded her passion for music as a violist and pianist. In the fall, Camrie will attend the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and looks forward to continue playing and developing her skills. Camrie would like to thank all her teachers and her parents for their love, support, and patience through this journey.

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Class of 2017 Garrett Lau

Youth Symphony II, Clarinet / Pearl City High School

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have been in HYS for the past three years, my first two years in CO and my final year in YSII. I am in the Pearl City High School Symphonic Winds. I plan to attend University of Hawaii, to major in Music Education. I really liked being in HYS because it gave me an opportunity to play with some of the most talented musicians in the state. I also got to expand my knowledge of the clarinet. I had the opportunity that not many high schoolers would get beyond their school’s band program. I would like to thank my parents for their encouragement and support throughout these the years I was in this program. I would also like to thank the Pearl City band directors for inspiring me to audition for HYS and encouraging me to always do my best. I would like to acknowledge my clarinet teachers Ms. Melanie Yamada and Ms. Lynne Nakaura. I would like to thank orchestra directors Mrs. Hannah Watanabe and Mr. Elton Masaki. Most importantly, I would like to thank Mrs. Susan Ochi-Onishi, who has stuck with me for the past three years in HYS. I would like to extend a big mahalo to the HYS organization for everything you guys have done.

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Crystal Lee

Youth Symphony I, Horn / Kalani High School

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rystal has been a member of HYS for five years. Her musical journey began in CO for two years, continued to YSII for an additional two years, and finally in YSI in her senior year. She is part of the Kalani High School and Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Falcon Marching Band. Crystal serves as principal Horn in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and section leader in the Falcon Marching Band. She is planning to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa to study Nursing, but will continue making music by participating in one of the UH chamber groups, as well as playing in one of the UH bands. Crystal would like to thank Mr. Derek Fujio for his constant support, encouragement, and being her inspiration, Mr. Dennis Kaneshiro for his lessons both in music and in life, and Ms. Marie Lickwar for pushing her to do things she never would have done.

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Class of 2017 Joseph Li

Youth Symphony I, Percussion / Punahou School

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first joined HYS in 7th grade when I started playing in CO. I had barely been playing Percussion for a year so being in YS was a really eye opening and exciting experience, so much so that I decided to continue going all the way through high school. After doing two years of CO, I auditioned into YSI my freshman year. Although I was really scared in the beginning, I learned a lot playing with other percussionists and under Mr. Miyamura. YS has taught me a lot about being patient and having a good work ethic. I’m grateful for the relationships I’ve made in YS and will miss my time being in the program. Besides YS, I enjoy playing basketball, hanging out with friends, and watching K-dramas. As of writing this bio, I have yet to decide what college I am attending, but I will be majoring in Biological Sciences. I hope that I will be able to be successful in whatever I decide to do.

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Christian Llantero

Youth Symphony I, Violin / Damien Memorial School

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hristian has been playing the violin since the 4th grade. Being in a military family, he has not had many chances of playing in large ensembles, thus playing in HYS was an opportunity not to be ignored. Christian joined YSII as a sophomore. The following year he was accepted to YSI. Christian considers playing in YSI as one of his greatest achievements. Since his school does not have an orchestra program, it gives him a chance of playing music in a large group. Christian has made new friends, acquired new skills, enjoyed playing with world-class artists, and loved sharing the gift of music with the community. At Damien Christian participates in many activities, including Varsity Golf, National Honor Society, Key Club, and Student Government. Christian plans to attend a four-year university on the mainland majoring in Biochemistry and wishes to attend medical school. He hopes to continue to play the violin and apply what he has learned from HYS to his future endeavors. Christian would like to thank all the people who have supported him throughout the years, especially his parents, sister, Mr. Jean-Michel, and friends. Finally, Christian would like to thank Mr. Miyamura for making HYS an unforgettable experience.

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Class of 2017 Albert Mackey

Youth Symphony I, Percussion / Kalani High School

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usic has always been a major part of my life. I am grateful for the countless lessons and hours of practices that have culminated in my achievement of a seat in YSI for the past three years. In addition to teaching me the importance of discipline and self-motivation, being a member of HYS has given me the opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals who value music as much as I do. In addition to being a member of YSI, I have been playing piano since first grade, and am a member of Kalani High School's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. My academic skills as a student point me in the direction of a Major in Music Performance. I would like to thank my teachers for all their lessons and support, my family for never missing a single concert, and all my friends who have helped me appreciate all kinds of music; except electronic dance music. I still dislike electronic dance music.

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Kayla Maki

Concert Orchestra, Oboe / Pearl City High School

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his is Kayla’s first season in HYS. She plays oboe and baritone oboe for Pearl City High School concert and marching bands. In addition to band, she is a member of DECA and vice president of the Spanish Club. This fall, she will be studying Human Resource Management at the Shidler College of Business at UH Manoa. Since Pearl City does not have an orchestra program, Concert Orchestra is a bit of a change for her. Regardless, she has grown to love it just as much as she loves band. HYS has taught her how to cooperate with different people of various ages and backgrounds, which is a useful skill in her future career field. She enjoyed all the unforgettable memories she made in this season, and wished that she had joined HYS earlier in her music career. She would like to thank her lovely section, directors, and parents for contributing to the wonderful experiences in music that she had in the last six years.

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Class of 2017 Maria Matsuki

Youth Symphony II, Violin / McKinley High School

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aking part in HYS has been an unforgettable journey. Through my experience with HYS for five years, I had the chance to share quality music to the community and learned the significance of making a difference as a team. Great music cannot be made with only one person no matter how much effort is put in. Each section plays a special role in the piece and they must feel the music together to be in sync. It takes time, dedication, and commitment to operate together on the same level both musically and mentally. My interest in music has deepened, and I look forward to also doing the same type of community service by joining a symphonic orchestra in college. I am truly thankful for my HYS conductors, Mr. Masaki and Mrs. OchiOnishi, my orchestra director Mrs. Hesch, who taught me the significance of music, and my violin teacher Ms. Mariko, for being my biggest motivator in life. Upon graduation, I plan to major in biology or international relations at a four-year university.

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Skylar Mizukami

Youth Symphony I, Violin / Kaiser High School

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his is my eighth year in HYS. Attending rehearsals is sometimes exhausting, but I feel very fortunate for having the opportunity to play music in an orchestra ensemble. I learned resilience and commitment from regularly attending the practices and all the events required to be part of this program. I really enjoyed performing at various concerts because they represented the culmination of all the efforts and sacrifices that we, as young musicians, have made. I would like to thank my violin teacher, Nikki Ebisu, with whom I have taken lessons since I started studying violin in fourth grade. In the fall, I plan on attending Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and major in economics.

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Class of 2017 Ethan Murakami

Youth Symphony I, Baritone & Euphonium / Punahou School

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hese past four years in HYS have been a wild ride! Having started CO my freshman year, I moved up the ranks, joining YSII my sophomore year, and finally YSI for my junior and senior years. While the weekends did get tiring with the three-hour rehearsals and all, I must admit that through HYS I've grown and bettered myself as a musician, as well as strengthen my love of music. Outside of HYS, I've been active in both the Punahou Marching Band as well as the Punahou Wind Ensemble, having started playing my instrument in the 5th grade. I also have a great interest in art and design, and hope to pursue it in college. While I have yet to decide where I will go, I can guarantee that my love of music will only grow stronger! I'd like to thank my family for supporting me in all of my endeavors, my private lessons teacher, Mr. Alan Ing for teaching me so much of what I've learned, my friends who've kept me smiling, and the HYS community for welcoming me into this family that I've been a part of for so long.

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Camryn Nishita

Youth Symphony II, Violin / St. Andrews Priory

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amryn has been playing violin for seven years now, which is the longest extracurricular activity she has ever done. Performing in CO in sophomore year and YSII in junior and senior year has been a worthwhile supplement to her participation in the St. Andrew’s Priory orchestra for the past seven years and her role as concertmaster for her senior year. Being in HYS has taught her a lot about playing with people who are just as passionate about music as her. It has inspired her to continue playing in orchestra and study music in college. During her time in high school, she has also participated in Serteens (a teen service organization), theatre, and student government as class president. Whether direct or indirect, music has always been a central force guiding her life along with the help of her many mentors. She would also like to thank her Mom and Dad for driving her everywhere and encouraging her to continue music.

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Class of 2017 Mie Oishi

Youth Symphony II, Oboe / St. Andrews Priory

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ie has been a part of HYS for the past three years, two years in CO and making it into YSII for her senior year. She is very grateful for HYS for constantly pushing her to challenge herself with different music that made her step out of her comfort zone. This year in addition to YSII, she is a part of her school’s Select Wind Ensemble, varsity basketball team, and varsity bowling team. She would like to thank her band director, Mr. Gordon Tokishi, for introducing her to the oboe and for his patience and guidance throughout the years. She would also like to thank Mrs. Susan Ochi-Onishi for the countless private lessons and audition opportunities for various music programs. Mie is planning to attend Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, where she plans to major in liberal arts. There, she hopes to improve her language skills and continue to play the oboe.

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Se Jin Park

Concert Orchestra, Clarinet / Punahou School

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YS has been a great program for me to further explore music. As a member of HYS, not only did I have a chance to explore different types of music, but also I got to meet new people from all over Hawaii. I believe that HYS helped me develop my musical skills, and taught me that practice and a positive mindset can help me overcome any challenges and improve myself. In addition to participating in HYS, I am a varsity member of Punahou’s math team, Senior Officer of the Admission Tour Guide Club, President and founder of the Korean Language Learning Club, and President of the Operation Smile Club. Outside of school activities, I volunteer for different environment related community services. When I graduate from Punahou, I will attend Cornell University and then apply to graduate school. I have always wanted to major in Biology or in the Environmental Science area. After volunteering for activities with regard to the conservation of environment, I have decided to major in Plant Science.

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Class of 2017 Alyssa Reyes

Youth Symphony II, Violin / Kalani High School

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lyssa has been involved with music as long as she can remember, starting with piano lessons from when she was in preschool. In the fourth grade, she discovered the violin. From there she enrolled in BSE and that was the start of her Youth Symphony career. In the fifth and sixth grade, she took a break and joined HYOC in their Coro ensemble. Alyssa rejoined HYS afterward, only to take another break in her freshman year, again enrolling in HYOC but also joining the Oahu Civic Orchestra. The last three years of her high school career have been happily spent with YSII. Alyssa's favorite part of being in HYS is playing together as an orchestra and creating beautiful sounds together that cannot be created individually. The discipline that has been taught along the way has made the biggest impact HYS has had on her. She'd like to thank her mom for always driving her to practice and pressuring her to audition for HYS.

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Shinya Saito

Youth Symphony II, Violin / St. Francis School

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hin is a member of YSII and plays the violin. Being part of HYS, he learned from his conductors Mr. Yamane and Mr. Masaki how music can be fun. While Shin enjoys music, he has a bigger interest in creating things, writing stories, and drawing. He plans to work in Japan and work in the animation business by becoming a storyboard director and a screenplay writer. Additionally, he also has a fondness for studying, which allowed him to be the first male salutatorian at his school, which has existed for 90 plus years. He plans to attend a four-year college (TBD) and plans to double major in engineering and design and minor in Japanese. He plans to continue music as a recreational activity.

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Class of 2017 Tamlyn Sasaki

Youth Symphony I, Flute / Punahou School

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began my musical journey in fifth grade studying flute under Ms. Sabrina Saiki-Mita, who has remained my teacher for seven years. Throughout high school, I served as principal flutist in Punahou's Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. I also participated in various ensembles, including Punahou's flute ensemble, OBDA Select Bands, and HYS orchestras. I am beyond grateful for my HYS experience because it has not only allowed me to expand my musical horizons, but also allowed me to meet and form bonds with other passionate, conscientious people who exhibit the same love for music that I do. I will forever be indebted to music, for it has instilled in me traits of self-assurance, assiduity, and tenacity, which can be utilized in all my future endeavors. I would like to thank my parents, family, friends, Ms. Saiki-Mita, Mr. Nakasone, and Mr. Miyamura for their endless support and invaluable guidance, and for always pushing me to be the best I can be. I could not be where I am today without all of you! I currently plan to attend UCLA in the fall, majoring in Psychobiology on the pre-med track. I hope to continue my musical journey there by playing in a university ensemble.

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Elisabeth Sewell

Youth Symphony I, Violin / Homeschool

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y mother signed me up for violin lessons at the age of four, and I am forever grateful to her because I cannot imagine my life without the violin. Not only has it helped me grow as a person and taught me perseverance and hard work, but it has also led to numerous opportunities for me such as musical summer camps, workshops, and HYS. I have been a part of HYS for five years. Being a member of YSI has taught me patience, improved my musical skills, and showed me the importance of truly working hard for results. Most importantly, I have met wonderful and like-minded musicians that I have the honor of calling them my friends. Outside of HYS, I am a second-degree black belt in taekwondo, who competed nationally, winning the National Championships. I also compete in speech and debate, play soccer, and surf. As for college, since I am a Seventh-Day Adventist, (much thanks to HYS for accommodating me since I cannot attend rehearsals on Friday night or Saturday) I plan on being premed at an SDA college. I have decided not to study music, but I hope to always keep playing the violin, since music has been and always will be an important part of my life.

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Class of 2017 Emerlynn Shibayama

Youth Symphony I, Horn / Kalani High School

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eing a part of HYS has been an experience that I will never forget. I spent one year in CO starting in 8th grade. I continued to YSII the next year, and YSI the year after that. I have now spent 5 years in HYS, and it has helped me grow not only as a musician, but as a person as well. Discipline, respect, and perseverance are among the many lessons and skills that HYS has taught me which I know I will use in the future as I continue my journey to college. In addition to HYS, I am also principle horn of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Kalani High School and a section leader for the Falcon Marching Band. I have also danced with Halau Kahale I'o Kahala for 13 years. Once I graduate, I plan to attend Emerson College to study Film Production. I also plan to continue music throughout college. My thanks to Mr. Dennis Kaneshiro for always working hard to give me opportunities to excel in music, Ms. Marie Lickwar for constant support and teaching, and my family, for loving me and coming to every concert I've played.

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Brandy Shinoda

Youth Symphony I, Percussion / Kaiser High School

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ver since I was a baby music has been a big part of my life. Music always has been a massive part of my family since my father is a professional musician and my mother plays a few musical instruments. My passion for music grew when I attended Niu Valley Intermediate and was part of the band’s percussion ensemble. We auditioned and competed in the Winter Guard International Competition in Ohio. It was a rewarding experience because we were the only intermediate school in the competition. In high school I was afraid to audition to be part of HYS; I decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did. Being a part of YSII my junior year and YSI this year, it was a great honor for me to perform and grow by being a member of this prestigious orchestra. My journey in YS taught me self - discipline and commitment. I enjoyed meeting students from other schools who are passionate about music like me; making and creating beautiful music together. I embraced the timeless value of music, which I will cherish forever. I plan to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa to study creative media/film. Thank you Mr. Masaki, Mr. Yamane, and Mr. Miyamura for teaching and believing in me. The experiences I’ve learned with HYS will always be remembered and treasured in my heart.

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Class of 2017 Mahina Smith

Youth Symphony II, Viola / Mid-Pacific Institute

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usic has been a part of my life since the 2nd grade when I declared I wanted to play an instrument like my big sister. Since then I have been to countless private lessons, orchestra rehearsals, and composition classes. All of which has led me to my seat in YSII, an orchestra that has taught me accountability and discipline. The most important lesson I have taken away is the value of listening to others. It is easy to get caught up in your own notes, but you may realize that another person or group has the melody. In the long run, you need to hear other people’s voices or sounds to benefit the whole orchestra. In addition to being in Youth Symphony, I am the president of my school’s Amnesty International Club, hold an internship with Senator Schatz’s office, and shoot on my school’s Air Riflery team. In the fall, I plan to attend Grinnell College where I will play in their symphony orchestra. I hope to major in Political Science with significant coursework in Arabic.

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Caitlin Steele

Youth Symphony I, Violin / Punahou School

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y adventures in music first began when I was 7 and started learning how to play the violin. Since then, I have participated in various orchestras including SOE, CO, YSII, and YSI. HYS has been a key component in helping me explore music by exposing me to a wide range of musical styles, from jazz and contemporary to classical, and has always pushed me to play to the level of the music. I want to give my sincerest thanks to my long-time teacher, Mr. Darin Kimura, who has always encouraged me to strive to play at my very best. I also want to thank my parents who have always supported me throughout my journey and gave me this incredible opportunity to participate in HYS and develop my musical ability. Aside from HYS, I also participate in Punahou's speech and debate and math teams and volunteer at a local hospital. After graduating, I plan to attend a four-year university to study biochemistry. Thank you, HYS!

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Class of 2017 Taryn Takanobu

Concert Orchestra, Clarinet / Pearl City High School

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n my family, music runs through our blood. My parents have both played an instrument in high school while my aunts, uncles, cousins, and my grandfather have been in or are currently enrolled in band. I’ve taken lessons for two years and have been the Principal Clarinetist in my high school‘s band for three. Throughout the years, band and orchestra has taught me that you will only be as strong as your weakest player, meaning that everyone within the group has an important role to play. If you neglect your role, then the whole group falls apart; if everyone does their job in preparing, then the results will be spectacular. After high school, I might decide not to continue to play the clarinet, but I do plan to attend Leeward Community College for a couple of years, then transfer to a University to obtain a degree in either Psychology or Veterinary Science and to continue my studies in Japanese.

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Moriah Tom

Youth Symphony I, Violin / Kalani High School

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hough the gorgeous sound of the Symphony is but ephemeral, the skills necessary to create such beautiful music last a lifetime. Throughout my five years with HYS, I learned the value of hard work and dedication and the importance of having an open mind, optimistic disposition, and a relentless sense of humor; most importantly, putting all of yourself into what you do, and loving the experience that effort brings. All I have learned and done in HYS has made me the best version of myself. I am honored to be the Concertmaster of Kalani’s String and Concert Orchestras as well as a Saxophonist for the Kalani Wind Ensemble, Falcon Marching Band, and OBDA Select Band. I volunteer with the Interact Club as Historian and play on the Varsity Water Polo team. This fall, I plan to attend Brown University and double major in Sociology and Comparative Literature. I would like to profess my sincere and heartfelt thanks to the passionate and skillful music educators who helped me throughout this journey: Dr. Nikki Routman-Ebisu, Mr. Masaki, Mr. Yamane, and Mr. Miyamura. Your earnest teachings and incredibly selfless commitment to music have never failed to inspire me, even in the toughest of times. I am grateful to my incredibly supportive network of family and friends. Above diplomas, medals and prestige, I am honored and most proud to be your daughter, peer, student, and friend. I hope to continue playing music in college as I pursue my dream of becoming a university professor.

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Class of 2017 Kamakoa Tomich

Youth Symphony II, Bassoon / Le Jardin Academy

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have deeply appreciated my three years in Hawaii Youth Symphony, I have made and kept some very good friends and always look forward to the time I spend playing music. Because of the Youth Symphony I have realized that throughout the course of my life I will never stop studying and performing music. Performing has become an increasingly important part of my life in music, theatre and just everyday life. In addition to Youth Symphony, I spend my time running, working and going to play rehearsals with the theatre program I am apart of called Children’s Theatre of Oahu. I would like to especially thank Mrs. Susan OchiOnishi as she has been my conductor for the three years I have spent in HYS.

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Ethan Tran

Youth Symphony I, Viola / ‘Iolani School

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than has been a part of HYS for three years. By the recommendation of his private teacher, he started in YSII in 10th grade, moving up to YSI for his junior and senior years. He began playing the violin in 6th grade through his school's orchestra program, but his teacher convinced him to switch to viola by claiming that he outgrew the violin. Today, he is in the top-level orchestra at school and continues to study piano, as he has done so for twelve years. He recently began playing the guitar and hopes to become proficient at that as well. Ethan greatly appreciates the lessons that HYS has taught him, such as persistence, dedication, and what it means to have passion. He admires Mr. Miyamura greatly for his ability to bring passion to the music and his keen eye for detail, despite how tedious the rehearsals can be. In the future, he hopes to major in computer animation and to work at a prestigious animation studio such as Pixar. While he doesn't plan to pursue the viola in college, music will always be something he holds close to his heart.

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Class of 2017 Megan Uchida

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egan, who was heavily influenced by her three older siblings, aspired to be a musician from a young age, and began studying violin under Ms. Sheryl Shohet at the age of four. She has participated in HYS for the past nine years and is incredibly appreciative for the extensive amount of opportunities the organization has given her to learn, to contribute to the community through music, and to build new friendships with others who share the same passion. Megan would like to sincerely thank Ms. Sheryl for her patience and guidance over the past fourteen years, and Mr. Miyamura for expanding her appreciation and understanding of diverse selections of music and their mutual importance. In addition to her interest in music, Megan holds a passion for fine arts and is actively involved in a design and fabrication group at Iolani School, along with attending weekly private art classes. After graduating, she plans to study Illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California starting this fall. Megan is continuously thankful for her friends and family­—all whom have shown an immense amount of love and support in her decision to pursue her dream.

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Burson Wang

Youth Symphony I, Violin / Mid-Pacific Institute

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urson started playing music at the age of 9 and has been a member of the Hawaii Youth Symphony for the last 7 years. Starting off with one year of CSO and CO, moving on to 3 years of YSII, then to YSI for the final 2 years. Being a member of HYS has given him the opportunity to play music with some of the best high school musicians in the state and also reconnecting with old friends as well as making new ones. In addition to being a member of HYS, Burson’s hobbies are playing basketball and volleyball, cycling, and fishing. After graduating from Mid-Pacific, Burson plans to attend a 4-year university and graduate school to major in Mechanical Engineering.

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Class of 2017 Chance Yagi

Youth Symphony I, Oboe / Kalani High School

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have been a part of HYS since the 8th grade. I started in CO for two years, then YSII for two years. I am now currently in YSI and am glad to be a part of it. I always enjoy being in a group with other talented musicians and being able to make music with them. They constantly push me to become better and I always strive for the highest. HYS has changed my life for the better. I have learned a lot about being responsible because of the constant rehearsals every Sunday morning. I have learned to be more disciplined and practice to be able to play my music. HYS has taught me a lot of things, and I am grateful because of it. I would like to thank my teacher, Mrs. Susan Ochi-Onishi for always pushing me to become better and helping me get to where I am today, and my middle and high school band directors, Mr. Derek Fujio and Mr. Dennis Kaneshiro for helping me understand what it means to play in a band. I would also like to thank my parents for all the love and support they have given me throughout the years. I wouldn’t be here today playing in the orchestra and would not have known what it was like to play music at this level. I have enjoyed making music in the orchestra and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I really appreciate everything HYS has done for me and I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life.

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Junyi Yin

Youth Symphony I, Violin / Mid-Pacific Institute

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’ve been studying violin for 14 years, and played in orchestras since I was in 4th grade. I’ve experienced three great orchestras, and HYS is one of them. Even though I played for YSI for only for two years, I think I spent a great two years with all the other students, making friends with them, and sharing music with them. I like YSI a lot, because we help each other, and we share music not only with each other, but with other students and the community. I enjoyed every concert, especially the Listen and Learn Concerts, when Mr. Miyamura tells those kids about the instruments in the orchestra, and tries to get them to understand what we are doing. Also, I really appreciated that we played with all those great musicians from all over the world. It’s been a great time playing in YSI.

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Class of 2017 Tracie Young

Youth Symphony I, Cello / Homeschool

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ids were jumping and screaming—it was the first day of beginning strings and that day we all got to choose our instruments. The violin was too screechy, the viola was already taken by my sister, and the bass already had a place with my brother in the family. I decided to learn the cello—a decision that would bring many obstacles but great rewards. I was homeschooled for the majority of my life, so attending HYS gave me the opportunity to socialize with fellow aspiring musicians. I have been a part of HYS for nine years. In all those years, I have grown to appreciate, love, and respect music. In addition, the years of practicing has taught me dedication and discipline. Two virtues I have and will be able to use throughout my life. I hope to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a physician. I will attend University of Hawaii and major in music whilst taking the required classes for medical school.

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Aileen Zhang

Youth Symphony I, Flute / Kalani High School

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eing in the Youth Symphony for the past four years has truly been an exciting and great experience for me. YSI seemed like such a far, unobtainable goal when I auditioned for CO back in eighth grade, but these past years in HYS, one in CO, two in YSII, one in YSI, and other musical activities have helped me to become more confident in myself and my musical abilities. Besides participating in HYS, I have done Solo and Ensemble, PMI, and am also a member of the Flute Society of Hawaii, Kalani’s Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra. I would like to thank my mom, Mrs. Aileen Kawakami, Mr. Dennis Kaneshiro, and Mr. Daniel Akemoto for supporting me throughout my musical journey. After graduating, I will be attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa and majoring in Biology.

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Aloha Concert Luncheon: HYS & Danny Kaleikini (2017)  

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