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Why Music? Music is an extraordinary art. It uniquely connects mathematics, language, culture, and creativity, and is a catalyst for academic and social-emotional growth. Children instinctively love music and are drawn to its joyful and creative expression. Making music fosters the critical life skills and innovation Hawaii’s youth will need to thrive in the future.


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ake Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. As he matured, Shimabukuro also found inspiration from guitar players, drummers, pianists, and singers. Even athletes helped fuel his artistic fire. Shimabukuro’s records have topped the Billboard World Music Charts on numerous occasions, and as a live performer he has become one of the hottest tickets around. He’s played at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House, and has dazzled audiences at festivals including Bonnaroo and SXSW. He even performed for that rarest of audiences: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not too shabby for a humble young man from Hawai‘i and his trusty ukulele. Along with his professional achievements, Shimabukuro’s personal life is filled with riches: He’s a loving husband and proud father of two boys. He also remains firmly rooted in his commitment to community, frequently performing at schools in Hawai‘i and overseas, urging youngsters to find their passion and live drug-free.



aiatea Mokihana Maile Helm set the Hawaiian music community on fire when she was just 18-years-old, with the release of her debut album Far Away Heaven in 2002. Raiatea’s melodic voice made her a natural performer of leo ki‘eki‘e (Hawaiian falsetto), and earned her the reputation of being the successor to Hawaiian music legend, Aunty Genoa Keawe. Her debut album continued to propel her career into stardom as she received two prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Most Promising Artist. The release of Raiatea’s second album, Sweet and Lovely, more than confirmed her early promise and earned her four additional Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in 2006. The success of Sweet and Lovely further garnered her national fame as she became Hawaii’s first-ever solo female vocalist to be nominated for a Grammy©. The album was recognized in the top 10 of “The 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums of the New Century” and Raiatea would later receive her second Grammy nomination in 2008. In 2011, she became the first Hawaiian recipient of a prestigious Native Arts & Cultures Fellowship and was most recently named Female Vocalist of the Year in 2017 by her peers upon being awarded her eighth Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award. Raiatea is now recognized as one of Hawaii’s premier female vocalists and a keeper of the Hawaiian falsetto tradition of the early to mid-20th century. She has captivated the attention of audiences throughout the Hawaiian Islands and around the world, interpreting traditional Hawaiian song with the mastery and control of a jazz vocalist.


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Hawaii News Now

Tonight’s show was graciously produced in partnership with Hawaii News Now. Every aspect of this production was meticulously crafted by an extraordinary team of professionals, and we at HYS are grateful to each and every one of them for their dedication and passion. EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS


ichael Harris is an Executive Director at Hawaii News Now. He directs The Sunrise Morning Newscast as well as many other specials. Michael has also directed The Kamehameha Schools Song Contest for over 27 years as well as PBS Hawai‘i’s Nā Mele series and the Lantern Floating Special.


rin Yamada is a marketing professional with over 28 years of media experience working with businesses both large and small. Her goal is to help clients understand media as a whole, and how to utilize the different forms to their advantage. Achieving her clients’ goals are a result of genuinely working together to create proper solutions for their needs.

KGMB (CBS), KHNL (NBC) and K5 collectively make up Hawaii News Now, the state's dominant multimedia news organization with the largest digital news footprint in the islands. HNN's parent company is Gray TV, a leading digital media and broadcasting company.

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oward Dicus reports business and economic news for HawaiiNewsNow, and recently celebrated his 50th anniversary in journalism. During 13 years with United Press International he found time to review classical music recordings. Since 2006 Howard has hosted a Saturday morning classical music program for Hawaii Public Radio called “Howard’s Day off.”



en Gutierrez is a general assignment reporter and weekend weather anchor at Hawaii News Now He’s also a former member of the Board of Governors of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, the home of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. He occasionally plays music at the Gridiron Show, the biennial fundraiser for the Society of Professional Journalists. Ben is proud to be a longtime supporter of Hawaii Youth Symphony.


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Presented by Jake Shimabukuro, Maestro Joseph Stepec, and Hawaii Youth Symphony Violin I Erika Kwee Erin Nishi Lauryn Takanishi Stephanie Yoshida

Viola Yukiko Hughes Andrew Kim Kainoa Maruoka Sewon Park

Violin II Mia Caliri Ylang Guo Mayuko Ikeda Pieter Nauwalaerts

Cello Celina Lim Mira Hu

Bass Matin Boulos Electric Bass Jacob Evans Drum Set Noah Chang

Written by Jake Shimabukuro, arr. Brian Shepard. Uke Ox Music / Wixen Music Publishing (BMI)


Youth Symphony I, Conductor


oseph Stepec came to Hawai‘i from Cleveland, OH in 2016. He is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Music Department. Under his direction, the University of Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra has premiered works of new composers, represented underperformed masterworks, and has collaborated with ensembles as diverse as the United States Marine Band and the choir and orchestra of Weber State University. In 2017, Stepec, together with Dr. ChetYeng Loong of the University of Hawai‘i, began the Hawai‘i All State String Orchestra which serves local students in an effort to promote string performance and education. During the 2017–18 academic year, Stepec also served as the Interim Conductor of Youth Symphony I for HYS. He is an active clinician that has guest taught many ensembles visiting Hawai‘i and maintains an active relationship with the Global School of Music youth orchestra program in Shanghai, China. Stepec studied violin with Gregory Fulkerson at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and conducting at the Eastman School of Music with master teacher, Neil Varon. Stepec additionally studied with Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and pursued doctoral studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. As a conductor, he has been featured on numerous programs with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he was a conducting Fellow at the Menuhin Gstaad Music Festival where he worked closely with Jaap van Zweden, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and noted conducting pedagogue, Johannes Schlaefli. In 2019, Stepec premiered a new translation of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat set in colonial Hawai‘i with members of Chamber Music Hawaii to very favorable reviews.

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Canon in D Major Presented by

Chad Uyehara and Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Concert String Orchestra Violin Ethan Chow Yanling Guo Aaron Ruhaak Maria Swan Katherine Wu

Viola Lulu Wang Cello Danica Ibanez Zoe Oda, guest Composed by Johann Pachelbel (1653–1706)


Director, Academy String Program


n alumnus of HYS, Chad Uyehara conducts the Intermediate String Ensemble and Concert String Orchestra. He received his Master’s of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education from Northwestern University where he studied viola with Roland Vamos. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance, studying with LaVar Krantz, Bachelor’s of Arts in French, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also a graduate of Punahou School. Mr. Uyehara has performed on violin and viola with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Desert Springs Chamber Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony. He currently is a freelance musician in Hawai‘i, and performs regularly with a piano trio. He has taught orchestra with the Clark County School District in Nevada, the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, the Hawai‘i Department of Education at Kalani High School, Kaimukī Middle School, and Moanalua Elementary, and at Hanahau‘oli School. Mr. Uyehara also served as interim conductor for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Symphony Orchestra during the 2014–2015 school year. Currently, he directs orchestras at Saint Andrew’s Schools: The Priory and also maintains a Suzuki violin/viola studio of about thirty students. Professional affiliations include Music Teachers National Association, American String Teachers Association (of which he is the Hawai‘i chapter president), Suzuki Association of the Americas, National Association for Music Education, and the American Viola Society. He has been honored with the 2018 Teacher of the Year award from the Hawai‘i Music Teachers Association.


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The Good Old Ho‘omalimali E Raiatea Helm and HYS Jazz with Bryan Tolentino (ukulele) and Alan Akaka (steel guitar)

Keyboard Chazz Gaspar

Bass David Cassens Jacob Evans

Drum Set Noah Chang Kawika Ching

Written by Alvin Isaacs, arr. Dean Taba. Used by permission.


Director of HYS Jazz & Combo I


highly regarded studio and freelance musician, Dean Taba began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 6 and played french horn in the Hawaii Youth Symphony. It was a desire to play in the high school jazz band that introduced him to the bass and improvised music. After extensive studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a refinement of his skills on both the acoustic and electric bass, Dean relocated in 1984 to Los Angeles to become one of its most in demand musicians. Also a respected clinician and educator (Los Angeles Music Academy, Musician’s Institute, Cal-Poly Pomona, Grove School of Music) Dean has recently performed/recorded with Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Mark Murphy, Jake Shimabukuo, Andy Summers, Sadao Watanabe, The San Francisco Symphony, Hiroshima, Rick Braun, The American Jazz Institute Orchestra, Dave Koz, Jeff Richman, Pauline Wilson, The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Ho, Bill Watrous, and many others as well as playing on countless CDs, TV shows, and movie soundtracks. He Makana O Nā Mele: The Gift of Music


Far Too Wide for Me Presented by

Jake Shimabukuro, Raiatea Helm, Maestro Joseph Stepec, Hawaii Youth Symphony, and Junior Ukulele Orchestra (Kanazawa, Japan) Violin I Erin Nishi

Viola Cameron Enomoto

Violin II Mia Caliri

Cello Celina Lim

Words & Music by Patrick Downes Music LLC, arr. Brian K. Sheperd. Used by Permission.

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Hallelujah Presented by

Guest Artist, Jake Shimabukuro, Youth Symphony I & Maestro Joseph Stepec Violin I Alizah Chao Taylor DeCastro Remi Furuto Ylang Guo Leilani Ikeda Erika Kwee Allyson Kwong Yudai Leonzon Kristyn Miyamoto Bao Nguyen Erin Nishi, concertmaster Ellie Ochiai Angelina Pablo Kauai Paule Nicolas Tanaka Max Womack Stephanie Yoshida Charles Yung Violin II Mia Caliri Micaela Diaz-Paez Elliott Fujinami Emi Horii Stella Hung, principal Cynthia Kawaiaea Mia Kim Brooke Kumasaka Lauren Kwee Sabine Mejia Zoe Oda Megan Ogasawara Sakura Saito Juliana-Symone Tabura Lyllica Takahashi Kylee Takanishi Alec Tam Brandon Yee Leon Yoshida Viola Emma Chun Cameron Enomoto Rinny Fan

Yukiko Hughes Andrew Kim Kainoa Maruoka Sewon Park, principal Keon Sagara Fiona Sievert Frank Sun Noah Taniguchi Cello Severino Bulagay Ryan Fielding Megan Goh Sofia Himeno-Price Mira Hu, principal Ethan Ibanez Julian Kwon Matthew Li Celina Lim Dylan Merkel Cara Tan Emily Uetake Christian Yamada Bass Matin Boulos Elliott Hee, principal Maysa Segovia Marlon Velasco Flute Alexander Iyechad Brin Jaffe Kiana Kawahara Sherry Tanaka Karen Watarida Erena Yamatsu Oboe Emily Fujii Xun He Reggie Kaiaokamalie Erin Matsushita English Horn Erin Matsushita

Clarinet Zachary Caluya Caitlyn Kadooka Shlok Maharjan Natalie Narito Aaron Omon Bassoon Hayden Hawkins Ryder Kaya Jake Yoshimura Horn Kai Abergas Jacob Fetterman Ashley Nakazaki Hinano Tsuchiya Brevely-Ann Wiemer Trumpet Ethan Garland Mark Gorospe Jr. Vincent Ogasawara Austin Taniguchi Ryder Watanabe Trombone Cuyler Murata Levin So Robert Wiemer Hunter Yokoyama Tuba Jacob Lacambra Ryoma Sears Percussion Raiden Bernal Jesse Cumpston Roice Nicholas Galapon Tristan Toma Aiden Woodard Harp Marcy Tokunaga Piano Noe Baladad, guest

Written by Leonard Cohen – Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), arr. Brian K. Sheperd. Used by permission. Recorded Live, Pre-COVID, in 2019 He Makana O NÄ Mele: The Gift of Music 11

About Youth Symphony I


outh 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, was a Finalist in the Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, and had the special honor of performing on From The Top, a nationally-broadcast radio show. For the 2019–2020 season, Youth Symphony I was composed of 105 students, grades 9–12, from 20 public, home, and independent schools across O‘ahu. They rehearsed more than 130 hours and performed 10 concerts on O‘ahu. A recent collaboration with the professional Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra put Youth Symphony I side-by-side with many of their teachers and role models. Erin Nishi, a junior from Punahou School, was the season’s concertmaster.


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A New International Vision for Nā Mele Gala 2020

raditionally held as an in-person gala, Hawaii Youth Symphony’s major fundraising event of the year is now being celebrated as a one-hour extravaganza via television and social media. Nā Mele will feature special performances by HYS students together with world-renowned entertainers Jake Shimabukuro and Raiatea Helm—as well as five Junior Orchestras from Hawaii’s sister cities in Japan, and the Ukulele Junior Orchestra from Kanazawa, made possible through collaboration with Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ). “Now, more than ever, music has the power to bridge communities that cannot physically connect,” said President of Hawaii Youth Symphony, Randy Wong. “HYS has been hard at work to continue delivering high quality, affordable, music education to Hawaii’s youth and beyond—and this wonderful vision for Na Mele reflects that same commitment and the innovative spirit that music inspires.” “This program will be a breath of fresh air—it’s going to have a little bit of everything, and I’m very excited about the collaborations between orchestras,” said Jake Shimabukuro, who also serves as an HYS board member and was instrumental in furthering the collaboration with HTJ. “What ties this all together is that music is a universal language.” The sweeping event includes an elaborate orchestration, encompassing every level of the HYS organization together with the support of partners from Hawaii to Japan. Dynamic performances—skillfully synchronized with students from across the Pacific as well as conducted onsite at the Royal Hawaiian Center in socially-distanced waves—are under the direction of Maestro Joseph Stepec, HYS Director of Orchestral Activities, Dean Taba, Director HYS Jazz and Combo I, and Chad Uyehara, HYS Academy String Program Director. Composer and HYS alumnus Michael-Thomas Foumai, celebrated Japanese composer Daisuke Ikeda, and arranger Brian Sheperd all contributed special orchestrations to this project. Junior Orchestras from Hokkaido, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Ehime, and Okinawa will perform in the event, as well as the Ukulele Junior Orchestra from Kanazawa. Beyond a festive evening, Nā Mele will benefit all HYS programs, and further support its vision to make music a right, not a privilege. Contributions will also break down barriers like financial hardship, access to qualified music teachers, and the high cost of instruments. Interview segments in the special will share student stories and reflect on the importance of music education with the help of community leaders and supporters.

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Nada Sou Sou (涙そうそう) “Great Tears Are Spilling”

Performed by Dosanko Junior Orchestra Ehime Junior Orchestra Fukuoka Junior Orchestra Hiroshima Junior Orchestra Naha Junior Orchestra Composed by Ryoko Moriyama, arr. Daisuke Ikeda. Used by Permission.



aisuke Ikeda (b. 1964) is a Japanese musical arranger and keyboardist in distributors Being Inc.. In1990s Ikeda entered to Being Inc. agency where he provided arrangement and strings arrangement for several of famous artist including Zard, Deen, Field of View or Mi-ke. Ikeda was also involved with arranging famous Anime song Moonlight Densetsu by Dali under alias name Ikeda Daisuke. In 2000s he entered to Giza Studio where he provided arrangements for minor artist as Miho Komatsu. In 2002 he appeared on final live of Field of View as strings arranger. During 2000s period he composed original soundtracks for several Anime television series such as a Fighting Beauty Wulong or Saiyuki Reload.

An International Collaboration


awai‘i and Japan have always had a special connection, what better way to further honor those connections than through a musical exchange! In the spirit of friendship and in a celebration of music, HYS students and students from Japan will collaborate in stunning special performances, including five Junior Orchestras from Hawai‘i sister cities and a Ukulele Junior Orchestra from Kanazawa. The collaboration came together with the help of Hawai‘i Tourism Japan and was further cultivated through HTJ’s long-standing fellowship with HYS board member, Jake Shimabukuro. “We believe the relationships fostered through tourism and unique cultural experiences only makes Hawai’i and Japan’s special relation even stronger,” said Mitsue Varley of HTJ. “Given the circumstances around the pandemic, it is even more important to showcase a message that music connects the world.” The relationship with the ukulele group is one that HTJ nurtured prior to the gala, helping to bring local youth leaders to Japan to collaborate with the Ishikawa Ukulele Group last summer. What started with a Skype communication between the young people grew into composing a song together—and then to their eventually playing together at an event in Kanazawa, Japan. In a similar spirit, Mitsue hopes that the student connections now made through the collaboration with HYS will extend well beyond Nā Mele, furthering an ongoing cultural exchange of music and aloha.


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Hawai‘i Aloha Presented by

Jake Shimabukuro and Raiatea Helm with Maestro Joseph Stepec, Hawaii Youth Symphony Dosanko Junior Orchestra Ehime Junior Orchestra Fukuoka Junior Orchestra Hiroshima Junior Orchestra Naha Junior Orchestra Junior Ukulele Orchestra Violin I Micaela Diaz-Paez Valentina Diaz-Paez Kristyn Miyamoto Bao Nguyen Violin II Marissa Kwon Koshiro Leonzon Kate Wong

Viola Cameron Enomoto Trevor Hyun

Clarinet Shlok Maharjan Kaitlyn Nohara

Cello Celina Lim Yun Hao He Mira Hu

Bassoon Jake Yoshimura Ryder Kaya

Bass Matin Boulos Flute Brin Jaffe Tiffany-Ryan Kusano Oboe Emily Fujii Kody Kikuno

Horn Kai Abergas Trumpet Mark Gorospe Joel Lee Trombone Levin So Tuba Daniel Li Percussion Noah Chang

Lyrics by Lorenzo Lyons and music by James McGranahan, arr. Michael-Thomas Foumai.



ichael-Thomas Foumai (b. 1987, Honolulu, Hawai‘i) is a composer of contemporary concert music and is the recipient of the Fromm Foundation Commission from Harvard University, Morton Gould Young Composers Award, BMI Composer Award, Music Teachers National Association Distinguished Composer of the Year Award and was selected into the 17th class of the Pacific Century Fellows. Recent work include Raise Hawaiki, a choral symphony based on the story of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a. His music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra among others. Dr. Foumai currently serves on the faculty of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in the theory and composition area. For more information: www.michaelfoumai.com.

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And introducing our friends from Hawaii’s sister cities in Japan


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Society of Dosanko Junior Orchestra

Prefecture: Hokkaido

Established: 04. 2013 Purpose: • Enrich the lives of youth within a musical community • Provide the finest training, practicing and performing opportunities • Contribute in international programs to exchange with youth in Asian countries and around the world


year after the great eastern Japan earthquake, Mr. Sukenori (founder of Dosanko JO) attended a performance by a junior orchestra in Iwate, Hanamaki—another city with severe earthquake damage. Mr. Sukenori was inspired and established the Dosanko Junior Orchestra in Hokkaido. The Dosanko Junior Orchestra has since interacted with many overseas orchestra groups from China, the Czech Republic, Thailand, and now Hawaii!

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Ehime Junior Orchestra

Prefecture: Ehime

Established: 09. 2019 Purpose: • Enable students to learn, share and enjoy the power of music • Offer opportunities to meet peers who are equally as passionate about music and perform together


hime Junior Orchestra is a member of the NPO Japan Junior Orchestras, the very first junior orchestra association in Ehime prefecture. Since, they've attended junior orchestra events in Vienna, an international youth orchestra festival, and also hold their own concerts in the Ehime area.

• Create friends all over the world through a music


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Fukuoka Junior Orchestra

City: Fukuoka Established: 05. 1998 Number of Members: 40 Purpose: • Fukuoka Junior Orchestra is open to all students from 4th grade to 18th grade in Fukuoka area


he Fukuoka Junior Orchestra provides an all-ability, inclusive environment in which its members can enjoy music and socialize together to develop relationships with other students from schools across the Fukuoka area.

• Across Fukuoka support this orchestra, to provide a concert venue and rooms for their practice

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Hiroshima Junior Orchestra

City: Hiroshima

Established: 05. 1998

Number of Members: 40 Purpose: • Hiroshima Junior Orchestra is open to all students from 3rd grade to 18th grade in Hiroshima and Shikoku area


he Hiroshima Junior Orchestra attends various concerts and festivals throughout the year and holds annual concerts every December. Players also have the opportunity to attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony held in Hiroshima city, which attracts not only locals, but many visitors who come from far and wide!

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Naha Junior Orchestra

City: Okinawa

Established: 10. 2013

Number of Members: 40 Profile: • Naha Junior Orchestra is open to all students from 6th grade to 18th grade in Okinawa • Consists of Violin, Chello, Contrabass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Basoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, and Tuba players


ssociated with the Ryukyu Philharmonic Orchestra, Naha Junior Orchestra provides its students with a great experience that familiarizes them with music—and connects them with performances and conducting workshops by the conductor and performers from the Ryukyu Philharmonic.

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Our Vision: Make Music a Right


YS believes every child should have access to the beauty and power of music, and that every child can develop to their fullest potential through orchestral music. Our vision is to Make Music a Right, Not a Privilege, and we aspire to put an instrument into every child’s hands, and bring music education into every community in the state. We are fully aware that many children in under-served communities are currently denied the opportunity to make music, and we are committed to partner with these communities to bring the joy of music making to where they live. HYS has a long history of opening access to music to all of Hawaii’s children. For over 55 years, HYS has offered low-cost music making to children across the state. Currently, students from over 130 schools and nearly every island participate in HYS programs. HYS is the only state-wide music education organization in Hawaii, and the only venue where children from all over the state can meet and play together in an orchestral ensemble. HYS students enthusiastically collaborate to take their love of music into their communities. HYS offers need-based financial aid, neighbor island airfare, and merit-based scholarships to ensure state-wide accessibility to our music programs. Every child is welcome without consideration of family financial capacity.

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Serving Our Community


roadening access to music education is HYS’ highest priority. Our “Listen & Learn” School Concerts are unique entry points. Performed ‘for youth, by youth,’ they introduce children across the state to the magic of orchestral music. Thanks to a partnership with the DOE, HYS is able to reach some 12,000 youth with FREE concerts. Students in the PMI Solo & String Quartet program further our reach by performing in retirement communities throughout the city, and other students volunteer performances for museums, libraries, and other nonprofit events. The concerts serve a dual purpose, by also instilling and nurturing the values of community service, leadership, and passion within our talented young musicians.

It makes me feel so good to give back to the community through my love for music. I feel sparkles of joy when I see how much our audiences appreciate what we do. I want to become a better musician so that I can inspire more kids to play an instrument too.

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Music in the Clubhouse


or over ten years, HYS has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i (BGCH) to provide low-cost, entry-level classes to Clubhouse youth. Made possible through the generosity of private foundations, public support, and contributions to HYS, the classes provide free instrument loans, sheet music, and instruction on a weekly basis throughout the school year. More than 5,000 Honolulu-region youth (largely from Mo‘ili‘ili, McCully, Ala Wai, Pauoa, and Nu‘uanu) have had a chance to play music, thanks to our classes at the Spalding Clubhouse. Last September, HYS launched its second such Music in the Clubhouse initiative at the Nānākuli Clubhouse along the Wai‘anae coast. Carnegie Hall recently announced HYS as Hawaii’s first recipient of a PlayUSA grant, a program that supports a wide range of instrumental music education projects across the nation, all with a specific interest in reaching low-income and underserved students on a local level. HYS has also begun working with string students at Kaunakakai Elementary on Moloka‘i, and provides travel reimbursements and scholarships to Symphony Program and PMI students from Kaua‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i islands.

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Academy String Program

he Academy String Program is one of Hawaii’s most respected activities for aspiring string students. Children ages 8 and older learn to play violin, viola, cello, or string bass in group settings that emphasize the fundamental skills necessary for musical success. Children progress onwards to the HYS Symphony Program and Pacific Music Institute, and many also become leaders in their schools’ orchestras. Offered to the community in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Academy students represent over 60 public, independent, and home schools each year. Beyond orchestra rehearsals, Academy students are also coached in workshop settings by incredible music educators who include school orchestra directors and professional musicians. Typically, the orchestras in this program perform on stage twice every school year, though due to COVID-19, HYS had made modifications for virtual and online performances. During the pandemic, Academy students have met remotely over Zoom and use innovative learning technologies, like Smart Music and Note Flight. Do you know an aspiring young musician? Beginning students can start completely from scratch, without any prior experience or instruments. HYS has an instrument library where families can borrow or rent for nominal fees. Please follow @HiYouthSymphony on social media to learn when the next classes will begin!

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Symphony Program


he flagship program for local young musicians, our Symphony Program is known as Hawaii’s most prominent orchestral training programs for middle and high school-aged students. Established initially as a single ensemble in 1964, our Youth Symphony Orchestra (as it was then known) connected Honolulu students in harmony and camaraderie. In the decades following, YSO expanded to three full symphony orchestras with students from nearly every island. To become a member of the Symphony Program, students must pass an entrance The opportunity to learn to audition. Additionally, members are held make music together at the to high personal and musical standards highest level and with the and they are expected to play in their school’s band or orchestra programs, take greatest commitment is one private lessons, or participate in other that shapes lives and forges musical activities. HYS provides financial unbreakable friendships and aid and scholarship to offset these costs memories. and subsidizes tuition more than 70% so Joseph Stepec Director of Orchestral Activities; that no student is turned away for financial Conductor, Youth Symphony I reasons. Like the Academy, members in this program represent dozens of public, home, and independent schools statewide. In the last 56 years, thousands of HYS students have matriculated through the Symphony Program; each inspired by an incredible conducting team and other renowned teachers. Led by Maestro Henry Miyamura for over three decades, nearly every member of our faculty and staff are alumni of the Symphony Program. Maestro Joseph Stepec, who succeeded Maestro Miyamura at UH Mānoa, joined our HYS team in 2019 to be our Director of Orchestral Activities.


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Jazz Program

omprised of two ensembles (Combo I & Combo II) and an online program (Jazz+), HYS Jazz is a relatively new program led by legendary studio musician Dean Taba and Moanalua Middle School band director Ryan Howe. Designed to elevate students’ abilities in diverse styles of popular, commercial, and jazz music, HYS Jazz brings together students ages 14-18 with a desire to improvise and create. Students learn the skills necessary to play as a rhythm section, accompany others, and improvise. HYS Jazz frequently collaborates with highly-respected artists, and in its short history has already performed with Jake Shimabukuro, trumpeter Eric Miyashiro, drummer Noel Okimoto, saxophonist Steve Treseler, vocalists Shari Lyn and John Valentine! Though the focus of HYS Jazz is music performance, many entrepreneurial facets of being a professional musician or working in the music industry are addressed throughout the year. Students have direct access to top audio engineers, influential musicians, and music business gurus. We are proud to now have guitarists, keyboardists, drummers, and saxophonists among our student body, though HYS Jazz is a wholly inclusive environment and welcomes students from all orchestral instruments. hiyouthsymphony.org/jazz

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Pacific Music Institute (PMI)

or over 30 years, HYS’ Pacific Mainland, and Pacific Rim participate Music Institute has been each summer. Getting to know the defining summer musical others who love music with the same experience for over passion becomes 3,000 aspiring young the basis for lifelong musicians. A two-week One of the highlights of PMI is friendships, and an being able to receive valuable summer intensive, inclusive community PMI brings together where music is the insight from world-class a core of renowned common language. musicians on an individual professionals, PMI also provides basis, through sectionals and members of the local students private lessons. This was a much with visiting Hawaii Symphony more intensive program than Orchestra and Royal professors from Hawaiian Band, major universities anything else available, and internationallyand collegiate I was amazed how much my acclaimed soloists, music programs, friends and I grew from it. outstanding string building bridges quartet, jazz & studio for college musicians, and more. admission, Over 200 students from across scholarships, internships, and beyond. the Hawaiian Islands, Asia, the U.S. Learn more at pacificmusichi.org.




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Orchestral Learning Alliance at PMI

n 2019, HYS announced an serious, young musicians,” says Randy exciting new expansion to PMI; Wong, President of Hawaii Youth a strategic partnership with the Symphony and NOI+F alumnus. “The National Orchestral Institute + acronym ‘OLA’ is also the Hawaiian Festival, to create the Orchestral word for ‘life,’ and for members of Learning Alliance (OLA). NOI+F is HYS and NOI+F, music is life as we one of the world’s leading summer all share a common bond that helps music festivals for bring people gifted, college-age together.” There is a sensational culture musicians. Many of of music in Hawai‘i, and I was This robust these renowned collaboration brought blown away by the talent musicians also have and opportunities that PMI NOI+F students, significant teaching faculty and alumni to presences in major provides. From staff to faculty Honolulu to serve as universities and to students, there was an teachers and mentors incredible bond. That bond schools of music. to PMI students. made the orchestra able to play “As musicians, Eight current NOI+F we recognize together at the highest levels. students, five faculty the significance Braizahn Jones of collaboration members and five Associate Principal Bass alumni participated Oregon Symphony and the positive in the inaugural impact that good year. Through OLA, mentorship has students will have the opportunity on those we have the privilege to to work with renowned guest artist reach,” says Richard Scerbo, Director faculty, many drawn from the NOI+F of NOI+F. “We are delighted to begin network of faculty and alumni. this new journey with HYS to support Pacific Music Institute has been more young musicians and their a training ground for Hawaii’s most appreciation for the arts.”

HYS alumnus Markus Osterlund, now professional hornist in the National Symphony Orchestra and NOI+F faculty, mentored students at PMI. He Makana O Nā Mele: The Gift of Music

Kisa Uradomo, HYS alumna and NOI+F Teaching Fellow sits side-by-side with PMI students in rehearsal 29

Founders Circle

Hawaii Youth Symphony is especially grateful to the philanthropists listed below for their long-term commitment made in the form of cumulative gifts and pledges honoring the talent of Hawaii’s youth and our mission to make music a right, not a privilege. Mahalo nui loa! Anonymous Accuity LLP / Mr. Kent and Mrs. Jean Tsukamoto A. Link LLC ABC Stores AIG Hawaii Insurance Company, Inc. Alaska Airlines Foundation Aloha International Piano Festival Altres, Inc. Mr. Alan and Mrs. Joanne Arizumi Atherton Family Foundation Bank of Hawaii / Bank of Hawaii Charitable Foundation Robert E. Black Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Julia Temple Davis Brown Foundation Cades Foundation The Carnegie Hall Corporation Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation Jonathan Y. C. Ching Revocable Trust City and County of Honolulu Combined Federal Campaign Commercial Data Systems Cooke Foundation, Limited 30

Dr. Ian and Mrs. Janet Cooke Ms. Olivia DeJane First Hawaiian Bank Foundation Foodland Super Market, Ltd. Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Eleemosynary Trust Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. Mr. Owen and Mrs. Carolina Fukumoto Mr. Carlton and Mrs. Elsie Gushiken Gloria Kosasa Gainsley Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Gloria Gainsley The Gift Foundation of Hawaii

John R. Halligan Charitable Fund Hawaiian Host, Inc. Mr. Bob Hayashi HDG, Inc. Mr. Charles and Mrs. Helen Higa Mr. Garry Higa and Mrs. Jill Shimokawa Higa Mrs. Gladys Hirano Hot Topic Foundation Martin Hsia, Esq. HTH Corporation Island Insurance Companies / Island Insurance Foundation Mr. Richard and Mrs. Susan Ing Johnson Ohana Foundation Mr. Chester Kaneshiro and Mrs. Jeanean Imanaka-Kaneshiro Mr. Steven and Mrs. Marilyn Katzman

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Mr. Roy E. King, Jr. and Mrs. Gloria King KoAloha Ukulele Mr. Malcolm and Mrs. Carol Koga Susan M. Kosasa Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mi Kosasa Mr. Dennis and Mrs. Tina Lau Mr. Malcolm Lau Mrs. Edith Leong The Thomas J. Long Foundation Ms. Patti Look Louis Vuitton Ludwick Family Foundation Macy’s Foundation Masaki School of Music George Mason Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Ms. Erica Mau McInerny Foundation Mr. Henry Miyamura Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Linda Momohara

The Les Murata Family National Endowment for the Arts Ohata Chun Yuen LLP OliverMcMillan Pacific Rim LLC Mr. Phil Olsen and Ms. Gail Hudson June Olson Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Mr. Michael and Mrs. Amy Onofrietti Pacific Property Group, Inc. Mr. Warren Price III and Ms. Sharon R. Himeno The Resort Group Ms. Keiko Sato Servco Pacific Inc. Dr. Geoffrey and Mrs. Esther Sewell Al Sherman Foundation Dr. Arleene Skillman Ms. Barbara B. Smith Luella N. Spadaro Serendipity II Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

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Stupski Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Strong Foundation Hazel H. Takumi Foundation Mrs. Marjorie Tanoue Dr. Ross Tanoue Mr. Lance Teruya Teruya Brothers, Limited Ms. Ginny Tiu Mr. Robert and Mrs. Joyce Torrey Dr. Lawrence Tseu Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd. of Japan United Laundry Services, Inc. Mr. Ka‘upena Wong Mr. Michael and Mrs. Terrina Wong Mr. Randall and Dr. Helen Liu Wong Ward Village Foundation Dr. Mark Yoshida Dr. Robert Young and Mrs. Ruth Tanji-Young 31

Mahalo to Our Silent Auction Donors ‘Alohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach Anonymous Benjamin Bruch Benjamin Franklin Stores Big City Diner Bishop Museum Chamber Music Hawaii Consolidated Theatres Cremona Violin Hawaii Dan and Linda Momohara David Shifrin Elaine Imoto Erica Mau Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina Greg Nichols Hawaii Youth Symphony Jason Chin Jean & Kent Tsukamoto Kona Brewing Company Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts Louise Ing and Julia Stitch Manoa Valley Theatre Masaki School of Music McKinley Car Wash Michael & Terrina Wong Pamela Tauchi-Nishi Patti Look Randy Wong and Helen Liu Richard Ing Rosalie Rupp Prussing Rudy Ruckmann Starts International Hawaii. Inc.

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Mahalo to Our Donors!

Hawaii Youth Symphony is deeply grateful to the individuals, foundations, and organizations who have made these gifts between July 1, 2019, and November 20, 2020. We appreciate all our donors whose philanthropy makes music education affordable for Hawaii’s talented, resilient youth. Mahalo nui loa na ho‘olaule‘a me la kaua. COMPOSER’S CIRCLE ($50,000 and up) Anonymous The Carnegie Hall Corporation City and County of Honolulu Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Ms. Erica Mau State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Dr. Ross Tanoue

CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE ($25,000–$49,999) Anonymous ABC Stores A. Link LLC Altres, Inc. Cades Foundation First Hawaiian Bank Foundation George Mason Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Luella N. Spadaro Serendipity II Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Mr. Richard and Mrs. Susan Ing The Al Sherman Foundation

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PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($10,000–$24,999) Anonymous Accuity LLP / Mr. Kent and Mrs. Jean Tsukamoto Cooke Foundation, Limited The LRY Charitable Foundation Jean and William K.H. Mau Foundation John R. Halligan Charitable Fund Johnson Ohana Foundation Mr. Steven and Mrs. Marilyn Katzman Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mi Kosasa The Resort Group Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Allison Rose Ms. Barbara Smith Trinity Real Estate Investments, LLC Dr. Lynn Tanoue


Donors (continued) ANGEL ($5,000-$9,999) Anonymous Action Realty Corporation Mr. Alan and Mrs. Joanne Arizumi Governor Benjamin and Mrs. Vicky Cayetano The Ebbtide Family Fund Foodland Super Market, Ltd. Gloria Kosasa Gainsley Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Hawaii Permanente Medical Group Mr. Bob Hayashi Mrs. Gladys Hirano Sheridan and Julia Ing Family Foundation Island Insurance Foundation Mr. Warren Price III and Ms. Sharon R. Himeno Dr. Geoffrey and Mrs. Esther Sewell Shidler Family Foundation SKY Waikiki Mr. Brian and Mrs. Mary Stapleton Mr. Joe Stepec Teruya Brothers, Limited Ms. Ginny Tiu Waikiki Shopping Plaza Ward Village Foundation Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Ellen Williams Mr. Randall Wong and Dr. Helen Liu Wong


BENEFACTOR ($2,500–$4,999) Anonymous Alaska Airlines Foundation Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. Aloha United Way Avalon Commercial, LLC Bank of America Foundation Bank of Hawaii Becker Communications, Inc. Carnegie Hall PlayUSA Castiglione A Casauria Foundation Jonathan Y. C. Ching Revocable Trust Katherine Chiu Trust Mrs. Janet Cooke The Dods Foundation FundDevelopment Group Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Gloria Gainsley The Gift Foundation Mr. Carlton and Mrs. Elsie Gushiken Mr. Charles and Mrs. Helen Higa Martin Hsia, Esq. Mr. James and Mrs. Lillian Kinoshita Mr. Malcolm and Mrs. Carol Koga Dr. Sandi Kwee and Dr. Leilani Ka‘anehe Mr. Malcolm Lau Ms. Patti Look Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Pom Luxton Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Linda Momohara Dr. Steven Nishi and Dr. Pamela TauchiNishi

Mr. Michael and Mrs. Amy Onofrietti Mr. Dwight Otani Pacific Property Group, Inc. Hazel H. Takumi Foundation Tanaka of Tokyo Restaurants Ms. Jennifer Taylor Mr. Dennis and Mrs. Jean Toyama Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Kathleen (Kitty) Wo Mr. Michael and Mrs. Terrina Wong PATRON ($1,000–$2,499) Anonymous ACMP Foundation, Inc. Bank of Hawaii Charitable Foundation Blacksand Capital, LLC Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Esther Cartoon Mr. Ethan Chow CK Violins Mr. Geneson Coloma and Ms. Theresa Kiehm Mr. Kenin Coloma Mr. Brian and Mrs. Janie Doyle Peter G. Drewliner Foundation Elite Pacific Construction, Inc. Mr. José Fajardo Four Seasons Resort Oahu At Ko Olina Mr. Owen and Mrs. Carolina Fukumoto HDG, Inc. Mr. Kendall and Mrs. Shelley Hee Hawaii Youth Symphony

Mr. Collin Hoo Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Minori Hung Mr. Mike Irish Island Insurance Companies Mr. Richard and Mrs. Jackie Kim Mr. Sukhan Kim and Ms. Jung Joo Shim Mr. Roy King, Jr. and Mrs. Gloria King Mr. Robert and Mrs. Ashley Kurisu Mr. Richard Kurth Mr. W. Peter and Mrs. Michelle Okinaka-Kwong Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts Mr. Dennis and Mrs. Tina Lau Mr. Peter Li and Mrs. Fiona Leung LPL Financial Matching Gift Program Marcus & Associates, Inc. Masaki School of Music Mrs. Jean McIntosh Dr. Wilfred and Mrs. Gwen Miyasaki Mr. David and Mrs. Amy Monk Ms. Cathy Monseur Mr. Randolph G. Moore and Ms. Lynne Johnson Mr. Ritchie and Mrs. Sunny Mudd Mr. Carl and Mrs. Sharon Nagasako National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. Mr. Ken Okamoto Pikake Foundation Prince Resorts Hawaii

Mr. Raymon House and Mrs. Ann WoodHouse Mr. Gavan and Mrs. Ronda Sagara Mr. Robert Saracco Mr. Dean and Mrs. Takako Tanaka Dr. Len Tanaka and Dr. Jessica Chang Mr. Leighton and Mrs. Linda Taylor Mr. Robert and Mrs. Joyce Torrey Jhamandas Watumull Fund Mr. Steven and Mrs. Georgia Wong Ms. Mildred Yee Mr. Xiang Yee and Ms. Jiangyan Zhu SPONSOR ($500–$999) Anonymous Ms. Lynn Aki-Steele Mrs. Bonny Amemiya American Express Company Employee Giving Program Ms. Ada Azuma Mr. Nathan and Mrs. Wendy Chang Ms. Cathy Ching Dr. Yi-Chuan Ching Choice Sheet Metal Mr. Anthony Chow and Dr. Myrna Kuo Foodland Give Aloha Messrs. Frank and Lee Goerner Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Grand Wailea ResortA Waldorf Astoria Resort Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation

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Mr. Randall and Mrs. Nancy Hee HMSA Mrs. Ann Ho Mr. Bill Holowecki Honolulu Country Club Mr. Frank and Mrs. Sandy Hook Ms. Lori Isara Mr. Chester Kaneshiro and Mrs. Jeanean Imanaka-Kaneshiro Mr. Clyde and Mrs. Sharon Kawahara Mr. Ron and Mrs. Lindsay Kikawa Mr. Alex Kwon and Mrs. Ashley Kwon Ms. Chelsea Maeda Ms. Natalie Mahoney Mrs. Dorothy Mason Mr. Manuel and Mrs. Angela Mejia Mr. Dan and Dr. Karen Miyamoto Mr. Roy and Mrs. Charlotte Miyamoto Mr. Nathan and Mrs. Kristin Momohara Mr. David and Mrs. Jody Nako Ms. Sarah Nanbu Mr. Chris and Mrs. Jadine Nielsen Mr. Dan and Mrs. Chloe Nishikawa Paradigm Construction, LLC Randal S. Furomoto & Associates, Inc. Mr. Keith and Mrs. Lisa Sakamoto Carole Sheridan Memorial Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation 35

Donors (continued) Mr. Doug and Mrs. Lisa Stanfield Mr. Dean and Mrs. Sharene Taba Vive Hotel Waikiki Walmart Inc. Ms. Juli Kimura Walters Mr. Gaylord and Mrs. Carol Wilcox Mr. Brennan Wong Mr. Vernon and Mrs. Joyce Wong Mr. Steve and Mrs. Alli Yamane Ms. Valerie Yee Mr. Nick Yee and Ms. Sarah Bauer Dr. Edward Yi and Dr. Susan MoriyamaYi Mr. Wesley Yoshida and Dr. Namthip Sitachitta Mr. Randal Yoshimura and Mrs. Diane Tallman-Yoshimura PARTNER ($250–$499) Anonymous Mr. Daryl Akamichi and Ms. Elizabeth Kaneshiro Ms. Carol Aki Mr. Russell and Mrs. Dana Arakaki Arcadia Retirement Residence Mr. Jeff and Mrs. Loan Arce Mr. John and Mrs. Maylani Chang Dr. John Chen and Dr. Lillian Chen Mr. Han and Mrs. Ohm Choong Ms. Elizabeth Coraggio 36

Mr. R. Dougal and Mrs. Ann Crowe Mr. Dexter Ejercito and Mrs. Jolyn IkedaEjercito Halekulani Hotel Mr. Gordon Hammond Mr. Troy and Mrs. Stacey Hatakenaka Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus Ms. Susan Higuchi Mr. Leslie and Mrs. Carolyn Hong Mr. Douglas Howe and Ms. Kristin Cleveland Mr. Ignace Jang and Ms. Christine Suehisa-Jang Island Appraisals Ms. Cherry Ann Kaiaokamalie Ms. Crystal Kapua Dr. Toshihiko Kawasugi and Mrs. Mae Kawasugi Ms. Yoon Jee Kim Bert Kobayashi, Jr. Ko Olina Golf Club Mr. Franklin Kudo Col. Daniel and Mrs. Jennie Lau Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Yumiko Lee Ms. Mollie Lee Ms. Julian Leigh Dr. Milton Liu Mr. David Louie Mr. John Mackey Mr. Brian and Mrs. Miki Maeshiro Mr. Elton Masaki Mr. Roy and Mrs. Leatrice Masaki Ms. Naomi Masuda Mr. Burr McCutcheon and Ms. Claire Arakaki

McKinley Car Wash Dr. Lawrence Mordan and Dr. Sarah Mordan-McCombs Mr. Edwin Muroki, Jr. Ms. Sarah Nakagawa Ms. Colleen Nakamura Mr. Shigeo and Mrs. Kaori Nakazaki Mr. Dennis Oda and Ms. Lucy Young-Oda Mrs. Doris Ogawa Mr. and Mrs. William Ota Mr. Steven Premo Punahou Music Club Mr. Colin Sakamoto Ms. Corynn Sakamura Mrs. Patricia Sekiya Mr. Daniel Shaver Mr. Myles and Mrs. Wanda Shibata Ms. Doris Shimabukuro Mr. Alves and Mrs. Lenora Shiu Dr. Alex Suenaga and Ms. Kathleen (Kay) Mattos Ms. Patricia Takemoto Ms. Teresa Tauchi Mr. Kenny and Mrs. Richele Thornburg Mr. Barry and Mrs. Carlene Toshi Mr. Darin and Mrs. Hedley Uetake Mr. Craig Wagnild and Dr. Debbie WagnildNojima Mr. Chad and Mrs. Akemi Watarida Dr. Robert Weiner and Dr. Linda Weiner Wet’n’Wild Ms. Karis Whi Wong’s Drapery Shoppe Ms. Mildred Yee

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CONTRIBUTOR ($100-$249) Anonymous Mr. Robert and Mrs. Velma Akinaka Alan Wong’s Mr. Devin Alford and Ms. M’Liss Moore Ms. Heather Allen Mr. David and Mrs. Rosa Anderson Mr. Larry Anderson Ms. Karynna Asao Mr. Wedemeyer and Mrs. Deborah Au Aunty Lilikoi Passion Fruit Products Mr. Darin and Mrs. Alena Auyoung Ms. Suellen Barton Mr. Chris Benjamin Mrs. Carolyn Berry Mr. Joel Bradshaw and Ms. Jean Kirschenmann Mr. Philip and Mrs. Evelyn Brown Dr. Benjamin Bruch and Mr. Rüdiger (Rudy) Rückmann Mr. Volkan and Mrs. Sheila Buyukacar Buzz’s Original Steak House Mr. Ian and Mrs. Joan Carlson Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Christine Carungi Mr. Clifford Char Dr. Hong-Ru Chen Ms. Martha Child Mr. Edward and Mrs. Debbe Chin Mr. Jason Chin Mr. Daniel Chun Ms. Courtney Clifford Craigside Retirement Residence

Ms. Lynn Dagli Mr. Andrew Detra and Ms. Martha Seroogy Mr. Adam and Mrs. Laura Dornbush Duke’s Waikiki Mr. Andrew Everett Ms. Marilyn Everett Ms. Joanna Fan Ms. Layla Fidel Mr. John and Mrs. Rose Fielding Mr. Bob Fissell and Mrs. Lynn Galbraith Fissell Ms. Rachel Fujioka Mr. Alvin and Mrs. Carolyn Fujioka Mr. Randal and Mrs. Karen Furomoto Germaine’s Luau, Inc. Mr. Richard and Mrs. Carol Gilsdorf Dr. William and Dr. Jodi Goh Mr. Scott and Mrs. Janet Gomes Mr. George and Mrs. Kathleen Goto Mr. Van and Mrs. Laura Goto Mr. James and Mrs. Audrey Grumling Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Shizuko Hanaumi Mr. Fred Harris Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Dr. Nina Hayashi Mr. Don Hazzard and Mrs. Claire SakaiHazzard Mr. Wayne and Mrs. Sandra Higuchi Mr. Michael and Mrs. Sandra Hiraoka

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Mr. Robert Hong and Ms. Carol Ikeda Hong Hongwanji Mission School Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu Theatre for Youth Dr. John and Mrs. Jane Houk Ms. Barbara Hudman Mr. Xin Huo and Ms. Xiaojin Zhou Mr. Darrell and Mrs. Maryellen Ing Mr. Harrison Ishida Island Slipper Ms. Ethel Iwasaki Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant The Kahala Hotel & Resort Mr. Shaun Kaneshiro Ms. Laura Katase Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Jane Katayama Ms. Ann Kawaguchi Mr. Galen and Mrs. Laurie Kawasaki Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Janette Keenan Dr. Richard Kennedy and Mr. Steven Prieto Ms. Mary Ann Kobayashi Mr. Mike and Mrs. Trudy Kobayashi Mr. Dennis and Mrs. Barbara Kohara Mr. Phillip Kuo Dr. Jay Kwon and Dr. Natalie Woo Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Deborah Lau Dr. Matthew and Mrs. Helen Lau Leather Soul Dr. Bradford Lee Mr. Eugene Lee Ms. Susan Lee 37

Donors (continued) Mr. Arvin and Mrs. Nagako Leonzon Ms. Joycelyn Lerud Col. Ingrid Lim Mr. Calvin Liu Mr. Vernon and Mrs. Shu Loo Mr. Harry Loving II and Ms. Thu Nguyen Lucky Strike Social Mrs. Meredith Maeda and Mrs. Norma Muromoto-Maeda Mr. Carl and Mrs. Janis Maki Mr. Alfred and Mrs. Marlene Makino Mr. Chester and Mrs. Christina Malins Mr. George and Mrs. Joan Masaki Mr. Edward Masunaga Mr. Fujio and Mrs. Amy Matsuda Midas Auto Service & Tires James K. Michishima, CPA Ms. Amy Mitsuda Ms. Hanna Miyamoto Ms. Jennifer Miyamoto Casey Miyashiro, Esq. Mr. Keith and Mrs. Donna Miyashiro Ms. Iris Mizokami Mr. Richard Monkman Mr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Debbie Mori Ms. Audrey Mueh Mr. Keith and Mrs. Sandy Muraoka Mr. Tom Nauwelaerts and Ms. Amy Carlson Dr. George and Mrs. Alma Nagao Ms. Beverly Nagata 38

Ms. Nola Nahulu Mr. Mark and Mrs. Sandra Nakamura Mr. Parker Nakamura Mr. Erwin Nell and Ms. Theres Gruter Ms. Kay Newnam Ms. Eugenia Ng Mr. Sam and Mrs. Carolyn Ng Mr. Travis and Mrs. Judith Niimi Mr. James and Mrs. Lillian Nishi Mr. Jason Nishikawa Niu Valley Middle School Mr. Glenn and Mrs. Wendy Nohara Mr. Bruce Okimoto Ms. Amy Okinishi Ms. Jeannette Omoto One Kalakaua Senior Living Mr. Henry O’Neill and Ms. Carol Muranaka Mr. Alfred and Dr. Ruth Ono Ms. Charlynn Ortiz The Pacific Club Mr. Charles and Mrs. Lynn Park Mr. Alexander Pena Dr. Robert and Mrs. Patricia Peters Mr. Roy Pfund Pure Joy Day Spa Dr. David Ross and Ms. Ann Castelfranco Dr. Greg and Mrs. Brooke Sakamoto Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Mr. Jonn and Mrs. June Saruwatari

Mr. Greg Sato Ms. Suzanne Sato Mr. Richard Scerbo Mr. David Schulmeister and The Honorable Lea Crandall Mr. William and Mrs. Faye Seehafer Dr. Robert Sherman and Mrs. Deborah Devine-Sherman Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Maureen Shimabuku Ms. Laurie Shimabukuro Shinnyo-En Hawaii Ms. Sheryl Shohet Dr. James Sim and Ms. Ying Xu Mr. Michael Sitch and Ms. Louise Ing Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Lisa So Ms. Nancy Sonoda Ms. Susan Spangler Mr. Kevin Suehiro Mr. Edward and Mrs. Eva Sueoka Mr. Stan and Mrs. Izumi Sugiyama Mr. Froilan and Mrs. Brenda Revilla Mr. Marvin and Mrs. Ayako Taba Ms. Wendy Tachikawa Mr. Clayton and Mrs. Amy Takemoto Mr. Kent and Mrs. Kazumi Tamai Ms. Beth Tamayose Ms. Amy Taniguchi Mr. Derek and Mrs. Sherry Tenn Mr. Douglas Teraoka Mrs. Ethel Teruya Ms. Karen Thompson Mr. Glenn and Mrs. Jean Toma Hawaii Youth Symphony

Mr. Reid and Dr. Jennifer Townsend Mr. Jonathan and Mrs. Arlena Tran Mrs. Janice Trubitt Ms. Rochelle Uchibori Mr. Ira and Mrs. Lylas Uradomo Vintage Wine Cellar Wailea Golf Club, LLC Rev. Msgr. Terrence Watanabe Mr. Frank and Mrs. Jane Wei Mrs. Nancy White Mr. Stan Whitsett Mr. Kahea Williams Ms. Audrey Wong Mrs. Louise Wong Mr. Frederick and Mrs. Carolyn Wood Worldstrides Mr. John Yamano and Ms. Sharon Nishi Mr. Akio Yanagisawa Mr. Grant and Mrs. Lila Yee Mr. Burt and Mrs. Helen Yoshimi Mr. Saburo and Mrs. Edith Yoshioka Wah Duck and Grace K.S. Young Memorial Fund Mr. Barak and Mrs. Natalie Younoszai Ms. T Phyllis Zerbe FRIEND (Up to $99) Anonymous Ms. Beatrice Affron Ms. Kelsie Aguilera Angy’s Handmade Delights Mr. Neal Aoki Mr. Kendrick and Ms. Joy Au

Mr. Gary Baker and Mrs. Laura Ing Baker Ms. Melissa Noelani Baladad Mrs. L. Christine Ban Mr. Edwin Barayuga and Mrs. Cassandra Olayvar-Barayuga Ms. Leslie Baxter Eaton Ben Franklin Crafts Ms. Mary Bertolino Big City Diner Mr. Richard Byron Mr. Matthew Carr Mr. Wyatt Cashman Mr. Eric Chang The Cheesecake Factory Mr. Christopher and Mrs. Selena Ching Ms. Faye Ching Mr. Kin Hing Ching Ms. Susan Ching Dr. George Chu and Ms. Diane Wong Ms. Michelle Cintron Mr. David Cleveland Mr. Ronnie and Mrs. Leslene Collado Consolidated Theatres Ms. Noumea Joelle Cornelio Mr. Leslie and Mrs. Aiko Crandall Mr. Peter Cumpston Mr. William and Mrs. Sawako Cumpston Mr. Wendell Dang and Mrs. Aileen Loo Dang Mr. Kyle Davis and Mrs. Liza Wo Davis Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Catherine Devaney Diamond Head Theatre Ms. Karyl Doi Mrs. Ann Doike Mr. Eric and Dr. Joanne Ebesu

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Ms. Ann Emura Teri Fabry Mr. Kirk Fernandes Mr. Glenn Fernandez Ms. Sylvia Flores Ms. Julia Fujioka Mr. Ronnie and Mrs. Roselyn Galapon Mr. V. Randall Gard Mr. Vernon and Dr. Laura Groves Mr. Tim and Mrs. Alice Hagan Mr. David Hamano Ms. Yuko Harada Mr. George and Mrs. Vicki Haraguchi Ms. June Harden Mr. Scott Harrison Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Gail Hashi Dr. Mii Hawkins Ms. Maegan Hayashida Ms. Janna Healy Mr. Donald and Mrs. Carol Heape Mr. Michael and Mrs. Karlene Hee Mr. Roger Higa Hilo Hattie Mrs. Arlene Hiu Mr. Jon and Mrs. Xiaoqing Hodge Ms. Lauren Holt Ms. Tamilyn Hong Ms. Kimberly Hoo Mr. Paul and Mrs. Sandy Hoshino Mr. John and Mrs. Debra Hunt Mr. Namkyu and Mrs. Chongeun Hyun Mr. James Ibanez and Mrs. Sharen ChoIbanez Ice Palace Mr. Douglas Ige and Mrs. JoAnn Ige 39

Donors (continued) Ms. Michelle Ige Ms. Amanda Igeta Ms. Carolyn Ing Mr. George Irion and Mrs. Vicky Chiu-Irion Eric Irwin, Esq. Dr. Takuma Itoh and Ms. Carol Tsang Mr. Devon Izumigawa Ms. Romella Javillo Ms. Vanessa John Mr. Junior Kaminanga Mr. Emmit Kane Ms. Linda Katsuki Mr. Randy and Mrs. Lei Kawamura Mr. Ryan and Mrs. Shellie Ann Kaya Mr. Barry and Mrs. Wendy Kikuno Mr. Dennis and Mrs. Satsuki Kim Ms. Stevie-Lyn Kim Mr. Charles and Mrs. Ellen Kishimoto Mr. Ernest Kobayashi Ms. Sylvia Koike Mr. Kyler Kokubun Ms. Ruth Komatsu Ms. Ingrid Kortvelesy Mr. Guy Kudo and Ms. Patrice Choy Mr. Jared and Mrs. Jodi Kumasaka Ms. Valri Lei Kunimoto Mr. Austin Lau Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Eileen Lau Mr. Michael and Mrs. Carol Lau Mr. Nelson and Mrs. Qi Lau Mr. Thomas Lau Hee, Jr. and Mrs. Winona Lau Hee 40

Mr. Darryl and Mrs. Patricia Lee Ms. Elaine Lee Mr. Garson and Mrs. Neysa Lee Dr. Tom Leland and Dr. Jean Adair-Leland Ms. April Leong Ms. Juo Miao Leung Mrs. Muk Lan Leung Rice and Ms. Janet McKelpin Mr. John and Mrs. Gloria Li Mr. Shichao Li and Ms. Haiying Wang Mr. Lloyd Lim Ms. Sara Lin Mr. Ray and Mrs. Jeanette Liu Mr. Warren Loh and Mrs. Susan Yee-Loh Ms. Jason Louie Ms. Jane Lovell Mr. Craig Lovett Mr. Jeffery Lucero Mr. Raymond and Mrs. Janice Lui Mr. Ryan and Mrs. Linda Luke Ms. Leanne Lum Mr. Michael and Mrs. Bonnie Lum Mr. Michael and Mrs. Sarah Lum Ms. Dee Lundell Mr. Michael and Mrs. Carrie Lyman Dr. Thomas Mahon and Dr. Margaret Sui Lan Mahon Market City Shopping Center Mr. Richard and Mrs. Joan MartinDoike Mr. Keola Maruoka and Mrs. Nila Win

Ms. Pamela Masaki Mr. David Masunaga Mr. Nainoa Mau Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Mariya Mau Mr. Robert McLaren Dr. Glenn Medeiros Mr. John Milford and Mrs. Jen Holsten Milford Mr. Gilbert Miyasato Mr. Seimasa and Mrs. Alma Miyashiro Mr. S.J. and Mrs. Janyce Miyashiro Mr. James Moffitt Mr. Irby Morvant Mr. Leslie and Mrs. Wanda Murata Mr. Steven Murray Mutual Publishing Mr. Dean Nagatoshi Ms. Carol Nakaganeku Mr. Gary and Mrs. Lori Nakano Ms. Nicole Nakaoka Mr. Alan and Mrs. Phyllis Nakasone Ms. Anna Neubauer Dr. Dung Nguyen and Dr. Nguyet Le Mr. Keane and Ms. Kristyn Nishimoto Mrs. Nancy Nishimura Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Janice Nogawa Ms. Clara Ogate Mr. Earl and Mrs. Toyoko Okawa Mr. Nathan Okinaka Mr. Gordon and Mrs. Debra Okuhara Dr. Clifford Okumoto and Ms. Julie Leong Mr. Randal and Mrs. Jennie Omon Mr. Jerry and Mrs. Arlene Ono Hawaii Youth Symphony

Ms. Myra Oshiro Mr. Duane Padilla Mr. Presley Pang and Ms. Susan Gochros Dr. Clifford and Mrs. Eileen Park Ms. Saori Paule Mr. Barry Posadas and Ms. Vaneza Austria Mr. Matthew and Mrs. Kathy Price Ms. Cheri Rauckhorst Ms. Kathy Raymond Mr. Ryan Russell Mr. Roy and Mrs. Eunice Saito Mr. Takahiro and Mrs. Yuki Sato Mr. Robert and Mrs. Diane Saxe Mr. Aaron Schank Dr. Alec Schumacker Mr. Ramon and Mrs. Nasrin Segovia Mr. William and Mrs. Marilyn Shepard Ms. Ruby Shimabukuro Ms. Tanner Shum Mr. John and Mrs. Roseanna Sylvester

Mr. Alexa Simao Ms. Laurie Skrzenta Kim Smith Mr. Randy and Mrs. Iris Sobol Ms. Sookhee Son Ms. Christine Strobel Mr. Ron Sumida Mr. Pio Tagad, Jr. and Mrs. Christina Tagad Ms. Kellie Taguchi Ms. Tsuneko Taira Mr. Dale and Mrs. Stacey Takanishi Mr. Masami Takeuchi Ms. Ruth Takeuchi-Hoag Mr. Larry Takumi and Ms. Jo-Ann Komori Ms. Christina Tamaru Mr. Wayne and Mrs. Gwen Tanaka Ms. Sharon Tanigawa Ms. BJ Taum Mr. Phillip Thompson and Dr. Jean Shein Mr. Gary Todoki Ms. Allison Tomisato Mr. Mark and Mrs. Allison Tomomitsu

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Mr. Blaine and Mrs. Joyce Tsugawa Ms. Sarah Kemble Verhoef Ms. Brianne Villarosa Ms. Mel Viveros Ms. Patricia Watanabe Watanabe Floral, Inc. Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Suzanna Watarida Ms. Elizabeth Weatherford Ms. Robyn Weber Mr. James Welsch Mr. Tommaso Wiechmann and Mrs. Kate Etheridge Wiechmann Ms. Carol Will Ms. Mary Williams Captain David Wilson Dr. Donald and Mrs. Anna Womack Mr. Anthony and Mrs. Sharon Wong Mrs. Madeline Wong Ms. Sandra Wong Ms. Bun Wuttayagon Mr. Paul and Mrs. Paula Yamamoto Mr. Gregg Yamauchi Mr. Steven Yee Mr. Todd and Mrs. Randi Yoshikawa Dr. Wumaier Yilamu and Ms. Tuerxun Halidan Ms. Diane Yoshimura Mr. Darwin Yoshioka Mr. Victor Young Mr. Bobby Yung and Ms. Regina Sha Mr. Chao Zheng and Mrs. Zhen Fan Zippy’s Restaurants


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Mahalo to our HYS students who give back and have supported us with their donations Mia Caliri Cameron Enomoto Elliott Hee Jacob Hsieh Cole Jackson Caitlyn Kadooka Tyler Kam Ryder Kaya Meenakshi Kutty Caleb Wonho Lee Corey Lehnertz, Jr. Daniel Li Matthew Li Matthew Miwa Christopher Myers Eleanor NakasoneAmaguin Erin Nishi Aaron Omon Angelina Pablo Brayden Silva Iris Sim Eliana Sueoka Zoe Wiechmann Aiden Woodard Katherine Wu Abigail Yi Haylee Yokoyama 42

In Honor of All HYS Students and Faculty by Mr. Brennan Wong Lauren Dods by The Dods Foundation Gladys Hirano by Mrs. Doris Ogawa Spencer Howe by Mr. David Cleveland Richard Ing by Ms. Louise Ing Jeon Jungkook by Ms. Susan Lee Jonathan Kwon by Mr. Alex and Mrs. Ashley Kwon Mikaela Lum by Mr. Michael and Mrs. Bonnie Lum Henry Miyamura by Mr. Daryl Akamichi and Ms. Elizabeth Kaneshiro by Ms. Sylvia Koike by Mr. George and Mrs. Kathleen Goto Ashley Muraoka by Mr. Keith and Sandy Muraoka Cody Nakagawa by Mr. Daniel and Jane Katayama

Ellie Ochiai by The Honorable Dean Ochiai and Mrs. Rene Ochiai Punahou Music Club by Mr. Ronnie and Mrs. Leslene Collado by Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Catherine Devaney by Ms. Yuko Harada by Mr. Robert Hong and Ms. Carol Ikeda Hong by Ms. Barbara Hudman by Mr. Devon Izumigawa by Ms. Ingrid Kortvelesy by Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Mariya Mau by Mr. Robert McLaren by Ms. Juo Miao Leung by Ms. Beverly Nagata by Mr. Bruce Okimoto by Ms. Saori Paule by Carol Will Punahou Music Club / Erin Nishi by Ms. Teresa Tauchi

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Joseph Rothstein by Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Patricia Ihori Katie Sherman by Dr. Robert Sherman and Mrs. Deborah Devine-Sherman Iris Sim by Dr. James Sim and Ms. Ying Xu Jean Tsukamoto by Mr. Chris and Mrs. Jadine Nielsen Karen Watarida by Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Suzanna Watarida Randy and Helen Wong by Mr. Michael and Mrs. Terrina Wong In Memory of Daniel M. Asao by Mr. Mark and Mrs. Sandra Nakamura by Mr. Parker Nakamura Geoff Au by Mr. Kendrick and Mrs. Joy Au Pat Demain by Mr. Robert and Mrs. Diane Saxe

Alan Doike by Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Christine Carungi Walter S. Kubota by Mr. Dale and Mrs. Stacey Takanishi Marjorie Lau by Dr. Matthew and Mrs. Helen Lau Ellen Masaki by Ms. Karynna Asao Neil McKay by Ms. Nola Nahulu George Okinishi by Ms. Amy Okinishi Patra Puapong by Dr. Lawrence Mordan and Dr. Susan McCombs by Mr. Randall and Dr. Helen Liu Wong Bill Shepard by Mr. William and Mrs. Marilyn Shepard Marjorie Hisako Tanoue by Dr. Lynn Tanoue by Dr. Ross Tanoue Gin Wong by Ms. Janna Healy by Mr. Michael and Mrs. Terrina Wong

Mew Choy Wong by The Honorable Kirk Caldwell by Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Haroldwyn Chang by Ms. Karyl Doi by Mr. James and Mrs. Audrey Grumbling by Mr. James Johnston and Ms. Diane Fujimura by Mr. Guy Kudo and Ms. Patrice Choy by Ms. Elaine Lee by Ms. Jadine London by Mr. Vernon and Mrs. Shu Loo by Mr. Michael and Mrs. Sarah Lum by Mr. Randy and Mrs. Iris Sobol by Mr. Larry Takumi and Ms. Jo-Ann Komori by Ms. BJ Taum by Mr. Wayne and Mrs. Gwen Tanaka by Ms. Sharon Tanigawa by Mr. Blaine and Mrs. Joyce Tsugawa by Ms. Elizabeth Weatherford by Mr. Michael and Mrs. Terrina Wong by Mr. Randall and Dr. Helen Liu Wong by Ms. Sandra Ann Wong by Mr. Steven Yee Mun Charn Wong by Mrs. Madeline Wong by Mr. Michael and Mrs. Terrina Wong

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! He Makana O NÄ Mele: The Gift of Music


Mahalo to These Schools

HYS is grateful to these public, home, and private schools whose students have attended our concerts or are members of our numerous ensemble and online programs. Ala Wai Elementary Āliamanu Elementary Assets School August Ahrens Elementary Bainbridge High Benjamin Parker Elementary Buford High Campbell High Castle High Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle Crocker Farm Elementary Crowden School Farrington High Fern Elementary Fort Lee School #3 Fort Settlement Middle Fort Shafter Elementary Greenwood School Haha‘ione Elementary Haleakalā Waldorf Hanahau‘oli School Hanalani School Hawaii Baptist Academy Hawaii Tech Academy Hawaiian Mission Academy He‘eia Elementary Heights Elementary Hickam Elementary Highlands Intermediate Hōkūlani Elementary Holy Nativity School Homeschool (23) Hongwanji Mission School Honolulu Waldorf School Honowai Elementary ‘Iliahi Elementary ‘Iolani School Island Pacific Academy Jarrett Middle Jefferson Elementary Joaquin Moraga Intermediate Ka‘elepulu Elementary Ka‘ewai Elementary 44

Kagaku Gijutsu School Kailua Elementary Kailua High Kailua Intermediate Kaimuki Christian School Kaimukī Middle Kaiser High Kalāheo High Kalākaua Middle Kalani High Kalihi Elementary Kalihi Waena Elementary Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Kamilo Iki Elementary Kapālama Elementary Kapolei Elementary Kapunahala Elementary Kaua‘i High Kaunakakai Elementary Kawānanakoa Middle Kentucky School Keone‘ula Elementary King Kekaulike High Kōloa Elementary Kūhiō Elementary Lahainaluna High Lanakila Baptist School Las Vegas Academy Le Jardin Academy Leeward Community College Liholiho Elementary Linapuni Elementary Lunalilo Elementary Ma‘ema‘e Elementary Makakilo Elementary Makalapa Elementary Mānoa Elementary Maryknoll School Maui High McKinley High Mentoring Academy Mid-Pacific Institute Mililani High Mililani Ike Elementary Mililani Middle Moanalua Elementary Moanalua High

Moanalua Middle Mokulele Elementary Moloka‘i Middle Momilani Elementary Montessori School Myron B. Thompson Academy Nimitz Elementary Niu Valley Middle Noelani Elementary North Hardin High Northern Academy Our Savior Lutheran School Palisades Elementary Pālolo Elementary Pauoa Elementary Pearl City High Pearl City Highlands Elementary Punahou School Pū‘ōhala Elementary Queen Ka‘ahumanu Elementary Radford High Roosevelt High Sacred Hearts Academy Saint Louis School Salt Lake Elementary San Domenico School Seabury Hall School SEEQS Shafter Elementary St. Andrew’s Schools St. Clement’s School Star of the Sea School Stevenson Middle University Laboratory School Voyager School Waiākea High Wai‘alae Elementary Waikīkī Elementary Waimalu Elementary Waipahu Elementary Waipahu High Webling Elementary Wheeler Elementary Wilson Elementary Woodward Middle Hawaii Youth Symphony


We are grateful to our community partners whose generous support and special talents are invaluable to Hawaii Youth Symphony. Hawaii News Now Michael Harris Director/Producer Erin Yamada Marketing Promotions

Guest Artists

Jake Shimabukuro Raiatea Helm Alan Akaka Bryan Tolentino

Hawaii Tourism Japan Eric Takahata Mitsue Varley Ayako Ishiwari

Na Mele Co-Chairs Erica Mau Collin Hoo

Becker Communications, Inc. Susan Wright Taryn Bohan Hannah Clauss

Howard Dicus Ben Gutierrez

Mark Nakamura


Chef Chris Kajioka, Miro Kaimuki

Vibe Creative Marketing

Aloha Attire

Royal Hawaiian Center


Erica Mau Chantel Galdo

Helene “Sam” Shenkus Monte McComber

Audio Engineer

Gaylord Holomalia

HYS Videography Duane Padilla

Auction Vendor


Program Book Design

Donna Pa‘auhau, Keli‘iwehi Edwards Enterprises, Inc.


Tai Blelchta, Hybrid Design HI

Accounting KMH LLP

Give Smart

Graphic Design Geoffrey Siu

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.

2020–21 Board of Directors & Staff BOARD OF DIRECTORS Patti Look, Chair Sharon R. Himeno, Vice Chair Erica Mau, Secretary Mary Ellen Williams, Treasurer Directors Alan Arizumi Gladys Hirano Collin Hoo Martin Hsia Richard K. Ing, Past Chair Malcolm Lau Tina Lau Michael Onofrietti Geoffrey Sewell, MD Jake Shimabukuro Jean Tsukamoto

Hawaii Youth Symphony 1110 University Ave., Suite 200 Honolulu, HI 96826-1598 Tel. (808) 941-9706 Federal Tax ID #99-0119771 www.HiYouthSymphony.org


Randy Wong, President Ann Doike, Programs Manager Aris Doike, Director of Operations Parker Nakamura, Assistant Operations Manager Rudy Rückmann, Director of Advancement Justin Woo, Operations Assistant

FACULTY Symphony Program

Joseph Stepec, Director of Orchestral Activities; Conductor, Youth Symphony I Elton Masaki, Co-Conductor, Youth Symphony II Susan Ochi-Onishi, CoConductor, Youth Symphony II Wayne Fanning, Associate Conductor, Concert Orchestra Hannah Watanabe, Conductor, Concert Orchestra

He Makana O Nā Mele: The Gift of Music

Academy Program

Chad Uyehara, Director; Conductor, Intermediate String Ensemble & Concert String Orchestra Joan Doike, Conductor, Beginning String Ensemble & String Orchestra Ensemble

Music in the Clubhouse Matt Momohara, Conductor, Clubhouse Band Chad Uyehara, Instructor, Nanakuli Strings Joy Waikoloa, Instructor, Music4Kids

HYS Jazz

Dean Taba, Program Director & Conductor, Combo I Ryan Howe, Conductor, Combo II

Pacific Music Institute

Joseph Stepec, Artistic Director Ignace Jang, Solo & String Quartet Program Director Jeremy Lawi, General Manager Kimberly Kim, Admissions Coordinator



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A program book with acknowledgments, bios, and behind-the-scenes information for He Makana O Na Mele: The Gift of Music 2020.