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Whether you are visiting or you are blessed to call Oahu your home, you are missing a real treat if you have not been to at least one performance of the one and only Royal Hawaiian Band!
Founded by King Kamehameha III, in 1836, during Hawaii’s monarchy, this band has been entertaining with beautiful music for over 175 years. There have been over 20 band leaders during this time but Prussian band leader Henri Berger one of the most famous. He introduced Hawaii to the European classics, and also brought global prominence and attention to the band and to Hawaii. He and King Kalakaua collaborated to produce the song Hawai’i Pono’i which is still sung today as Hawaii’s official state anthem (and is sung in Hawaiian).
The present band leader is Clarke Bright and you can watch and listen to the Royal Hawaiian Band for free every Friday at the I’olani Palace Bandstand from 12-1, or on Sundays at Kapi’olani Park Bandstand from 2-3.
The band performs favorite songs of Hawai’i as well as songs from all over the world. You will hear marches, pop music, Broadway tunes, and even music from cartoons to tickle the fancy of the children. At the close of every performance they play Aloha O’e which is a famous song written by Queen Lili’uokalani herself.
Looking impressive in their Royal uniforms, this band is the oldest full-time municipal band in the United States and the only one with a royal legacy! If you have the chance, don’t miss the opportunity to treat yourself, lift your spirits, relax and give a listen to the Royal Hawaiian Band!