MES­SAGE FROM JERRY GIB­SON

Area Vice Pres­i­dent & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Hil­ton World­wide

Waikiki Magazine - - WELCOME -

The mu­sic of Hawai‘i. It truly sets Hawai‘i apart from the rest of our coun­try, and even the rest of the world. Our is­lands have en­joyed cen­turies of beau­ti­ful mu­sic with quite a col­or­ful evo­lu­tion of styles, in­stru­ments and sounds.

From the days of an­cient Poly­ne­sian chants, to the lilt­ing sounds of the Hawai­ian Monar­chy era to the world-renowned ra­dio show, Hawaii Calls, to the pop­u­lar con­tem­po­rary styles of to­day, much of what the world dis­cov­ered about Hawai‘i was through its mu­sic. And the place where they dis­cov­ered it was Waikiki.

Hawaii Calls en­joyed a 40-year run from 1935 to 1975, and many at­tribute this live We­b­ley Ed­wards ra­dio show to putting Waikiki on the map. Broad­cast live from the court­yard at the Moana Ho­tel, lis­ten­ers would tune in each week to hear the surf crash­ing on the shore and the won­der­ful voices and mu­sic of such leg­ends as Al­fred Apaka, Martin Denny and Arthur Ly­man. Th­ese three gen­tle­men, each with their unique genre of mu­sic, hosted shows at one time or an­other at Kaiser’s Hawai­ian Vil­lage Ho­tel, later to be­come Hil­ton Hawai­ian Vil­lage.

In 1978, with so many lo­cal record­ing artists es­tab­lish­ing them­selves in Waikiki ho­tel and restau­rant venues, the only Hawai­ian ra­dio sta­tion at that time, KCCN Hawai­ian Ra­dio, launched a Hawai­ian Mu­sic Awards pro­gram. The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, (Stars of Dis­tinc­tion) are en­ter­ing their 36th year of rec­og­niz­ing Hawai‘i’s finest and are now a part of even a larger un­der­tak­ing called Mele Mei, a month-long cel­e­bra­tion of Hawai­ian mu­sic en­com­pass­ing con­certs, work­shops and tributes. Come spring, vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike will be able to par­take in dozens of events through­out Waikiki.

If you can’t be here in spring, on any given night in Waikiki you can still find a plethora of mu­sic to choose from, in­clud­ing slack key, jazz, tra­di­tional Hawai­ian, con­tem­po­rary Hawai­ian, rock and roll, Jawai­ian and so much more. Hil­ton Hawai­ian Vil­lage Waikiki Beach Re­sort is the “Home of Hawai‘i’s Mu­sic” and we proudly present the best of Hawai‘i each and ev­ery day.

Mu­sic is such a huge part of our lives here in Waikiki. We hope you take the time to live it and breathe it as we do.

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