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The Royal Hawaiian Band was founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III. Today it is a body of the County and City of Honolulu. The band performs concerts all over the world, and when they are not on tour they perform nearly every Friday on the grounds of the Iolani Palace.

Facts About the Royal Hawaiian Band
  • Formed in 1836 by King Kamehameha III
  • Performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1988
  • Longest term bandmaster was Henry Berger, who served 43 years, fromf 1872 to 1915.
  • Second longest term bandmaster was Aaron Mahi, who served for 24 years from 1981 through 2005.
  • The band has 38 musicians and an annual budget that was approximately $760,000 in 1982 and abut $1.6 million in 2005.
  • The typically performs more then 300 times a year.

    Leaders of the Royal Hawaiian Band
    All of the leaders of the Royal Hawaiian band since the band was first created by King Kamehameha III in 1836.

    The Royal Hawaiian Band: Its Legacy
    This book about the history of the Royal Hawaiian Band was written by Scott C.S. Stone and published by Island Heritage in November of 2004. The 128 page book comes with a CD recording of eighteen songs, including "Hawaii Ponoi" and "Aloha Oe".

    Iolani Palace Royal Hawaiian Band Concerts
    The Royal Hawaiian presents free concerts, most dry days, on the grounds of the Iolani Palace from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

    Recordings of the Royal Hawaiian Band (Amazon.com)
  • Live at Kapiolani Park
  • In Concert Live
  • Live at Carnegie Hall, Part I
  • Live at Carnegie Hall, Part II

    Articles About the Royal Hawaiian Band
  • 2006 Jul 22: Former Bandleader Lloyd T Krause Dies at Age 86
  • 2005 Apr 27: Aaron Mahi Speaks in the Honolulu Weekly
  • 2005 Feb 02: Mayor Chooses Nakasone To Head Band
  • 2005 Feb 02: Passing the Baton + Book About the Band
  • 2004 Dec 12: Band Director To Be Replaced Next Year
  • 2004 Dec 12: Strike Up the Band for Henry Berger

    Royal Hawaiian Band Web Sites
    Royal Hawaiian Band - Official Web Site
    Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band

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