Hawai’i Event in Lucerne, Switzerland
Danny Carvalho’s “Perpetuation of the Havai’ian knowledge has been a constant in my career…” He recently graduated from the University of Havai’i with a bachelor’s degree in Havai’ian Studies. He was the first slack key guitarist featured on U.S. nationally syndicated radio program, “From the Top” in 2004.
Keale, cousin to the late Israel „IZ“ Kamakawiwo’ole, famed for remake of “Somewhere over the rainbow.” At age 36, Keale started `ukulele and performed in public since 2003. As a member of Kaukahi, the band won four Hoku Hanohano awards. Keale interests include Native American rights and social justice issues. His music promotes justice, healing, and unconditional love.
Stephen Inglis was born and reared on O’ahu. His musical influences include John Coltrane, with the song catalog of Bob Dylan. He began his musical career as a rock guitarist, then he developed into a virtuoso of Havai’ian slack key guitar. His music release, “Waimaka Helelei: Dennis Kamakahi” (2011), is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Chris Lau, son of Havai’ian Slack Key Guitar Festival director Milton Lau, is a bass player who accompany the slack key guitar musicians on stage. His work has also been featured on several slack key guitar productions.
Milton Lau started the Havai’ian Slack Key Festival in 1982 to keep and perpetuate a unique Havai’ian tradition and to pay tribute to Gabby „Pops“ Pahinui, a Havai’ian music performer. Mr. Lau is a recognized music producer with his label: Ka-Hoku Productions. He has organized over 90 festivals and is an accomplished musician. Mr. Lau also founded the Ki-ho’alu Foundation.
Ian O’Sullivan is classically trained composer and guitarist from the North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i. His Western classical repertoire complements his Hawai’ian slack-key guitar and the ‘ukulele. His training and musicality brought him Carnegie’s Weil Recital Hall and other renowned stages. As a child, Ian played the ‘ukulele by ear; as Kamehameha Schools student, he experimented with various genres of music. While attending the University of Hawai’i, he was introduced to classical guitar by Grammy Award winning artist and UH lecturer Jeff Peterson. Ian became the first guitar student from Hawai’i accepted into Yale University’s School of Music. Ian successfully funded his release Ka’ena to Kahuku with a Kickstarter fundraiser.
LT Smooth was born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Because LT Smooth’s early life was stricken with substance abuse, his music promotes “heal[ing for] what we go through in life…” and “about my journey through the struggles.” He is versatile in most genres and is multi-instrumental. He currently resides in Kona of Havai’i’s Big Island.
Harry B. Soria was born into a radio broadcast family—with a 90-year history on Havai’i’s airwaves. Territorial Airways has been delivering vintage Havai’ian music, of which Mr. Soria is responsible for the last 35 consecutive years. He has released recordings of his program, 25 to date, focusing on legendary performers. For the Havai’i event in Switzerland, Mr. Soria will emcee the slack key section of the program.
Slack Key Guitar History
The musical history of the Polynesian Islands reaches further than the islands’ relative size. The Havai‘ian music is distinctive and has influenced various genres, including American Rock, Hip-Hop, and the Delta blues.
The guitar first arrived in Havai’i in 1837 through Mexican immigrants, who were influenced by Portuguese immigrants at an earlier date. Through the guitar, Havai’ian music and culture for storytelling changed forever.
The last reigning monarchs were accomplished musicians; King David Laʻamea Kamanakapuʻu Mahinulani Nalaiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua and Queen Lydia Paki Kamehamea Liliʻuokalani Kumulipo had close relationships with Belgium and England, and the monarchs‘ music reflects this European influence. Their music is still performed on a weekly basis through the Royal Havai’ian Band, based in Honolulu, Havai’i.
Sugar Cane Culture Club is a registered association in Switzerland.
Sugar Cane Culture Club’s Havai’i Event supports two Havai’i-based nonprofit organizations: 1) INPEACE.org for their work with Native Havai’ian youth; and 2) Aha Punana Leo.org for their efforts to perpetuate the Havai’ian language.
The Havai’i Event in Switzerland is a unique branding opportunity for companies to invest in. For those companies interested in leveraging the Havai’i Event, ask about sponsorship packages by contacting our office.
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Sugar Cane Culture Club offers an opportunity to support a five-year plan to create a self-sustaining nonprofit organization in Havai’i that serves the Native Havai’ian population. Contact our office for more details.
Seal of the Republic of Hawaii ’s Department of Foreign Affairs. To 2.54 cm ( 1 inch ) diameter impression on red wax. Photo courtesy of Hawai’i State Archives Digital Collections.
12.01.2015 ¦ Manager of Hawai’ian musicians decides to cancel Hawai’i Event in Switzerland
06.01. 015 ¦ Sugar Cane Culture Club offers to pay Manager of Hawai’ian musicians in advance with sponsorship funds
22.12.2014 ¦ Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium cancel their shows
18.12.2014 ¦ Schweizerhof Luzern Hotel is reserved for Hawai’i Event
02.11.2014 ¦ CHF1- per Hawai’i Event ticket sold: Donated to two mentioned Hawai’i-based nonprofits
27.10.2014 ¦ Stockholm, Sweden cancels their show
24.09.2014 ¦ Selected Aha Punana Leo.org for Hawai’i-based nonprofit to support
24.09.2014 ¦ Selected INPEACE.org for Hawai’i-based nonprofit to support
25.08.2014 ¦ Registered association in Switzerland for Sugar Cane Culture Club
20.98.2014 ¦ Ke Kai O Kahiki confirmed at men’s hula halau for „Hawai’i Event“
08.08.2014 ¦ Created Web app for mobile devices
07.08.2014 ¦ Created English website
06.08.2014 ¦ Created German website
04.2014 ¦ Held first team meeting
01.2014 ¦ Started planning for „Hawai’i Event in Switzerland“
25.02.2013 ¦ Filed Articles of Organization for MMFE, LLC
01.08.2011 ¦ Filed DBA Model Minority Fashion Exposition, Honolulu, Hawai’i, US
Meet the Team
The Team is a collection of dedicated individuals, bringing Havai’ian performing artists to share their heritage and culture.
Alfio Di Fazio, Aduiotechnik & techn. Koordination
Gérard Koch, Eventerantwortlicher
Beat Kumschick, Grafik & Socialmedia Designer
Simon Murer, Lichtdesign & Dokumentation
Shana Okuda, Managerin für Havai’i Kontakte & Marketing
Havai’i Event entertains Switzerland. The „Havai’i in Switzerland Event“ features authentic Havai’ian culture and Native Havai’ian performing artists in Switzerland.
The Sugar Cane Culture Club is a registered association in Switzerland.
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