Dr. Jon Magnussen’s ‘Pākaʻa Lanakila!’ to debut on Maui and Hawaiʻi Island

Cover of Spring Wind Quintet

Pākaʻa Lanakila!” a music moʻolelo (story) composed by UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of Music, Jon Magnussen, will be performed for the first time on Maui and Hawaiʻi Island in October and November by Chamber Music Hawaii’s Spring Wind Quintet and master storyteller B.K. Cabigon. The performances are part of a multi-island statewide tour to bring the 16th century coming of age Hawaiian-language story of Pākaʻa to families.

Pākaʻa Lanakila!” will be presented in Hawaiian with English subtitles at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) on Sunday, Oct. 23, and on Wednesday, Nov. 2. at Kamehameha School’s Keaʻau Campus’ William Charles Lunalilo Center. A performance for school audiences will take place on Monday, Oct. 24 (MACC) and Thursday, Nov. 3 (William Charles Lunalilo Center).  In addition to the performances, a complementary Chamber Music Hawaii educational outreach initiative, The Pākaʻa Project, brings increased access to music education resources for Hawai‘i state educators in both ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English-speaking communities statewide, including a free, downloadable bilingual teacher resource guide (Palapala Kumu Haʻawina) available at:  http://chambermusichawaii.org/pakaa-lanakila.

Dr. Magnussen’s CD – “Pākaʻa Lanakila!” – was nominated for a 2016 Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Artists Na Hōkū Hanohano Award in the Technical Category for Best Liner Notes.

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