​John Berger

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
Sunday May 6, 1:00 p.m.
Presenting in the Rock ‘n’ Roll event with Ed Kanoi and Ron Jacobs. The panel will discuss the evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Hawaii, from Elvis Presley’s first concerts in 1957 to the establishment of K-POI as the first radio station in Hawaii to showcase rock in a Top 40s format. The panel will cover the modern Rock ‘n’ Roll scene as well, from headline performers who venture to Hawaii for concerts (virtually every musician from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame) to Hawaii natives who become award-winning stars, such as Bruno Mars.

John Berger has covered entertainment in Honolulu for 40 years. He has been writing about music, theater and social events of all types for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (formerly the Honolulu Star-Bulletin) since 1988. In the year 2000, he began working with Dr. George S. Kanahele on a revised and expanded second edition of Hawaiian Music and Musicians, and promised– at Dr. Kanaheleʼs request – that he would finish the book “no matter what.” That promise has been kept and the second edition of Hawaiian Music and Musicians is being published by Mutual Publis


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