Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
Saturday May 5, 2:00 pm
Performing with Alan Akaka
Fourth Annual Henry Kaleialoha Allen Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival: The 2012 Maui Invitational Music Festival and Kaanapali Beach Hotel present the Fourth Annual Henry Kaleialoha Allen Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival April 20-22, 2012. Celebrating the music created on the Hawaiian steel guitar, the festival features free concerts, presentations, hands-on workshops and cultural activities throughout the weekend.Honoring one of “Hawaii’s Living Legends of Hawaiian Music” Henry Allen, the festival also features well-known Hawaiian steel guitar players, cultural enrichment specialists, and special guest performers.
Title of latest album: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Genre: Hawaiian, Acoustic / Slack-Key
Rainbow Records; Jan 1, 2009
List price: $16.95; Amazon: $8.91
The album: Henry’s first love is that of good Jazz, songs that tell a story and transpose you to their sites and relevance, to take you back in time to a smooth crossover into that dream world of make believe and wanting more! The likes of this song line up are unsurpassed, with the writers some of the finest in their times, Antonio Carlos Jobin, Paul Desmond, Erroll Garner, Duke Ellington and Hawaii’s own Henry Allen, who authored over 45 original songs, many not heard of yet to the public.
“I express my warmest aloha to Henry Kaleialoha Allen, a musician, composer, producer, music educator, and master of the Hawaiian steel guitar. Indeed, the festival’s presentations of workshops and concerts of music created on the Hawaiian steel guitar will showcase some of our very best artists from abroad. This event will be a treasured experience for the participants and will serve to educated, preserve, and perpetuate the rich music created on the Kika Kila or Hawaiian Steel Guitar.”
– Senator Daniel K. Akaka
“With a long and distinguished career as one of Hawaii’s premier musicians, you are acclaimed around the world for your legendary Hawaiian steel guitar performances. From the time you began performing professionally as a teenager, you have served as an ambassador of the aloha spirit. … Your many accomplishments are a reflection of your talent, integrity, and dedication to Hawaii’s signature sounds. … Henry, you serve as a positive role model, and we are sure this honor brings pride to you, your family and fellow musicians, especially steel guitarists.”
– Governor Linda Lingle and Lieutenant Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona Jr.
Mr. Allen’s talents have taken him around the world. … The Senate of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawai’i is pleased to commend and congratulate Hawaiian musician extraordinaire and living treasure Henry Kaleialoha Allen on his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai’i Music Foundation recognizing his contribution to the preservation and performance of Hawaiian Music and wishes him continued success in all his artistic and educational endeavors.”
– The Senate
During the early Hawaiian Territorial days, Henry Allen played with Alfred Apaka and René Paulo at Trader Vics, the Banyan Court, The Orchid Room, and the Shell Bar. Polishing his jazz guitar talents in Los Angeles in the mist of the swing days of Hollywood, Allen was scouted for the Martin Denny band as lead singer. The band became the forefront for the exotica ultra-lounge craze of the 50s and swing jazz. Allen contracted big shows at the famous Brown Derby, General Lee’s and The Seven Seas. His music was featured in television shows such as Blue Hawaii and Hawaiian Eye. Allen was also a featured guest on Rosie O’Donnell and NBC’s The Today Show. His talents extended even to Las Vegas and the Greek Theater in L.A., where he arranged and produced a 56-piece orchestra opening for the Don Ho show.
Allen was recognized as “The Master Artist” of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and Hawaiian music by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists. He also made time to book gigs with close friend and international jazz artist, George Benson. Recent achievements include receiving Governor Lingle’s proclamation for “Henry Kaleialoha Allen Day” on April 4, 2004, and congratulatory honors from the Hawaii State Senate for outstanding contributions to Hawaiian Music in the State Capitol on April 2, 2004.
Allen’s music includes a tropical swing jazz Hawaiian hula CD entitled A Lei of Stars, and Henry, Live in Tokyo! releasing in his ‘04 Japan tour. He was a featured act in the 11th Annual Hawaii International Jazz festival where he received ovations with the 17 piece orchestra playing songs that he composed and arranged himself.
Allen is an “Enrichment Specialist” for the Ships Of Celebrity Cruises to Hawaii and the South Pacific, producing lecture/presentations on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and Ukulele as well staring in concerts with the ship’s orchestras. He is the lhe last living Hawaiian Steel Guitarist for the world famous “Hawaii Calls” radio broadcast show. Allen lives in Kapalua, West Maui, Hawaii
Allen’s other works:
MASAMI SATOU: My Island Maui
Magic of Steel Guitar; Rainbow Records; 1992
Blue Hawaii; Rainbow Records; 2000
Hawaii to You; Rainbow Records; 2003
Lei Of Stars; Rainbow Records; 2005
Europa; Rainbow Records; 2005
Equinox; Rainbow Records; 2005
Live @ A Pacific Café; Nohea label/Rainbow Records; 2006
Mauna Kea; Rainbow Records; 2008