HONOLULU - A full House at the Saint Andrews Cathedral on Friday night, as about 200 folks turned out to enjoy a Hawaiian music concert and history lecture. This event is a fundraiser for a new non-profit group, Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings.

Maestro Aaron Mahi and 14 of Hawaii’s award-winning musicians, like Ra'iatea Helm, Jeff Peterson, Puka Asing, Ian O?Sullivan, Maika'i Nash, Starr Kalahiki, and Blythe Kelsey, performed string ensemble styles of the Hawaiian Kingdom. They recaptured the diversity of musical cultures found in late 19th-century Honolulu, from 'oli to opera, symphonic strings to brass, fiddle and banjo to flute, ukulele and Hawaiian-style steel string guitar.

"Hawaiian musicians synthesized the unprecedented diversity of the Hawaiian kingdom’s musical cultures into a unique brass and string ensemble sound that would delight audiences around the world. Tracing the lives of these musicians and their music reveals a largely untold chapter of Hawaii’s role in shaping not only the history of modern music, but also the designs of the most iconic and widely used stringed instruments in use to this day, the C.F. Martin Dreadnought and Fender Stratocaster," says Kilin Reece, a music historian, master luthier, and founder of Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings.

Pu'uhonua Society, a Native Hawaiian arts and social justice group, hosted the event. 

If you missed it Friday night, they're holding another concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday at St. Andrew's Cathedral. It's free, but they're taking donations at the door. 

Papakolea-Style Hawaiian Food + Musical Concert
Talk Story • Community Potluck Dessert • Silent Auction 

(vintage instruments + antique Hawaiian mele songbooks) 

5:30 pm •  Dinner + Silent Auction
6:30 pm •  Doors open for Concert-Only ticket holders
6:30 pm •  Talk Story with historian Kilin Reece
7:30 pm •  Musical Concert; Silent Auction closes   
9:00 pm •  Pau