The Chamber Music Hawaii joined Good Morning Hawaii in studio to talk about the Hawaiian Oboe Legacy Project.

Q: What is the Hawaiian oboe legacy project?

A: It's an initiative to create the world's first and only handcrafted oboe made of kauila, which is a rare and culturally significant wood in Hawaii. The kauila used to make this instrument is approx. 300 years old and from the island of Kauai. 

Q: How will the oboe be introduced to the community?

A: The Hawaiian Oboe will be initially introduced to the community in two upcoming Chamber Music Hawaii concerts on May 6 and 20, which will feature the instrument in a new piece created by Dr. Magnussen specifically to showcase this new instrument. The piece is titled Na Kau ?Elua | The Two Seasons, and is scored for string quartet, piano, and Hawaiian and western percussion instruments. Scott and Jon have been close research collaborators throughout this entire process. 

Q: When else can viewers see and listen to the Hawaiian oboe?

A: A full symphonic version of Na Kau ?Elua | The Two Seasons is being created by Dr. Magnussen to be premiered by the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in fall 2019. Viewers can also learn more about the project, and hear it played, by visiting the Live Music Awareness website: Live Music Awareness is the fiscal sponsor of the project.

The Hawaiian Oboe Legacy Project Performances:

Monday, May 6, Paliku Theatre at 7:30pm

Monday, May 20, Doris Duke Theatre at 7:30pm

Admission: $35 (free for students with ID)