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October 23, 2018

Hawaii Youth Symphony He Makana O Na Mele Gala Fundraiser November 4

Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS) will be celebrating the gift of music and making its maiden voyage “In The Key of Sea” at its upcoming He Makana O Na Mele Gala Fundraiser on Sunday, November 4, 2018. The gala will showcase over one hundred of Hawaii’s top high school musicians from Oahu and Maui with a special guest performance from Raiatea Helm

“Music is an amazing gift, and Hawaii Youth Symphony aims to inspire its students through richly artistic opportunities where they can develop their passion and learn the fundamentals of what it takes to be both a great musician and a well-rounded individual,” said Randy Wong, president of Hawaii Youth Symphony. “We are eternally grateful to community members who have shown their support for our organization’s commitment to ‘make music a right, not a privilege’ and we hope to continue inspiring young musicians for generations to come, as our young people are tomorrow’s leaders.” 

Dr. John Devlin, HYS’ newly-appointed music director and conductor, will lead the evening’s musical journey through works inspired by the sea. With Devlin at the forefront, students will be performing classical works such as Bedrich Smetana’s “The Moldau” and Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman,” that further explore the significance of water and its impact on societies across the globe. 

“The gala’s theme “In The Key of Sea” is centered around the heart and soul of Hawaii and the importance of water to our island home,” said Dr. John Devlin, music director of HYS. “Our Youth Symphony I students will have the amazing opportunity to present music composed specifically for this showcase by HYS alumnus and UH professor, Michael-Thomas Foumai. Of the works to be presented is ‘Raise Hawaiki,’ in which Foumai tells the story of the Hokule Ľa’s journey through a musical narrative.”

In further celebration of local artists, HYS will welcome special guest and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Raiatea Helm, to perform some of her most renowned hits with symphony orchestra accompaniment by Youth Symphony I. 

“Growing local musicians and supporting local artists is a major focus of HYS,” said Devlin. “We provide music education to hundreds of students through HYS’ programs, including opportunities to collaborate with extraordinary artists such as Raiatea Helm, right here in Hawaii. Performing with Raiatea is a dream for us as the sweet blend of Hawaiian vocals and traditional ukulele are paired harmoniously with the inspirational sounds of some of our most talented orchestral students.” 

The event will also include a performance by The Combo, HYS’ newest ensemble, led by legendary session musician, Dean Taba. Focusing on jazz, popular music and commercial styles, this new program provides artistic and creative performance outlets beyond the classical genre. 


The He Makana O Na Mele Gala Fundraiser will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom and is presented by exclusive title sponsor, HomeCare by ALTRES Medical. To purchase seats and for more information on how to donate to Hawaii Youth Symphony, visit www.hiyouthsymphony.org/namele/

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