Online Resources ABOUT Hawaiian Music and its History

Hawaiian Music History

The Hawaiian Music History Web site includes news, photos, event announcements, musician bios, and general information about contemporary and traditional Hawaiian and island-style music in Hawaii. The site also includes information about all of Hawaiiʻs musicians and music events, regardless of the style of music.

Territorial Airwaves

“Your Source for the History of Hawaiian Music” A multi-media extension of the radio broadcast by Harry B. Soria, Jr., begun in June 1979. This website is a veritable museum of archived radio shows, photo galleries, artist tributes, and historical dates of note.

Hoʻolohe Hou . . . where classic Hawaiian music lives . . .

Blog, podcasts and playlists by Bill Wynne. Search posts by artists, composers, falsetto, mele, manaʻo, and “Closing Chord” [obituaries].

Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame & Museum

A non-profit organization whose mission is “to promote, preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian music by celebrating the achievements of significant composers, singers and performers of Hawaiian music.” The Hall of Fame began inducting honorees in 1995, and the website includes tributes to all inductees. There is also a moderated Hall of Fame Forum

Ha‘ilono Mele

Digital access to the monthly newsletters published by The Hawaiian Music Foundation from 1975-1982. A valuable treasure trove of information and news.


An online virtual archive of The Kamehameha Schools Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center. Hawaiian music fans will be particularly interested in three of the five areas on this site: 1) Ka Lālā Ola, a video showcase that includes short documentaries, interviews, musical performances, and panel discussions; 2) Kaleinamanu Literary Archive, a Hawaiian Literary Journal conceptualized and edited by Kīhei de Silva from 2004-2007, and includes essays on historical and contemporary mele; and 3) Makali‘i: An Eclectic Array that includes feature stories, Talk Story audio interviews, and CD, book, and film reviews.

Hawaiian Music and Hula—Bibliography of Printed Sources

Citations to published books and articles about Hawaiian music and hula. The Bibliography is organized into five sections: 1) printed sources of writings about Hawaiian music and hula; 2) biographies of performers and composers; 3) Hawaiian musical instruments—histories; 4) instructional manuals; and 5) published collections of mele repertoire.

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2 Responses to Online Resources ABOUT Hawaiian Music and its History

  1. Russell Letson says:

    I’ve been meaning thank you for posting such lucid orientation pieces and listing so many resources–seeing the link to the Ha‘ilono Mele archive in particular has gotten me out of a stall in my reseach and writing. And it’s searchable! The Gabby and Peter Moon interviews and “It Sells Records” article by Eldon Akamine grabbed my attention immediately, as did a number of other pieces. I should be happily busy for quite a while. Again, many thanks.

  2. amykstillman says:

    thank you so much, Russell! Iʻm so glad to know that the information is useful.
    — amy k.

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