Music Ministry
; Honolulu Diocese & 'Aha Hïmeni Songfest 2011

Lokomaika'i 'Aha Hïmeni Songfest  ** You'll need to have an Hawaiian Font in your system to read the diacriticals correctly. The Lokomaika'i 'Aha Hïmeni Songfest is a project of  H.A.L.I.A. (Hawaiian Arts & Liturgical Inculturation Awareness) for more information call Margaret Peters 261-3410 or Darlene Ah Yo 735-0259

October, 2011, Friday 7:00 p.m. at St. Theresa Co-Cathedral, Honolulu (Pälama) 712 N. School. St. Honolulu  HI 96817  ph 521-1700
Free admission.   No catered meal this year - light refreshments only, donations welcomed
Enjoy an evening of Hawaiian-style church music by several Oahu parish choirs.
This event encourages and promotes the use of Hawaiian music, language, and hula in our church celebrations.
These celebrations feature some newly-introduced compositions and arrangements of Hawaiian Sacred Music.  Thanks very much to the 'Aha Hïmeni Committee and the St. John Vianney community and staff, and all the participating choirs and their directors and composers  for their generosity of time, talent, and treasure. All in all, this will be an incredible night to remember, where even the smallest of choirs receives the largest of accolades! Spread the word.....the 'Aha Hïmeni has to be one of the best highlights of Hawaiian Inculturation and choral musicianship!

All-Group Songs 2011 click to play / listen  (you can make copies of music and recrodings for your choir)

Now Gathered Here (Moani Ke 'Ala O Nä Pua Makahikina (Machado) Please learn the parts :-)
Psalm 67 "Let The Peoples of the Earth Exult" (Leole'a) (Mondoy)
Sing All God's Creation [Ahe Lau Makani/Mondoy] Please learn the parts :-)

Download Music for Your Choir Music Packet of the above, most up-to-date

Pü Ho'okani, Oli, Now Gathered Here  Kepa Stern, Herbert "Kama" Yim, Group Song

Malama Pono  
(Camacho) St. Ann Choir
Joe K. Camacho has been composing Hawaiian religious compositions for nearly 3 decades now, and besides writing an annual theme song for the BI-LAC Liturgical Conference, of late sponsored by Chaminade University, does find moments to write expressively of the spiritual dynamic that tugs at his minds and heart. In a recent conversation with us, Joe mentions that in the Fall of 2008 his Aunt called all the family together as his mother was at her deathbed. A long evening of family discussions for funeral preparations exhausted the weary traveler from Volcano, Hawai'i, and he chose not to turn on the cell phone when he got up early the next morning. A melody was being shaped in his heart and head, and after he completed it, was informed that mama had died peacefully that very hour. A few months later, the text was completed, an exhortation that that same early morning dawn declared, "Mälama pono kekahi i kekahi"; Take care of one another, and live always by lovingly caring for one another, and God's peace will most certainly be with you through all times sorrowful and joyful.

Iesü Me Ke Kanaka Waiwai  
(Almeida) St. Anthony Choir
Johnny Kamealoha Almeida, who was born in 1897 and died in 1985 lived a life rich in music despite being blind. He was very popular and was very much a lady's man. Hawai'ï's famed composer wrote some of the fetchiest jazz and swing tunes in the Hawaiian musical repertoire, and his skill at guitar and mandolin enhanced numerous 45 and 78 rpm records...for you youngsters, the prevalent music media before the digital age made our phonographs obsolete. Despite the secular playful suggestiveness in songs, he popularized "Iesü Me Ke Kanaka Waiwai" in some his first recordings in the 1950's, a religious hymn that quite ironically provided a sobering contrast. One could suppose that each one of us, for all the shortcomings in our lives' comings and goings, still yearns for the companionship of Jesus and seek him out, as did the rich young man in this song. The question is also posed to us: Are we willing to let go everything and follow the Lord of love?

Pule I Ka Lei/Pray A Lei  (Scrbacic) Co-Cathedral Choir St. Theresa
The composer of the "Pule I Ka Lei," Jim Scrbacic, and his wife, joined the community of St. Theresa a few years ago. About 19 years ago he began work on the thought of "praying a lei" in gratitude for all of God's blessings and bounty. He shared his work with Bernie Gora when he joined the choir, and was subsequently encouraged to complete his prayerful and musical endeavor. In "praying a lei" to the Trinity, the text continues to thank God for the islands' beauty, its rainbows and flowers, its majestic mountains that seemed to Jim like praying, upraised hands. A moment of musical thanks to a gracious God that inspires us to "Pule I ka Lei,"... to pray a Lei.

He Touched Me/He Aloha O Iesü  
(Gaither) St. Joseph Choir
Bill Gaither grew up on a farm in Alexandria, Indiana. He became a high school English teacher and part-time church music director. Bill Gaither's inspiration for the writing of the song "He Touched Me" came very late one night. He had been asked to play the piano for a revival meeting in Huntington, Indiana. He was accompanying Doug Oldham, who was providing the music for his father, Dr. Dale Oldham, the speaker for the evening. After the meeting, as the three rode back to Bill's home in Anderson, Indiana, they discussed how deeply they had felt the Spirit at the meeting. Dr. Oldham dropped Bill off at home and his parting words were, "You should write a song that says, 'He touched me' oh, He touched me." Gaither couldn't sleep and he couldn't get the preacher's words out of his head. He remembered how many of the people at the revival meeting seemed to have come in heavy laden and had left uplifted with joy and hope. The next morning his wife Gloria awoke to find him still up and working on the song. Soon Doug Oldham began performing the song at revivals and concerts and he recorded it, as did the Bill Gaither Trio in 1963. Elvis Presley recorded "He Touched Me" in 1971 Nashville, Tennessee.

O 'Oe 'Io 
(Morgan) Star of the Sea Choir; unable to perfrom this year

Psalm 67 Let the People of the Earth Exult 
(Mondoy) Group Song

Take Up Your Cross 
(Boltz) Our Lady Of Sorrows Voices of Faith Choir
This song of commitment was written by Ray Boltz, with musical collaboration by Steve Millikan and Jane Johannson. Ray Boltz was born in 1953 in Muncie, Indiana, and sold many throughout the 1980's and 1990's. In his devotion to the Christian ideal, he embarked on a series of expeditions that sent him to Africa and Asia. While on tour, he collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for food to feed starving people in Calcutta, India. He employed his musical talents to bring a Christian message to shut-ins including prisoners, hospital patients, and convalescent home residents. Steve Millikan was born in Seattle and grew up in Bothell, Washington. He began musical training began with piano lessons at age 6. In 1982 or 1983 he helped produce an album with the young aspiring songwriter and artist Ray Boltz. In the early days of "Christian recording", these songs of commitment helped mobilize the ideals of youthful Christians: "Take up your cross and follow Jesus, Take up your cross everyday. Don't be ashamed to say that you know him; Count the cost and take up your cross and follow Him." The Hawaiian translation is by Kainoa Fukumoto.

Hele Mai e Nä Luhi / I Ke Alo O Iesü
 (Mondoy), (Kamamahi/Fukumoto) St. John Vianney Choir
Hele Mai E Na Luhi is a well-known and well-liked hymn from the Congregation church tradition. The composer's first seminary music teacher, Brother Benedict Zane, taught Rob and his classmates this song in 1966. They often had to sing it for funerals. The voice of the good shepherd beckons the soul to find rest with the insistent invitation "Mai, mai, hele mai"; "Come, come, come unto me, and you shall find rest." This modern re-casting of the song hopes to mimic the same melodic charm of the old venerable hymn by using a modern musical vocabulary. What then follows is the lively anthem "I Ke Alo O Iesü", composed by the famed local musician Dennis Kamakahi in 1977. The very dynamic choral arrangement was done by Kainoa Fukumoto and debuted at this very same 'Aha Himeni Hymn Festival in 2009. "Come into the presence of Jesus," says the song, "to the glory of the golden land, and breathe in the sweetness of the good Lord Jesus."

Ke Kino Nui 'O Iesü (The Body Of Christ) 
(Manolo) Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel Catholic Choir
Ricky Manolo CSP is a member of the Missionary Society of St. Paul, the Paulists. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Washington Theological Union. His liturgical music is published by Oregon Catholic Press and GIA publications. He has written articles on liturgy, pastoral music, and intercultural ministry. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, a board member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and is an advisor to the U.S. Bishops' Secretariate on Cultural Diversity in the Church. Currently he is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University and the Jesuit School of Theology. He will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming BI-LAC Liturgical Conference at Chaminade University this coming November 3-5. "In the presence of our God, as we gather here in Christ, feel the spirit breathe upon us the breath of life, graced and divine. Behold the Body of Christ; rejoice O people of God, we are the Body of Christ!" The translation is by Lopaka Kapanui is the arrangement by Maridel Soriano.

Hallelujah, fr. Christ on the Mount of Olives 
(Beethoven) Our Lady of Peace Cathedral
Christ on the Mount of Olives, Op. 85, is an oratorio by Ludwig van Beethoven portraying the emotional turmoil of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane prior to his crucifixion. It was begun in the fall of 1802. It was quickly completed early the following year, and was first heard on April 5, 1803, and revised by Beethoven in 1811 for publication in Germany. The work is a dramatic oratorio rather than a religious choral Mass or a dramatic opera, and is a much more humanistic portrayal of the Christ passion than other settings, such as those by Bach. It concludes at the point of Jesus personally accepting his fate, placing the emphasis on his own decision rather than the later Crucifixion or Resurrection. A complete performance runs for nearly 50 minutes. Beethoven was quite critical of the piece, his only oratorio, thinking it too dramatic in nature, and the orchestra and chorus too under-rehearsed in its premiere performance. Although the work enjoyed immediate public success following its premiere, it has since drifted into obscurity, and is now rarely performed, However the final chorus we are going to listen to this evening enjoys a popularity of its own, usually being rendered as a great and grand "Hallelujah". The Hawaiian translation is by Calvin Liu.

Sing All God's Creation
Group Song

Notice to ALL: If you have pictures of our performing choirs (not just yours..I have "zero"..)  from this and the previous 4 years, please do contact rob mondoymusic AT gmail DOT com. I'd like to post them (by years) on the website :-) 

Want to listen to 2010's Presentations? mp3 file downloadale here:  2010 'Aha Hïmeni
Want to listen to 2009's Presentations? mp3 file downloadale here:  2009 'Aha Hïmeni  This was the Damien Year Special Presentation

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