Territorial Airwaves on the road in January 2017. For the 2nd year in a row, Kilohana and Harry B. conducted our hapa haole music and hula workshops in Paris, France and Rome, Italy. In 2015, we spent 4 weeks during September and October. In December 2016 and January 2017, we were there 5 weeks. Standing in front of the Eiffel Tower was one of many thrills during our travels. (Photo: Kilohana Silve)
Harry B. Soria Jr. has the privilege of emceeing all of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festivals for the Kihoalu Foundation. The festivals are held annually in Kona, BI; Kauai, Maui, and 4 festivals on Oahu. (Waikiki, Ewa, Turtle Bay, & Kailua). In addition, the festival takes swings through both the Northwest & Northeast USA. An additional Slack Key event is held each year at the Kani Kapila Grille in the Outrigger Reef Hotel in Waikiki. This photo is from the August 14, 2015 evening at the Grille. (Photo: Colleen Ricci.)
September 2015. Harry B. Soria, Jr. and Kilohana Silve board their train from Normandy back to Paris. Territorial Airwaves was on the road for a full month in Paris, Normandy, Rome, Teracina, and New York. (Photo: Christine Harkness)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. broadcasting from Honolulu, Hawaii, in his 37th consecutive year of "Territorial Airwaves", Your Source For The History of Hawaiian Music. November 8, 2015. (Photo: Kilohana Kwock-Silve) (Shirt: Manuhealii)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. emcees the 33rd annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival - Waikiki Style, at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand, on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Produced by Milton Lau and Kihoalu Productions, the 6 hour festival featured 16 slack key stars, plus a Taylor guitar giveaway, and a very appreciative and satisfied audience. (Photo: Collen Ricci)
Michael Cord (8/20/1949 - 5/03/2015) Michael and Harry B. Soria, Jr. met one evening in Hawaii in the summer of 1968. 25 years later, they met again when Michael & his wife Maryann phoned to invite Harry B. to begin producing vintage Hawaiian compact discs with them on Cord International's Hana Ola Records. For the next 25 years, they created 30 compact discs of restored historic recordings of the giants of Hawaii's golden years of music. Along the way, they were awarded with 7 Hoku Awards for Anthology & Liner Notes. The trio enabled Hawaiian music fans in this century to experience the amazing music of the early part of the last century. Michael Cord and Harry B. had one of those amazing collaborative relationships that are rare. They were hanai brothers in the true sense. Rest in love, Michael Cord.
Harry B. Soria, Jr. emceed the 2015 Northeast Hawaiian Slack Key Festival Tour, with stops at SubCulture in New York City, Wolf Trap in Virginia, and Camden County College in New Jersey. April 24th through 26th. A bevy of Slack Key Stars. See more at slackkeyfestivals.com. (Photo: Dave Gruen)
1939. Harry B. Soria, Sr. poses for a publicity shot for his "Voice of Hawaii" program, on the roof of KGU Radio at Advertiser Square on Kapiolani Boulevard. "Voice of Hawaii" broadcast every Saturday evening from KGU via NBC Red Network through the continental United States and Canada.
1939. Harry B. Soria, Sr. broadcasts from the lauhala-lined main studio of KGU Radio. By the time I began Territorial Airwaves in 1979, 40 years later, the dress code for radio announcers had changed dramatically. Compared to Dad's era, radio today is dress down., casual.
1939 - Harry B. Soria, Sr., age 34, host of the "Voice of Hawaii" and "Going To Town With Harry Soria" on KGU Radio. Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii.
1991, Harry B. Soria, Jr. enjoyed an all too brief modeling career for Mamo Howell. Her Mamo shirts, both long sleeve and short sleeve, and dresses, both formal and casual, were high fashion in Hawaii for 2 decades.
1983 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Jackie Farias & his wife, Karen Keawehawaii, Emme Tomimbang, and Harry B. Soria, Jr. Jackie is holding one of the Hoku Awards that Karen won for her album, "Rhythm of the Islands". Harry B. is holding his 1st Hoku Award for Liner Notes, also for Karen's album.
1994. Ala Moana Center Stage. Harry B. Soria, Jr. emceeing an appearance of Alan Akaka and the Islanders, with Benny Kalama & Sonny Kamahele, to promote the Steel Guitar Ho'olaulea. Harry B. also got to emcee that event each year as well. Alan Akaka was also the Musical Director for the Territorial Airwaves remote broadcasts, so Alan & Harry B. worked together often with Benny & Sonny.
1946. Harry B. Soria, Sr. Age 41. Bachelor out of the Navy and back in business in Honolulu. His favorite Hawaiian fashion lauhala hat with pheasant hat band. That generation of men in the 1st half of the 20th century wore hats in the Territory of Hawaii. (and in the 1930s and 1940s, pencil mustaches...) Within months of this photo, Dad met Mildred, the love of his life whom he would spend the rest of his life with. (My Mom).
Harry B. Soria, Sr. 1942. Lt. Naval Intelligence. Head Censor, Territory of Hawaii. Prior to December 7, 1941, Dad had been attending regular secret meetings at the Honolulu Armory (located at the time where the State Capitol building is now). As Honolulu's highest profile radio announcer, he was being prepared to head up electronic censorship should War come to Hawaii. On the morning of 12/07/41, Dad rushed to the Bishop Street offices of Mutual Telephone (now Hawaiian Telecom) and monitored all calls in and out of the Territory for the next 18 hours. He monitored the fateful call between the Territorial Governor and FDR when Martial Law was discussed. In this war time photo, Dad displays his mustache and cigarette, along with his Naval uniform. Happily, he finally gave up the filter-less Camels in 1967.