Here is Genoa Keawe in the mid-1950s, during her run at "Club Polynesia" in downtown Honolulu. In loving memory of Genoa Keawe (10/31/1918 - 02/25/2008).
This photo captures 1970s memories of "Everyone's Aunty" Genoa Keawe. On the evening of Aunty Genoa's passing at age 89, (Monday, February 25, 2008), we offer this portrait done in the mid-1970s by Robert Knight. We love you, Aunty Genoa! (Photo: Robert Knight)
In 1991, 1420 AM KCCN, Station Aloha, was celebrating its 25th Anniversary! The 4 horseman of the station at that time composed 2 teams. Kimo Kahoano & Brickwood Galuteria were the Aloha Morning Show boys, while Harry B. Soria, Jr. & Keaumiki Akui were known as the "Territorial Boys". They all posed together for this promotional photo at the Contemporary Arts Museum on Round Top Drive. The photo ran in several local magazines.(Photo: Asher Okada)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. wears a maile-ilima lei in this 1991 promotional photo. 1420 AM KCCN, Station Aloha, was celebrating its 25th anniversary, while "Territorial Airwaves" was observing its 12th year on the air.
Harry B. Soria, Jr. participates in the annual Faerber's Flyers Men's 10K race on April 29, 1984. Harry B. sports the "Territorial Airwaves" 'on KCCN Radio' logo on his outfit. (Official Finish Line Photo)
Shin Tanaka & his mother, Kamaile Sachiko Tanaka, join Harry B. Soria backstage at the New Year Special Concert in Shinegawa, Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Sachiko is the sensei of "Halau Hula Onaona 'O Kamaile". (Photo: H. Soria)
Kumu Hula Hokulani DeRego (green) and Harry B. Soria are surrounded by Halau Hula O Hokulani members of Nani, Leo, & Shiloh during their appearance in the U'ilani Japan Hawaiian music and dance show in Shinegawa, Tokyo, Japan on January 12, 2008. (Photo: H. Soria)
Naoko Pohaikealoha Kalima and Harry B. Soria, Jr., backstage at the U'ilani Japan New Year Concert in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan on January 12, 2008. Naoko is sensei of "Halau Hula Ka Mamo O Pohai Kalima". (Photo: H. Soria)
One of our special adventures on our January 2008 trip to Japan was a tour of the Sony Archives in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. The museum traces the history of Sony's breakthrough inventions since its founding by Masaru Ibuka in 1946. This revolutionary "pocketable" portable AM radio was the initial international export by Sony, and quickly captured the world's imagination. (Harry B. received one of these from his parents, as a Honolulu schoolboy circa 1960, and immediately embraced the portability of the inovative radio.) (Photo: Holly Soria)
A 1943 poster invites Hawaiian music fans in New York to enjoy Lani McIntire & his Orchestra, featuring The Honolulu Maids, at the "Eastern Outpost of Hawaii", the "Hawaiian Room" of the "Hotel Lexington". Charles E. Rochester served as V.P. & Managing Director of the "Hawaiian Room" in the basement of the "Hotel Lexington" on Lexington Avenue at 48th Street, in New York City.
May 1st, 1928 marked the 1st observance of Hawaii's "May Day Is Lei Day In Hawaii". The brainchild of author/poet Don Blanding and Star-Bulletin columnist Grace Tower Warren, Princess Abigail Kawanakoa created the custom of the May Day Queen & her court by selecting Nina Bowman (2nd from left) as the 1st Queen. The tradition continues today, buoyed by the annual May Day concert at the Waikiki Shell featuring the Brothers Cazimero.
Ray Kinney, star of the Hawaiian Room of the Lexington Hotel in New York City during the late 1930s and early 1940s, surrrounded by his lovely line of hula dancers.
When visiting Maui, check out Makawao. The entire town is a page right out of the Territory of Hawaii. Here is the 1923 edifice, the K. Matsui Store, standing where Baldwin Avenue meets Olinda Road. Just across the street, Komoda Bakery offers the original Hawaiian cream puff. So ono! (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Holly-Berry & Harry B. Soria love to stay at the beautiful "Ulupono" in historic Wailuku, Maui. Hidden away in a shady older part of Wailuku stands "Old Wailuku Inn" operated by Harry B.'s lifelong friend, Tom Fairbanks and his wife Janice, with their daughter, Shelley. When visiting Maui, check out the ultimate "Territorial" Bed & Breakfast experience, in a totally refurbished 1920s mansion that now boasts every amenity imaginable. Tell them Harry B. sent you! (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Here are some of the stars of Hawaii's music scene in 1979 when "Territorial Airwaves" launched on 1420 AM KCCN radio in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Front & Center) Gabby Pahinui, (far left, going clockwise) Robert Beaumont & Jerry Santos, of "Olomana", Henry Kapono Ka'aihue and Cecilio Rodrigues, of "Cecilio & Kapono". Both Gabby and Robert are now in Hula Heaven, but Jerry still plays regularly, as do C & K (separately, but they do get together for regular reunions as well.) (Photo: Robert Knight)