One of the cutest groups of performers had to be this keiki hula troupe from Japan that performed a Tahitian number in the show. They ranged in age from 6 years to 10 years, and were adorable. Harry B. posed with a portion of the group backstage.
Harry B. Soria, Jr. (left) with Manoa DNA on stage following the U'ilani Japan Springtime Hawaiian All-Stars Show in Yokohama, Japan. Manoa DNA are comprised of: Nick (2nd from left), Lloyd (center, back), Alex (2nd from right). The Kawakami sons and their Dad are Manoa DNA, as they are from Manoa, Oahu, Hawaii. Lloyd = Dad = "D", Nick = "N", and Alex = "A", in the DNA from Manoa Valley. Also joining them on the far right is the Japan based bass player that backed them during their set.
Chinatown, Yokohama, Japan - April 7, 2007 -
George "Keoki" Matsushita, legendary Hawaiian falsetto singer in Japan (right) hosts a chinese dinner following the U'ilani Japan Hawaiian All-Stars Show in Minato-Ku. Harry B. (2nd from the right) emceed the show, George led the house band. George's niece Ryouko Takaya (left) and her hula sister Miwa (2nd from the left) also joined the celebration.
Between 1948 and 1952, the Royal Hawaiian Serenaders were Waikiki's 'super group'. Featuring incredible four-part harmony with 2 falsetto parts, the Serenaders were consumate veteran professionals. The group members were, left to right, Tommy Castro (steel guitar and low-end vocals), George Ka'inapau (ukulele & falsetto vocals), Benny Kalama (standup bass & falsetto vocals), and Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs (guitar & mid-range vocals). For this photo shoot & gig, there is no power, so Tommy is playing a guitar. Before WWII, the older members had toured the mainland extensively: Tommy with Ray Kinney's Hawaiian Musical Ambassadors, George with both Ray Kinney and Lani McIntire, and Alvin with Harry Owens & his Royal Hawaiians. Benny was several years younger than the other 3 and had made a name for himself with Don McDiarmid's orchestra in Hawaii. Benny would go on to become the musical director of the Alfred Apaka show and later the "Hawaii Calls" radio show. This super group chose the name, "Royal Hawaiian Serenaders" because they formed to take a gig at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. From 1948-1952, they were indeed the toast of the town!
Harry B. Soria, Jr. with Debby Nakanelua Richards of Hawaiian Airlines (right), stageside at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, Hawaii. April, 2006.
Harry B. at the lookout overlooking the bay at San Sebastian in Northern Spain. June 26, 2006.
2002 Hawaiian 105 KINE Great Hawaiian Luau. Neil Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Harry B. Soria, Jr., Bruddah Wade (Faildo), & Mike Kelly.
2005 Aloha Festivals Falsetto Contest. Monarch Room, Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Co-hosts: Karen Keawehawaii & Harry B. Soria, Jr. (2005) [Karen and Harry B.'s leis made by Gail Harimoto] (Photo: Courtesy of Aloha Festivals)
2006 Aloha Festivals. Perpetuation of Hawaiian Culture, Traditions, Customs, and Aloha Spirit.
Na Mele Treasures II - PBS Hawaii - KHET Television. "Bobby's Piano Bar". Left to right: Robert Cazimero, Harry B. Soria, Jr., Marlene Sai, Boyce Rodrigues, & May Kama'i. Thursday evening, 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Honolulu, Hawaii.
Contact your local PBS affiliate for broadcast schedule for your area.
(Photo: Russell Fujita)
Harry B. Soria, Sr., Hawaii radio announcer & on air personality, in 1938. 1st radio announcer in Hawaii to have his radio show named after him: "Going To Town With Harry Soria".
Harry B. Soria, Jr. at the 2005 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki, Hawaii. (5/2005) [Harry B.'s crown flower lei made by Gail Harimoto] (Photo: Milton Lau)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. - Emcee at Hawaiian 105 KINE FM stage at the 2006 Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho'olaulea. (September 2006) (Photo: Bill Von Osdol)
Harry B.'s authentic made in Hawaii Aloha shirts are made for him by Kalakaua. An Original Kalakaua. Honolulu, Hawaii. Look for them at fine stores everywhere.
20th Anniversary poster of "Territorial Airwaves" radio show. Our show was launched on 06/13/1979.