Harry B. Soria, Jr. calls for a hana hou for slack key guitar artist Nathan Aweau during the 2012 Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival at Kapiolani Park Bandstand on Sunday, August 19, 2012. (Photo:Kat Wade, special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
Harry B. Soria, Jr. emcees the 2012 Hapa Haole Hula Competition, the Friday evening event of the "Three Days of Aloha" Festival held at Esther Short Park In Vancouver, Washington. All of the winners performed during the final festival day on Saturday in the park.
(Photo: Miguel Mesa of miguelmesaphotography.com)
Emcee Harry B. Soria, Jr. is assisted by Virginia B. MacKenzie and Ruby Kaeueu Caraet-Wirfs at the 2012 "3 Days of Aloha" festival in Esther Short Park in Vancouver, Washington. Our HHHF team gets tighter every year. (Photo: Ke Kukui Foundation)
On Monday, June 25, 2012, we lost a dear friend: John Koko, bass player of the Makaha Sons. Pals for years, Harry B. had the honor of emceeing their show at Carnegie Hall in NYC on May 31, 2008. John Koko, second from the left, was the engine that kept us upbeat and focused. John always had time for anyone. A true gift to the Hawaiian music community. (Photo: U'ilani Productions)
Harry B. Soria, Sr., the Remote Broadcast Manager for KGU Radio in Honolulu, mans the microphone for a remote broadcast from the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in pre-WWII Waikiki. (Photo: KGU Radio)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. was one of the several volunteers representing the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts in the phone bank during the PBS Hawaii television premiere of "Na Mele: Na Lani Eha from I'olani Palace" on Monday evening, June 11, 2012. Several volunteers were interviewed by hosts Leslie Wilcox & Puakea Nogelmeier, including Nina Keali'iwahamana, Marlene Sai, Jerry Santos, Jeff Peterson, and Harry B. Soria, Jr. (Photo: PBS Hawaii)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. at the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, presented by HARA at the Hawaii Convention Center. Harry B. presented the "Anthology" and "Compilation" categories. (Photo: Colleen Ricci)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. presents the "Compilation of the Year Award" at the 2012 Hoku Awards show. Presented by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts at the Hawaii Convention Center. (Photo: Colleen Ricci)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. presents the "Anthology of the Year Award at the 2012 Hoku Awards. The event was again held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, presented by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. (Photo: Colleen Ricci)
Raiatea Helm stands on her mark, awaiting her cue, as the TV lights turn on over her mini stage at the waters edge. Within seconds she will be televised singing at the 2012 Lantern Floating ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park, presented by Shinnyo-En. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. (age 5) and sister Camille Amy Soria (age 1) share a laugh in the garage of their Aina Haina home on Papai Street. (Photo: Mildred N. Soria)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. (age 3) proudly takes a spin on his new tricycle in the driveway of the Soria's Aina Haina home on Papai Street. (Photo: Mildred N. Soria)
Harry B. Soria, Sr. splits scrap redwood to use as kindling for the BBQ as Harry B. Soria, Jr. (age 3) watches under the mango tree in their Aina Haina home on Papai Street. Mom, Millie Soria, was hapai with Harry B.'s little sister, Camille. (Photo: Mildred N. Soria)
At their childhood Aina Haina home on Papai Street, siblings Harry B. & Camille Amy Soria pose on their new bikes in their driveway. Camille (age 3) can hardly contain her glee at inheriting Harry's starter bike with the training wheels put back on. Harry B. (age 7) sits proudly upon his new 'big' bike. coinciding with the loss of his first tooth. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Sr.)
Ray Kinney & his Hawaiian Musical Ambassadors were the stars of the Hawaiian Room in the Hotel Lexington in New York City during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Ray Kinney stands at the microphone in the center of this photo. Tommy Castro, the great steel guitarist, sits directly behind Ray. The two featured vocalists sit on the far sides of the bandstand: Alfred Apaka (left) and George Kainapau (right). This group recorded on Victor, Decca, & Pilotone Records during this period. (Photo: Hotel Lexington)