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)
Mildred Nimocks Mitchell married Harry B. Soria, Sr. on February 12, 1946. She had traveled from Washington, D.C. across the U.S. during the war, arriving in the Territory of Hawaii right after the end of WWII. She would spend the majority of her 90 years in Hawaii. (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr. Collection)
On Mother's Day, 5/13/2012, our Slack Key Gang split into 2 groups. Group 1 went to the Strum Shop in Roseville, California.....Dennis Kamakahi, Kawika Kahiapo, Stephen Inglis, Steven Espianola, and Harry B. Soria, Jr. to emcee. (Photo: Ben Soper Photography)
Several members of the Berkeley leg of the 2012 Northern California Slack Key Tour gather in the green room of the Berkeley Freight & Salvage Coffee House.
Same suspects include: Led Ka'apana, Dennis Kamakahi, Bobby Modeiro, Kawika Kahiapo, Brother Nolan Conjugacion, Milton Lau, Chris Lau, Stephen Inglis, Steven Espianola & Harry B. Soria, Jr. (L.T. Smooth was doing a sound check) Can you spot your favorite slack key star? Note: The wall in the background, & all of the walls of the green room, are covered with the autographs of all of the entertainers who have performed in the historic venue. (Photo: Patrick Landeza.)
Many of the 2012 Northern Slack Key Tour members gather in the living room of the Enchanted Villa of Bobby & Lori Santos prior to departing for another gig. Can you spot your favorite Slack Key star? We headed to the Santa Cruz appearance shortly after this was taken. Our host, Bobby Santos, is botom left. Harry B. is top left center. (Photo: Bud Browncat Santos)
Bobby & Lori Santos showered us with their Aloha & Hospitality while we stayed at their comfortable and spacious "Enchanted Villa" in Lafayette, California. Here, Bobby Santos lets Bobby Modeiro, Stephen Inglis, Milton Lau, & Harry B. Soria, Jr. play on his suped up golf cart (with flames) in the back yard. (Photo: Bobby Santos)
Steps from the inland lake of the Shipman Estate is Ha'ena Beach.
A shallow inlet with a soft sandbar protected by a ring of ancient lava tidepools.
Populated by juvenile honu.
The stuff of legends. Bubbling thermal springs in the shallows emit soft emulsifying fine lava grains.
(Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
Once again, the Hula Nation visited the beautiful Shipman Estate in historic Ha'ena, Hawaii.
Time stands still when one is enjoying the tranquility of this sacred place.
The Nene geese relax in the inland water feature.
(Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
A year to remember.
Miss Aloha Hula: 1st Place (Lilinoe Sterling).
Hula Kahiko-Wahine: 2nd Place.
Hula Auana-Wahine: 1st Place.
Congratulations to Mapuana & Kihei de Silva, and daughters Kahikina & Kapalai'ula.
And the ladies of HMI.
Harry B. was honored to again drive a dancer van for them.
(Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
MILDRED NIMOCKS MITCHELL
Central High School, Washington, DC
1939 Brecky Annual
School Activities and Social Club:
Dramatic Association: Treasurer
Advertising Staff, Bulletin
School Honors: N.H.S. '39.
Seven years later, Mildred would meet Harry B. Soria, Sr. in Honolulu, HI, a radio man, and they would marry. Her background in her high school Radio Guild may have prepared her to become a Soria, the First Family of Radio, in Honolulu.
Harry B. Soria, Jr. emcees the 2011 Legends of Steel event in Waikiki on Sunday, May 14, 2011.
The event saluted the first inductees into the Legends Hall.
2011 inductees included Joseph Kekuku, Dick McIntire, Sol Ho'opi'i, David Keli'i, Jerry Byrd, and the Rogers Ohana.
The Legends of Steel is a living tribute to the founders and innovators of steel guitar, as stewards of Hawaiian Music highlighted by the mastery of these amazing innovators we are humbled to share their stories and honor their contributions to the proud tradition of Hawaiian Music.
Part of the concert series for Mele Mei.
Produced by the Maiki Aiu Foundation.
(Photo: Lynn Picolli)
Keaumiki Akui and Harry B. Soria, Jr., known as the "Territorial Boys" on 1420 AM KCCN, Station Aloha, clown around in the old 4th floor studios in the Pioneer Plaza Building in downtown Honolulu. August, 1992. (Photo: Chris Bryans "The Territorial Airman")
On the afternoon and evening of Sunday, March 18, 2012, Jeff Apaka held a tribute to his late father, Alfred Apaka, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. Alfred Apaka, who died at age 40 in 1960, would have been turning 93. Harry B. Soria, Jr. had the pleasure of emceeing the event. In the front row of the audience sat Mrs. Francine Mahelona, aged 91, who is the younger sister of Alfred Apaka. Aunty Francine was a very special honored guest at this event. Harry B. Soria, Jr. greeted her as he began the afternoon. Her response knocked Harry B. for a loop: "I remember your father on the radio. He had a pencil mustache. In 1939, I was in high school, and I was in love with Harry Sr." (Photo: Harry B. Soria, Jr.)
The Melelani Serenaders made their only recording in 1980. Led by Melelani Ka'ula of Ni'ihau, with her double strumming style of ukulele and singing first soprano, the group formed on O'ahu and performed throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Helen Ku'uipo "Legs" Kim Choy played rhythm guitar and sang 2nd soprano. Lana Ku'upua also played rhythm guitar and sang alto. Wally Ka'okai played electric lead guitar and Alvin Kulani was on the electric bass. The result was a 1970s renaissance sound by a trio of middle aged aunties. Check out our tribute to their unique sound. (Photo: Flip McDiarmid)
85th birthday party for the "Pink Pavillion of Princely Delights", the "Pink Palace of the Pacific",...the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. It was a pleasure to emcee the festivities with this wonderful gathering of Hawaii's musical treasures. Amy Hanaiali'i entertained. Emcee: Harry B. Soria, Jr. (
Top Row, L to R:
Kelly Hoen (RHH GM), Darryl Pellegrini (drums), Danny Couch, Jay Larrin, Amy Hanaiali’i (vocalist), Steve Jones (bass), Kehau (dancer), Jeff Peterson (guitar), Tom Moffat, Danny Kaleikini, Cathy Foy, Aaron Mahi.
Bottom Row, L to R:
Harry B. Soria (emcee), Bill Von Osdol & son, Coronado Aquino (Monarch Room mgr), Nina Keali’iwahamana. (Photo: Royal Hawaiian Hotel)