United States Senator Daniel Akaka (retired) - Hawaii and Harry B. Soria, Jr. share a few stories at the regular Aaka Luncheon at the Treetops Restaurant in Manoa Valley on November 11, 2013. Harry B. was honored to be asked to speak to the group about vintage Hawaiian music history. (Photo: George Waialeale)
Glenn Smith of the group, "Ho'okena", and Harry B. Soria, Jr. hang out backstage at the 2nd annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival West Side. Also known as the Ewa Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, it is the 2nd festival now held each year on the island of O'ahu. Other festivals are held annually on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Mainland tours are also part of the legacy of HawaiianSlackKeyGuitarFestivals. (Photo: Teri Oasay Smith)
Camille Amy Miske and her brother Harry B. Soria, Jr. arrive at the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala Event at Milks Studios in West Hollywood on a clear evening in September of 2013. Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Mariska Hartigay. The CEO of the organization is Maile Zambuto, daughter of Camille, and niece of Harry B. It was a night to remember as all Joyful Heart events are. The theme launched at this year's gala was, "No More!", with reference to the tired excuses for sexual and spousal abuse. (Photo: Lynn Lolly)
May 25, 1941:
In the Sunday morning Advertiser newspaper, the photo in the Radio section features the cast of the "Voice of Hawaii" radio show on KGU.
L to R: Harry Soria, KGU announcer; Buddy Peterson, bass; Randy Oness, Ukulele; Freddie Tavares, steel guitar; Ray Andrews, vibes; (Benny) Kapena Kalama, guitar; Alvin Kaleolani (Isaacs), Ukulele; & Steppy (De Rego) Kaohu, guitar.
Sponsored by the Hawaii Tourist Bureau, the show broadcast via the NBC Red Network from the KGU Studios in the Advertiser Publishing Building each Monday at 4:30 pm.
(Photo: KGU Radio)
On Saturday, July 27, 2013, the 11th annual "Three Days of Aloha" culminated with the big Festival in the Esther Short Park. Robert Cazimero, Manu Boyd, Vicky Holt Takamine, Paulette Kahalepuna, Maile Andrade, and Deva Yamashiro teach workshops for the 1st 2 days, and the participants are featured with the dances and crafts that they learned on Saturday for 12,000 of their closest friends. Everyone shares a love for Hawaii and its culture. Here Harry B. Soria, Jr. is flanked by the top notch stage management support team at Friday evening's Hapa Haole Hula Festival. (Photo: Jim Sequeira)
This 1940 article in the Honolulu Advertiser promotes an evening program on KGU radio. Hawaii-based composers of both traditional Hawaiian mele and Hapa Haole hits appeared together at this event in the KGU studios. KGU was founded and owned by the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper so it was routine for the paper to promote the radio station's programs. [Note: The Harry Soria, Jr. referenced in the article is actually Harry B. Soria, Sr. In 1940, Harry G. Soria, his father, was very well known in Honolulu, so his son used the Jr. on his name. Later, the 3rd generation Harry Soria in Honolulu would inherit the name of Harry Soria, Jr. per the middle names.] (Source: Soria Family Archives)
On Saturday evening, July 13, 2013, the Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum featured "Boat Days", a panel discussion and concert, featuring Nina Keali'iwahaman, Aaron Mahi, Pohai Souza, and Harry B. Soria, Jr. After the panel discussion, a concert was presented on the grounds under the stars. Alan Akaka & the Islanders shared a program of Territorial era music, featuring the vocals of Nina Keali'iwahamana & Gary Aiko. Emcee: Harry B. Soria, Jr. (photo: Marian Yee)
Harry B. Soria, Jr. in a Mamo brand Aloha Shirt during an advertising shoot at the Kahala Hilton Hotel in 1980. (Photo: Mamo Howell)
Harry Browning Soria, Sr. in 1935, at the beginning of his Hawaiian radio career. (Photo: Soria Family Collection)
Harry Gilman Soria and his bride, Amy Belle Criswell, pose for the camera in 1904. Their son, Harry Browning Soria (Sr) would be born the following year. (Photo: Soria Family Collection)
Harry Browining Soria, Sr. (left) and his father, Harry Gilman Soria (right) greet with lei Amy Soria at the Matson pier in Honolulu in 1928. Amy stands buried in lei and flanked by her son and husband. (Photo: Honolulu Advertiser)
The Bell Records Studio, the "Leo Kupina'i Studios", in 1948. Left to Right: Joe Diamond (standing on a desk, playing standup bass), Andy Cummings (playing guitar), Ralph Alapai (playing ukulele), and Gabby Pahinui (playing guitar). Back to camera: David Nalo (playing steel guitar). [Insert: Bell Records label for Gabby Pahinui recording, "Hula
Medley". (Photo: Kent Ghirard)
The goal of the day: to review long lists of Hawaii songs submitted by a larger group of music folks and winnow them to the 60 most memorable songs of Hawaii. With knowledge, passion and civility, music scholars and music industry peers gathered in the PBS Hawaii television studios to create lists of memorable Hawaii songs from different eras
It was indeed a rare and weighty and fascinating conversation. Leslie Wilcox, Keola Donaghy, Marlene Sai, Tom Moffatt, Amy K. Stillman, Aaron J Salā, Jon de Mello, Harry B. Soria, Jr., John Berger, Michael Keany, Gaylord Kalani Holomalia, Kainani Kahaunaele, Chad Takatsugi, Ryan Gonzo Gonzalez, Doug Tolentino, Byron Yasui, Billy V, Dirk Fukushima, & Robert Pennybacker. Pictured here are Harry B. Soria, Jr. and Jon de Mello discussing one of the songs.
(Photo: PBS Hawaii)
Monday, May 27, 2013. Memorial Day. Shinnyo-En Lantern Floating Ceremony. Ala Moana Beach Park. Harry B. Soria, Jr. and Kuana Torres Kahele pause at the shoreline after Kuana released his ceremonial lantern in remembrance of his ancestors. Kuana was the primary Hawaii entertainer for the event, while Harry B. was a hospitality escort. 40,000+ people attended the ceremony in quiet respect. (Photo: Karl Okemura)
A chorus line at the 2013 Hoku Awards. Bruddah Frank, Greg Sarhdina, Billy V., Puakea Nogelmeir, Mailani Makainai, Kaui Dalire, and Harry B. Soria, Jr.
Saturday, May 25, 2013. (Photo: Billy V)