LAHAINA — The Hawaiian music neighborhood misplaced a legendary guitarist and educator with the passing of Henry Kaleialoha Allen on Dec. 24, 2022.
Allen handed away at Maui Memorial Medical Heart. He was 89. He’s survived by his spouse, Sherron, and kids Shannon, Lanikai, Queenie and Aaron.
In recent times, Henry carried out on cruise ships, labored with Hawaiian Leisure Co. in Maryland and performed at casinos and company luau occasions.
Aaron has began a Henry Kaleialoha Allen memorial marketing campaign on GoFundMe that seeks to lift $10,000 “… in reminiscence of Henry’s legacy to encourage the youth and subsequent technology of Hawaiian youngsters to study and love music of their heritage and perpetuate the artwork of the Hawaiian metal guitar.”
“We launched the GoFundMe web page to proceed and end his Hawaiian music studying books for ukulele and Hawaiian metal guitar. He had a ardour to stimulate Hawaiian youth to study to play music and share and be happy with their Native Hawaiian heritage,” Aaron defined.
Former West Maui County Councilwoman Jo Anne Johnson Winer labored with Henry at Arts Schooling for Youngsters Group Summer time Music Camps, his Hawaiian Metal Guitar Festivals at Kaanapali Seashore Lodge and on some music reveals at Whalers Village.
She helped as a camp chief and labored with Sherron on among the planning for the occasions.
“Henry at all times believed that the way forward for Hawaiian music, and significantly the survival of the metal guitar, relied on younger musicians studying to find it irresistible as a lot as he did. He was essential on this function as a mentor, and he wrote music for the Hawaiian metal guitar that he typically offered at no cost to colleges and college students. With Sherron’s assist, he would apply for grants to assist fund these occasions and lots of the instructing supplies that he would use in his courses,” Johnson Winer defined.
“He was not solely a gifted performer however a affected person trainer. What Henry dropped at Hawaiian music and significantly the Hawaiian metal guitar was wonderful. He helped many younger college students study to truly learn music, play the metal guitar and admire the historical past and significance of conserving these musical traditions alive. When you take a look at the hours he spent transcribing and placing the instructing supplies collectively, you’d perceive why he had so little time for his performances. He sacrificed, together with Sherron, a lot of his profession to commit his time to instructing, writing music and perpetuating Hawaiian music in order that it will stay on after him.”
Aaron mentioned music schooling was essential to his father, as a result of he noticed a lot of this technology dropping curiosity in Hawaiian music and studying to play and browse music accurately.
“He wrote and will learn music, which helped him in each style of music. He might play any model of music so long as he had a music sheet or chart, giving him many alternatives different Hawaiian musicians who couldn’t learn music didn’t have,” he added.
Amongst many different accolades, Henry was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts in 2015. The Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists and the State Basis on Tradition and the Arts additionally awarded him the title of Grasp Trainer.
Henry was born on June l, 1933, in Hilo, Hawaii, to Martha and Henry Allen. He was raised in Manoa Valley.
He was impressed to study music by his great-grandfather, William Merseburgh, who was appointed by King Kamehameha III to function a band chief for the King’s Royal Band (now generally known as the Royal Hawaiian Band).
He entered the skilled area of music on the age of 13. After graduating from McKinley Excessive College in 1952, at 15, Henry performed metal guitar with the Honolulu Policeman’s Glee Membership and Gonzales Brothers Troupe. This quickly led to him enjoying with Sterling Mossman, Barney Isaacs and Alfred Aholo Apaka on the Royal Hawaiian Lodge.
He left for Los Angeles to review music concept and concord, and studying and writing music, however Alfred Apaka satisfied Henry to return and carry out in Waikiki’s thriving music scene with the Alec Kaeck Quartet, Richard Kauhi Quartet, Benny Sax Quartet and Martin Denny’s band.
He later landed in West Maui, enjoying for 3 years on the Lahaina Wharf.
Within the Nineteen Seventies, Henry produced dinner and dance music at three showrooms on Maui. Within the years that adopted, he launched the Hawaiian Music Institute and College of Music, based Rainbow Information, wrote songs and recorded albums, printed key books on Hawaiian music and songs which might be used to teach college students, and continued to carry out on a busy schedule.
After being concerned with leisure productions on a number of cruise traces by the Hawaiian Islands, from 2012-15, he produced cultural applications of Hawaii and French Polynesia on the ships of Holland America Cruise Strains.
In a 2015 interview, Henry mentioned he was grateful to be a part of the “Golden Period” of Hawaii and the legendary artists.
“(Hawaii’s music scene has) been getting in very completely different instructions; has been doing so for a while. Probably not skilled anymore — when one does a recording of their storage, or on-line, what do you say? Is that this listenable music? No finesse anymore; something goes,” he mentioned.
“I’m grateful that I used to be an excellent a part of the ‘Golden Period’ of Hawaii, when all of our actual music legends had their very own showrooms, every island’s inns featured an excellent Hawaiian performer and did concert events, and the inns employed them and paid them nicely for his or her abilities.”
Aaron will keep in mind his father as “smooth spoken however a perfectionist when it got here to music and enjoying. Variety and beneficiant.”
Johnson Winer will keep in mind Henry as an excellent good friend.
“He was one of many kindest, most mild individuals I’ve ever met, and collectively he and Sherron made the proper couple. Sherron supported his efforts and was his most devoted fan,” she famous.
“I’ve virtually all of Henry’s CDs and a few of his instructing supplies and music, which I treasure. The factor I keep in mind most was when my husband Jim handed away, that Henry performed a few of Jim’s favourite music at his funeral on the Makawao Veterans Cemetery. Henry was not solely somebody I labored with, however he was a real good friend who will perpetually stay in my coronary heart and ideas.”