Hawaii men’s chorus to play Valentine concerts


The Hawaii Men’s Chorus, founded as the Puna Men’s Chorus and featuring men from around the island, will present two Valentine’s Day concerts.

“Courage to Love” is a choral concert featuring the virtuoso vigor and four-part harmonies of men singing heart-stirring songs in both English and Hawaiian. The concert honors love, including birthdays, relationship commitments, friendships and shared aloha with ancestors including Puna Keli‘iho‘omalu, who died on Feb. 15, 2012.

The shows celebrate Valentine’s Day, the most loving day of the year. With 2013 just beginning, here’s your opportunity to affirm all those New Year’s resolutions about appreciating life, friends and ‘ohana.

The shows will be from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at at Kalani Oceanside Retreat and Saturday, Feb. 16, at the First United Protestant Church, 1350 Waianuenue Ave.

Tickets are available at Basically Books and Jungle Love in Pahoa and are $12 in advance, $15 at the the door, $12 for students and seniors.

To reserve Valentine’s dinner at Kalani and for special rates for dinner/show package, call 965-7828.

The guest conductor will be John Arterton, director of the Provincetown Massachusetts’ based Outer Cape Chorale and founder of the acclaimed a capella group “The Flirtations.”

In the 90-minute “Courage To Love” concert, Arterton and his partner, James Mack, will share some songs from their original musical, “Just Married,” a witty and poignant look at politics and relationships. Mack’s background includes having been a licensed minister and a men’s fashion executive in New York City.

Accompaniment for the concerts is being provided by Devon Lerma on piano, Glen Burris on ukulele, and Jonathan “Kimo” Lopez will assist with pahu drum, oli and hula choreography. Kumu hula Ehulani Stephany’s performance of “Pua Lililehua” and a “Heart of Art” lobby exhibit by Arthur Johnsen and other local artists will illustrate ways in which aloha brings joy to Hawaii residents and visitors.

 

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