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September 05, 2013

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This is the UH Hilo report. News about people, events and programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

The Heritage Center at the North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center in Honokaa has opened a new exhibit celebrating the legacy of musicians and music in Honokaa.

“Honokaa Loves Music,” pays tribute to musical legends such as the Honokaa Community Band founded in 1884 that later became known as the Hāmākua County Band after World War II.

Also featured are some of the plantation bands like the Harmonizers and Bob Fernandez Orchestra who spent weekends traveling from camp to camp playing at manso dances and other events.

The exhibit marks the 35th year since Honoka`a High School music teacher Gary Washburn arrived and created the Jazz Band and Ensemble with a retrospective of the band and featured performers who have gone on to musical careers. The Heritage Center and exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

For more news about the University, visit That’s the UH Hilo Report. I’m Ken Hupp.

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