• Center for Global Environmental Education

  • CGEE Wai

    Kim Sueoka & the Center for Global Environmental Education Presented:

    Wai (Hawaiian Fresh Water Songs) CD Release Concert and Multimedia Celebration of CGEE's Waters to the Sea Program

    A sparkling collection of songs and chants presented with hulas, film, photos, and storytelling

    a wonderful evening!

    See photos from the event at the bottom of the page. The concert on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm at the Sundin Music Hall on the Hamline University campus was well-attended. Attendees were treated to the angelic voice of Kim Sueoka and the wonderful sounds from the variety of instruments and vocals of the the band.

    Songs were interspersed with visually-interesting presentations by CGEE about Hawaii: the geology of the Hawaiian islands (Lee Schmitt), the Ahupua'a structure of land subdivision (John Shepard),  biodiversity and honeycreeper birds (Tracy Fredin) and culture, featuring video of an internship trip to a small island school (Taylor Fredin).

    about the music

    Kim Sueoka (vocals, 'ukulele, ipu heke, hula 'ili'ili), David Burk ('ukulele, guitar, lap steel), Rahn Yanes (bass), Dave Kapell (glass harp, 'ukulele) and Shahzore Shah (vocals) plunge into the sweet, poignant, rollicking music of the Hawaiian Islands with fresh arrangements of Hawaiian cowboy songs, hulas, Jawaiian reggae tunes, and ballads. Hear an album preview of Wai

    The importance of fresh water, or wai, is reflected in numerous aspects of Hawaiian culture. Wai features prominently in Hawaiian place names, traditional land management systems, mo‘olelo (story-telling), and mele (poetry and songs). Wai is a collection of delightful songs illuminating Hawaiian concepts of water as a vital resource, a source of enjoyment, and a big player in myths and legends. This interactive concert is an opportunity to celebrate humanity’s shared reverence for water and to explore the place of water in today’s world.

    about kim sueoka

    Vocalist Kim Sueoka is passionate about creating musical insights into the human experience. Lauded as “radiant” (Cleveland Classical), she is an active performer of Hawaiian historical music, early music, chamber music, and new compositions. She frequently appears in concert as a soloist and with The Rose Ensemble and Silver Swan Chamber Ensemble. Her “crystalline voice” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) can also be heard on a growing number of recordings.

    Kim Sueoka is a fiscal year 2011 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. 

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