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Pianist Sean Kennard, International violinist Stefan Jackiw, and others set to headline Hawaii Chamber Music Festival’s Ellen Masaki Ohana Series

On behalf of the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival, we are returning this summer in person with our Ellen Masaki Ohana Series from June 11-18 featuring 5 concerts, over 20 artists, and community partners such as HUGS Hawaii, KUPU, Let Grace In, and more. The concert series pays tribute to legendary local piano teacher, Ellen Masaki, who left a legacy of incredible community impact. Headlining our artist lineup is the return of locally raised pianist Sean Kennard, International violin superstar Stefan Jackiw, and Michael Nicolas from the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet. Generous sponsors include the Kahala Hotel & Resort, Masaki School of Music, Mercedes Benz Hawaii, Treehouse Productions, Aloha Group International, and more. I’ve attached the official press release and ticket information. In addition to single tickets, this year we are offering Ohana Passes (includes 4 tickets) and Student/Educator’s Discount on certain concerts. All concert and ticket information is available on

Saturday, June 11 at 6PM

“Passport” with HUGS Hawaii
STAGE Restaurant, Cupola Gallery
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Sunday, June 12 at 7PM
“Sunday Sundaes” with KUPU
The Ho’okupu Center
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Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30PM
“An Evening at the Kahala” 
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
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Friday, June 17 at 7PM
“Coming Home”
Mae Zenke Orvis Auditorium
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Saturday, June 18 at 6:30PM
Oahu Country Club
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The Hawaii Chamber Music Festival (HCMF) returns June 11-18, fully in person for the first time since March 2020, to present the Ellen Masaki Ohana Series. Dedicated to legendary local pianist Ellen Masaki, the chamber music series will showcase a variety of world-renowned musicians while also featuring local collaborations.

The Festival opens Saturday, June 11, presenting “Passport” in collaboration with HUGS Hawaii at the Stage Restaurant’s Cupola Gallery. Celebrating HUGS’ 40th anniversary, the evening will feature international music ranging from tango, classical, and pop. Internationally renowned violinist Miclen LaiPang will headline the event, performing the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with local professional musicians.

On Sunday, June 12, HCMF will team up with Kupu Hawaii for “Sunday Sundaes” at the waterfront venue, the Ho’okupu Center. The program will feature internationally renowned violinist Stefan Jackiw, Concert Artist Guild Winner clarinetist Yoonah Kim, cellist Michael Nicolas of the quartet Brooklyn Rider, and 2021 Primrose Competition prizewinner violist Keoni Bolding, in collaboration with local professionals and other visiting artists. Audience members will be entertained by music followed by an ice cream reception and stargazing.

The festivities continue on Wednesday, June 15, as the Kahala Hotel & Resort joins forces with HCMF for “An Evening at the Kahala”, featuring KISCA Festival Artists pianist Sean Kennard, violinist Stefan Jackiw, and cellist Michael Nicolas performing music by Brahms and Tchaikovsky. This event will celebrate Kahala's Initiative for Sustainability, Culture, and the Arts (KISCA) and a showcase of their support to HCMF's Young Artist Program.

On Friday, June 17, local favorite Pianist Sean Kennard will present a solo recital at the University of Hawaii: Manoa’s Orvis Auditorium. The program will feature a pre-concert talk with Sean and the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and more.

The Festival will conclude on Saturday, June 18, in a collaboration with Let Grace In and HCMF’s first-ever string orchestra at the Oahu Country Club, with young superstar guitarist Eden Kai and pianist Sean Kennard. Titled, “Remembrance,” the program will be conducted by

HCMF Artistic Director Jake Taniguchi and include a world premiere of Kai’s own songs with orchestra, while Kennard will perform Mozart’s delightful Piano Concerto No. 12. A dessert reception
will follow. VIP ticket holders will be invited to a pre-concert cocktail reception.

“I’m honored to be returning to Hawaii to perform music for the wonderful community. I owe it to my roots here and the tutelage of Ms. Ellen Masaki,” says Kennard. “This new Ohana Series by HCMF really speaks to her legacy and impact in the community.”

The performances this summer not only celebrate HCMF’s fourth season but the Festival’s second-ever Young Artist Program (YAP), where talented local youth students study music on a tuition-free scholarship. The Ellen Masaki Ohana Series and YAP are made possible due to the generosity of the Kahala Hotel & Resort, the Masaki School of Music, Treehouse Productions Hawaii, Shangpinshiji, Gordon Mechanical, Mercedes Benz Hawaii, Stargazers Hawaii, and INPAC Wealth Solutions. Other supporters and advisors include John Robinson, Elton Masaki, Aloha Group International, Zachary Morita, Susan Leon & Michael O’Connor, and more.

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