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This year, Chamber Music Hawaii launches The Pākaʻa Project, a new educational outreach initiative designed to increase access to music education resources for teachers in both ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English-speaking communities statewide.  The project, based on the classic Hawaiian coming-of-age story retold in Hawaiian language newspapers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, makes available to State of Hawaiʻi educators free of charge the new Spring Wind Quintet CD of composer Jon Magnussen’s Pākaʻa Lanakila! in Hawaiian and in English (for details, email  Also available is a Teacher Resource Guide in Hawaiian and in English, intended to provide curriculum support for classroom use particularly in 3rd to 5th grades (free, downloadable, and coming soon).

Feedback from educators from the April 14, 2016, Kaua`i performance

Aloha mai kaua e Jon,

Mahalo nui loa for a wonderful presentation last night!  It exceeded all my expectations and has made me think of a whole lot of other possibilities!

Please let me know if there is anything I can do for any of your future endeavors!

Me ke aloha nui,

Alohilani Rogers  


It was an amazing performance and fit PERFECTLY for us at Punana Leo as the mo`olelo of Paka`a is a major focus in our program.  I look forward to seeing it again here on Kaua`i especially for na keiki.  I believe the haumana and makua of both Punana Leo and Kawakini (and other Hawaiian language schools) would LOVE to attend this show and you wouldn’t even need the English subtitles for them!

Mahalo again!

Na S. Onikiniki Sadaoka

Additional resources are available to those who sign up on our Facebook page: THE PĀKAʻA PROJECT: A CHAMBER MUSIC HAWAII EDUCATOR COMMUNITY.  These unique bilingual educational offerings are the product of a collaboration involving educators and culture and language advisors Sam ʻOhu Gon III, Kalama Cabigon and Mailelauliʻi Naki; CMH education director J. Scott Janusch and composer Jon Magnussen.

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Version:

Pāka’a Lanakila!
Listen to PākaʻaLanakila! (ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi) (30 min)

English Version:

Pāka’a Lanakila!
Listen to PākaʻaLanakila! – English (30 min)

Pāka’a Lanakila! Lyrics Text:

Teacher Resource Guides for Paka’a Lanakila!

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Teacher Resource Guide

Teacher Resource Guides for Pāka’a Lanakila

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Kosasa Foundation and private donors through Kickstarter)

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