Education

HARA’s educational mission.

SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Bill Murata Memorial Scholarship

The Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts Bill Murata Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to two individuals in the amount of $3000.00 each. Recipients must have exhibited a demonstrable interest and concentration in the area of Hawaiian music, the music of Hawai‘i, and/or Hawaiian poetry and adhere to the criteria specified within the application.

 

Scholarship criteria

Those wishing to apply must:

 

  1. Be a Hawai‘i state resident.

  2. Be attending, or plan to attend a Hawai‘i college or university.

  3. Be a sophomore or greater with supporting documents.

  4. Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. and earn a minimum of “C” grade for all courses in the music or Hawaiian language component of their degree. Graduates must maintain a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.

  5. Cumulative end of semester transcripts must accompany the Application (all semesters completed to date).

  6. Two (2) letters of recommendation must accompany the Application Letters should be from people who are familiar with the applicant.  Letters from family members will not be considered.

    • Abilities in relation to Hawaiian music traditions;

    • Efforts to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian music; and/or

    • Accomplishments in music, Hawaiian music or Hawaiian poetry. 

  7. All applicants must complete a Scholarship Essay that must include but not be limited to the following points:

    • Why do you wish to receive the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts Bill Memorial Scholarship?

    • What is your interest and concentration in the area of Hawaiian music, music of Hawai‘i and/or Hawaiian poetry?

    • Why is Hawaiian music / Hawaiian language important to you?

  8. Support material must accompany the Application. A recording of two (2) songs, either original compositions or covers, vocal or instrumental versions will be accepted; or the submission of two (2) of the applicant’s mele of original composition.

  9. Applicants are encouraged to list community activities, performances, honors, awards and other evidence of their recognition in the area of music, Hawaiian music / Hawaiian language; or gives evidence of their participation in the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music / language or poetry.

  10. All award recipients must also submit a three (3) page essay related to one of the following topics: (This essay will be submitted at the end of the scholarship period, but no later than one year following the receipt of the award.)

    • The perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music in the recording industry.

    • What is Hawaiian music?

    • What makes Hawaiian music Hawaiian?

    • The perpetuation and growth of Hawaiian music outside Hawai‘i.

    • Hawaiian music today: cultural? or commercial?

    • The significance and importance of language in Hawaiian music.

 

 

Application and instructions

 

Scholarship is awarded at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards.

 

Additional application forms may be obtained from the HARA office at 1110 University Avenue #409 (Varsity Building).

 

Please return the completed applications to: 

P.O. Box 821

Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96808

 

Click on the links from the pull down menu above to download the 2014 Bill Murata Memorial Scholarship application and cover letter as pdf documents.

 

Scholarship committee

Lea Uehara, Scholarship Chair
Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, Co-Chair
Randall Hongo, Committee member
Dr. M. Puakea Nogelmeier, Committee member
Neva Rego, Committee member

 

WORKSHOPS

 

HARA expanded its educational mission in 2010 by collaborating with government agencies, private organizations and individuals in delivering two days of educational workshops in conjunction with the 2010 Nā Hōkū o Hawai‘i Festival. Participants learned songwriting, instrument skills, technology, promotion, and business aspects of the music industry from Hawai‘i-based and internationally known artists and experts.

 

These workshops will continue as a part of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Festival to be held in May 2014. Stay tuned for developments!

 

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts has previously conducted seminars and panel sessions on the music and recording business with the Recording Academy (Grammy organization) and the Hawai‘i Island Economic Development Board (HIEDB).  In conjunction with the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and Hawai‘i book, fashion and food groups, it participates in events promoting Hawai‘i product.  HARA is committed to addressing the educational needs of our members and is actively pursing other opportunities to provide these kinds of opportunities to members.

 

In 2010 HARA expanded its educational mission by collaborating with government agencies, private organizations and individuals in delivering two days of educational workshops in conjunction with the 2010 Nā Hōkū o Hawai‘i Festival.  Participants learned about songwriting, instrument skills, technology, promotion and business aspects of the music industry from Hawai‘i-based and internationally known artists and experts. 

 

These workshops have continued as part of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Festival.  More recently the HARA Board has expanded workshops now held quarterly. 

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