MAUI CELTIC NEWS ARCHIVE
Saturday 31st December -- the skirl of the pipes could be heard arond the hills of Kula, Upcountry Maui, at a couple of HOGMANAY parties. This year local pipers, drummers and whistle players saw in the New Year upcountry, with "Auld Lang Syne" and 'First Footers'.
Sunday 18th December - Hamish joined Dr.B and J.J. for a Winter Solstice/Christmas Special on Mana'o Radio 91.5 fm (Maui, Hawai'i). As well as playing 2 hours of great seasonal Celtic music, the boys talked about the Solstice and the origins of Christmas and Santa Claus.
Saturday 3rd December -- the biggest display of Celtic goodies in the Hawaiian Islands was at the Maui Celtic booth at the "Haleakala Waldorf School Holiday Faire", in Kula. This year staffed Hamish, Siobhan and an Elf...............we had fun talking story to everyone. The local non-profit pipe band 'The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums' performed to a great crowd in the afternoon.
Sunday 27th November - Hamish and John Crowe joined Mike Buono for a St.Andrew's Day Special on "Sunday Solstice" on Mana'o Radio 91.5 fm (Maui, Hawai'i). As well as playing 2 hours of great Scottish music, the boys talked about St.Andrew's Day and the history of the Scots in Hawai'i.
Saturday 19th November -- opening the fair, the 'Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums' at the "Kula School Harvest Festival", were seen for the first time all in matching kilts of the new Hawaii Tartan. Maui Celtic had a booth of Celtic goodies staffed by Hamish and Peter, and an Elf known as Mac Sidh !!
Sunday 30th October -- Hamish and Sean joined Tony on Mana'o Radio 91.5 fm's 'Sunday Solstice' show, for a SAMHAIN (Hallowe'en) Special, 2 hours of great Celtic music from 8-10am. The theme was Samhain/Hallowe'en music with some surprising info on the origins of accepted customs !
Saturday 29th October -- at the "First Annual Fall Festival at Makawao School" Hamish Burgess and Trinette U'ilani Furtado played bagpipe duets. Hamish was there at the Maui Celtic booth, in ancient celtic warrior costume with full face tattoos !! It was a fun Halloween day for the kids.
Saturday 22nd October -- Mahalo for supporting the 'Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums' at the "Wailuku Music Festival", when we played outside the Iao Theater. Our non-profit band had a booth selling "Bangers on a Bun" and Trifles, as a fund raiser, and even though it rained a lot, plenty local folks seemed to enjoy our Celtic grinds !
Thursday 29th September -- for the 4th time the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" led the County Fair Parade, in Kahului, with 9 pipers and 3 drummers. The parade started by the Maui Community College, and went up Ka'ahumanu Ave to the County Fairgrounds. Overcast skies made for a much cooler march than normal !
Saturday 24th September -- thanks for visiting the Maui Celtic booth at "St. John's Church Kula Festival", at St. John's Episcopal Church in Keokea, Kula. It was a fun day, with all day music including Hamish playing the Great Highland Bagpipes, with a surprise duet by himself and John Grant on the Scottish smallpipes, some talk story, and another smallpipe duet by John and Trinette U'ilani Furtado, a local Hawaiian bagpiper.
Saturday 24th September -- also saw the "Half-way to St.Patrick's Day" party at 'Mulligan's on the Blue', the home of Irish music on Maui, in Wailea, from 5pm till late. The "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" (minus drummers!) played at about 6pm, followed by more music from Erin Smith, a mad hat contest, a tin whistle contest, then The Celtic Tigers - always a good craic ! Thanks to those who visited the Maui Celtic T-shirts booth and went home with one of our classic Tees.
Friday 2nd September -- the sound of Highand Bagpipes played by Hamish Douglas Burgess opened "The World's Fare", presented by Maui Chefs at the Kapalua Bay Hotel. This evening of international gourmet cuisine featued 13 of Maui's cosmopolitan chefs, and multi-cultural music all evening. Hamish represented Chef Michael Gallagher (www.mauichef.com), whose Irish themed dishes were Steak "Gallagher", and Seared Wild King Salmon - fabulous! A highlight was apparently during Hamish's 2nd set on stage, when during a brief shower, the slanting rain was spotlit in various colours around the piper !
Saturday 20th August -- the local bagpipe band "The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" opened the County of Maui Centennial "Big Bash in the Park", at the War Memorial Soccer Field in Kahului. Mahalo to all who visited the 'Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums' food booth and bought 'Bangers and Mash', Shortbread, or those delicious Trifles !! Our non-profit band raised a good sum towards new uniforms of matching Hawaii Tartan Kilts. Maui Celtic also had a full booth of our goodies there.
Saturday 23rdh July -- the St.Andrew Society of Hawaii hosted "Dressed To The Kilt" , at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki, over on Oahu. This formal dress dinner show saw the finest of Oahu's Highland attire out for the evening! After complimentary Scotch tasting, the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawai'i played a call to dinner. Following a fabulous dinner, Scott Stone was named 'Distinguished Scot of the Year 2005'. St.Andrew's President Cesci Perez de Wang premiered her new play, the romantic comedy "The Scottish Sailor", featuing Scottish sailors, Scottish Country Dancers, Spanish Dancers, and Spanish Fencers! To finish, the Highland Fashion show featured everything from Hamish of Maui Celtic in his 'feileadh mor' (big kilt), 9 yards of "Ancient Douglas" tartan (hence the term 'the whole 9 yards'), claymore and spiked targe, to St.Andrew Society members in fine modern kilt wear, to casual wear of kilts and Maui Celtic t-shirts! Maui Celtic had a full stand of our Highland wear and acessories there. A great evening of Scottish entertainment on Oahu!!
Saturday 2nd July -- the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" marched and played in the Makawao 4th July Rodeo Parade, in Makawao, Upcountry Maui. With the new pipeband logo on the bass drum, the band received the Lt.Governor's Trophy, sporting kilts, new white shirts and Haku-leis (head leis)!
June -- Hamish and Jennifer of Maui Celtic were on a research and buying trip, taking in Cornwall and Galicia. Hamish was also best man and played bagpipes at his brother's wedding in Cornwall, and they saw some great celtic music shows in Cornwall and Galicia.
Weekend of 2nd/ 3rd June -- the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" opened the Upcountry Fair, in Makawao. The band played on stage both mornings, and Maui Celtic had a full stand of Celtic goodies. The strong wind and heavy rain almost felt like a Scottish summer !!
Weekend of 2nd/ 3rd April saw the biggest Scottish
event in the Hawaiian Islands, 'The Hawaiian Scottish Association's' 24th annual 'Scottish Festival' held in Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Oahu. Maui Celtic was in the trade tent all weekend, nearby the Clan tent, where you can find out more about your family history. This year Hamish Burgess and Jason Wolford of Maui marched as guest pipers with The Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawai'i during the opening ceremony, and Hamish closed the day with a duet with Native Hawaiian Pipe Major Jacob Kaio. A highlight of the weekend was the Saturday night Ceilidh at the Elks Lodge in Waikiki, featuring the Irish Hearts, and a surprise guest solo performance by Champion Bagpiper Robert Watt from Northern Ireland. During the weekend there was music from The Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii, Champion Piper Robert Watt, Irish Hearts, Celtic Waves, fiddler Lisa Gomes, Glenn Pinho, Kaimana Ceili Band, the Hawai'i Contra Dance Band and dancing from The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Hawaii and Irish stepdancing from Jig This-School of Irish Dance. The Musketeer Fencers and The Society for Creative Anachronism gave displays of swordplay. Traditional Highland Games took place throughout the weekend.
Thursday 17th March was this year's St.Patrick's Day bash at "Mulligan's on the Blue", Maui's local Irish Pub in Wailea, which was a blast !! Music from 2pm till late included Trevor Jones, the Celtic Tigers and The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums, with their biggest line up yet. Special guest as acting Pipe Major was several time World Champion Bagpiper Jack Lee. The joint was jumping and the Guinness was flowing ! Maui Celtic had a stand with our biggest range of celtic goodies to date. The only place to be on St.Paddy's Day !!
March 13th -- the local Celtic band Tropical Harps played at St.John's Church in Keokea, past Kula. They were joined on the Scottish smallpipes by surprise guests Hamish, Alan, and John of the local pipe band, and champion piper Jack Lee.
March 12th -- saw the return of World Champion Bagpiper
JACK LEE, at 'The Sanctuary' at the Makawao Union Church.
Maui Celtic proudly presented, for the 3rd time, a recital by Jack Lee, as a fundraiser for our island's non-profit pipe band, "The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums". The pipe band opened the show, followed by two brilliant sets from Jack Lee, with a fabulous display of Highland Dancing by one of our pipers, Alan Davidson, also an accomplished dancer. Maui Celtic is proud to sponsor this event, and was there with a full stand of Hamish Burgess' artwork and T-shirts, and imported Celtic goodies.
January 25th -- we had a great time on Robert Burns Night -- Maui Celtic's own Hamish
was there playing the pipes at the first one - an informal gathering around the swimming pool area of the Hale Kamaole condos in South Kihei - they had pupus, music, poetry of course, and 'piping in the haggis' .The "Maui Celtic Pipes and
Drums" also played a set..........
The other one this year was the 2nd MAUI CELTIC Robert Burns Night , presented by us at Maui's Irish Pub, "Mulligan's on the Blue" in Wailea, and was a huge success. The boys of "The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" and MC Prakash MacKay were in full dress uniform, and all the Burns Night traditional ceremonies took place, including 'The Selkirk Grace', the piping in (by Roger MacKinlay Pleasanton) and the Address 'To A Haggis', many toasts with much fine Scotch whiskey, and Robert Burns' poetry. The pipe band played, followed by the 'Celtic Tigers' playing traditional Irish and Scottish music, and at the break more piping and of course, "Auld Lang Syne"...