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MUSIC, AWARDS & HONORS
HAPPY 85th BIRTHDAY Manny!
RECOGNITION FROM 2016
STATE OF HAWAII
In 1974 he represented King Kamehameha for the Parade & 1979 Mo'i Ali'I (King) of Aloha Festivals. Designed and built Sweepstakes Award-Winning floats for Hawaiian Airlines and Hyatt Hotels. A surfing Champion in Waikiki & Makaha on his Longboard his daily tradition. In Portland was Knighted Sir Knight under the rose LOVE &1997 Knighted Sir Knight under the rose PARADISE by the Royal Rosarians. A member of the Portland Rose Festival Assn. he designed and built a float for the Starlight Parade winning Best Illuminated Float and a Hawaiian Float in the Rose Festival Parade with Hawaii's Royal Court and awarded Sweepstakes of Flowers! Growing Award-Winning Roses and publishing "As If By Magic" for the Portland Rose Society. Always Sharing ALOHA SPIRIT!!
Never before recording any of his music, they produced, 3 CDs winning the HAWAII MUSIC AWARDS, plus PEOPLE'S CHOICE in Traditional Music '04, 05, 06! A Nominee 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano (HOKUS) "IN THIS ENCHANTED PLACE" and Best New Artist, "MY ISLAND PARADISE" '05, and honored as a GRAMMY Nominee '04 in Los Angeles! In '08 the Honor of WORLD MUSIC AWARDS in Nashville for his "HAWAIIAN MEMORIES".
ALWAYS SHARING ALOHA SPIRIT!
Manny was born in Honolulu Hawaii on April 29th 1931 and graduated from st. Louis college in 1949.
Whereas, MANNY KAIALELEPA FERNANDEZ
Has 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, he enjoys a very large extended family and friends with his pride and joy being his Pekingese Mauka, Mika, Maka'lea & Makeo
Whereas MANNY KAIALELEPA FERNANDEZ led a dedicated and full life having joined the Hawaii Army National Guard in 1949 and retired as Chief Warrant Officer CW3 after 25 years of service.
He then joined Hawaiian Airlines as sales promotions and musician traveling the world entertaining from many European Countries and New York to the Pipeline in Alaska, Florida to California and Canada to Mexico, to Australia and Thailand with his mentor Andy Cummings. He performed with the Kihei Brown Trio at Ala Moana Hotel and also Hosted the Hawaiian House Party "Sing Along" with many guest artists on channel 13 TV each Sunday. Began his next career with the Hyatt Regency Waikiki as Sales Mgr and Asst General Manager. Leaving the Islands for Aloha Oregon (Portland) he & Bettyjean established Hawaiian Gatherings, playing music, lei making and traveled USA shopping Antique venues collecting Vintage Hawaiiana, Paintings, Wood Perfumes, Ming's Jewelry, Hula Lamps & Antique Koa Ukuleles by early Hawaiian Artists.
World Music Awards, 2009. - Nashville
ALOHA MY FRIEND............
WE JUST RETURNED FROM 6 DAYS IN NASHVILLE, WHERE I WAS HONORED AND SO PROUD TO BE THE RECIPIENT NOMINEE AT THE '''WORLD MUSIC AWARDS'' FOR HAWAIIAN MUSIC, AND ONE OF THE FEW 30 PERFORMERS ASKED TO BE A PART OF THE OUTSTANDING 7 HR EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT, REPRESENTING 163 COUNTRIES .
A VERY BIG MAHALO TO DIANE AND KALEI LAM FROM NASHVILLE, WHO MADE OUR TRIP SO ENJOYABLE AND MADE SURE WE WERE EVERYWHERE ON TIME AND TO JOANNE THE CONCIERGE OF THE MARRIOTT RENAISSANCE, WHO MADE OUR STAY SO EASY AND PLEASANT.
THERE WAS INTERNET WEBCAST AROUND THE WORLD, BUT DUE TO HIGH VOLUME TRYING TO CONNECT AND VIEW, APPARENTLY MANY HAD TROUBLE WITH CONNECTION. A DVD IS BEING EDITED, AND WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON. I AM SORRY FOR THOSE WHO TRIED TO CONNECT, IT WAS A FABULOUS NITE OF MUSIC.
THERE WERE 560,000 SONGS SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION, AND 42,000 CD ALBUMS, AND MY ''HAWAIIAN MEMORIES'' WAS ONE OF THEM. WHAT A VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE!!! AND THEN BE ASKED TO 'PERFORM' WAS A DOUBLE SURPRISE!
IT WAS A GREAT HONOR, AND I WAS PROUD TO REPRESENT MY HOMELAND OF HAWAII AND ITS PEOPLE. I HAD MY GR GR NIECE, SHANNON DALIVA FROM KAUAI ATTEND TO DANCE ''WAIKIKI'' FOR THE AUDIENCE FROM AROUND THE WORLD. SHE IS A ''TIHATI DANCER'', AND HAD JUST RETURNED FROM HER PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE SHE DANCED FOR OBAMA'S LUAU HE HOSTED FOR ALL THE CONGRESSIONAL PEOPLE.
I HAD 2 HAWAIIAN MEN, FROM NASHVILLE, BACK ME UP ON GUITAR AND BASS, KALEI LAM, FROM ST LOUIS HEIGHTS, AND AL NOBRIGA, MAYBE SOME OF YOU KNOW HIM. THEN LITTLE HANA PAU, 7 YRS OLD, FROM NASHVILLE, DANCED TO '''HAWAIIAN WAR CHANT'', TO OPEN MY PERFORMANCE AT THE WILD HORSE SALOON, THAT IS A FAMOUS ALL WOODEN DINNER VENUE, SEATING OVER 600 PEOPLE, AND FILLED WITH MEMORABILIA OF THE GREAT DAYS OF COUNTRY MUSIC. A BIG MAHALO TO KALEI AND HIS FAMILY AND GROUP FOR MAKING THE EVENT SUCH A SUCCESS AND FOR HIS 'SOUTHERN HAWAIIAN' HOSPITALITY. WITHOUT HIS BEING OUR OFFICIAL CHAUFFEUR TOO, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN REALLY WORN OUT TRYING TO DO ALL THE WALKING AND GETTING US EVERYWHERE ON TIME. OH MY ACHING FEET!!
WE LEFT THE TOUR DRIVING TO GRAYLINE! LOL
I HAD BUTTERFLIES FOR 2 DAYS BEFORE, BUT ONCE ON STAGE, IT ALL SEEMED EASY, AND WAS A STANDING OVATION. WE MET MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE OF EVERY RACE AND NATION, AND 350 DIFFERENT GENRE'S OF MUSIC. FROM AFRICA A WOMAN HAD TRAVELLED, A GROUP FROM ST LUCIA IN THE CARIBBEAN, A BASSOONIST FROM QUEBEC, GOSPEL, COUNTRY, BLUES, JAZZ, SKA, REGGAE, AND LATVIA A COUPLE CAME TO DO ROCKABILLY MUSIC, AND FROM TAIWAN 5 YOUNG BOYS TRAVELLED TO SHARE THEIR SONG AND MUSIC, ETC ETC. A YOUNG LADY SAID IT BEST AT THE END------''THIS EVENING IS ALL WHAT THE GRAMMY'S WANNA BEE'', AND HAVING BEEN TO BOTH NOW, I HAVE TO AGREE 1000%.
I WAS SO PREOCCUPIED WITH THE PLANS FOR THE EVENT, I EVEN FORGOT BETTYJEAN'S B.DAY THIS YEAR, SO I WILL NEVER LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN!!!! FIRST TIME EVER IN OVER 30 YRS!!!! YES, SHE FORGAVE ME.......
WE WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE EXTRA DAYS, AND TOOK IN THE GRAND OLE OPRY, WHERE WE WERE SO THRILLED TO STAND ON THE STAGE WHERE ONCE FAMOUS PEOPLE AS MINNIE PEARL, HANK WILLIAMS, JOHNNY CASH, AND TAMMY WYNETTE HAVE LIVED THEIR LIVES SHARING THEIR MUSIC AND SONG WITH OTHERS.
A CITY TOUR OF THE CAPITOL, THE 200 YR CELEBRATION OF TENNESSEE, PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON'S HOME AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, SAM JACKSON DINNER CRUISE, BB KINGS FOR DINNER AND BLUES, AN EVENING OF JAZZ, AND FABULOUS SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY AND ALL THE FOOD. MY FIRST TIME TO TRY FRIED DILL PICKLES, CORN PUDDING, AND SO MANY VARIETIES OF BANANA BREAD CREAM PUDDING, BUT BY FAR THE BEST WAS, SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN!!!!!! NOW THAT WAS ONO!!! OF COURSE WE HAD FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, BLACK EYED PEAS, AND ''B-B-Q'' EVERYWHERE........NOTHING LIKE THE WET, THE DRY, THE SAUCES AND THE RUBS........AND I THOUGHT ONLY HAWAIIAN FOOD WAS SO UNIQUE AND DELICIOUS!! OUR LAST NITE WE WENT TO A HISTORICAL VICTORIAN HOUSE , MONELL'S, WHERE ALL THE DINING WAS FAMILY STYLE---12 TO THE TABLE, AND YOU ONLY ''PASS TO THE LEFT'' AND EAT ALL YOU WANTED!! COST WAS $13.86 PER PERSON!!!! I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. WAS IN A TROPICAL GARDEN FULL OF HIBISCUS, TARO, LAVENDER AND OTHER TROPICAL FOLIAGE.
AND BEFORE WE COULD LEAVE, A TRIP TO ''JACK DANIELS'' WAS A MUST ON OUR LIST, AND WHAT AN INTERESTING TOUR THAT WAS, AND EVEN IN A DRY COUNTY, SO NOT A DROP TO TASTE!!
WE ARE SO HAPPY WE WERE BLESSED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE HAWAIIAN MUSIC AND PROUD TO REPRESENT HAWAII.
JUST WANTED TO SHARE OUR RECENT TRAVEL WITH YOU, SINCE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE REUNION OR THE HOKU'S IN JUNE AS WE HAD PLANNED.
WE ARE STILL UNDER CONTRACT WITH A PUBLISHER, AND WORKING ON THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE 300 PAGE HAWAIIANA COFFEE TABLE BOOK, OF SOME 1500 PICTURES, AND HISTORY OF HAWAIIAN JEWELRY, SOUVENIR SPOONS, ART, POTTERY, UKULELES, AND MANY OTHER THINGS FROM OUR VAST HAWAIIANA COLLECTION. WE ARE SLOWLY SELLING IT AS WE PHOTOGRAPH, AS WE HAVE NO ONE TO LEAVE IT TO, AND WE CAN ONLY BE THE CARETAKERS OF THESE TREASURES FOR A TIME IN OUR LIVES, AND IT IS UP TO OTHERS TO NOW BECOME THE CARETAKERS OF HAWAII'S HISTORY FOR YEARS TO COME. WE HOPE THE BOOK WILL BE A PICTORIAL OF TREASURES MADE BY THE HAWAIIAN ARTISANS IN THE MID 1800'S----THRU THE MID 1900'S OF HAWAII'S RICH HISTORY AND PAST.
WE HAD HOPED IT WOULD BE AVAILABLE IN BARNES & NOBLE, AMAZON.COM, ETC, BY SPRING 2010, BUT LOOKS LIKE IT MAY NOT BE READY FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL FALL OF 2010. WE NEVER KNEW HOW MUCH WORK THE PHOTOGRAPHY WOULD BE, AND OVER 500 DIFFERENT STERLING SOUVENIR SPOONS, ARE QUITE THE TASK TO PHOTOGRAPH, AND WE WANT THIS TO BE A POINT OF REFERENCE FOR ALL COLLECTOR'S AROUND THE WORLD.
FOR A GREAT VACATION------VISIT NASHVILLE!!!!! MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!!!!!
LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR LIVES.
PIX WILL FOLLOW, MANNY STILL DOWNLOADING.
THE BOYZ DID FINE WITH THE NEW SITTER!!!
ME KE ALOHA, MANNY & BETTYJEAN
Beach Boy Manny K. Fernandez, surfer, singer, Hawaiian, Entertainer Lives the KAMA`AINA LIFESTYLE...Manny K. Fernandez
Biography of a Beach Boy Manny K. Fernandez, surfer, singer, Hawaiian, is a Renaissance Man who sings the songs of Old Hawaii to ensure that Hawaiian Islanders, especially those who no longer live in Hawaii, never forget the heritage from which they came. Conversely, Manny K Fernandez is a warrior who doesn't want Hawaii to forget those of us who have moved away. Manny has battled long and hard for recognition of Hawaiian artists who no longer live in Hawaii!
KAMA`AINA LIFESTYLE..............A PROFILE...............
He was, is and will always be a man of the sea.......a man who was a Waikiki "Beach Boy" when that title was revered and reserved for an elite group of Hawaiians who surfed the breaks off Kuhio Beach and the Natatorium on their "longboards".....back in those long ago days of the 1940s and 50's and 60's when hotels on the beach of Waikiki were few and far between and tourism was in it's infancy!
He spent most of those days riding the waves with Hawaiian surfing legends like "the Duke" and Sampson and Jamma and Rabbit Kekai ....he spent the hours following a day of surfing learning to play his ukulele and singing along with Hawaiian musical icons like Chick Daniels and Squeeze Kamana and Harry Robello and Ox Keaulana! Besides surfing and singing, our Profile guest enjoyed outrigger canoeing where he felt honored and privileged to have had "the Duke" (Kahanamoku) as his mentor. He became such a proficient Wa'a canoeist that he was elected captain of the Healani Canoe Club, at that time one of the strongest/most competitive outrigger canoe clubs in Hawaii!
(Right) Uncle Manny is actually just to the right of Esther Williams, at very bottom of the poster. The Lead Synchronized Swimmer. He is almost off the page out swimming her, he was the lead synchronized swimmer for the movie.
Manny grew up in the Kaimuki section of Honolulu, within walking distance to Waikiki Beach (which explains his love of the sea) and in a family environment filled with Hawaiian music. His Hanai Mom, Ella Kahale Mikasobe Fernandez was a talented musician, singer, dancer and Kumu Hula who was Manny's first music teacher. He's not real sure which came first for him (a surfboard or a ukulele) but both were to impact significantly on his life! While he's not sure where his first ukulele came from, he thinks his first surfboard was his Mom Ella's ironing board. Actually, when Mom Ella realized his love for surfing, she presented Manny with a 14 foot long, hollow fir/redwood board. In those days, that was akin to giving your teenager a Cadillac for his birthday. After graduating from St Louis High School in Honolulu, Manny started working for the Hawaii National Guard, remaining there until his retirement after twenty-five years of service. While in the National Guard, Manny began playing music on the "Sing Along With Miki" TV show with Samson Bright and Miki Bowers. Shortly thereafter, Manny was the bass player for the Kihei Brown Trio (with Kihei Brown on the uke and Charlie Nee on guitar). After retiring from the National Guard, Manny began working for Hawaiian Airlines where, with his mentor (the much admired and respected musician/song writer Andy Cummings), Manny became a traveling Ambassador of Aloha for Hawaiian Airlines, enchanting and enticing audiences throughout the world to visit Hawaii!
Manny K. Fernandez is a Renaissance Man who sings the songs of Old Hawaii to ensure that Hawaiian Islanders, especially those who no longer live in Hawaii, never forget the heritage from which they came. Conversely, Manny K Fernandez is a warrior who doesn't want Hawaii to forget those of us who have moved away. Manny has battled long and hard for recognition of Hawaiian artists who no longer live in Hawaii!
One result of efforts by Manny and other Hawaiian musicians who reside on the mainland is that they are now eligible for award of the Hawaiian Music Association's album of the year (which Manny has won three times for his C.D.s "In This Enchanted Place " (2004), "My Island Paradise" (2005) and "Hawaiian Memories" (2006))!
March 2007 HAWAII MUSIC AWARDS--BEST TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN CD 2006--PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS........HONOLULU, HAWAII
You may know Manny K. Fernandez as a veteran musician and Ambassador of Hawaii, who, while under the employ of Hawaiian Airlines, traveled the globe performing with other notable entertainers like Andy Cummings. He returns with appealing old time favorites of little heard traditional Hawaiian tunes. You'll learn much more about this keiki o ka aina (child of the land), who grew up in Kaimuki, close to the ocean waves he loved. Becoming a waterman, a beachboy, friend of the late Duke Kahanamoku and other famous surfers of the day - all practitioners of the "Sport of Kings."
Manny shares the memories that are attached to each of the songs on his CDs. Old timers will nod in remembrance and newcomers will be afforded a glimpse into another time in our Hawaii nei. Here is a wonderful collection of oldtime Hawaiian and Hapa-Haole songs that are sure to charm... sung by a real charmer, Manny K. Fernandez! Come, listen, the velvety voice will bring back those Hawaiian Memories of years past.
The Grammy Awards
Manny is a member of not only the H.A.R.A. (Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists) The Hawaii Music Hall of Fame, and also The N.A.R.A.S. (National Academy Recording Artists Society, aka THE GRAMMY'S! As far as we're aware, Manny could be the only one in Oregon who is a member. There are several in Seattle, and 16,000 worldwide, but for sure, Manny is the "only Hawaiian who is a member living in the Pactific Northwest! His Membership Card is surely a card to be Proud of!
Mr. Manny K. Fernandez adds a touch of class to today's traditional Hawaiian Music. Not only in his singing but in his everyday life. Along with his lovely wife they live and perpetuate the true meaning of Aloha. This aloha is embedded in his music and their love of life. This remarkable man continues to surf the waves as he has done his lifetime through and will surf into your heart when you listen to his magical ukulele and soft vocal arrangements. Don't miss these award winning CDs as they are sure to become part of Traditional Hawaiian Music History. He'll help you fall in love with Hawaii all over again.
You are listening to Manny K. Fernandez singing "Ku'u Pua Tuberose".