Sweet Adelines International’s Convention & Competition Begins Today

sweet adelines competition

The four parts of barbershop harmony are tenor, lead, baritone, and bass. Hear how they blend Nov. 5-9 at the Hawaii Convention Center!

“With a cappella groups, every voice is like one string on a guitar, one note on the piano, or one cymbal, and you don’t have the luxury of falling back on anything.” ~ Ben Folds

More than 5,000 a cappella vocalists from around the world have convened at the Hawai`i Convention Center for the 67th annual Sweet Adelines International Convention & Competition.  Members are women who are committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony.

All competition sessions and shopping at the Harmony Bazaar in the exhibit hall are open to the public.  Tickets may be purchased at the Hawaii Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3.  For more information, call 800-992-7464 or 918-622-1444 or visit http://sweetadelineintl.org

Tuesday, Nov. 5:  Small and mid-size choruses will compete in the Harmony Classic Contest beginning at 6:00pm.

Wednesday, Nov. 6:  Quartet competition opens at 10:00am.

Thursday, Nov. 7:  Chorus semifinal competition opens at 10:45am.

Friday, Nov. 8:  The top 10 quartets from Wednesday return for the finals, beginning at noon.

Saturday, Nov. 9:  The top 10 choruses from Thursday return for the finals, beginning at noon.

sweet adelines international harmony bazaar

Love to shop? Sweet Adelines International is hosting over 40 vendors at the Hawaii Convention Center from Nov 4-9. Visit for jewelry, makeup, purses, and lots of specialty items!


Enjoy Family-Friendly Concerts Featuring the World’s Best Female Barbershop Singers

international champion chorus north metro

2013 International Champion Chorus, North Metro, will hand over the title to the 2014 champion during the Honolulu convention.

Sweet Adelines International is an organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.  More than 5,000 a cappella vocalists will be in Honolulu Nov. 5-9 to sing for you at the Hawai`i Convention Center!

Neyla Pekarek, cellist/vocalist for the Grammy-nominated band The Lumineers, started out in a winning Sweet Adelines International quartet!  Vogue quartet was the 2010 Rising Star International Champion.  See their winning performance and come to the LIVE performances to see the next big stars!

Ms. Pekarek will be in attendance the entire week doing public performances with top quartets, visiting a Honolulu high school, meeting and greeting, and participating as a celebrity judge.

All competition sessions and the Harmony Bazaar exhibition are open to the public.  In addition, there will be sporadic performances at venues like Kahala Mall, Waikiki Beach Walk Stage, and Ala Moana Center.  Tickets can be purchased from the Sweet Adelines International ticket office at the Hawai`i Convention Center Exhibit Hall 3 starting Monday, Nov. 4 at 2:00 pm.  For information, please call 800-992-7464, 918-622-1444, or visit the Sweet Adelines Honolulu 2013 website.

Honolulu Hosts Sweet Adelines International’s 67th Convention and Competition

Touche, 2013 international champion quartet

Sweet Adelines International 2013 International Champion Quartet, Touche.

More than 5,000 a cappella vocalists from around the world will converge in Honolulu from Nov. 5-9, 2013 for the 67th annual Sweet Adelines International convention and competition at the Hawai`i Convention Center.  Sweet Adelines International members are women who excel in singing the distinctive musical art form of four-part harmony, barbershop style.

More than 50 quartets and 40 choruses are preparing to heat up the stage for five days of awe-inspiring, spine-tingling performances and competitions.  From dawn to dusk each day will be bursting at the seams with the best in barbershop harmony.

Sweet Adelines International is a musical force in the United States and around the world.  This nonprofit music education organization is one of the world’s largest singing organizations for women encompassing more than 23,000 members, 1,000 registered quartets and 550 choruses in most of the fifty United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Wales.

All competition sessions and the Harmony Bazaar exhibition are open to the public.  Tickets may be purchased at the Sweet Adelines International ticket office in the Hawai`i Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3, beginning Monday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 pm.  Individual tickets range in price from $10 for students up to $45 for an adult ticket per competition session.  For more information, call 1-800-992-7464 or (918) 622-1444 or visit the Sweet Adelines Honolulu 2013 website.

See the North Metro Chorus, Sweet Adelines International 2013 Chorus Champions!

Hawaii Pops Kicks Off Its Season at the Hawai`i Convention Center

hawaii pops at the hawaii convention center

Hawaii Pops Debuts at the Hawai`i Convention Center

Hawaii Pops, Hawaii’s first independent pops organization led by artistic director Matt Catingub, opened its season at the Hawai`i Convention Center on Saturday, September 14, with a classic Hollywood nightclub feel.  The first of the “Orchestra Series” featured a concert with country music superstar Jo Dee Messina, dinner, and dancing at the Center’s Ballroom.

The Orchestra Series will take place once a month until May 31, 2014.  The next show is on October 20 featuring “The Songs of Bond…James Bond” with a special guest appearance by Sheena Easton.

To see the complete concert lineup and purchase tickets, visit www.hawaiipops.com.

hawaii pops at the hawaii convention center

Join Us for the Sights and Sounds of “Mele Mei”

Springtime is here, and it’s bringing music to our ears.

This May, we’re participating in the second-annual “Mele Mei,” a month-long celebration of music and hula from Hawai`i.  Performances, held throughout Waikiki, will include musicians Amy Hanaiali`i Gilliom, John Cruz, Teresa Bright and many more.

The Hawai`i Convention Center will be hosting the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, a series of awards presentations and workshops to honor and promote music made in Hawai`i.  The multi-day event kicks off May 5 with the Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony, and includes two music workshops on May 25 and 26.  The Festival wraps up with the 35th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on May 27.  Tickets are available online.

The Center is also home to this year’s Waikiki International Hula Conference from May 11-13.  The Conference will feature 40 kumu hula, as well as 80 workshops and seminars that cover modern and ancient hula, chant, history, costume, lei-making, Hawaiian language, songs, music, and implement-making.  There will be 10 Ho`ike Hula shows, a vendor mall with Hawaiian-made products and crafts, and a closing concert.  Registration is limited and closes May 1.

Eager students participate in one of many hula workshops during the International Waikiki Hula Conference. Photo courtesy of International Waikiki Hula Conference.

Waikiki Hula Conference November 19-21, 2010


~ Hula in the Land of its Birth ~
Can you hear the mele (music and singing) yet? This event will fill our center with so much! Here in Hawai`i we talk about the “mano`o” of each person – the energy and spirit that is inside each person. Hula of course helps it to shine, and the dancing, the musicians, the chanting, the costumes, and the high vibrating energy all contribute to these days of magical moments.

The International Waikiki Hula Conference offers the rare opportunity to come to Hawaii to learn, share and experience hula in the land of its birth, with a variety of respected hula masters, many of whom do not travel outside Hawaii to teach. For our local hula people, it is the chance to enrich their hula experience from many sources in one place, and to meet fellow dancers and kumu hula from around the world.

You’re invited to come join the “>Waikiki Hula Conference, take classes, watch performances, and learn about Hawaiian-made products and crafts, including hula implements, costumes, clothing, accessories and gifts.