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String Orchestra



9 minutes



April 26, 2018

Punahou String Orchestra

​Craig Young, conductor

Honolulu, HI, USA



Over the course of a 60-year history, the University of Hawai‘i Foundation has raised more than $1 BILLION to support the University of Hawai‘i. The major impact on students, faculty, research and facilities would not have been possible without donors who have given with vision and generosity.


Kaunānā was composed in celebration and thank you to the visionary donors who have helped ensure that research and discovery continue to thrive in Hawai'i for another 60 years and beyond. Kaunānā, Hawaiian for to explore, percieve, is also the name of the University's research publication, and embracing discovery and research, the music embodies the idea of building upon past discoveries in search of furthering our knowledge of the world. The music is in three sections and combines themes and harmonies that are both familiar and more contemporary, a dialogue between the past, present and beyond.


Note: This is a string orchestra orchestration of the orginal string quartet version.



May 13, 2023: Iowa String Teachers Association State High School Honor Orchestra; Erik Rohde, conductor; Waverly, IA

November 10, 2020: Christopher Newport University Strings; Jacob Tews, conductor; Newport News, VA

October 28, 2020: Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra; Erik Rohde, conductor; Cedar Falls, IA

September 14, 2019: Winona Symphony Orchestra; Erik Rohde, conductor; Winona, MN

October 05, 2018: Wartburg College Kammerstreicher; Jacob Tews, conductor; Waverly, IA

April 26, 2018: Punahou String Orchestra; Craig Young, conductor; Honolulu, HI



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