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Kona Harp Ensemble Returns to ‘Imiloa for Two Holiday Concerts!

by Brea Aamoth on November 24th, 2015

Back by popular demand, Kona Harp Ensemble returns to ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center for two holiday concerts on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Kona Harp Ensemble’s beautiful blend of multiple harps, various traditional flutes, a synth and percussion are sure to put you in the holiday mood while they perform “under the stars” of the ‘Imiloa Planetarium.

The December 4 event will begin with a Wine & Cheese Hour at 6:00 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:00 p.m. A variety of cheeses, breads, fruits, cured meats, nuts, desserts and more will be included with one glass of wine. Additional glasses of wine will be available on a cash bar basis. Tickets are $45.00 for members and $50 for non-members. The December 13 event will be an 11:00 a.m. concert only. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Bernice Roberto is a professional harpist, music teacher and private harp instructor. She began studying harp with Francis Duffy of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Roberto is also a composer, songwriter, teacher and vocalist and performs regularly at The Four Seasons Resort, Hilton, and Sheraton Hotels. She and husband Manuel share a love for music and have recorded several CDs.

Motter Snell is a professional harpist and has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Seattle Opera. She was the principal harpist with the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra for eight years and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for ten years. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Music and has been president of the Musicians Association of Seattle since 2001.

Irminsul is a Celtic harpist, pianist and composer. He has traveled with various acts from heavy metal to neoCeltic and has written for piano, strings, woodwinds, mixed ensembles and orchestras. He was the youngest church organist at age fourteen and has won several music composition awards.

Manuel Roberto is a World Music flautist. He is a master of the wooden and bamboo bass flutes including the Bansuri, Shakuhachi and Native American flutes. He has studied with some of the greatest musicians in the world including GS Sachdev, Zakir Hussain and Pandit Jasraj and has composed music for theatre and television as well.

Jean Pierre Thoma is a world traveled musician and educator. He performs on flute, saxophone and clarinet. Besides completing a Bachelors and Masters degree in music, he has performed in Europe, Japan, India and Africa. He is currently teaching at the Pacific Academy of Music here in Hilo.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting ‘Imiloa’s Guest Services Desk or by calling (808) 969-9703.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class informal science education center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families, visitors and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at
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