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April 18, 2012, Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra kicks off Pops season, featuring local Hawai‘i musicians Raiatea, Na Leo Pilimehana and Henry Kapono. Blasdell tickets are already on sale and start at $20. Other pop stars include Kenny Loggins, Jimmy Borgess, Amy Hānaiali‘i and Mary Wilson.

Matt Catingub

On behalf of all of the performing artists, I want to extend a sincere mahalo to everyone who attended the 2008 Hawai‘i Romance Festival. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves at the various concerts and events that celebrated romance and highlighted Hawai‘i as one of most romantic destinations in the world. Whether you renewed your vows at ‘Iolani Palace, swayed to international music or witnessed the return of a Motown legend to Hawai‘i under the stars of the Waikīkī Shell, watched one of the best-loved romantic movies of all time or saw the Broadway-style presentation of the Most Romantic Songs Ever Written at the historic Hawai‘i Theatre, grooved to the sounds of R&B sensations at the Blaisdell Arena, or spent Mother’s Day evening at The Royal Hawaiian helping to raise funds to fight breast cancer – you were part of making this event a great success.

We were thrilled to bring a wide variety of international musicians, movie legends, Broadway stars, and superstar personalities together with Hawaii’s own talented artist to showcase romance in the best fashion possible. Hawai‘i responded by extending its aloha spirit to world-renowned performers including 70s and 80s sensation Boz Scaggs, R&B songstress Gladys Knight, Motown legend Smokey Robinson, soul-singer Aaron Neville, Latin music genius Sergio Mendes, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, American Idol’s Kimberley Locke, and popular Filipino entertainer Martin Nievera, as well as our talented crop of local artists.  

If we missed you in 2008, click here for highlights from all of the great shows and see what festival-goers had to say. We invite those who got to experience the romance to share their stories with us.

Finally, thank you to all of our generous sponsors and unselfish volunteers. You all helped to create an affair to remember.

All eyes will be on Hawai‘i again as we shine the spotlight on the Romance Capital of the World during the next Hawai‘i event.

Warmest aloha,


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