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Recording Engineering Course Seeking Hawaii Island Women
Hawaii Island Economic Development Board is a private non-profit organization whose mission is, "To provide and promote private-sector support and expertise for balanced economic growth in Hawaii County, in partnership with federal, state, county and private resources."
Women make up 77 percent of cashiers, 76 percent of hotel clerks, and 82 percent of hotel housekeepers. Indeed, women make up the majority (60 percent) of low-wage workers living from paycheck to paycheck. (From U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1999)
Now, women who are musically inclined can help change that statistic by signing up for classes to learn the ins and outs of a recording studio. The classes will be held September 20 through 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is $150.00. ($250.00 if registering after September 3).
The Hawaii Economic Development Board, in conjunction with the Maui Economic Development Board, The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts and the U.S. Department of Labor's Women in Technology program has developed a week-long course that will take students inside a recording studio to learn the basic techniques of recording. From a recording studio to a CD finished product, students will learn the basic step-by-step process on how to produce, engineer and market music. This hands-on workshop includes everything from wiring the instruments to be recorded to digital recording reproduction.
Big Island residents now have the opportunity to learn about the recording industry from Recording Engineer, Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning producer, songwriter, artist and Hilo native, Kenneth Makuakane. With over 35 years of experience, Ken Makuakane has made the recording studio his life's work. He has produced, recorded and arranged music for groups like Na Leo Pilimehana, O'Brian Eselu, The Pandanus Club, Amy Hanaialii, Raiatea Helm, and HAPA. Joining Makuakane to teach their craft in this once in a life time opportunity will be Kala'i Ontai of 'Aha Punana Leo, Inc. Ontai is chief engineer of the recording studio of the 'Aha Punana Leo, Inc. curriculum development division and has produced numerous videos and recordings including Kainani Kahaunaele's Hoku Award winning CD "Na'u 'Oe".
"We've assembled some tremendous talent to share their knowledge during this course," said project manager Skylark Rossetti. "Given the sad statistics showing such disparity in womenıs earnings and job roles, I hope many women will see the possibilities available to them by participation in this Recording Engineering course and elect to sign up," Rossetti further explained. Rossetti herself is a well-known on-air personality having worked with radio stations in Honolulu and currently here on Hawaii Island.
This recording course is made possible through a grant from "Women in Technology" (WIT), a project of the Maui Economic Development Board, in partnership with Hawaii Economic Development Board, and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. This course is designed to encourage women with an interest in music to pursue the recording engineering field. Statistics show that there are very few women in this arena and this course offers an opportunity to introduce women to the recording business.
Should the course also perk a studentıs interest in radio in particular, there are no fewer than a dozen on-island options in that field as well. That is a lot of radio for a relatively small population wise island. With todayıs technology, a radio DJ can transparently be in Hilo, Kona or elsewhere and still deliver timely news, answer call-in requests, and queue the stationıs music line-up. Learning recording can translate to job opportunities such as producing commercials for radio advertisers, assisting with video production and film work for sound quality, or recording on location.
If your interest lies in recording engineering, or if you want to learn more about the music recording industry whether for an engineering or on-air future, classes will be held in Hilo's newly built recording studio of Kala'i Ontai. Each class will focus on a different aspect of recording and will include studio and classroom work. Partial scholarships are available to offset the cost for this one time course of $150.00. Registration deadline is September 3, 2004. For more information, or to register for the class, call Skylark Rossetti, Project Manager, at 966-5416.
This class precedes the 4th annual He Haliıa Aloha o Liliıuokalani Music Conference on September 25, 2004. This yearıs conference will focus on "The Women of Hawaiiıs Music Industry." Conference scholarships are available through a grant from Kamehameha Schools. Letters of interest for scholarships must be received by September 3. Call HIEDB at 808-966-5416 for more information.
Focus on the Economy is written for Hawaii Island Economic Development Board, Roberta Chu, chair / Paula Helfrich, president. Readers with comments, questions or suggestions should check the web site, www.hiedb.org , e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call HIEDB, 966-5416. An archive of Focus on the Economy columns is available on the web site.
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