COM. REP. NO. 1164
RE: H.R. No. 115
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Culture, Arts, & International Affairs, to which was referred H.R. No. 115 entitled:
"HOUSE RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING MEKIA KEALAKAI'S BIRTHDAY OF OCTOBER 15 AS ROYAL HAWAIIAN TROUBADOURS DAY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to recognize Mekia Kealakai's birthday of October 15 as Royal Hawaiian Troubadours Day.
Committee finds that Mekia Kealakai was part of the wave of Hawaiian string
bands in the early twentieth century, known as the Royal Hawaiian Troubadour
generation, that travelled and performed on the world fairs, chautauquas, and
vaudeville circuits and raised international awareness and recognition of Hawaiian
culture and music. Your Committee further
finds that the style of music performed by the Hawaiian string bands heavily
influenced what is now considered quintessentially American music, and the
innovation in guitar design pioneered by Mekia Kealakai had long‑lasting
impacts on music icons from Elvis Presley to Bob Marley. This measure celebrates the contributions to
the musical arts of the Hawaiian Troubadour Generation through the recognition
of October 15, 2021, as Royal Hawaiian Troubadours Day.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Culture, Arts, & International Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 115 and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Culture, Arts, & International Affairs,
CEDRIC ASUEGA GATES, Chair