The Ministry of Music & Performing Arts is just one of many ministries that serves Kawaiaha‘o Church. We are a ministry committed to serving our Lord, Church Family and Community through our gifts of Music and the Arts. Our performing arts ensembles offer something for everyone from bell ringing, singing in a youth or adult choir to learning the beautiful art form of Hula. We hope that after visiting our website and familiarizing yourself with what we have to offer, you will join our family of musicians and performing artists. If you have any questions or comments after browsing through our website, please let us hear from you soon.


To enhance the spiritual and secular life of the church and community, through Music and the Performing Arts, based on the Mission Statement of the Church.


To serve faithfully in the true spirit of God’s Aloha, displaying an attitude of unity and harmony in our relationship with those we serve.


Nola A. Nahulu, Principal Director
On September 4, 1836, the Reverend Hiram Bingham, first pastor of Kawaiaha‘o and architect of the present church, led 24 singers in the 100th Psalm during the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Thus marked the birth of the Kawaiaha‘o Choir … a choir that has enhanced Hawai‘i’s dramatic religious, social and economic evolvement as a Hawaiian Kingdom, Republic of Hawai‘i, U.S. Territory and today, the 50th State of the United States of America
Throughout its long history, the Choir has had associations with a wealth of noteworthy persons. Henry Berger, famed bandmaster and director of the Royal Hawaiian Band, served as church organist. Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, founder of the Kamehameha Schools, sang regularly. Queen Lili‘uokalani, last reigning monarch of Hawai‘i, served as organist and director. U.S. Senator, Daniel Akaka, served as its director and Minister of Music.
Members of the choir today come from all walks of life and professional endeavors, and range in age from 30 to nearly 90 years. Besides their Sunday morning worship service commitment, they perform in concerts throughout the year. They have sung for both foreign and national Heads of State and perform frequently for both City and State functions. They have also performed in concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, Great Britain and Europe.
The choir enjoys learning and performing a multitude of musical styles, including sacred and secular Hawaiian compositions and Anthems, Cantatas and Oratorios from all musical periods. Membership is open to all who can carry a tune and who enjoy singing.
Rehearsal Schedule
Louise Tolles Performing Arts Center
Tuesday 5:00 pm – Sunday 8:00 am & 11:00 am


Phyllis Haines, Principal Director
Our Kawaiaha‘o Bell Choir was formed in 1990 when the late John Bellinger, CEO of First Hawaiian Bank, so generously gifted the church with a five octave set of Schulmerich hand bells. The handbell ringers have made great strides in their musical skills since then and now take part in handbell conventions and activities here in our state of Hawai’I as well as the US mainland. The bell choir is featured in our Sunday morning worship services as well as in concerts throughout the year. They are featured regularly at the Mayor of Honolulu’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and at our church’s annual Christmas Concert. Membership is open to all who are able to read music and have reasonable coordination skills. The choir is constantly in search of new ringers. If you enjoy the sound of bells, this is definitely an option to consider.
Rehearsal Schedule
Louise Tolles Performing Arts Center
Thursday 6:00 pm


Ardis Gomes, Kumu Hula
Hula, an art form of Hawaiian dance, expresses all of the attributes of who GOD is. Kumu Hula, Ardis Gomes, lovingly, graciously and skillfully expresses and teaches those divine attributes to her adult and keiki students through body, soul, and mind. Join the gracious ladies of Hālau Hula o Kawaiaha‘o as they express HIS love, goodness and graciousness with others. They perform in our worship services on the second Sunday of the month and is featured throughout the year in special programs and events.
Rehearsal Schedule
Christian Education Room
Adult – Friday 06:30 pm
Keiki – Saturday 11:00 am


Nola A. Nahulu, Executive & Artistic Director
The Hawai‘i Youth Opera Chorus is the largest and longest running community children or youth chorus. It trains over 200 students grades K – 12 in eight graduated ensembles based on age and musical skills. Students are exposed to many musical styles ranging from sacred and secular Western European works, Opera and Musical theater to Multi-Cultural music.
The children play an important musical role in Hawai‘i Opera Theater productions. Students are taught the foundation of music including sight reading, music theory, healthy singing techniques, breath control and facility of foreign languages. Each season runs from September to June. HYOC follows the standardized school semester system breaking for Christmas and the summer vacation. They participate in concerts throughout the year and perform in major church functions and events. For more information, contact Malia Ka‘ai-Barrett, HYOC’s General Manager at 521-2982.
Rehearsal Schedule
University of Hawai‘i Music Dept.: Saturday 8:30 am