Introducing Henry Allen
Music has been Henry’s whole life, for over 60 years he has been traveling and promoting Hawaii, for Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau, the State and his own productions.
Musician, Composer, Producer, and Music Educator
The last Hawaiian Steel Guitarist for the world famous “Hawaii Calls” radio broadcast show. During the early Hawaiian Territorial days, played with local greats such as Alfred Apaka and René Paulo at renown clubs like Trader Vic's, the Banyan Court, The Orchid Room, and the Shell Bar. Polishing his jazz guitar talents in Los Angeles in the mist of the swing days of Hollywood, Henry was scouted for the Martin Denny band as lead singer in which the band became the fore front sounds for the exotica ultra lounge craze of the 50’s and swing jazz. Contracted “Big Shows” at the famous Brown Derby, General Lee’s and The Seven Seas. His music encompassed the movie industry in television shows such as “Blue Hawaii” and “Hawaiian Eye”, and was also a featured guests on “Rosie O’Donnell” and NBC’s “The Today Show” twice. His talents extended even to Las Vegas and the “Greek Theater” in L.A., arranging and producing a 56-piece orchestra opening for the Don Ho show.
The love of the islands returns him to Maui where he produced and stared in his own show room productions in all the major hotels and resorts in Hawaii. He also played a different note and started arranging and producing text books and becoming a music educator for the state of Hawaii. He was then recognized being “The Master Artist” of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and Hawaiian music by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists. Tirelessly, he also made time to book gigs with close friend and international jazz artist, George Benson. He also booked many Jazz concerts.
In 2015 Henry received Senate recognition of his Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) Lifetime Achievement award and "NA Hoku HanoHano", which is like the Grammies are here in the State of Hawaii.
Musician's Union, "Local 677" congratulated Henry on his "Lifetime"! Lifetime member since 1953!
Henry could not be present for the recognition, so Senator, Brickwood Galuteria and Showman Kimo Kahoano, spoke for Henry and a friend from Maui attended the event and collected Henry's awards and such for him. Henry's Lifetime demanded a "Standing ovation" of all in attendance!
Henry and his wife, Sherron.
Earlier achievements include recognition as “One of Hawaii’s Living Treasures of Hawaiian Music” on April 3, and the coveted “Legacy Award” as of April 4th, 2009. On June 15, 2009, he received a “Commendation” for his work with the Hawaiian Steel Guitar”! Two of his books are: Ukulele-Pila Li’i Li’i, and Learning to Play the Hawaiian Steel Guitar.
Prior to this, he received Governor Lingle’s proclamation for “Henry Kaleialoha Allen Day” April 4, 2004, and congratulatory honors from the Hawaii State Senate for outstanding contributions to Hawaiian Music in the State Capitol on April 2, 2004.
Henry's latest music includes a Jazz CD titled “East Of The Sun” recorded live at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, and a tropical swing jazz Hawaiian hula CD entitled “A Lei of Stars”, and “Europa,and “Equinox”, Live in Tokyo!” releasing in his ‘04 Japan tour. He was a featured act in the 11th Annual Hawaii International Jazz festival where he received ovations with the 17 piece orchestra playing his own songs that he composed and arranged.
June 2010 found him in two music festivals on Maui, Montana State University 17 piece Jazz band and the Ulupalakua Sunday Jazz Fest by Jazz Alley TV!
November 13, 2010, Henry was opening act for the “Pacific Rim Jazz Festival” on Oahu.
Henry is the Enrichment specialist for the ships of Celebrity Cruises for their Hawaiian and South Pacific venues. He performs his own music with the ship’s orchestras in showrooms seating 900-1200 guests one time.
Henry lives at Kapalua, West Maui.
Contact Hawaiian music singer and teacher Henry Allen today at (808) 669-6189
in Lahaina, Hawaii to hear more about his unique sounds and sensational shows.
Proudly Serving Everywhere from the US to the Orient
Awards: Numerous Awards from the State of Hawaii & Governor
Memberships: American Grammy Member | ASCAP (Association of Composers) | AAA | AARP | American Federation of Musicians Association (Local #677) | Association of Composers | Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists (HARA) | American Grammy Member