On March 16, 2006, at the world-famous Waikiki Lau Yee Chai Restaurant, Keith and Carmen were the first recipients of the Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement as a Musical Group, from the Music Foundation of Hawai`i. Read more!
"`O Ka Lei La`i"/"Pua
Karauna" and "Ke Ali`i Wahine Aloha"
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
in the Hawai`i Music Awards
OF COMMERCE OF HAWAI`I PRESENTS
ITS 2001 "SPIRIT OF ALOHA" AWARD TO LOCAL COMPOSER
HONOLULU -- (May 23, 2001) -- Keith Haugen, composer of such
military-related songs as "We Still Care, the Pearl Harbor Commemorative
Song," "Mokukaua, A Victory Song for the USS Missouri," and "Walking Through
the Memories, a Requiem To The Fallen," was honored today as the sole 2001
recipient of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai`i's "Aloha Spirit Award."
The award was most appropriately announced by the Chamber at the 16th
annual Military Appreciation Week Luncheon, attended by hundreds of
community, business and military leaders. The event was held Wednesday at
the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom.
The Chamber said Haugen, who teaches Hawaiian language and music at the
Star of the Sea School in Wai`alae, was being recognized for having "given
back to the military through his talent and creativity in honoring the memory
of all who served."
Haugen composed the Pearl Harbor song in 1991 and has performed it in
official ceremonies at Pearl Harbor and Kane`ohe, and as the theme song for
the half-time show of the Aloha Bowl Game in 1991. It has become one of the
most often requested of his more than 200 compositions.
He wrote the tribute to the USS Missouri in 1998, and the tribute to
those buried in our National Memorial Cemeteries in 1999. He combined the
three pieces into a "Trilogy Of War & Peace," which he premiered Saturday at
the Armed Forces Day Concert in the Hawai`i Theatre " . . . to honor our men
and women in uniform."
Lynn Cook, chairman of the Aloha Spirit Award Committee for the
Chamber, said that Haugen has "freely offered his time and talents" in
hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours" to the military community.
"This accomplished entertainer and composer has used his musical
talents to honor our men (and women) in uniform," Cook said. She pointed out
that even at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Haugen often fills requests "that
honor all of you."
Haugen's involvement with the local military community goes back to the
early 1970s when he moved here from Maui and was frequently called upon to
emcee concerts of the military bands. He is a former Army Staff Sergeant
whose father was a WWI veteran. His three brothers served in WWII, Korea &
Vietnam, and his only sister's husband was in the 5th Marines at Iwo Jima in
WWII. Haugen is a member of the local American Legion Post, following in the
footsteps of his father and mother who were chaplains of their local posts of
the American Legion and American Legion Auxilliary, respectively.
The composer was honored in the '90s by the Military Order of the Purple
Heart, a national organization, for two of his compositions -- "We Still
Care," which he recorded with the Sounds of Aloha Barbershop Chorus, and
"Yes, We Remember," which was recorded by U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and
Haugen and his wife, Carmen, have been performing in Waikiki for 30
years, and have been regulars at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel since 1986.
They were recipients of a Hawai`i Visitors & Convention Bureau's "Keep
It Hawai`i" Certificate Merit for their "Music of Hawai`i" radio program,
heard every Sunday on KIPO 89.3 FM and KIFO 1380 AM.