Michael D. Nakasone

Induction: February 1, 2020

The 21st Bandmaster of the world-renowned Royal Hawaiian Band (2005-2010). A dedicated music educator for over 50 years including 28 years at the helm of the nationally and internationally acclaimed Pearl City High School Bands (1977-2005) and 21 years as Maestro with the Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony (1990-2010). Recipient of numerous awards including the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Award (1995), Hawaiʻi's State Teacher of the Year (1996), the United States Collegiate Wind Bands Citation of Honor Award (1998), the Hawaiʻi Music Award for Lifetime Achievement (2005) and the Living Treasures of Hawaiʻi Award (2013). Inducted into the National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame (2013) and the National Band Association Hall of Fame (2020). Member of the American Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, ASBDA, MENC, HMEA, and OBDA.

Aia ke ola i ka mele a he makana no nā kānaka a pau – “There is life in music and it is a gift for humanity.”