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2 harmonica groups to unite for August performance

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Small World Harmonica Band performs one of its medleys at a recent rehearsal. The band has about 40 members, most of whom are retirees who have had little musical training.

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    A member’s collection of harmonicas.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Small World Harmonica Band director Robert Omura plays a song during a recent rehearsal at the Moanalua Gardens Missionary Church.

The people of Hawaii have a wonderful tradition of being able to make music out of just about anything — a metal bolt or a needle lies on a guitar string and creates a new sound, a length of bamboo becomes a nose flute, a coconut shell becomes a drum. Read more

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