closeup photo: some of the wiring in the Æolian-Skinner pipe organ in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Restoration of the Cathedral’s Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ

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The Cathedral’s Æolian-Skinner is the largest pipe organ in Hawai‘i and is a major asset to the musical life of Honolulu.  In addition to cathedral worship, the organ is essential for weddings, concerts by visiting artists and dozens of community groups, and for the worship and traditions of the St. Andrew’s Schools.

See the PowerPoint presentation, below.

The following vision statement for the project to restore the organ was presented by The Rev. Cn. R. K. “Moki” Hino, Canon Adminstrator & Priest-in-Charge to the Cathedral’s Chapter on September 26, 2017, and subsequently approved:

As we look to the next 20 to 25 years of mission and ministry at the Cathedral, we acknowledge that music is a vital part not only of our worship life but also one of our gifts to the community. We welcome the larger community to our services and performances, and make our facilities available to other community groups. Making the cathedral and our organ available to a Japanese wedding company provides a much-needed source of revenue to support facility repairs as well as mission and ministry.

We envision a music program that relies on the present pipe organ to provide music in the traditional Anglican worship style, while at the same time being open to musical innovations that could include a cappella singing, the use of guitar and ukulele, harpsichord, recorders, and the piano. We also envision the use of at least eight person choirs at both the 8:00 and 10:30 services.

The immediate need to live into this vision is repairing and maintaining the existing organ.  The current Director of Music has recommended revoicing the pipes and replacing the console. He estimates that this can be done for an amount between $850,000 and $1 million.

Plans for 2018 include flying in three organ repair specialists from the US mainland to give us estimates. Funding for this expense can and should come from the Cooke Foundation Grant.

I respectfully request that the Organ Taskforce and Cathedral Chapter endorse this vision and this plan.

Learn more about the organ and our plan to restore it in this brief slide show!