King, Charles E(dward)
- Harry B. Soria
(b Honolulu, HI, Jan 29, 1874; d Elmhurst, NY, Feb 27, 1950). American composer, arranger, bandleader, and teacher. King was influenced by the classic compositions of members of the Hawaiian royalty from the 19th century, and his compositions reflected his understanding of Hawaiian culture. King influenced the direction of Hawaiian music in the 20th century through his work as a composer, arranger, publisher, lecturer, teacher, and radio host.
Born in Honolulu, King graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1891 and the Pratt Institute in 1900. He soon returned to Kamehameha Schools as a teacher. His success as a composer of Hawaiian music began in 1915 with “Na Lei O Hawaii” (Song of the Islands). King published numerous song sheets and songbooks, featuring both his work and that of other Hawaiian composers, and also wrote the Hawaiian operetta, The Prince of Hawaii (1925). He hosted a popular weekly Hawaiian radio show that featured live performances. King served as the bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band in ...