PMI2022 Handbook


Please use this site for up-to-date information on everything Pacific Music Institute 2022.  Look up your schedule, room numbers, check-in procedures, concert attire, and more.

If you are enrolled in multiple programs, please check information for both programs.

Hard copies of music will be provided on the first day of rehearsals.

PMI T-shirts will be distributed on Friday. Everyone, except Middle School Honor Band will wear their PMI shirt on SATURDAY! Middle School Honor Band will wear their shirts on SUNDAY.

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  1. After you arrive at the Convention Center, proceed up to the third floor (Pa Kalihi Courtyard). You will see big HYS signs and a check-in table. 
  2. Arrive 15 minutes before your start time. 
  3. Check in with HYS staff at the check-in desk and get your daily wristband.
  4. Remember your instrument, music stand, instrument-specific supplies (rosin, reeds, mouthpiece), music, folder, and pencil.


  1. Make sure you gather all of your belongings before leaving.
  2. Please pick up your child on time. 
  3.  HYS will not be responsible for supervising students after their session end time. In case of unforeseen circumstances, students should wait on the third floor to be picked up.
  4. Parents may also park in the garage (30 minute grace period) and meet their child at the check-in desk.
  5. For health and safety reasons, parents are not permitted into rehearsal areas.


All PMI events occur at the Hawaii Convention Center

1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815


Students may park in the Convention Center parking garage for $12 per entry. (This is not an in and out pass. If you leave the Convention Center and decide to come back, it will be another $12). There is a 30 minute grace period.  

Student drop off/pick up (no parking).
Must enter turning right from Atkinson St.
Parking entrance
30 min grace period


Students ages 12-18 are required to be fully vaccinated. Boosters are recommended. Students ages 7-11 are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. No masks are required for fully vaccinated and boosted employees or volunteers, or for students ages 12+. Instrument mask or instrument PPE are not required.

Before entering the Hawaii Convention Center, students may have to pass through a temperature screening location. From there, participants will be required to check-in upon arrival, answer a series of health questions, and then check out upon leaving the premises. Rehearsals remain closed to the public. Only registered HYS students, employees, and volunteers are allowed inside.

Protocols are subject to change at anytime under the discretion of the Hawaii Youth Symphony, Pacific Music Institute Board of Directors, and Senior Leadership.


We expect attendees of the Pacific Music Institute (PMI) to behave in a manner that respects the rights of others and brings honor to the Institute and dignity to themselves. We are guests at the Hawaii Convention Center. Please leave any area in a condition cleaner and more orderly than you found it.  Please adhere to the following rules:

  • Attendance is mandatory for all rehearsals, sectionals, lessons, and concerts to your respective program. The PMI General Manager must be notified with a parent note or email of any known absences, tardies, or requests for early departure. Inadequate attendance or notice of absence at sessions may result in disciplinary action including exclusion from performances.
  • Treat all faculty, staff, and volunteers with respect.
  • No food, drinks (except water), or gum are allowed in any of the rehearsal/concert facilities.
  • No use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes/vapes, or other intoxicating substances.
  • No gambling or stealing.
  • No bullying, harassment, or hazing.
  • No selling, promotion of, possessing, consuming, or being under the influence of drugs, narcotics, hallucinogens, or alcohol.
  • No socializing with outside guests during workshop hours.
  • No texting, phone or video calls, or use of any electronic devices during rehearsals and concerts.

In any case of misconduct, Hawaii Youth Symphony will enforce immediate disciplinary action, which may include expulsion from PMI and forfeiture of all fees. The Hawaii Youth Symphony will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials for any and all legal transgressions.


Your full attendance is very important to the success of the camp. If you have unavoidable conflicts or emergencies, please contact our admissions coordinator, Kassi Hatakenaka at

Solo & String Quartet (SSQ), Iggy Jang will assign you to be a part of one or two string quartets. Private lessons to be scheduled.

Symphony Orchestra: All students attend rehearsals and sectional.

Wind Ensemble: All members go to full band rehearsals. After that, you will attend your instrument specific clinic. Look for your instrument specific block in the daily room schedule. Mr. Stepec has selected students to perform in the Symphony Orchestra. If you have not been contacted,  you will only participate in Wind Ensemble rehearsals and clinics.

Jazz Intensive: Mr. Dean Taba will assign you into either Jazz 1 or Jazz 2. Please attend the jam session for even more opportunities to practice improvising!

Ukulele Workshop: Please go to your registered class (beginner or intermediate) class.

Daily Attire: Long pants/conservative shorts and t-shirt or blouse. No tank tops or other sleeveless clothing. It may be cold at the Convention Center, please dress accordingly.

Concert Attire for SSQ:

Option#1: Bright solid color (e.g., jewel tones) “summery” dress, floor-length, knee-length or in between. Alternatively, solid color blouse with black or coordinating skirt/dress pants. Black shoes/sandals.

Option#2: Solid color dress shirt, black or coordinating trousers. Black shoes.

Concert Attire for Middle School Honor Band

All: PMI2022 T‐shirt (provided with participation fee), black/dark dress pants, black socks, black shoes.

Concert Attire for Jazz Intensive, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra

All: Aloha attire on the top with long black pants. Black shoes.


If you have any questions, please email, call, or see a staff member in Room 302B.

Jeremy Lawi, General Manager

Kassi Hatakenaka, PMI Admissions Coordinator



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Hawaii Youth Symphony Board of Directors and PMI Committee

Randy Wong, President

Joseph Stepec, Artistic Director

Iggy Jang, SSQ Director

Dean Taba, JI Director

Richard Scerbo, NOI+F Director

Jeremy Lawi, PMI General Manager

Kassi Hatakenaka, PMI Admissions Coordinator

Aris Doike, Director of Operations

Hannah Watanabe, Programs Manager

Parker Nakamura, Assistant Operations Manager

Hawaii Convention Center

Oahu Band Directors Association

Halekulani Corporation

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation

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All Faculty, Staff, Family and Friends of PMI