John Kalani Zak

Co-Host of Evening Concert

John Kalani Zak, the son of an airline executive father and a journalist mother, was born in Washington D. C. He has lived in and traveled to many locations around the globe, and is delighted to call Hawaiʻi his home.

Hawaiian ways and traditions have captivated John for as long as he can remember. He had the joy of making several documentary films, including Hawaiian Healing and Pule Wailele, which screened at the HIFF and Maui film festivals in Hawaiʻi and overseas. Other projects include a book,Hawaiian Massage Lomilomi, Sacred Touch of Aloha.

In addition to duties as an on-­air host with Hawaiʻi Public Radio, John is a voice-­over actor, producing and narrating books for Audible.com, among other projects.

Past work includes producing and/or directing daytime serials, including The Bold and the Beautiful, One Life to Live, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless. John has received 7 national Emmy nominations, an Emmy Award, and was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award. He is a member of the Hawaiian Historical Society and the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club.

Zak is also an avid photographer. He loves all forms of music, from Hawaiian, to classical, to Brazilian jazz, to Bulgarian folksongs.

Ways to Connect

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, June 23rd , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, to round out the week, we’re going to hear the Academy of Ancient Music performing several Suites by Bach. The Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte Carlo will chime in with several works by Rossini. Next week, we hope to unveil another installment of the Big Ears Music Club, a segment that brings together young folks, family and music educators to celebrate the love of fine music. Stay tuned for updates!

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  Well, we made it to the middle of the week! Hump Day! From the traffic situation here on O’ahu, it feels like the summer season is here. So, if you’re stuck in your car, you know two places you can go for peace, comfort and information: HPR 1 and 2! I am also happy to report that you have been hearing us with regard to the new FREE HPR app. Our downloads have been up lately, and the reviews are really super. I use it, myself, all the time.

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, June 20th on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today is a Massenet and Grieg kind of day, don’t you think? We are going to hear the New Zealand Symphony orchestra performing several orchestral suites by Massenet. We’ll also hear Julian Lloyd Webber on cello and Bengt Forsberg on piano  performing “Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor op. 36 by Edward Grieg. We’ll hear the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra performing Grieg’s “Symphony in C minor.” And, as always, there will be a few surprises.  

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, June 19th on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. I am not a dad myself but I had the joy of partaking in a Father’s Day gathering in Maunawili. The grilling was fantastic, including seared ahi with a wasabi sauce. Good job, Ivan and Eri.  Another notable event was the return of Hokule’a. What an incredible voyage. Congratulations to her crew and all the support team members who made the world voyage happen!

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, June 16th on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, June 15,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak. 

Did you enjoy our trip to Paris and Vienna yesterday? Today we will hear the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven’s “Triple Concert, Opus 56,” featuring  stunning performances by Itzhak Perlman on violin and Yo Yo Ma on cello.  We’ll also enjoy several symphonic poems by Liszt, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra joins us with several pieces by Chabrier.

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, June 13th, 2017. I hope you had a wonderful Kamehameha Day weekend.

Today would be a good day to spend some time in France, n’est-ce pas? We’ll enjoy the Offenbach/Rosenthal “Gaité Parisienne,” performed by the Montréal Symphony under the direction of Charles Dutoit.  We’ll also hear  “L’Arlesienne” and Gounoud’s “Symphony Number 1 in in D Major.”

During his time in Hawaii, pianist Andre Watts joined HPR's Classical Pacific host John Zak and HSO's concert Master Iggy Jang in a discussion with a live studio audience.  

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, June 12, 2017, Kamehameha Day in the Islands. It continues to be a long weekend of celebration of Kamehameha the Great, unifier of the Hawaiian Islands, with parades, the draping of the Kamehameha statues across the islands, and many other commemorations.

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

It’s Tuesday, June, 6th, 2017. Not only is it “D” Day..it’s my ??th birthday. Yep, I made it around the sun one more time, hanging on (as we all were) for dear life! It’s been quite a year, mostly because everyone at HPR has really committed to the Program Realignment and to our recent fund drive. With all the tension that’s flying around our blue planet these days, I am grateful to be living in Hawaii nei. One long look at the Ko’olaus and whatever is troubling me is put to rights.

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

June is busting’ out all over. It’s a new week of a new month in Hawaii nei, and classical music is going strong, thanks to the support of members like you! We start out the week with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing several concerti by Brahms. They are gorgeous pieces. Eugene Ormandy conducts them , with featured performances by Issac Stern on violin and Leonard Rose on cello.

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

It’s Friday, June 2, 2017. Pau hana! In today’s broadcast, we’re getting “Bach to basics”  with Bach and Beethoven.

We’ll hear the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of George Szell performing several pieces. We’ll also hear the Quartetto Italiano performing works by Beethoven. The Seattle Symphony, under the direction of Gerard Schwartz, will share some orchestral transcriptions of Bach by Respighi and Elgar.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

June is here! What happened to the first half of 2017? My head is spinning. The first part of the year went so fast. A lot has happened here at HPR, including our program realignment, the birth of  Classical Pacific, and HPR’s fund drive which was successful thanks to the support of our generous listeners here in Hawaii and around the world.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

It’s May 31st, 2017. On today’s broadcast, we’ll hear the Consortium Classicum performing several pieces by Mozart. W’ell also hear from Delius and Vaughan Williams. And, of course there will be a few surprises thrown in, as well!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

Well, we made it to Friday! Pau hana. Will you be incorporating music into your weekend? Don’t forget HPR’s fine musical offerings, including From the Top, The Prairie Home Companion, Brazilian Experience, The Early Muse, and Howard’s Day Off, just to name a few.

John

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak. Classical Pacific began in February, 2017, as a result of Hawaii Public Radio’s ongoing commitment to give listeners across Hawaii and around the world more of what they love, on two networks: HPR 1 and HPR 2. Airing five days a week at 3 P.M.

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

The Big Ears Music Club brings together young people, parents, and music educators across the state of Hawaiʻi.  In this segment, Host John Zak talks with music educator Louise King Lanzilotti about the benefits to young people of learning music.  And John shares an interview he did with high school cellist Abigail Austria.