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

Call 941-3689 or 877 941 3689 to become a hero or heroine for your community, your family, and for yourself.  We come to you twice a year to ask for your support to help us build and grow the stations you love. Think about the value Hawaii Public Radio brings to your life,  and ask yourself, what would life be without it?  What would you do without the world’s finest classical music available at any time of the day? You know the answer. So step forward and pledge your support...to 941 3689 or 877 941 3689 from the neighbor islands.....We can't do it without you!

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John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana,

I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, September 26,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today, we'll hear music by Richard Strauss, including Der Rosenkavalier, and Elektra. Well also hear a wonderful work by Paganini, and get ready to tango with selections from Bizet’s “Carmen.”
 

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, September 25,  2017. Host: Louise King Lanzilotti. Today we’ll enjoy music by Glinka, Mozart, Gershwin, Von Suppé, Fibbich, Bach, Ponchielli, and Valdteufel.....it’s three hours of  varied musical marvelousness, starting at 3 PM only on HPR 2, your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, September 22,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today we’ll enjoy music by Edvard Grieg, Antonio Vivaldi, Franz Berwald, Giuseppe Verdi, Hector Berlioz, Marc-Olivier Dupin, and Nathan Aweau will play us home with Latitu and Akaka Falls.  Classical Pacific airs at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2 - your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, September 21,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today we’ll hear “Fairy Tale” by  Josef Suk. We’ll also hear “Summer Evening” by Zoltan Kodaly as well as music by Mozart, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms.
Classical Pacific airs at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2 - your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, September 20,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today, we have a very entertaining and eclectic show. We’ll hear “Symphonie Espagnole” by Edouard Lalo and “Academic Festival Overture” by Johannes Brahms, as well as  enjoying a folk melody from rural China, “Splendor Night Vision.” But wait....there’s more:

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, September 19,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today we’ll hear the Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still. We’ll also hear Symphony 99 by Joseph Haydn. In addition, we’ll hear from Maurice Ravel, Morton Gould, Eugene Goosens, and Jerome Kern. And, don't forget that HPR's Fall Pledge Drive i coming up next week....Donate early and often to keep Classical music on the air in Hawaii!

 Classical Pacific airs at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2 - your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, September 15,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today we’ll hear the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with Rudolf Firkusny on piano, performing Piano Concerto Opus 83 by Antonin Dvorak. Leila Josephowicz regales us with her rendition of Carmen Fantasy Opus 25 by Sarasate. We’ll hear the Quartetto Italiano performing String Quartet Number 7 in F Opus 39, by Beethoven. Nathan Aweau makes a guest appearance as well.   And, Judy Anderson will be here to give us a preview of tonight’s Evening Concert.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for  Thursday, September 14,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today, we’ll hear a beautiful guitar concerto by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. We’ll also hear music by Debussy, Berlioz (Harold en Italie) , Lalo, and Korngold. You’ll have a chance to guess the name of a theme from a major motion picture, so brush up on your movie trivia! And, Judy Anderson will be here to give us a preview of tonight’s Evening Concert.

Classical Pacific airs at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2 - your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for September 13,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today we’ll hear: "Piano Concerto 22" by Mozart, and "Preludes for Piano" by Gershwin. Kazuhito Yamashita and the Chamber Orchestra of Leos Janacek perform Guliani’s "Concerto for Guitar and Strings in A Opus 30". We’ll also hear "Salon México," by Aaron Copland, and we journey to a remote Chinese village to hear "Festival."

3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2 - your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for September 12,  2017. Host, John Kalani Zak, takes us on a journey into the music of Rachmaninoff, Rossini, Cimarosa, Dvorak, Brahms, Sibelius, and Fauré. Tune in to enjoy this rich musical tapestry at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music in Hawaii.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for September 11,  2017. Music educator - cellist - conductor,  Louise King Lanzilotti, hosts today’s installment of Classical Pacific and she has a wonderful program prepared for your enjoyment. We’ll hear music of Vivaldi, Vaughn Williams, Haydn, Infante, Nielsen, Kodaly, and Johann Strauss, Jr. How’s that for a line up? Join Louise at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for September 7, 2017. Today, we’ll enjoy music from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn. We’ll also hear  "Symphony Number 1 in E Minor, opus 39”  by Jean Sibelius. We’ll also travel to Chile and Colombia with guitarist José Antonio Escobar, and Johannes Brahms chimes in with 5 Hungarian Dances performed brilliantly by Evgeny Kissin on piano. It’s a festive journey on Classical Pacific today - 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for September 6, 2017. Today we’re going to hear Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C.

Debussy chimes in with Golliwog’s Cakewalk. We'll hear Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

We’ll also hear Beethoven’s three Leonore Overtures, and Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor. Classical Pacific celebrates the three big B's.

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for September 5, 2017. Today we are going to rack up a lot of musical frequent flyer miles on Classical Pacific!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for September 4, 2017. Louise King Lanzilotti is your host. Today, Louise will share some favorite musical pieces as we celebrate Labor Day in Hawaii Nei. You’ll hear 12 Danzas Españolas by Enrique Granados, Symphonie Espagñole by Edward Lalo and works by Chopin, Dvorak, and Schumann. Put your labors aside today, and enjoy Classical Pacific at 3 PM Hawaii time, only on HPR 2, your home for classical music in Hawaii.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Yippiedoodles, it’s Friday! (I learned that expression in Canada two weeks ago. ) Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, September 1, 2017, on HPR 2. Today we explore music of Brahms, Turina, Mozart, two Bachs and Jeff Peterson.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday August 31st, 2017, on HPR 2. Today we venture into music of Hummel, Debussy, R. Strauss, Schumann, and Prokofiev. We’ll also hear a beautiful medley of music from the Broadway hit, “Carousel.”

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday August 30th, 2017, on HPR 2. Today we enjoy music of Rodrigo, Falla, Stravinsky, Marcello, and Sarasate. Join us at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for Classical Music. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite composer on our website, on our mobile app, or on our HPR Classical Facebook page.....we’ll count down your top ten faves during the festive Fall Pledge Drive  which  is coming up at the end of September. If you value HPR’s programing, including music, news and information...why wait?

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, on HPR 2. I am  sending heartfelt prayers to all those affected by the devastation in Texas and Louisiana. After three days of attempts, I was finally able to reach my cousins in Houston, who arrived home from a vacation to find their home on the verge of flooding. At last contact they were able to mitigate the situation, but the rains keep coming. Please kōkua those in the path of  Tropical Storm Harvey if you can. The NPR HOME page has a link to let you know how to help if you are so inclined.

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, August 28th, 2017, on HPR 2. Your host is music educator, Louise King Lanzilotti. Louise has a wonderful program for you, today, that features music of Fasch, Bizet, Bach, Joachim, and Offenbach. 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Join Louise in celebrating the world’s finest classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, August 25th, 2017, on HPR 2. Today we’ll hear music by Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, Haydn, Debussy, and Contreras. Louise King Lanzilotti will join us for a special episode of the Big Ears Music Club where we unite keiki, parents, educators and members of our community to celebrate fine music in Hawaii nei. We’ll talk story with a talented young clarinetist and explore the exciting world of musical theatre.
Join us at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, August 24th   2017, on HPR 2. Today we’ll hear music by Igor Stravinsky, Arthur Bliss, and several beautiful Compositions from China. Antonio Salieri will make a special appearance, too. 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.

Join Louise King Lanzilotti and me for a fun installment of the Big Ears Music Club tomorrow (Friday) on Classical Pacific. We'll talk story with music student, Joshua Miyashiro, and explore the wonderful world of the musical theatre!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, August 23rd,  2017, on HPR 2. Today we’ll hear music of Richard Strauss, Claude Debussy,  and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

It will be an exciting flight,  so fasten your seat belts, place your trays in an upright and locked position and prepare for lift off at 3 PM, Hawaii time on HPR 2.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, on HPR 2. I’m back from a wonderful visit to the Pacific Northwest. Bellevue and Mercer Island were childhood homes and it was great fun to explore old haunts...complete with a side trip to Victoria, British Columbia,  and a flight home to Hawaii during the eclipse!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, August, 21st , 2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is music educator,  Louise King Lanzilotti. Join Louise as she celebrates music of Hokele’a and the sea at 3 PM Hawaii time. You’ll be glad you did.

I will be back on air on August 22nd with special music from the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the historic music label, Naxos!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for  Friday, August 18th   2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is Louise King Lanzilotti. Today’s episode celebrates Tchaikovsky, including “The Tempest,” Manfred Symphony,” and  “Coronation Cantata.”

Join Louise at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music.

I will be back on air on August 22nd with some special episodes about the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the historic music label, Naxos!

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