Keiki musicians get invite to nation’s Capitol

  • Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth with a Mission and the University of Nations, speaks with Vice President Mike Pence's secretary about Symphony of Hope in Pence's White House Office. (Doug McClure/Courtesy Photo)
  • Doug McClure teaches classes for Symphony of Hope — Pacific at the University of Nations in Kailua-Kona, but also teaches a small class of students in Milolii, pictured.

  • Sixty students with Symphony of Hope — Pacific are learning to play the violin under the direction of acclaimed cellist Doug McClure.

  • Symphony of Hope — Pacific performs at the 40th anniversary celebration of the University of Nations in Kailua-Kona in November. (Doug McClure/Courtesy Photos)

  • The first performance by Symphony of Hope — Pacific, was in November, at the anniversary celebration of University of Nations in Kailua-Kona. Sixty children from the Big Island make up the symphony, headed by Doug McClure. (Doug McClure/Courtesy Photos)

KAILUA-KONA — As founder of Symphony of Hope, Doug McClure knows what an instrument, a few songs, and a spotlight can do for any child.