Mele Mei music events planned

“Mele Mei” is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii. It encompasses a large number of daily workshops, concert performances, and award ceremonies.

“Mele Mei” means May Music in Hawaiian. It features anchor Hawaiian music events throughout the month. The content within the month is provided by non-profit organizations who share similar missions and goals and who have come together to increase awareness, presence and interest of Hawaiian music by providing Hawaiian music programs and activities within the month.

Activities include concerts & brunch, workshops, walking tours, contests and festivals.

The participating non-profit organizations are the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, Pakele Foundation, Archimedes Hawai’i Kukila Project, Maiki Aiu Foundation, Ka Lei Papahi O Kakuhihewa, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts.

There has been a decline in the interest of Hawaiian Music evident by the number of tourist venues throughout Hawaii that do not present live Hawaiian music performances. Broadcast systems also drop Hawaiian music programming due to low ratings.

It is the objective and goal of Mele Mei to focus an entire month on Hawaiian music as a way to create a radical difference in the way Hawaiian music is viewed throughout all communities in Hawaii and the world.

May 1
LEI OF STARS
Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Concert & Brunch
10am – Royal Hawaiian Hotel

May 8
WAIPUNA
Hawaii’s Recording Artists Mother’s Day Concert & Brunch
10am – Ala Moana Hotel

May 14
LEGENDS OF STEEL
Steel Guitar Concert & Brunch
10am – Pacific Beach Hotel

May 15
MALI’O
A Hawaiian Music Women’s Performance Concert & Brunch
10am – Pacific Beach Hotel

May 21
FALSETTO COMPETITION
Ho’okuku Leo Ki’eki’e
11am – Embassy Suites

May 22
HULA COUPLES COMPETITION
Ho’okuku Hula Palua
11am – Royal Hawaiian Hotel Coconut Lawn

May 26-29
NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 26: Opening Media Party – Royal Hawaiian Hotel
May 27: Workshops – Hawaii Convention Center
May 28: Lifetime Achievement Awards – Hawai’i Convention Center
May 29: Na Hoku Hanohano Awards – Hawaii Convention Center

Recurring Events

PAKELE LIVE!
May 5, 12, 19 26
Willows Restaurant

KUKILA
Build your own Steel Guitar & Play
May 9 -11
King’s Village

HAWAII NUI
Hawaiian Tradition Culture Classes
May 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
10:30am – Pacific Beach Hotel

NA MELE O WAIKIKI
Hawaiian Music Walking Tour
May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24
9am – Helumoa at Royal Hawaiian Center

For more information or reservations, call (808) 593-9424 or e-mail MELEMEI2011@GMAIL.COM. Updates are available on the Mele Mei Facebook page.

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