Hawaii’s Mele Mei Festival kicked off with a bang this past weekend. With a variety of events featuring local music and culture, the Mele Mei Festival is one of the best things to do on Oahu to experience the sounds of Hawaii.
Last week we gave you an overview of the celebrations, but lets recap the weekend’s events and take a look at this past weekend’s exciting events.
Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy’s) All-Stars event hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village was an outdoor concert with local stars performing their favorite songs and all proceeds benefiting Charity Walk Hawaii.
The “Go For Da Record: Hana Hou!” event lead by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro had a great turnout but came up shy of beating the 1,547 members required to break the record for “World’s Largest Ukulele Ensemble”. Better luck next year Jake, we’ll be rooting for you again!
Things to do on Oahu: This Week in Mele Mei
Tuesday, May 1 celebrates “May Day” in Hawaii and Mele Mei Festival presents the “Lei of Stars: Outdoor Concert” at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
Friday, May 4 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm will be an event held at “Luxury Row” located at 2100 Kalakaua Avenue will feature Kuʻuipo Kumukahi
Executive Director, Legends of Steel Guitar. This is a free event that would pair well with taking a stroll through Waikiki and watching the fireworks show.
Saturday, May 5 is not only celebrates Cinco de Mayo, but also the Lifetime Achievement Banquet Luncheon at the Ala Moana Hotel. This event will feature lunch followed by an unforgettable musical performance. For event info click here.
Sunday, May 6 is the Legends of Steel luncheon concert running from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Pacific beach Hotel. This event will honor the influence of the steel guitar to Hawaiian music, and feature almost a dozen performers.
Also this weekend from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 will be the Hawaii Book and Music Festival. This celebration of story and song will be fun for the whole family, featuring works from local and national best-selling authors, musical performances, and a Hula Halau performance. This is a free event!
For more information on all the festival’s events, check out the Mele Mei homepage.