Mele Mei: A Month of Hawaiian Music

Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the tradition of music in Hawai’i, encompassing a large number of workshops, concert performances, and award ceremonies. Sponsored by the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts (HARTA), and Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA), the second annual Mele Mei will take place between April 27th and May 29th. Throughout the month there will be more than 20 events held at different locations throughout Waikiki. The month of celebrations will begin with Hilton Hawaiian Villages Presentation of Na Hoku Hanohano All-stars. Hilton Hawaiian Village will present Na Hoku Hanohano All-star performances throughout the month, and end their series with the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano awards on May 27.

Na Hoku Hanohano

In addition to the concerts that will be hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the Na Hoku Hanohano music festival will also host a series of workshops where attendees can learn more about the art of Hawaiian Music. The course topics will range from the business side of being a musician to Hawaiian language and music composition. The workshops will be led by some of Hawai’i’s own award winning musicians, composers, and educators.

“Go For Da Record…Hana Hou”

 “Go For Da Record…Hana Hou” will be happening at the end of April before many of the Mele Mei events start, but this is a chance for people to get involved in the beautiful tradition of Hawaiian music, and to be a part of music history! At this event Jake Shimabukuro will lead all participants in the second attempt to break the world record for the largest ukulele ensemble. Even if you don’t already know how to play, it is ok; organizers are encouraging anyone and everyone to partake in this record setting attempt. Before the world record attempt Hawaii’s school children and various other ukulele clubs of Hawai’i will perform. If the record attempt is succesful, it will be rewarded to “the people of Hawai’i.”

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