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Celebrate Hawaiian Music during the Month of May

Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music, supported by the HTA, which helps increase awareness, presence and interest in Hawaiian music around the globe by highlighting and providing access to Hawaiian music programs and activities.  

Held during the month of May, a traditionally lighter month for tourism, Mele Mei helps to draw additional visitors to Hawaii. This year’s festivities will feature daily Hawaiian music workshops, concert performances and award ceremonies, taking place at landmark venues throughout Waikiki.

Popular musical events include the Hilton Hawaiian Village Presents: Na Hoku Hanohano All-Stars on April 27, the Halekulani Presents: The Next Generation on May 8, and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Presents: Na Wahine Hanohano on May 24. Also, near the close of the Mele Mei season, be sure to attend the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Awards, taking place May 27, at the Hawaii Convention Center. This annual premier music recognition ceremony will honor distinguished Hawaii musicians.

To learn more about Mele Mei events, please click here.


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