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Celebrating Hawaiian Culture through Music: Ahamele Monthly Hawaiian Music Series

The HTA’s 2014 Ahamele: Monthly Hawaiian Music Series offers a chance for both visitors and residents to experience the Hawaiian culture first-hand through the musical stylings of some of Hawaii’s renowned local artists. 
“The Ahamele: Monthly Hawaiian Music Series brings people together to celebrate Hawaiian culture through music,” said Mike McCartney, HTA president and CEO. “These concerts will provide our visitors and residents the opportunity to experience our distinct culture and highlight our local artists.” 
The series launched on May Day with a concert by multi-Hoku Award winners Na Leo PIlimehana, as a tribute to the beach boys of Waikiki, the original ambassadors of aloha. Later that month, another Ahamele concert was held at the Hawaii Convention Center. The May 25 “Sunset Mele on the Roof” concert included performances by Willie K and the 2014 Merrie Monarch Miss Aloha Hula, Kealohilani Serrao. In June, the concert series joined the King Kamehameha Celebration festivities to honor the memory of Hawaii’s first king through song and dance. Last month’s concert was held on Sunday, Aug. 31 at Iolani Palace as part of the 8th Annual Onipaa Celebration and included musical and hula performances in celebration of Queen Liliuokalani’s birthday.
The upcoming concert on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Waimea Valley will feature Hawaiian music artist Kapena, along with other talented performers, including Kaiholu and The Waimea Valley Ohana band from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Three additional Ahamele concerts are scheduled at various locations later this year.  More details to come.

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