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Mele Mei Kicks Off this Month

Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music and dance. The 3rd annual festival kicks off on April 26th and runs throughout the month of May, with more than 30 events including Hawaiian music concerts, hula conferences, workshops and demonstrations, the 36th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show, luncheon and dinner shows honoring Hawaiian music and dance pioneers, and festivals like the Hawaii Book & Music Festival.

Featured events:
The Halekulani Tuesday Concert Series
Featuring: Hiikua, Natalie Ai, Nathan Aweau, Na Hoa
Date: May 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Tuesdays)
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Halekulani, House Without a Key
Admission: Free

Hilton Hawaiian Village Mele Mei Concert Series
Featuring: John Cruz, Maunalua, Raiatea Helm
Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Hilton Hawaiian Village, Great Lawn
Admission: For details, contact

Moana Surfrider Mele Mei Mother’s Day Concert/Brunch
Featuring: Weldon Kekauoha and Mark Yamanaka
Date: Sunday, May 12
Time: TBD
Location: Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Beachouse
Admission: For details, contact

To learn more about Mele Mei and to see a full list of events, please click here.


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