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April 5, 2017

7th Annual Mele Mei Schedule of Music and Cultural Events

Music lovers will want to take note. Mele Mei has just released its full schedule of events for 2017 including an expanded lineup of culturally rich, Hawaiian music performances and concerts statewide. The 7th annual event puts the spotlight on local musicians including multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning and Grammy-nominated artists, who will perform at various venues around Hawai‘i, as well as in Los Angeles and throughout Japan.

More than 80 events are scheduled throughout this year, including bi-weekly and weekly performances hosted by the Hilton Waikiki Beach, Halekulani, Waikiki Beach Walk, Blue Note Hawaii, and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.

Highlights of Mele Mei 2017 include the 40th Anniversary Nā Hōkū Hanohano 2017 Music Festival on April 16, in Maihama, Japan; Mele Mei Hotel Concert Series held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort Kani Ka Pila Grille, Halekulani and Hyatt Regency Waikiki; 37th Annual Pan Pacific Festival’s Matsuri In Hawai‘i and Hō‘ike Lanakila 2017 Festival across Japan.  It all culminates with the highly anticipated 40th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards ceremony and dinner show on Saturday, May 20 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Ticket information for the 40th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards Show as well as a list of this year’s nominees can be found online at www.nahokuhanohano.org.

“Each year Mele Mei continues to expand to include even more events and musicians. This all works to raise the volume of Hawai‘i’s music throughout the islands and around the world,” said Pali Ka’aihue, Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts president. “This year’s lineup of events brings an exciting mix of talent to different venues here in Hawai’i and throughout the world. We hope our fellow music lovers will come out to support these talented musicians and their work to perpetuate and share our local music.”

Mele Mei 2017 is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. An up-to-date schedule of this year’s events can be found online at www.melemei.com under the “events” tab.

A list of Mele Mei’s 2017 schedule of events includes:

Japan

Sunday, April 16: 40th Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Music Festival (Maihama Theatre)
Mele Mei will celebrate the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in Japan with the 3rd Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Music Festival on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Maihama Amphitheater within the Tokyo Disney Resort.

June 19 - 24: Hō‘ike Lanakila (Sapporo, Osaka, Nagoya, Nigata, Tokyo)
The last event of Mele Mei 2017 goes to Japan! Hō‘ike Lanakila features a concert series of Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning artists, hula hālau and their nā kumu.

O‘ahu

April Events

Ongoing, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Nightly Concert at LBLE Lounge (Hilton Waikiki Beach)
Tune in for a nightly treat of pupu, happy hour and musical entertainment at the LBLE Lounge in the Hilton Waikiki Beach, featuring a special performance each night by different performers:
-       Sundays: Wood&Stone
-       Mondays: Sean Cleland
-       Tuesdays: Jason Laeha
-       Wednesdays: Izik
-       Thursdays & Fridays: Sunway
-       Saturdays: Tahiti

Sunday, April 9: Na Mele No Na Pua for Waikiki Beach Walk featuring Mike Ka’awa (Waikiki Beach Walk)
Enjoy some of Hawai‘i's most beloved performers in a casual, open-air setting on the lawn of the Plaza/Fountain Stage. Relax to the melodic musings of Mike Ka’awa at this free, family-style Sunday showcase.

Sunday, April 23: Na Mele No Na Pua for Waikiki Beach Walk featuring Kamehameha Schools Children’s Choir (Waikiki Beach Walk)
Enjoy some of Hawai‘i's most beloved performers in a casual, open-air setting on the lawn of the Plaza/Fountain Stage. Relax to the melodic musings of Kamehameha Schools Children’s Choir at this free, family-style Sunday showcase.

Saturday, April 29, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.: 15th Annual Spam Jam Festival (Kalakaua Avenue)
Celebrate the people of Hawai’i and their love for spam with a free street festival that features food vendors, live entertainment, and local merchants.

May Events

Monday, May 1: Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame – Lei of Stars (Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa)

Join us for brunch and a concert honoring some of the best in hula and Hawaiian music. The Lei of Stars event will recognize the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.

Thursday, May 4, 11, 18 & 25: Pakele Live! (Willows Restaurant)
Enjoy the beauty and richness of Hawaiian culture during the Pakele Live! weekly showcase. Celebrating Mele Mei 2017, Pakele Live! will feature live Hawaiian music and hula.

Saturday – Sunday, May 6 – 7: Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival (Frank Fasi Municipal Grounds)
Join us for the 12th Annual Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival taking place Saturday through Sunday, May 6 – May 7 in Downtown Honolulu. The festival will feature more than 30 panels centered on Native Hawaiian culture, health and living in Hawai‘i, astronomy and more! Admission and parking are free to the public.

Saturday – Sunday, May 6 – 7, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Blue Note Hawaii (Blue Note Hawaii)
Blue Note Hawaii celebrates Mele Mei with monthly performances by local artists. On May 6-7, relax to the sounds of Maleana Brown.

Sunday, May 7, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Mele Mei at Halekulani featuring Keauhou (House Without a Key)
Tune up your Sunday with a lunch concert at Halekulani’s House without a Key featuring a special performance by Keauhou. No reservations required.

Sunday, May 7, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Na Mele No Na Pua featuring Maunalua (Waikiki Beach Walk)
Enjoy some of Hawai‘i's most beloved performers in a casual, open-air setting on the lawn of the Plaza/Fountain Stage. Relax to the melodic musings of Maunalua at this free, family-style Sunday showcase.

Sunday, May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Outrigger Kani Ka Pila Grille Mele Mei Concert Series (Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort)
Celebrate contemporary Hawaiian music under the stars from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Experience the special sounds and unique cultural traditions of Hawai‘i at Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. Multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning artists, Brother Noland, Nathan Aweau, Maunalua and more will be performing at the Kani Ka Pila Grille Mele Mei Concert Series. Call (808) 924–4990 for more information.

Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: 10th Annual Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila

Gather for a day of music and entertainment honoring Hawaiian music legend Gabby Pahinui and his contributions to Hawaiian music. Enjoy performance by more than 150 musicians, educational booths, music workshops, cultural displays, and lomi lomi massages as well as food and craft vendors.

Saturday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Nani Ke Ao Nei (Missions House)
Be inspired by the natural wonders of the world and celebrate the environment with a special concert centered around Na Mele Honua, songs of the earth.

Sunday, May 14, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Mele Mei at Halekulani featuring Ledward Kaapana (House Without a Key)
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a lunch concert at Halekulani’s House without a Key, featuring a special performance by Ledward Kaapana. No reservations required.

Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.: Blue Note Hawaii (Blue Note Hawaii)
Blue Note Hawaii celebrates Mele Mei with monthly performances by local artists. On May 16 relax to the sounds of Danny and Nicholas Kaleikini.

Friday, May 19: Hula I Ke Kai (Waikiki Hula Mound)
Honor the art of hula and enjoy performances by local entertainers and musicians at the Waikiki Hula Mound.

Saturday, May 20: 40th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawai‘i Convention Center)
The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts’ 40th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards ceremony and dinner show will take place Saturday, May 20 to honor entertainers’ achievements of excellence in the recording arts. Tickets are available for purchase at the HARA office or by calling (808) 593-9424.

Sunday, May 21: Hō‘ike Lanakila (Hawai’i Convention Center)
This new event features a concert series of Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning artists, hula hālau and their nā kumu.  

Sunday, May 21, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Mele Mei at Halekulani featuring Kaiao (House Without a Key)
Tune up your Sunday with a lunch concert at Halekulani’s House without a Key featuring a special performance by Kaiao. No reservations required.

Sunday, May 21, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Na Mele No Na Pua featuring Na Mele Ho’okani (Waikiki Beach Walk)
Enjoy some of Hawai‘i's most beloved performers in a casual, open-air setting on the lawn of the Plaza/Fountain Stage. Relax to the melodic musings of Na Mele Ho’okani at this free, family-style Sunday showcase.

Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.: Blue Note Hawaii (Blue Note Hawaii)
Blue Note Hawaii celebrates Mele Mei with monthly shows by local artists. On May 23 take in a special performance by legendary musician Willie K.

Sunday, May 28, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Mele Mei at Halekulani featuring Ku’uipo Kumukahi (House Without a Key)
Tune up your Sunday with a lunch concert at Halekulani’s House without a Key featuring a special performance by Ku’uipo Kumukahi. No reservations required.

June Events

Sunday, June 4, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Na Mele No Na Pua featuring Jeff Rasmussen (Waikiki Beach Walk)
Enjoy some of Hawai‘i's most beloved performers in a casual, open-air setting on the lawn of the Plaza/Fountain Stage. Relax to the melodic musings of Jeff Rasmussen at this free, family-style Sunday showcase.

Friday, June 9, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Pan-Pacific Ho’olaule’a (Kalākaua Avenue)
Gather for a celebration to preserve friendship and goodwill. The ho‘olaulea will feature cultural exhibitions as well as talent from across the Pacific Rim including performances at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Stage featuring Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning artists and nominees. Events include a custom hula festival ending in a super-sized parade featuring colorful performers, dancers, high school marching bands and ethnic cultural groups from around the world. Join in on the fun at one of Hawai‘i’s largest outdoor multi-cultural exhibits in Waikiki.

Sunday, June 18, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. : Na Mele No Na Pua featuring Kapena (Waikiki Beach Walk)
Enjoy some of Hawai‘i's most beloved performers in a casual, open-air setting on the lawn of the Plaza/Fountain Stage. Relax to the Hawaiian contemporary music of Kapena at this free, family-style Sunday showcase.

July Events

Monday, July 3, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Party 4 a Purpose – Honolulu Professionals Foundation Party for a Purpose (Pomaika’i Ballroom, Dole Cannery)
Kick off your week Partying 4 a Purpose – enjoy a night of drinks, live performances, raffles, and a silent auction hosted by the Honolulu Professionals Foundation. Proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations including the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts and Kids Hurt Too Hawaii.

Maui

Friday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.: Maui Matsuri Kick-Off (Queen Ka’aumanu Shopping Center)
Join us a week before the festival to kick-off Maui Matsuri with special performances and activities for the keiki.

Friday – Sunday, April 28-30: Maui Steel Guitar Festival (Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Queen Ka’aumanu)
Strum on down for this year’s Maui Steel Guitar Festival. The event was developed to promote appreciation and interest in the Hawaiian steel guitar. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 6, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Maui Matsuri Festival (UH Maui College)
The UH Maui college campus will transform for a day of Japanese-inspired festivities including food stalls, craft vendors, entertainment, and activities for all ages.

Saturday – Sunday, May 13 – 14, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Mele Mei ma Maui (Lahaina Banyan Tree)
Take pleasure in Hawai’i’s music, beauty, and aloha with three nights of special performances featuring legendary Hawaiian musicians, including Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning artists.

Kaua’i

Saturday, April 8, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Ho’okena in Concert (Kaua’i Beach Resort, Jasmine Ballroom)
Reserve your seats for a musical concert at the Kaua’i Beach Resort, featuring Ho’okena along with Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson.

Saturday, May 13: May Day by the Bay (Wai’oli Beach Park, Hanalei)
Celebrate Mother’s Day early with live music and entertainment at this year’s May Day by the Bay, a kanikapila celebration at Wai’oli Beach Park.
 
Hawai’i Island

Friday – Sunday, May 19 - May 28: Ka’ū Coffee Festival (Various Venues in Ka’ū and Pahala)
Seep yourself into ten days of coffee-inspired festivities all centered around Ka’ū coffee country. Join farmers, roasters, and the community of Ka’ū for coffee tasting, musical entertainment, arts, crafts and ono food.

Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Ka’ū Coffee Festival Ho’olaule’a (Pahala Community Center)
Brew in an eventful day of music and hula performances as well as taste testing, arts, crafts, and ono food – all inspired by Ka’ū coffee country. Guests can also meet Miss Ka’ū Coffee and her court as well as take guided tours of the coffee farms.

Additional events may be added at a later date. Please refer to www.melemei.com for further details as well as an up-to-date schedule of events. You can also follow Mele Mei on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MeleMeiHawaii, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/melemei, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/melemei as well as the hashtag #melemei2017.

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