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April 27, 2018

2018 Mele Mei Performances at Halekulani

Celebrate Lei Day all month long with special musical performances throughout the month at Halekulani’s House Without a Key. The special concert series will feature weekly afternoon performances by Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning artists Josh Tatofi, Ledward Kaapana, Amy Hanaiali’i, and more. The star-studded lineup is part of this year’s 8th Annual Mele Mei--a celebration of Hawaiian music taking place from April through July.

Throughout the month of May, residents and visitors can soak in relaxing live music set against the backdrop of Waikiki Beach, every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year’s lineup of performances includes:

May 6Teresa Bright, Del Beazley and Kata Maduli

May 13: Ledward Kaapana

May 20Amy Hanaiali’i

May 27:
 Josh Tatofi  

“Our lineup of Mele Mei concerts is an opportunity for us to share the aloha spirit and showcase the unique music and beauty of Hawai’i with our guests,” said Ulrich Krauer, Halekulani general manager. “Mele Mei has been a Halekulani tradition since the concert series’ inception seven years ago and it is always an honor to experience these award-winning artists in person as they showcase Hawai’i’s music culture.”

Halekulani will kick off its House without a Key concerts series on May 6, with a popular trio of performers, Teresa Bright, Del Beazly, and Kata Maduli. The musicians have each found success individually, receiving Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for their work as soloists and are just as exciting to watch as a trio.

Taking to the stage for Mother’s Day on May 13, is GRAMMY-nominated musician Ledward Kaapana. A legendary slack key guitarist, ukulele master and singer, Kaapana has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. His smooth style and rascal charm has built a loyal following, while his talent has earned him four Grammy nominations.

On May 20, legendary Hawai’i artist Amy Hanaiali’i will grace House Without a Key. An ambassador of Hawaiian music--Hanaiali’i holds five GRAMMY nominations and 18 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards. Her diverse success and background have garnered her recognition worldwide for her talent and respect for Hawaiian culture and music.

The series ends with another Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated musician Josh Tatofi on May 27. Tatofi is celebrated throughout the Pacific for his melodic sound, composition, and charming Hawaiian songs. In 2018 Tatofi swept the 40th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards taking home top honors for Male Vocalist of the Year and Island Music Album.

Halekulani’s schedule of performances are part of Mele Mei’s 2018 signature events. Presented by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, the annual celebration of music and culture returns for an eighth year with a full lineup of live performances statewide. The annual event will take place from April through June and feature Hawai’i musicians including Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning and Grammy-nominated artists, performing at venues and events across Hawai’i as well as in Japan.

For more information on Mele Mei please visit www.melemei.com

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