Kicking off Mele Mei 2013

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Mele Mei kicked off this past weekend, starting a monthlong celebration of Hawaii’s music that culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano festival and awards. During the first event, various local musicians played for a crowd at Altitude@37 in the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel; the next day, legends in Hawaii’s music industry gathered at the Ala Moana Hotel for the Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards.

In previous years, the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards was an annual event that honored the talents and achievements of Hawaii’s musicians. Now, with Mele Mei, the public can partake in various events throughout the state to learn about the different genres, artists, history and culture that comprise Hawaii’s unique music. While you can take part in ticketed events and concerts, there are many free, family-friendly events to make the music accessible to everyone.

Click here to see the entire schedule, or click here to get a PDF of the calendar of events.

Mele Mei 2013 kickoff

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—Photo by Melissa Chang

Here’s a video of Jerry Santos performing at the kickoff luncheon:

Ryan Kamakakehau Fernandez, who is nominated for six awards this year, also performed at the kickoff luncheon:

Shar Carillo, a relative newcomer to Hawaii’s music scene, is up for an award, as well. Here’s her performance at the kickoff luncheon (sorry for the shakiness in the first minute):

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Awesome! I love Starr, she is a great singer! :D 


Delicate Blossom:  Good post.  Does Na Hoku and Mele Mei recognize the "Jawaiian music"?  I find this segment of music as corruption of the beautiful and distinctive Hawaiian music industry.  If I had to listen to Jawaiian music it would be considered extreme torture.  To me let the Jamaicans have their own music and Hawaiians to stick to their own.  I do not believe it is really creative to meld the two and cannot get excited about artists who perform it...they are looking for an identity by trying to capitalize on both...sad.  Either be Hawaiian or Jamaican...each culture has much to offer within themselves, no need to bastardize them.