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.
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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