Na Hoku Hanohano all stars

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As you may know, Mele Mei — the monthlong celebration of Hawaii’s music leading up to the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards — is my client. This means that, for an entire month (and a little more), I get to experience many of Hawaii’s top musicians up close. Every genre, from up-and-comers to the industry legends, become my life. My instagrams of food are shelved for photos of local entertainers and my desk is covered with CDs instead of snacks. It’s kind of cool, actually.

This last weekend was a whirlwind of entertainment, and you can see a sample of some videos I shot at my YouTube channel. In fact, keep the videos on while you do your work! Here’s a quick look at one of those events, the Na Hoku Hanohano All Star concert at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which doubled as a fundraiser for the annual hotel charity walk.

Na Hoku Hanohano All Star concert

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Here’s one of the songs that Raiatea Helm sang:

Maunalua also performed a long set, which included Bobby Moderow’s wife dancing hula. Whenever I hear Hawaiian music like this, I want to eat Hawaiian food:

Bonus — on Sunday, I covered Hoku award-winners Mark Yamanaka and Weldon Kekauoha (peforming here with Jack Ofoia and Alika Boy). In this video, Weldon goes off on a tangent about what it’s like to buy bread from Kanemitsu Bakery on Molokai.

Want to see more? Next weekend is another big one, with two big events, both free. The Hawaii Book & Music Festival is on Saturday and Sunday at the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds. It focuses on local authors, musicians, and the unique culture that we share in the islands. They’ll even have speakers, like (ahem) a certain Nonstop blogger.

The other big, free event is the inaugural Ukulele and Slack & Steel Jam at Kapiolani Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can watch some of the biggest names in ukulele, slack key and steel guitar perform all day. Just bring your goza! Featured artists include: Alan Akaka and The Islanders, Ben Kaili, Brittni Paiva, Cyril Pahinui Band, Dennis & David Kamakahi, Kalei Gamiao, Kris Fuchigami, Ku`uipo Kumukahi & The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders, John Keawe, Makana, Maunalua, Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson.

Hope to see you at one of these events!

6 comments
Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  Did not Kanemitsu have to close to take care of some sanitation issues at one time?  It would be interesting to hear of how social media is keeping the "unique culture" alive.  This is especially true for the ex-pats who are all over the world these days.  I guess the vids and pix are a lasting record of what is happening and evolving.  Perhaps a more accurate record than the archives with limited pictures and written descriptions.  The question becomes when does a recorder know what he/she is recording is a true depiction of what is happening in a culture?  Or is it just one of many interpretations...??

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

 @Melissa808 Delicate Blossom:  You mentioned your part in the weekend festival/fair, so I was thinking aloud about how a social media maven would approach how social media plays a part in the the historical aspects of keeping a "unique culture" alive.  I have no idea what you are planning to say but thought about how contemporary media is evolving and how it can play a part on preserving cultural history.  With the massive amount of eyes, ears, and thoughts floating through the electronic social media, how does one possibly assimilate all of this to get to the core of those cultural changes...to me this is challenging.  Reporting what you see and hear may not be the essence but merely symptomatic of what is or will happen as cultural change.  Example:  Has "Jawaiian" or reggae music become a force in the emerging Hawaiian culture?  How far will it go?  Will it morph to something else? Where does Delicate Blossom see herself as a recorder of cultural history using social media?  Do you consider yourself a recorder or more of an activist in promulgating change? 

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave no no Mele Mei isn't Nonstop's client. They are my client. I use Facebook, Twitter, etc (social media tools) to pre-promote their events. If you go to their twitter  & Facebook pages you can see the events we are telling the public about. NonstopHonolulu is where my blog is.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

 @Melissa808 Delicate Blossom:  Ok, thanks, I see where you are coming from.  So NSHNL is a "reactor" rather than a "promoter" to influence their clients to move in certain ways to attract more customers based on their experience in seeing the results of various attractions and venues.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave ummm OK that's very complicated! But to (I think) answer your question, I'm using social media to promote the events in the present, not to record it as cultural history. So people can hear about stuff that's coming up, then go to the events and enjoy them.