Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Announces the 2nd Annual Mele Mei

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Mele Mei, a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music, in May 2012. Events include workshops, concert performances, and the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival and Awards.

Working in partnership with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority to attract visitors in April and May, when tourism numbers tend to be lower, HARA reached out to various non profit organizations with Hawaiian music related events in May, to create Mele Mei as a month-long destination event. Some events are already well-established, like the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, while others are new. All of the events, however, share the same mission as HARA, which is to promote Hawaiian music.

When the final list of events is confirmed, Mele Mei will encompass more than 30 festivals and events which will culminate with the 35th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards on May 27th.

The exciting calendar of events, to date, are, as follows.



  • April 27, 2012 Media Premiere Luncheon
  • May 1-31 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Events at hotels and shopping centers
  • May 1, 2011 “Lei of Stars” Dinner
  • May 5, 2012 HARA Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon
  • May 5, 2012 International ‘Ukulele Jam
  • May 5-6, 2012 Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival
  • May 6, 2012 Steel Guitar Concert
  • May 12, 2012 Mele Mei Mother’s Day Concert
  • May 11-13, 2012 Waikiki International Hula Conference
  • May 19-20, 2012 Maiki Aiu Hula Festival
  • May 20, 2012 Slack Key All-Stars Concert
  • May 25-26, 2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival Workshops
  • May 25-26, 2012 Hula I Ke Kai
  • May 27, 2012 The 35th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

*More detailed information on these and additional Mele Mei events will be announced soon.

We also hope to include several neighbor island events for Mele Mei 2012.

HARA is scheduling meetings with Waikiki hotels and shopping centers on event venues. Anyone interested in being an event partner should contact HARA at (808) 593-9424, or info@melemei.com.


Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Hawaiian Airlines, and Kintetsu International, Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawai’i. It encompasses over 30 events, including workshops, concert performances, award ceremonies, and other activities throughout May. The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival, including the 35th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, is the finale of Mele Mei.

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For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.

All media requests for Mele Mei may be directed to Mona Wood-Sword at (808) 218-5546, or ikaikacomm@hawaii.rr.com.

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