IMG_9965v2The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Engagement program recently presented the Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM) at University of Hawai´i Maui College with a $10,000 grant for new musical equipment. Funds were gifted from Fairmont Community Assistance and Responsibility to the Environment (CAREs), a corporate grant program that focuses on the environmental, social and community wellbeing of the communities where Fairmont does business.

The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind musical program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music through establishing mentor relationships with professional Hawaiian musicians. The curriculum takes students from the beginning of their musical training to their career debut, offering classes in guitar, ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, music industry business and marketing, and recording. Funds from the Fairmont CAREs grant will be allocated to new mobile audio performance and recording equipment, as well as an acoustic upright bass, allowing students to perform and produce professional quality recordings at the Wailea resort and across Maui.

Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto of University of Hawai´i Maui College shares: “When Maui’s business community partners with our programs, it adds an important dimension to learning by letting students get hands-on in the ultimate classroom – the real world. The Fairmont Kea Lani has been tremendously supportive of both our IHM and culinary programs, and the experience students take away is invaluable.”

The $10,000 award is part of an ongoing partnership between The IHM and The Fairmont Kea Lani that, in the past, has included hotel concerts and fundraising efforts.

“We so appreciate The Fairmont Kea Lani’s dedication to Hawaiian music and our program,” said IHM Program Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy. “This past summer they opened the doors for our students to play live in front of their guests during the free Aloha Summer Concert Series, and now they’ve increased their commitment with this generous grant. It’s music to our ears.”

Along with frequent Hawaiian music concerts, guests of The Fairmont Kea Lani enjoy complimentary Hawaiian cultural activities conducted by the hotel’s full time Cultural Coach, Jonelle Kamai. Activities such as outrigger canoe paddling, ‘Olelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language) Sessions, a Cultural Education Tour and monthly celebrations of Hawaiian holidays/history are ongoing.

“We are committed to celebrating Hawaiian culture by offering our guests authentic and educational experiences,” says General Manager of The Fairmont Kea Lani, Charles Head. “Our partnership with The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a natural fit. We are proud to support the current students – and the future musicians – of Maui with the Fairmont CAREs grant.”

For more information or to donate to The Institute of Hawaiian Music, visit To learn more about The Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to Hawaiian culture, and click on Hawaiian Culture.