Kahului, Hawaii – For the first time ever, Maui entries and nominees for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards will be featured in an all-day, free ho‘olaule‘a on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Great Lawn of the University of Hawai‘i Maui College in Kahului. This event is part of the statewide Mele Mei celebration of Hawaiian Music, and is sponsored by the Institute of Hawaiian Music, Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

The ho‘olaule‘a will include performances by the students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music, Pono Murray, Matagi, Ahumanu, Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner George Kahumoku & Anthony Pfluke, Mondokāne, Halemanu Villarimo & Tarvin Makia, Cane Fire, Melinda Carroll with Lehua Simon, Mikaela Bega and Bentley Kalaway, Pat Simmons, Jr., Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winners Kanekoa, Damien Paiva, and Goldawn Won.


More than half of the performers are also finalists for the a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award this year. Winners will be announced at the Hawai‘i Convention Center on May 19.

In addition to the live performances, the Institute of Hawaiian Music will host three workshops. The first will feature IHM director and HARA governor Dr. Keola Donaghy, who will discuss both the Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, the benefits of membership in both organizations, and how to enter your music releases into the awards.

The second will feature multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning songwriter, producer, performer and engineer Kenneth Makuakāne, who will discuss songwriting, and guide participants through writing their own song.

In the third workshop, participants will learn how to create pūniu – a coconut shell drum used in hula. It will be conducted by Kapono‘ai Molitau. There is a $10 fee for each workshop, and a $50 material fee for the pūniu-making workshop.

The ho‘olaule‘a will have food and drinks available for purchase. Both parking and entrance to the event are free. For more information or to reserve a seat in one of the worskhops, please contact Dr. Keola Donaghy at donaghy@hawaii.edu or by calling (808) 984-3570.

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