Mele Mei 2014 and Ala Moana Hotel

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Release Number: 25/14

NEW oeg_v_4cHONOLULU, HAWAII – Pali Kaaiihue, co-creator of the Mele Mei Festival and president of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA), announced the continuation of their partnership with the Ala Moana Hotel, aka the “Official Hotel of the 37th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.” The Mele Mei events take place all throughout the month of May 2014 (www.melemei.com) with the culmination leading up to the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards show on May 24, to be held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Waikiki.

Says Kaaihue, “From day one, the management and staff of the Ala Moana Hotel have been right by our side, continuing to help us in raising awareness of Hawaii’s artists and music to the world.” Marty Milan, director of sales and marketing adds, “Once again, we are happy to be a proud sponsor of Mele Mei and hope that the special room rates we’ve extended will attract return guests, new visitors, and of course, local residents to the festival.”

The Ala Moana Hotel has quite a history with the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, as it was the original home in 1978. However, as the popularity of the show grew, it also outgrew the space at the Ala Moana Hotel and eventually made its way into its current home of the 35,000 square foot Kalakaua Ballroom at the Hawaii Convention Center, directly across the street from the hotel.

The special Mele Mei/ Na Hoku Hanohano hotel rates at Ala Moana Hotel are available from May 21 – 27, 2014 as follows:

  • Kona Tower  -  $125. per night (maximum 2 guests per room)
  • Waikīkī Tower - $145. Per night (maximum 4 guests per room)

Rates are for single/double occupancy, plus taxes, and rooms are subject to availability. Guests must present their I.D. badge, ticket or receipt for any of the events to the front desk prior to check out in order to qualify for the exclusive room rates. Festival participants must call 808 955 4811 to receive the special Na Hoku Hanohano rates or simply go to the link at www.melemei.com for online reservations.

Translated in Hawaiian, Mele Mei means “May, Hawaiian Music Month.” A series of workshops, events and performances are held throughout various venues in Hawaii, primarily throughout Honolulu and Waikiki on Oahu, and on Maui. Now in its fourth year, the entire month of May 2014 will be dedicated to featuring an impressive line-up of artists and industry icons, as well as a new generation of musicians, representing each genre of Hawaii’s music from traditional Hawaiian to contemporary, ukulele to the steel guitar, reggae to rock-n-roll, as well as new alternative indie sounds.

Sponsored by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA), and the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Mele Mei 2014 program will include the Lei of Stars Dinner Concert on May 1, the Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon on May 3, the Hawaii Youth Symphony Luncheon on May 18, Ukulele Picnic on May 25, plus a variety of hula events at the Waikiki Hula Mound. Of course, all the events lead up to the excitement of the 37th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show on May 24, honoring the best of the best in Hawaii‘s music industry (See attached calendar of all events).

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About Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel is considered the “Kamaaina Favorite,” renowned for its exceptional island hospitality, offering guests a host of impressive amenities and services. The upscale property offers a collection of diverse in-house dining  options,  contemporary  meeting  and  banquet  facilities,  a  relaxing  lounge and energetic  nightclub,  as well  as  an expansive  pool deck, sauna  and  fitness center. Centrally located, Ala Moana Hotel is nearby famous Waikiki Beach, adjacent to Ala Moana Center, the largest open-air mall in America, across from the Hawaii Convention Center and a short stroll to picturesque Ala Moana Beach Park.

MELE MEI 2014 – CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Mele Mei 2014 Kick-Off Celebration
Friday April 25, 2014  -  Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel

Pakele Live! Mele Mei Concert Series
Thursday Nights – May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014  – Willows Restaurant

Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon
Saturday – May 3, 2014  – Ala Moana Hotel

Lei of Stars Dinner Concert
Thursday – May 1, 2014  - Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Hawaii Book & Music Festival
Thursday & Friday – May 3 & May 4, 2014  – Honolulu Hale Ground

Hilton Na Hoku Hanohano All-Stars Concert
Saturday – May 10, 2014  – Hilton Grand Lawn

Hawaii Youth Symphony Luncheon
Sunday – May 18, 2014  – Hilton Hawaiian Village

Halekulani Na Hoku Hanohano Lunch Time Concert
Sundays – May 2014 (4, 11, 18, 25)  – Halekulani House Without a Key

Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival workshops
Friday – May 23, 2014  - Ala Moana Hotel

37th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show
Saturday – May 24, 2014 – Hawaii Convention Center

Ukulele Picnic 2014
Sunday – May 25, 2014  – Kakaako Waterfront Park

Ogo’s Hawaii Aloha Hula
Sunday – May 25  – Waikiki Hula Mound

For further news, schedule of events or for more information about Mele Mei, please visit www.melemei.com or call 808 593 9424.

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