Song

NĀ MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG
Kawika Kahiapo

 

Slack key musician and singer-songwriter Kawika Kahiapo is a longtime member of the PBS Hawai‘i ‘ohana. In 2008, he wrote the theme song for our “PBS Hawai‘i and You” campaign. He then served on our Board of Directors for six years, from 2009 through 2015.

 

Kahiapo makes his NĀ MELE debut, performing music inspired by his lifelong home, Windward O‘ahu. “When I lived in Lā‘ie, driving up and down the coast every day, coming to and from work and from gigs, I was just inspired by the natural beauty,” Kahiapo says in the program. “I wanted to celebrate that.” Song selections include “Nani Wale Kualoa,” “Kaulana Makapu‘u” and “‘O ‘Oe ‘Io.” Kahiapo’s wife Laurie and daughter ‘Ālana accompany him with hula during several songs.

 

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at this production of Na Mele:

 

Don’t Miss Kawikaʻs Na Mele Digital Short.

 

 

 



k.d. lang –
Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special

K.D. Lang - Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special

 

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ingenue, the critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning album by superstar singer-songwriter k.d. lang, with a one-night-only performance from the magnificent Majestic Theater in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

 

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NĀ MELE
Traditions in Hawaiian Song – Nā Lani ‘Ehā from ‘Iolani Palace

NĀ MELE: Traditions in Hawaiian Song – Nā Lani ‘Ehā from ‘Iolani Palace

 

Contemporary artists bring music from Hawai‘i’s monarchy era to life. PBS Hawai‘i was granted access to the historic palace, where TV cameras and crews are rarely allowed. The program features Nina Keali‘iwahamana, Robert Cazimero, Marlene Sai, Haunani Apoliona, Aaron Mahi, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi and the late Dennis Kamakahi.

 

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148

GREAT PERFORMANCES – Michael Buble: Tour Stop 148

 

Michael Bublé presents a front row seat to his To Be Loved tour, which was seen globally by more than two million fans. The program features live performances of his biggest hits, including “Home,” “Haven’t Met You Yet,” “Cry Me A River” and “Feelin’ Good.”

 

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NEIL DIAMOND
Hot August Night III

NEIL DIAMOND: Hot August Night III

 

Celebrate the legendary singer songwriter in this triumphant 2012 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Hot August Night album. Songs include “Sweet Caroline,” “Forever in Blue Jeans” and “Solitary Man.”

 

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Sarah Brightman:
Hymn

SARAH BRIGHTMAN: Hymn

 

Filmed in Germany’s Bavarian Alps in a magical setting of mountains, lakes, castles and cuckoo clock houses, this brand new concert features Sarah Brightman performing songs from throughout her career, accompanied by her band, a 40-piece orchestra, a 50-voice choir and dancers.

 

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Engelbert Humperdinck in Hawai‘i

Engelbert Humperdinck in Hawai‘i

 

Recorded live in August 2018 at the historic Hawai‘i Theatre in Honolulu, this concert features Engelbert Humperdinck crooning more than five decades of his international hits, including “After the Lovin’,” “The Last Waltz,” “Release Me,” “A Man Without Love” and many others.

 

Engelbert Humperdinck in Hawai‘i

 

 

 

NĀ MELE
Keauhou

 

Young trio Keauhou stand framed by red velvet curtains, white columns and koa furniture – a recreation of a bygone era, when Waikiki was about opulence and old-world splendor. While these young men have no firsthand experience of this era, when they sing, their ringing falsetto sounds right at home. Composed of Zachary Lum (vocals and guitar), Jonah Kahanuola Solatorio (vocals and ‘ukulele), and Nicholas Lum (vocals and bass), the name Keauhou translates as “the new or renewed generation,” fitting for a group that plays traditional Hawaiian music from the early to mid-20th century with a modern approach. The program features original songs from the group, such as “Hanohano Haʻiku,” “Kahiko Kapalama,” and “Aloha Maunalua” as well as a special guest performance from mentor and musical legend Robert Cazimero.

 

 




NĀ MELE
Mailani

 

With lighting dimmed to mimic the rosy blush of sunset, and a waterfall trickling lightly in the background, Mailani Makainai takes us on a musical journey. The lush greenery that blankets the studio is a tribute to Mailani’s beloved home on the Windward Side of O‘ahu. In this first NA MELE performed at PBS Hawai‘i’s Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Multimedia Studio, she performs “Hamama I Ka ‘Iu,” an affectionate portrait of the Hamama waterfall in Waihe‘e Valley. Kau‘i Dalire joins the songstress to dance hula for “Ka Wai Lehua ‘A‘ala Ka Honua.”

 

 

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