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Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song is the only weekly television program devoted to showcasing and perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music.
Air Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2020 7:30 PM
As a young child, Josh Tatofi thought he had an ordinary life. “I thought everyone’s dad was a rock star, and I thought everyone was playing music,” he says. His father, Tivaini Tatofi, was a founding member of local island music group Kapena. “I didn’t really know that my childhood was special until way later,” says the younger Tatofi.
Air Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2020 7:30 PM
Singer/musician Pomaikaʻi Lyman grew up under the guidance of a talented musical family, the Keawe Aiko ʻohana. Her special mentor was none other than a beloved and legendary voice in Hawaiian music, her grandmother, Genoa Keawe.
Air Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2020 7:30 PM
Natalie Ai Kamauu brings a voice that fills the PBS Hawaii studio.  Joined by her husband, Iolani Kamauu, on guitar and vocals, and their daughter, Sha-Lei Kamauu, who accompanies the music with hula, Natalie performs with a passion that comes from the origins of the songs she sings, and the love she has for her family.
Air Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2020 7:30 PM
Hawaiian musician Weldon Kekauoha has been crafting beloved musical arrangements and sharing them with Hawaiʻi, the continental U.S. and beyond for over 30 years. He’s enjoyed a successful solo career, amassing multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards and, in 2014, a Grammy nomination. For the past 15 years, he has been going to Japan to perform, finding an enthusiastic audience there that has embraced the Hawaiian culture.
Air Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2020 7:30 PM
This Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song features the talented, musical Lim Family of Kohala, Hawai‘i Island. On the program, you’ll see siblings Sonny Lim, Nani Lim Yap and Lorna Lim perform as a trio. Among the featured hula dancers are family members Namakana Davis-Lim, Brianna “Wehi” Lim Ryder and Asialynn Yap.
Air Date: Mon, Oct 26, 2020 7:30 PM
Ahumanu, an all-wāhine Hawaiian music trio from Maui is featured on this episode of Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song. Members Kekai Robinson, Marja Lehua Apisaloma and Liz Morales say their work in the community outside the entertainment realm brings to their music a dimension of authenticity, service and responsibility.
Air Date: Mon, Oct 19, 2020 7:30 PM
In this first Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song performed at PBS Hawaiʻi’s Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Multimedia Studio, Mailani Makainai takes us on a musical journey. She performs “Hamama I Ka ʻIu,” an affectionate portrait of the Hamama waterfall in Waiheʻe Valley. Kauʻi Dalire joins the songstress to dance hula for “Ka Wai Lehua ʻAʻala Ka Honua.”
Air Date: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 7:30 PM
This Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song feature the trio, Keauhou, 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." The program features original songs from the group as well as a special guest performance from mentor and musical legend Robert Cazimero.
Air Date: Mon, Oct 5, 2020 7:30 PM
Renowned songwriter, record producer and performer Kenneth Makuakāne offers a sentimental and candid performance inside historic Kawaiahaʻo Church in Honolulu. Among the songs he performs are “ʻO Violeka,” an affectionate ballad for his mother, and “Kuʻu Pua Lei Mēlia,” inspired by his experience of sending off his oldest son to college.
Air Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2020 7:30 PM
For a young Kalani Peʻa, music wasn’t just a hobby he enjoyed – it was also therapy, as he worked through a childhood speech impediment. On a new Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song, the Grammy and Nā Hōkū-winning singer and his band perform selections from his albums, E Walea and No ʻAneʻi in the PBS Hawaiʻi studio. Discover Peʻa’s humble beginnings in Panaʻewa, Hawaiʻi Island, his creative drive and how music changed his life.
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