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NĀ MELE: Traditions in Hawaiian Song was conceived and developed at PBS Hawai‘i to preserve the extraordinary music of Hawai‘i in its purest form, live and impromptu, as performed by some of the Islands’ best talents.
Air Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2020 7:30 PM
The Mākaha Sons – Louis “Moon” Kauakahi on 6-string guitar, Jerome “Boogie” Koko on 12-string guitar and the late John Koko on upright bass – blend their magical harmonies into unique performances of traditional Hawaiian music.
Air Date: Mon, Jun 22, 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.
Air Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2020 7:30 PM
Nathan Aweau, award-winning vocalist and former member of music group Hapa, performs in this special recorded at the PBS Hawai‘i Manoa studio. From scenic Kahana Bay on Windward O‘ahu, Nathan reflects on his work in between songs. This Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song is not available for streaming.
Air Date: Mon, Jun 8, 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, Jun 1, 2020 7:30 PM
Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song goes on location to document a traditional, cherished Hawaiian experience. Halekulani has a special place in the hearts of Hawai‘i’s people and everyone who has spent time there.
Air Date: Mon, May 25, 2020 7:30 PM
In this Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song episode recorded in 2004, Nā Hōkū Hanohano-winners Willie K and Amy Hanaialiʻi Gilliom present their unique brand of musical artistry in both solos and duets. They are accompanied by Jack Ofoia on bass and the late Chino Montero on guitar.
Air Date: Mon, May 18, 2020 7:30 PM
            Three magical talents, Mahi Beamer, Nina Kealiiwahamana and Robert Cazimero, blend their voices together to create an intimacy that only comes with the melding of family and good friends in this encore presentation of a vintage Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song episode from the PBS Hawai‘i studios.
Air Date: Mon, May 11, 2020 7:30 PM
Singer Raiatea Helm is joined by dad Zachary Helm, Jack Ofoia, Casey Olsen, Aaron Salā and dancer Nani Dudoit for a vintage performance from the PBS Hawaii studio in Manoa. In between songs Raiatea talks about her influences, recordings and responsibilities as a Hawaiian artist.
Air Date: Mon, May 4, 2020 7:30 PM
In this vintage performance, one of Hawaiʻi’s most celebrated slack key guitar players, George Kahumoku, plays a selection of songs including: “36 Mile Marker,” “Hoʻokupa” and “Hiʻilawe.” This Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song is not available for streaming.
Air Date: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 7:30 PM
In Memoriam: Cyril Pahinui 1950-2018     This special Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song pfeatures Cyril Pahinui and Peter Moon Jr., sons of Hawaiian music icons: slack key guitar legend Gabby “Pops” Pahinui and Peter Moon Sr., a seminal figure in the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970s.
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