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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, Apr 20, 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. Lyman steps into the spotlight in this episode of our traditional Hawaiian music series.
Air Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 7:30 PM
Natalie Ai Kamauu’s voice fills the PBS Hawaiʻi studio.  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, Apr 6, 2020 7:30 PM
Story by Emilie Howlett     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.
Air Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2020 7:30 PM
This offering of Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song features the hugely talented, musical Lim Family of Kohala, Hawai‘i Island. Family members perform regularly at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, as well as the nearby Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, and they also travel often to Japan to entertain audiences and to teach hula.
Air Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2020 7:30 PM
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 Oʻahu.
Air Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 9:00 PM
Slack key artist Peter Medeiros, accompanied by guitarist Josh Silva and bass player Nate Stillman, presents a fun evening of traditional slack key. Joining the trio are the dancers of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima, led by kumu hula Vicky and Jeff Kānekaiwilani Takamine.
Air Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 7:30 PM
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.
Air Date: Fri, Mar 13, 2020 8:00 PM
When we hear his distinctive voice, there is no mistaking the music of Jerry Santos. And when we listen to his lyrics, there is no mistaking his connection with the memories and emotions of our own lives. In this Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song, Jerry has woven together a story of home.
Air Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2020 7:30 PM
Renowned songwriter, record producer and performer Kenneth Makuakāne offers a sentimental and candid performance inside historic Kawaiahaʻo Church in Honolulu. When Kenneth performs, he draws on vibrant memories and meaningful relationships. “It’s almost like going back in time,” he says.
Air Date: Mon, Mar 2, 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.
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