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.
In this encore presentation of a vintage in-studio concert, Keola Beamer plays alongside his mother, the late Auntie Nona Beamer and his wife, Moana Beamer.
NĀ MELE presents two stars of contemporary Hawaiian Music: Kainani Kahaunaele and Kaumakaiwa Lopaka Kanaka’ole. Hawaiian language instructor Kahaunaele’s powerful voice and original compositions have served as a focal point for her research into haku mele.
NĀ MELE presents a traditional Hawaiian jam session featuring slack key masters Cyril Pahinui, Led Kaapana and the late Dennis Kamakahi. The program includes sentimental classics with each artist taking a turn on lead vocals and guitar.
The late Aunty Genoa Keawe, beloved for her aloha spirit and her legendary falsetto singing, was joined in this performance by her sons and grandchildren to kani ka pila in the old-time, good-fun family way. Aunty Genoa plays with sons Eric K.
In this vintage performance from the PBS Hawaiʻi studios, two outstanding Kaua‘i groups offer their special style of Hawaiian music. Na Pali and Manuakepa infuse their talents into traditional and original material. Songs include “Limahuli,” “Hokulea Hula,” “Moonlight Lady,” “Lokelani Blossoms,” “Hawaiian Love Chant” and others.
An encore presentation of a performance from the PBS Hawai‘i studios in Manoa by this multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning group comprised of Kale Hannahs, Ryan Gonzalez and Chad Takatsugi. They combine sweet harmonies with tight instrumentals to produce enchanting traditional Hawaiian music reminiscent of years gone by.
NA MELE swings with an encore of a classic special jazz salute to Hawaiian music, featuring Sam Ahia on guitar and vocals, Rich Crandall on piano, Sango Muyiwa on percussion, Noel Okimoto on vibes and Byron Yasui on upright bass.
Air date: Mon., Dec. 14, 7:30 pm An encore presentation of this classic homage to the unique Hawaiian tradition of male falsetto singing, recorded at the PBS Hawaii studios.
Tony Conjugacion pays tribute to his musical influences in this special. This kanikapila is a historic occasion captured by the cameras in the PBS Hawaii studio.
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