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First Ever Waikiki May Day Mele On The Beach

April 30, 2014 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

hawaiitourismVisitors and residents will have the opportunity to experience Lei Day at the inaugural May Day event happening in Waikiki on Thursday, May 1 at 3-5 p.m.

The free event includes a concert by Hawaiian music trio, Na Leo Pilimehana and will be broadcasted live on the radio on Hawaiian 105.1 KINE.

“The May Day event we envision and are working on is going to perpetuate an understanding and appreciation of the Hawaiian culture and the history of Waikiki for generations to come,” said John Aeto, president of The Kalaimoku Group, the firm hired by the Hawaii Tourism Authority to organize and promote the event.

The event titled “May Day Waikiki  – Beach Boys, Memories and Music” will include a commemorative program that celebrates the history and tradition of Lei Day in Hawaii. Lei will be the overall symbol of this multi-tiered showcase honoring past souls who have lived, worked and visited Waikiki. The program will include a special homage to the Waikiki Beach Boys and a kahu-led, all-faiths service remembering those who call Waikiki Beach their final resting place. The event will conclude with a concert by Na Leo Pilimehana who will perform on a custom floating stage on the water off Waikiki Beach fronting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

“After much planning and conceptualizing, the Hawaii Tourism Authority is happy to see the first May Day event taking place this year,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “We wanted to create a new May Day tradition in Waikiki so that our visitors and residents are able to experience our unique culture and music.”

The highlight of the program is the 90-minute performance by the best-selling female Hawaiian group in the world, Na Leo Pilimehana. The group consists of childhood friends Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima Heine and Angela Morales. Over the course of their career they’ve released 18 CDs, won over 20 Hoku Awards, and have sold more than one million CDs around the world. This year marks Na Leo Pilimehana’s 30th anniversary and the release of a new album titled Romantic

Waikiki with 11 new songs telling the nostalgic story of Waikiki, with four brand-new originals.

This May Day event is part of a larger effort to highlight the talent and traditions of local musicians and dancers, elevate Lei Day festivities and boost tourism in Hawaii. Rather than limiting the celebration and recognition of Hawaiian music and dance to the month of May, The Kalaimoku Group will organize a new Hawaiian Music Concert Series, which will showcase artists all year round.

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