2017 Mele Mai Hawaiian Music Schedule Released

April 30, 2017, 11:02 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:49 PM
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2016 Mele Mai performance. Photo courtesy of Mele Mai.

The schedule for the 7th annual Mele Mai Hawaiian music celebration has been released, featuring more than 80 events statewide during the month of May. 

This year’s events will spotlight local musicians including multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning and Grammy-nominated artists. They will perform at venues across Hawai‘i, as well as in Los Angeles and throughout Japan.

Mele Mai will culminate with the highly anticipated 40th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards ceremony and dinner show on Saturday, May 20, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Learn more and purchase tickets at

More Mele Mai events are scheduled throughout the year at various locations, including performances hosted by the Hilton Waikiki Beach, Halekulani, Waikiki Beach Walk, Blue Note Hawaii, and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.

The Mele Mei 2017 schedule of this year’s events can be found online at under the “events” tab.


Mele Mai events on Hawai’i Island will be as follows:

  • Friday – Sunday, May 19 to 28: Ka’ū Coffee Festival (Various Venues in Ka’ū and Pahala)
  • Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Ka’ū Coffee Festival Ho’olaule’a (Pahala Community Center)

“Each year Mele Mei continues to expand to include even more events and musicians,” said Pali Ka’aihue, Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts president. “This all works to raise the volume of Hawai‘i’s music throughout the islands and around the world. This year’s lineup of events brings an exciting mix of talent to different venues here in Hawai’i and throughout the world. We hope our fellow music lovers will come out to support these talented musicians and their work to perpetuate and share our local music.”


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