Waikiki Beach Walk(tm) Launches “Music for the Generations” Hawaiian music


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“Na Mele No Na Pua” will include historical exhibits, concert series and
cultural programs

WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, HAWAII – In addition to the distinctive shops, gourmet restaurants and buzzing nightlife now available at Waikiki Beach Walk, Outrigger Enterprises Group is also bringing authentic Hawaiian music and history to Waikiki’s newest entertainment district.

On April 27, Waikiki Beach Walk will unveil a new Hawaiian music heritage
program, “Na Mele No Na Pua,” which figuratively is defined as “Music for
the Generations,” that will feature two, expansive permanent exhibits
highlighting Hawaii’s rich musical history, an ongoing monthly Hawaiian
music concert series, special educational and cultural events, and
interpretive displays – all free and open to the public.

“From the very beginning, when we were still developing our vision of what
would eventually become Waikiki Beach Walk, incorporating the Hawaiian host culture into the project in as many ways as possible, and making it
accessible to both visitors and locals, was one of our primary goals,” said
David Carey, President and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “With Na Mele No Na Pua, visitors and the local community can enjoy, celebrate and immerse themselves into the beauty of our islands through a multitude of activities celebrating the past, present, and future of Hawaii’s musical heritage.”

In collaboration with the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, which sponsors the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Waikiki Beach Walk’s Na Mele No Na Pua began as an idea to create a “Preservation Hall” for Hawaiian music — similar to the historic jazz hall in New Orleans.
incorporates Hawaiian music and history into the entire Waikiki Beach Walku003cbr />complex. Na Mele No Na Pua includes the following elements:u003cbr />u003cbr />Permanent Historical Displaysu003cbr />A 50-foot long, glass-encased timeline of Hawaiian music is beingu003cbr />permanently erected along the makai corridor of the Embassy Suites-Waikikiu003cbr />Beach Walk Hula Tower. Taking viewers from the days when Polynesians firstu003cbr />arrived in Hawaii to the current time, the exhibit shows the evolution ofu003cbr />Hawaiian music, its impact on the islands’ culture and includes ukuleles andu003cbr />other artifacts. A second exhibit will pay tribute to Hawaiian Music Hall ofu003cbr />Fame musicians, composers, and other honorees. It is currently inu003cbr />development and will be located along the mauka corridor of the Embassyu003cbr />Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk that leads from the hotel’s porte cochere to theu003cbr />open air plaza of Waikiki Beach Walk.u003cbr />u003cbr />Live Performancesu003cbr />Beginning Saturday, April 28, Na Mele No Na Pua will present a free monthlyu003cbr />concert featuring popular Hawaiian musicians. Hosting the concerts will beu003cbr />TV and Radio personalities Brickwood Galuteria and Kimo Kahoano. The seriesu003cbr />will kick off with Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaii performing from 4:00u003cbr />to 5:30 p.m. on the Grand Lanai of the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk.u003cbr />The concert series is produced in association with the Hawaiian Music Hallu003cbr />of Fame and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. Future concerts will beu003cbr />held on the last Saturday or Sunday of each month with performers to beu003cbr />announced in the coming weeks.u003cbr />u003cbr />Waikiki Beach Walk Tribute Compositionu003cbr />Hawaiian songwriter Kenneth Makuakane and Hawaiian scholar Keola Donaghyu003cbr />have written a special composition in celebration of Hawaii’s musicalu003cbr />tradition. The expressive mele (song), to be unveiled in a future concert,u003cbr />is a gift to the keiki of Hawaii. The lyrics tell a story: The music of ouru003cbr />”,1]
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Later this month, it will come to life as a “hall without walls” that incorporates Hawaiian music and history into the entire Waikiki Beach Walk complex. Na Mele No Na Pua includes the following elements:

Permanent Historical Displays
A 50-foot long, glass-encased timeline of Hawaiian music is being
permanently erected along the makai corridor of the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk Hula Tower. Taking viewers from the days when Polynesians first arrived in Hawaii to the current time, the exhibit shows the evolution of Hawaiian music, its impact on the islands’ culture and includes ukuleles and other artifacts. A second exhibit will pay tribute to Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame musicians, composers, and other honorees. It is currently in development and will be located along the mauka corridor of the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk that leads from the hotel’s porte cochere to the open air plaza of Waikiki Beach Walk.

Live Performances
Beginning Saturday, April 28, Na Mele No Na Pua will present a free monthly  concert featuring popular Hawaiian musicians. Hosting the concerts will be TV and Radio personalities Brickwood Galuteria and Kimo Kahoano. The series will kick off with Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaii performing from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on the Grand Lanai of the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk.

The concert series is produced in association with the Hawaiian Music Hall
of Fame and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. Future concerts will be held on the last Saturday or Sunday of each month with performers to be
announced in the coming weeks.

Waikiki Beach Walk Tribute Composition
Hawaiian songwriter Kenneth Makuakane and Hawaiian scholar Keola Donaghy have written a special composition in celebration of Hawaii’s musical tradition. The expressive mele (song), to be unveiled in a future concert, is a gift to the keiki of Hawaii. The lyrics tell  a story: The music of our
u003cbr />Educational Opportunities and Special Events Na Mele No Na Pua will alsou003cbr />host ongoing events to preserve, protect and perpetuate Hawaii’s music,u003cbr />including CD release parties and CD signings by Hawaiian musicians,u003cbr />ceremonies for artists being recognized by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fameu003cbr />and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, among other activities. Theseu003cbr />events will also be open to both visitors and local residents.u003cbr />u003cbr />"In the past, Waikiki was the center of all Hawaiian music and entertainmentu003cbr />in Hawaii," said Carey. "With the Na Mele No Na Pua Hawaiian music heritageu003cbr />program, Waikiki Beach Walk is at the forefront of bringing back thisu003cbr />tradition to Waikiki. As a Hawaii company and a strong proponent of sharingu003cbr />the Hawaiian culture, Outrigger Enterprises Group is excited to launch Nau003cbr />Mele No Na Pua."u003cbr />u003cbr />——————————u003cwbr />–u003cbr />u003cbr />CONTACTS:u003cbr />Nancy Daniels, APR, PR Manageru003cbr />Outrigger Enterprises Groupu003cbr />Ph: 808-921-6839u003cbr />Email: u003ca onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)” hrefu003d”mailto:nancy.daniels@outrigger.com”>nancy.daniels@outrigger.comu003c/a>u003cbr />u003cbr />Alyson Helwagen, Vice Presidentu003cbr />Bennet Group PRu003cbr />Ph: 808-531-6087, ext. 2u003cbr />Email: u003ca onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)” hrefu003d”mailto:alyson@bennetgroup.com”>alyson@bennetgroup.comu003c/a>u003cbr />u003cbr />——————————u003cwbr />-u003cbr />About Waikiki Beach Walk(tm)u003cbr />Outrigger Enterprises Group’s Waikiki Beach Walk(tm) is the largestu003cbr />development project ever to be undertaken in Waikiki. The 8-acre area,u003cbr />bordered by Kalakaua Avenue, Lewers Street, Kalia Road, Beach Walk andu003cbr />Saratoga Road, has been completely rebuilt as a vibrant showcase andu003cbr />gathering place in the new Waikiki. With a total cost of $535 million, itu003cbr />features an outdoor entertainment plaza, 40 new retailers, six greatu003cbr />”,1]
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people/the songs in you and me/Na Mele No Na Pua/our voice is Hawaii.

Educational Opportunities and Special Events Na Mele No Na Pua will also
host ongoing events to preserve, protect and perpetuate Hawaii’s music,
including CD release parties and CD signings by Hawaiian musicians,
ceremonies for artists being recognized by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame
and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, among other activities. These
events will also be open to both visitors and local residents.

“In the past, Waikiki was the center of all Hawaiian music and entertainment
in Hawaii,” said Carey. “With the Na Mele No Na Pua Hawaiian music heritage program, Waikiki Beach Walk is at the forefront of bringing back this tradition to Waikiki. As a Hawaii company and a strong proponent of sharing the Hawaiian culture, Outrigger Enterprises Group is excited to launch Na Mele No Na Pua.”


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CONTACTS:
Nancy Daniels, APR, PR Manager
Outrigger Enterprises Group
Ph: 808-921-6839
Alyson Helwagen, Vice President
Bennet Group PR
Ph: 808-531-6087, ext. 2







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