Ahead of Hawaii’s Mele Mei annual music celebration in May, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will host the Mele Mei in L.A. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.
This year’s event will highlight the music of Waikiki and the artists and venues that put Waikiki on the map. And with more performers and musical guests than ever before, Sean Dee, executive vice president and CMO of Outrigger Enterprises Group, is confident that the Mele Mei in L.A. will be a success.
“The collaboration between the Grammy Museum, our Hawaiian artists and travel industry partners demonstrates people coming together for a good cause,” Dee said. “It also showcases Hawaiian music during the most important month of the year in the music industry.”
The all-day event will feature educational workshops for students during the day, in addition to a Hawaiian music exhibit dedication at 5 p.m. and a Music of Waikiki Concert at 7:30 p.m. that is open to the public.
Performers at the event include winners of Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Awards) such as Melveen Leed, Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Danny Couch, Jay Larrin, Nathan Aweau, Bobby Moderow, Kawika Kahiapo, Streetlight Cadence and Kimie Miner. The band Na Hoa! — a Grammy nominee in the Regional Roots category this year — will also perform.
“Hawaii is a traditional beach resort destination, but there are a lot of great beaches around the world,” Dee said. “We believe that what sets us apart is our Aloha spirit, which is delivered through music, dance and hula.”
The 2019 Mele Mei in L.A. is sponsored by TravelAge West, Delta Vacations, Hawaii Tourism Authority, JW Marriot Los Angeles L.A. Live, Oahu Visitors Bureau, Outriggers Hotels and Resorts, among other travel industry partners.