Every year, we highlight May Day and the statewide celebration of the lei-making tradition, which goes back generations. Today, the sweet scent of May is not just from the flowers—it’s from the music. In addition to Lei Day, the first day of May launches a whole month of musical celebrations across the Hawaiian Islands.
The Annual Mele Mei is a celebration of Hawaii’s music, hula and culture, featuring some of Hawaii’s best musicians, including Na Hoku Hanohano award winning artists and Lifetime Achievement Award honorees. Music and hula events are held throughout the entire month of May at various hotels, venues, on the beach and statewide. From ukulele to steel guitar, traditional Hawaiian music to slack key, island reggae to rock—and everything in between—Mele Mei is music for the soul.
Concerts, auctions, luncheons, book-and-music festivals, lei-making contests, hula exhibitions and music workshops take place at top destinations all over the islands, culminating with the esteemed 37th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Ceremony.
2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards – Photography by Jermaine Fletcher