Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i

Winter Concert

The annual Winter concert was presented by the haumana of Ke Kula Mele School of Hawaiian Music at the Windward Mall on December 26, 2011. The concert featured a collection of traditional Hawaiian songs, Christmas carols, and some "fun" songs such as "Menehune Beach Bum Boogie," "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride," and the theme from Hawaii 5-0. A steel guitar ensemble featuring eleven steel guitarists performed an arrangement of Makalapua.

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  • Part of the steel guitar line from left: Clement Villanueva, Earl Ng, and Mike Santa Maria.
  • The Windward Mall skylight above center stage.
  • The Ke Kula Mele Hawaiʻi banner.
  • The bass line with Joe McGinn, Haunani Thomas, and Lance Hylaner.
  • Ke Kula Mele Hawaiʻi haumana get ready for the concert.
  • Kuapapa makes an announcement as Kumu Alan Akaka adjusts a mic stand.
  • T.J.ʻs turn to announce as Kuapana, Jorden and Kumu Alan Akaka stand by.
  • Now itʻs Jordenʻs turn at the mic.
  • Summer makes an announcement as Sid Pang adjustments his steel guitar.
  • Kumu Alan Akaka with the featured keiki steel guitarists Mikaela, Raven and Alexis.
  • Joy Lin, Griffin, and Trinity.
  • Byron, Summer, Willie, Ron Tolentino, Tiffani, Christina, Sean, Jorden, Kuapapa, and Nālani.
  • Kumu Alan Akaka, Gale Warshawsky, and Henry Wassman III (in red) sing along with the haumana.
  • Keen makes an announcement.
  • Trinityʻs strumming technique.
  • Sid Pang at the steel guitar.
  • Front: Nālani and Joy Lin. Rear: Kuapapa and Nahoa.
  • Leroy Ne, Kamakana, Liam, Addison Ching, Gale Warshawsky, and Henry Wassman III.
  • Griffin hard at work.
  • Chaelle offers a song while Keen stands by on the steel guitar.
  • Now itʻs Keenʻs turn at the steel guitar.
  • Next up: Quincy Makaʻawaʻawa.
  • Gale Warshawsky singing a mele.
  • Sean, Jorden, Joe McGinn, Kuapapa, and Trinity.
  • Steel guitarists Clement Villanueva and Earl Ng.
  • Steel guitarists Keen, Chaelle, and Sid.
  • Clement and Earl.
  • Jeremy Ah Chong sang and played the steel guitar.
  • Joy Lin and Byron making announcements.
  • The class of 2011.
  • Kumu Alan Akaka, Christina, Mike Santa Maria, Clement Villanueva, Byron, Willie, and Earl Ng.

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