Mele Lāhui Performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band

Travel back in time to old Hawai‘i with a special concert performance–Mele Lāhui Performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band–on Friday, April 26, 2013 at ‘Iolani Palace (weather permitting), from noon to 1 PM.

Mele Lāhui Performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band, a program presented by the HCH and Royal Hawaiian Band, will explore the story of songs composed either during the time of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom or in remembrance of it and of the ali‘i.  Special presenters–Aaron Mahi, Puakea Nogelmeier, and Martha Noyes–will illustrate the events of that time and give perspective through the eyes of the composers.  This concert of songs about Hawaiian nationalism will feature the Queen’s Prayer, Ku‘u Pua I Paoakalani, Nā Ali‘i, Ka Na‘i Aupuni, and Mele ‘Ai Pōhaku.

A special booklet containing program notes about the pieces, written by the speakers, along with song lyrics, will be made available to audience members at no charge.

This event is free and open to the public.  Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic meal for seating on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace.  A limited number of chairs will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

‘Iolani Palace is located in the Capitol District of downtown Honolulu at 364 South King Street on the island of ‘Oahu.

For more information, contact Stacy Hoshino, HCH director of grants and special projects, at shoshino@hihumanities.org.