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Hooulu Mele Hawaii – We Go Jam

Music, in some form or another, is a part of every culture and often defines our human experience. In Hawai‘i, mele (music, song, chant) not only provide enjoyable moments of kanikapila (the playing of music), but often carry deeply historical reflections of significant events, people, and places of these islands. They provide us with insight to significant moments in Hawaiian history and connect us to one another, to our communities, and to our kūpuna (elders).

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, over 150 people from the East Hawai‘i community attended the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Department of History presentation Ho‘oulu Mele Hawai‘i, a kanikapila where students and community members gathered to enjoy expressions of history and storytelling through mele. Hosting the event were emcees Kuʻehu LeeHong-Mauga, Iokepa Kaolulo, Kaipo Wahinepio, and Jenna Pontes-Borje. Featured musicians were Ka Leo Wai Hawaiian Ensemble, Darlene Ahuna, Aunty Diana Aki, and Karla Kapō‘aiola Ahn and friends.