Nothing quite defines Hawaii's unique cultural heritage as does its music. Like the Islands, Hawaiian music continues to evolve, with diverse musical styles linked by cultural memory and, increasingly, composed and performed in the lyrical language of Hawaii's native people.
Some of these stellar greats can be seen on stage at Kani Ka Pila Grille. “Hawai‘i has deep musical roots, and Outrigger has long supported the perpetuation and sharing of our artistic heritage,” says Luana Maitland, events and activities manager for the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.
With the introduction of E Mele Ana, which loosely translates to “Come let’s sing,” Outrigger builds upon its long-time commitment and support of Hawaiian music and culture with expanded sponsorships of local events and festivals.
“It’s great that (Outrigger) supports Hawaiian musicians,” says Henry Kapono, who performs at Duke’s Waikiki at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort on Sundays. “It’s important that local musicians get a chance to perpetuate Hawaiian music.”
Visitors can also experience world-class jazz at the legendary Blue Note, which promises great music programming with visiting musicians, as well as local talent. Located on the second floor of the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, the 9,000-square-foot facility seats more than 300 patrons in an intimate setting.
As a further sign of its commitment to Hawaiian music, Outrigger Hospitality Group unveiled a larger-than-life statue of Philip Kunia “Gabby” Pahinui at the Waikiki Beach Walk.
“Gabby Pahinui was instrumental in inspiring generations of musicians to perpetuate Hawaiian music,” says Ernest Rady, the chairman, chief executive officer and president of American Assets Trust, Inc., which owns Waikiki Beach Walk. “Waikiki Beach Walk is honored to serve as the home for this remark-able statue that celebrates Gabby and his legacy as a Hawaiian music icon."
Reprinted from the Outrigger Journeys Book
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