E mele ana means “come and sing!” and we’re joyfully perpetuating Hawaiian music with very special events:
Na Mele No Na Pua Sunday Showcase
When: 2x/month throughout 2015, 5-6 p.m.
What: Waikiki Beach Walk, Hawaii’s most exciting entertainment complex to shop, dine, play and stay, has expanded its popular Na Mele concert series to include two concerts a month in 2015. Free concerts are held on designated Sundays at the Waikiki Beach Walk® Plaza Stage. Full schedule available here.
When: Month of May
What: Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of Hawaii’s music, hula and culture that culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawaii’s version of the Grammys. Outrigger celebrates Mele Mei with nightly entertainment at Kani Ka Pila Grille, Duke’s Waikiki, Hula Grill, and special concerts at Waikiki Beach Walk. As an added treat, each Sunday during the month of May, Kani Ka Pila Grille will expand its musical offerings to include not one, but two great Hawaiian groups on stage from 5-9 p.m. Schedule available here.
Waikiki SPAM® Jam presented by Outrigger Resorts
When: May 2, 2015
What: The annual Waikiki SPAM® Jam is one of the top annual food festivals in Hawaii, featuring fabulous food and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. In addition to the delicious food offerings served by some of Hawaii’s finest restaurants, Outrigger Resorts sponsors the Hawaiian music stage fronting the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. This year, attendees can look forward to the musical stylings of Ka Hehena, Brother Noland and Sean Naauao.
Waikiki Aquarium “Ke Kani O Ke Kai” 2015 Summer Concert Series
When: June-August 2015
What: The popular “Ke Kani O Ke Kai” summer concert series hosted by the Waikiki Aquarium offers visitors and locals an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars. Guests are also encouraged to explore the Aquarium galleries that remain open throughout the evening. Outrigger Resorts is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this entertaining summer event.
Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival
When: July 18, 2015
What: The 6th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival is held in partnership with Outrigger Resorts, Waikiki Beach Walk and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association with support from Ke Kula Mele Hawaii. Festival-goers can enjoy the lilting sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar played by legendary steel guitarists and up-and-coming student artists at Waikiki Beach Walk®.
45th Annual Ukulele Festival
When: July 19, 2015
What: Every July, the ukulele is celebrated with a day-long festival at Kapiolani Park. In addition to the entertainment, there are food booths, displays and more. Outrigger’s affiliated property, Ala Moana Hotel, is proud to be the Official Hotel Sponsor of the 45th Annual Ukulele Festival.
Kani Ka Pila Grille Slack Key Jam
When: August 14, 6-9 p.m.
What: It’s called ki hoalu in Hawaiian and it means “loosen the [tuning] key.” Lovers of ki hoalu, or slack key, will want to stop by in August for the Kani Ka Pila Slack Key Jam where guests will be serenaded by the sounds of the slack key guitar while enjoying great local food.
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
When: August 16, 2015
What: 33rd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival takes place at the Queen Kapiolani Park and Bandstand from 12 to 6 p.m. Outrigger Resorts is proud to lend its support as a sponsor to the celebration that will include performances throughout the day by some of Hawaii’s greatest “ki hoalu” players, as well as Hawaii’s next generation of slack key guitarists. Admission is free.
Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search Finals, Made In Hawaii Festival
When: August 22, 2015
What: Each year, Kani Ka Pila Grille invites up-and-coming artists and new groups to participate in the Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search contest. Five finalists are chosen to perform before a panel of distinguished judges at the Made In Hawaii Festival in August, with the winning group securing a one-month paid contract to perform at Kani Ka Pila Grille.
When: September 2015
What: Aloha Festivals is the largest festival and the only statewide celebration in the nation showcasing Hawaiian music, dance and history. Outrigger Resorts is proud to host the Aloha Festivals Royal Court in special appearances at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and at Waikiki Beach Walk where they are treated to a special musical tribute in their honor.
Find out more about our commitment to Hawaiian music and the Outrigger E Mele Ana program here.