Returning home from a three-week tour in Aotearoa, New Zealand, the Mana Maoli Collective (MMC) has planned a May concert series consisting of four music and hula performances across three Hawaiian islands – Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii.
Proceeds from the concerts benefit Na Lei Naauao, an alliance of 12 Hawaiian culture, community and environment-based charter schools.
The MMC hosted workshops and performed in nearly two dozen shows across five Aotearoa cities. The impetus for the tour was the 18th Annual Pasifika Festival, which attracts over a quarter million people annually from dozens of nations in the Pacific.
The MMC had the honor of being the first group of Hawaiians to represent traditional and modern music and dance at this festival, as the headline act on the main “international” stage.
The MMC is a new generation of local Hawaiian music. Ranging from seasoned veterans and living legends, to underground and adolescent prodigies, the MMC includes hundreds of artists. Representing the MMC at one or more performances in the May Concert series, as one all-star band taking turns in lead and backup roles – John Cruz, Anuhea Jenkins, Paula Fuga, Boom Gaspar of Pearl Jam, Wayne Enos of Natural Vibrations, Kapali Keahi of Lahaina Grown, Moku of 4Fathers, Shane Veincent of Sudden Rush, Grant Kaaua of Mixjah, CJ of HI-town and Lopaka Colon. Joining the lineup will be MMC hula dancers, youth talent from various charter schools, Guy Cruz, Damon Williams, Candy Diaz, and many more.
Do not miss out on a collaborative performance this rare. The unique styles and sounds of these artists form an innovative weave of what we call Maoli Music – from traditional Hawaiian to contemporary, jazz to reggae, and blues to hip-hop.
The dates and venues are as follows:
* Friday, May 21, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at WAI’s lounge in Hilo
* Saturday, May 22, noon – 5 p.m. at Kona Inn Shopping Village Lawn in Kona, and online at livehawaiianmusic.com
* Thursday, May 27, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Fresh Cafe in Honolulu
* Saturday, May 29, 9:45 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Casanova’s in Makawao
For more information on the Mana Maoli Collective, or if you are interested in supporting Mana Maoli, contact Keola Nakanishi at 808-295-MANA (808-295-6262) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mana Maoli, a non-profit 501(c)(3) formed in 1999, created three programs – Halau Ku Mana, a Hawaiian culture-based charter school, Kanehunamoku, a traditional voyaging canoe program, and Maoli Music to achieve its vision of community-based education and awareness, pooling and sharing of resources, and sustainability in regards to the environment, economy and community.