Celebrating Na Mele O Maui

First photo: Kamehameha Schools Maui high school students sing the song “La’ieikawai” during Tuesday’s Na Mele O Maui inside the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The popular competition features about a dozen performances from Maui elementary schools to high schools at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Established in 1972, Na Mele O Maui is the only countywide Hawaiian song and art competition. The event is dedicated to cultural preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian mele, language and arts, according to the MACC’s website.

Second photo: Baldwin High School senior Shelby Sales receives her first-place award for a two-dimensional art piece as part of an art competition. Sales also was crowned overall winner of the high school competition.

The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photos