The 40th annual Na Mele O Maui Song & Art Competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.
Sponsored by Ka'anapali Beach Resort, Maui's only countywide Hawaiian song and art competition is dedicated to cultural preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian song or "mele" as well as language and the arts. This year's theme, Ka Ho'oilina Leo a Ho'opi'i Brothers, will showcase the vocal legacy of the late Solomon and his brother Richard of the Ho'opi'i Brothers. Artwork will be inspired by the events, stories and places depicted in their songs.
In honor of this celebration, Richard will also perform and the Ho'opi'i ohana will attend.
Elementary School show off their artwork to Art Vento, CEO of Maui Arts & Cultural Center, where Na Mele O Maui will be held Friday. Teacher Chaz Castro (from left) and his students from Wailuku
While this is a free event that is open to the public, donations that will support the program will be accepted at the door.