Second album about West Maui places released

“Lei Nahonoapi’ilani: Na Mele Hou,” the second installment of mele written for the storied places of West Maui, is set for release on the Facebook Live series, “Mele Huliamahi,” at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The virtual concert, produced by Kanaeokana and Kahuli Leo Le’a, will feature Cody Pueo Pata, Zachary and Nicholas Lum, Kamakakehau Fernandez, Pono Murray, Kuikawa, Max Angel Bacerra, Jeff Au Hoy, Mark Palakiko and Na Wai ‘Eha.

The concert is free to the public and will remain posted to Kanaeokana’s video archive on Facebook. Viewers can hear the music and learn the stories behind them from the comfort and safety of their home.

“The program takes a unique look at the stories of West Maui through newly-composed mele — Hawaiian songs,” said Zachary Lum, producer and member of Keauhou. “Added to the well-known mele of old are these new compositions that touch nearly every ahupua’a in the West Maui districts.

“This project is the gift that keeps on giving — these songs are just a few of so many in the recently published songbook, ‘Lei Nahonoapi’ilani,’ a project that my brother, Nicholas, and I had the privilege of compiling.”

This new album, “Lei Nahonoapi’ilani: Na Mele Hou.” will be available for purchase at mele.com for $15.98.

The first album, “Lei Nahonoapi’ilani: Songs for West Maui” is up for Compilation Album of the Year for this year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The albums and song book are available online at Kamehameha Publishing’s website at kpstore.deliveryhawaii.com/.

This episode of “Mele Huliamahi” is supported by Kanaeokana, Kahuli Leo Le’a, North Beach-West Maui Benefit Fund and HK West Maui Community Fund.

Kahuli Leo Le’a is a nonprofit whose mission is to catalyze aloha ‘aina through education, composition and presentation of mele and other cultural practices. Kanaeokana seeks to strengthen Native Hawaiians and nurture the next generations of aloha ‘aina leaders by collaboratively developing and growing a Native Hawaiian education system built on the Hawaiian language and culture. North Beach-West Maui Benefit Fund makes contributions to improvement projects for the public benefit, including land acquisition, improvement of coastal resources, roadway improvements and other benefits of the North Beach-West Maui area and communities.


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