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Pali Ka'aihue, co--‐creator of Mele Mei and President of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) announced that the Ala Moana Hotel has been named the "Official Hotel of the 36th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards." The Mele Mei events take place all throughout the month of May 2013 ( with the culmination leading up to the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards show on May 25th, which is held at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Says Ka'aihue, "The Ala Moana Hotel has been a great supporter of not only Mele Mei and HARA but also by assisting us in exposing the variety of music coming from Hawaii, and we are thrilled to continue this partnership once again." Marty Milan, director of sales and marketing adds, "We are honored to be a sponsor of this exciting festival and awards show, and encourage both locals and visitors to take advantage of the special room rates and fully enjoy the Mele Mei experience!"

The Ala Moana Hotel has quite a history with the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, as it was the original home in 1978. However, as the popularity of the show grew, it also outgrew the space at the Ala Moana Hotel and eventually made its way into its current home of the 35,000 square foot Kalākaua Ballroom at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, directly across the street from the hotel.

The special Mele Mei/ Nā Hōkū Hanohano hotel rates at Ala Moana Hotel are available from May 21 -- 28, 2013 as follows:

Guests must present an ID badge, ticket, or receipt for any Mele Mei event at check-out to receive these special rates.

$129 Kona Tower (2 guests maximum per room)
$159 Waikiki Tower (4 guests maximum per room)
Rates are per room, per night
Valid May 21 - 28, 2013 only

Book Mele Mei Rates

Rates are for single/double occupancy, plus taxes, and rooms are subject to availability. Guests must present their I.D. badge, ticket or receipt for any of the events to the front desk prior to check out in order to qualify for the exclusive room rates. For more information please visit Festival participants must call 808.955.4811 to receive the special Nā Hōkū Hanohano rates or simply go to the link at for online reservations.

Translated in Hawaiian, Mele Mei means "May, Hawaiian Music Month." A series of workshops, events and performances are held throughout various venues in Hawaii, primarily throughout Honolulu and Waikiki on O`ahu, and on Maui. Now in its third year, the entire month of May 2013 will be dedicated to featuring an impressive line--‐up of artists and industry icons, as well as a new generation of musicians, representing each genre of Hawai`i's music from traditional Hawaiian to contemporary, `ukulele to the steel guitar, reggae to rock--‐n--‐roll, as well as new alternative indie sounds.

Mele Mei is sponsored by the Hawai`i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA), the Hawai`i Tourism Authority (HTA), Kintetsu International, and Kinki Nippon Tourist. Highlights of the festival include the Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon on April 27th honoring those who have helped shape Hawai`i‘s music industry, the first--‐ever `Ukulele, Slack Key and Steel Guitar Jam on May 19th, which will take place directly across historic Waikiki Beach, as well as the continuation of the popular Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Festival Workshops held throughout the year, with the first one to be held on May 24th. Of course, the month of May ends with the main event, the 36th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards Show on May 25th, celebrating the best of the best in Hawai`i‘s music industry.


Ala Moana Hotel is considered the "Kama‘āina Favorite," renowned for its exceptional island hospitality, offering guests a host of impressive amenities and services. The upscale property offers a collection of diverse in--‐house dining options, contemporary meeting and banquet facilities, a relaxing lounge and energetic nightclub, as well as an expansive pool deck, sauna and fitness center. Centrally located, Ala Moana Hotel is nearby famous Waikiki Beach, adjacent to Ala Moana Center, the largest open--‐air mall in America, across from the Hawai‘i Convention Center and a short stroll to picturesque Ala Moana Beach Park.

ABOUT MELE MEI 2013 Mele Mei is a month--‐long celebration held in the month of May, which pays homage to Hawaiian Music and Hawai`i's music, with events designed to inspire, honor and entertain. The Mele Mei festival ends with the annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards show. With concerts presented statewide, Mele Mei shares Hawaiian music's global appeal, making the State of Hawai`i the destination for national and international participants and visitors. For further news, schedule of events or for more information about Mele Mei, please visit or call 808.593.9424.

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