Bishop Museum presented its final “Moonlight Mele” concert of the summer last weekend, with entertainment by Nā Palapalai, George Kahumoku, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Taimane Gardner, Waipuna, the Galliard String Quartet, Hālau Hula Ka No’eau and Samadhi Hawaii.
Along with live entertainment and food/drink vendors, the evening was also a celebration of the Hawaiian Hall’s third floor, Wao Lani, at the Museum.
The Brothers Cazimero and Kaumaka‘iwa Kanaka‘ole headline the second Moonlight Mele on Bishop Museum lawn, part of its summer concert series.
Aerial performers from Samadhi Hawaii will perform ring, silk and trapeze numbers from a large free-standing rig next to the main stage during specific times in the Cazimeros’ and Kanaka‘ole’s sets.
Other guest artists include Cyril Pahinui and hula halau Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima.
The concert gets its theme from the second level of the newly restored Hawaiian Hall — “Wao Kanaka,” representing the realm where people live and work. The evening’s events will focus on the importance of the land and nature in daily life. There will be a Night Arts Market featuring artisans demonstrating their skills in traditional Hawaiian crafts, and unique pieces will be on sale.
Audiences will be encouraged to explore the Hawaiian Hall Galleries during the first part of the evening, with entertainment offered in the courtyard as well as the main stage on the lawn.
Food on sale will include healthy Hawaiian plates from Hale Kealoha Ai Pono, Mexican cuisine from Cha Cha Cha Salsaria, and Vegetarian Thai fusion cuisine from Happy’s Hawaii Green Catering, as well as paletas (popsicles) by Onopops and snacks made on site by Kettle Corn Hawaii.
Beach mats will be provided free of charge and guests are also encouraged to bring blankets or low beach chairs. (Coolers or outside food and drink are not allowed.)
» Where: Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St.
» When: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 3
» Cost: $20 general ($25 day of event), and $15 museum members and military
» Info: 847-3511 or www.bishopmuseum.org
Na’auao opens ‘Moonlight Mele’ series:
Photos by John Berger / email@example.com
Sean Naauao, third from left, checked in at the private Presidents reception before kicking off the Bishop Museums 2009 Moonlight Mele on the Lawn concert series with special guest Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole Thursday at Bishop Museum.
Bishop Museum Chief Operations Officer Blair Collis, left, Linda Chock, Chief Financial Officer Denys Kazama, CEO Tim Johns and Board Chairman Charman Akina welcomed Naauao to the museum and to the party. Read more