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Aloha, Spring­time in Waikiki brings the lilt­ing melodies of Hawai­ian mu­sic as May Day Cel­e­bra­tions abound, in­clud­ing the day­long event on May 1 in Kapi‘olani Park. Spon­sored by the City and County of Honolulu’s Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation, it is a 9-to-5 pro­gram of flow­ers and Hawai­ian mu­sic.

The Na Hoku Hanohano awards cap Mele Mei. Mele Mei is the cel­e­bra­tion of Hawai‘i’s mu­sic, hula and cul­ture. The 3rd An­nual Mele Mei Cel­e­bra­tion fea­tures some of Hawai‘i’s best, in­clud­ing Na Hoku Hanohano award-win­ning artists and Life­time Achieve­ment Award honorees. Mu­sic and hula events are held through­out the en­tire month of May at var­i­ous ho­tels, venues, on the beach and statewide. From ‘ ukulele to steel gui­tar, tra­di­tional Hawai­ian mu­sic to slack key, is­land reg­gae to rock—and ev­ery­thing in be­tween—Mele Mei has some­thing for ev­ery­one. For national and in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants and vis­i­tors, Mele Mei will show­case events and per­for­mances that make Hawai‘i the des­ti­na­tion of choice. See the Mele Mei web­site, www.mele­mei.com, for de­tails.

June has the Pan Pa­cific Fes­ti­val, which brings to­gether peo­ple from around the world to Hawai‘i to cel­e­brate and share in­ter­na­tional cul­ture and tra­di­tions, set for June 7 to 9 at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out Waikiki.

The three-day cel­e­bra­tion kicks off with cul­tural per­for­mances and demon­stra­tions at its Per­form­ing Arts Show­cases, fol­lowed by a night­time ho‘olaule‘a (block party) with live en­ter­tain­ment on mul­ti­ple stages, food booths and crafts, and a hula fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing dozens of hula halau (troupes) per­form­ing on Waikiki Beach. The fes­ti­val cul­mi­nates with a col­or­ful pa­rade made up of thou­sands of par­tic­i­pants in lively cos­tumes march­ing up Kalakaua Av­enue.

The Kame­hameha Day cel­e­bra­tion hon­ors the reign of King Kame­hameha, who was re­spon­si­ble for unit­ing the Hawai­ian Is­lands un­der his rule in 1795. A col­or­ful pa­rade in his honor takes place on June 8th from ‘Iolani Palace to Kapi‘olani Park, start­ing at 9 a.m. and fea­tures brightly dec­o­rated floats, en­er­getic march­ing bands and tra­di­tional pa‘u rid­ers, who rep­re­sent a Hawai­ian royal court on horse­back. The pa­rade ends at Kapi‘olani Park where you can en­joy the ho‘olaule‘a from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waikiki, as al­ways, is Hawai‘i’s gath­er­ing place.

PHOTO: TWAIN NE­WHART

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