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Hawaii — By byun on June 29, 2010 at 11:47 pm
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Moonlight Mele at the Bishop Museum

In keeping with its musical summer tradition, the Bishop Museum [map] will once again host its popular Moonlight Mele this summer.  “Mele” in Hawaiian means “song and dance,” and guests at the Moonlight Mele will be in for both a visual and audio treat.  Earlier this month, John Cruz headlined the series opener, but this July and August will see local legends in concert and shouldn’t be missed.

This summer’s musical celebration focus on Hawaiian Hall’s three unique realms: Kai Ākea, the realm of mystic origins, Wao Kanaka, the realm of man, and Wao Lani, the heavenly realm.  Guests are invited to arrive early to enjoy the Museum’s galleries, musical acts, performance art, hula, food and beverage, and more prior to the main concert’s start at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, July 3, Wao Kanaka, which represents the realm where people live and work, will be the evening’s focus. There will be a Night Arts Market featuring artisans demonstrating their skills in traditional Hawaiian crafts, and unique pieces will be on sale.  The Brothers Cazimero will headline and Kaumaka‘iwa Kanaka‘ole will play in support accompanied by the aerial dancing of Andrea Torres and Samadhi Hawaii, as well as Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, led by kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine. Cyril Pahinui and Kaiholu will play on the Café and Courtyard stages.

On Saturday, August 7, the realm of Wao Lani, which represents the gods, the ali‘i and key moments in Hawaiian history, will be celebrated.  The subtitle of the evening will be “The Queen’s Songbook” as classic Hawaiian songs and monarchy music ring out from all three stages. Samadhi Hawaii will bring aerial dancing to accompany the headlining Nā Palapalai.  Nā Palapalai and George Kahumoku will double headline, supported by the Royal Hawaiian Band, ukulele whiz Taimane Gardner, Waipuna, the Galliard String Quartet, and Hālau Hula Ka No’eau, led by kumu hula Michael Pilipang.

Tickets are available from the Bishop Museum box office during business hours (Wednesday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by phone #808-847-3511. Advance tickets for each concert are $20 general admission and $15 for Bishop Museum Members and military with valid ID. General tickets purchased the day of the event will be $25. Children 3 & under are free.

Also new this season are Gourmet Picnic Baskets for Two from the Museum’s Café Pūlama, with your choice of entree and optional bottle of wine.

Picnic Basket – $27.50: a gourmet dinner for two. Your choice of one entrée: roast beef sandwiches on focaccia, southern fried chicken, or sundried tomato & spinach tortilla wrappers. Also includes fresh fruits & berries, vegetable crudite w/ spinach dip, pasta provencale, fresh baked cookies, and bottled water.

Deluxe Picnic Basket – $37.50: a gourmet dinner for two and a full bottle of wine w/ two glasses. Your choice of entrée: roast beef sandwiches on focaccia (accompanied by red wine), southern fried chicken (accompanied by white wine), or sundried tomato & spinach tortilla wrappers (accompanied by white wine). Also includes fresh fruits & berries, vegetable crudite w/ spinach dip, pasta provencale, and fresh baked cookies.

There are no substitutions or mixing of entrees.  Baskets are available through pre-sale only.

Visit the official Moonlight Mele website for complete information.

Photo courtesy of harryalverson (Flickr)

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