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[Creating a new context in which to cherish Hawaiian
music, its history and the gifted ones who made it]
(left to right) David Kalakaua, William Leleiohoku, Lili`uokalani, and Miriam Likelike. (Click photos for bios.)

Our Hall of Fame Patrons, Na Lani 'Ehā

Named by the Hawaiian community not only for their musical abilities, but for their patronage in support of Hawai'i's musical culture, the Royal Composers, David Kalakaua, his sisters Lydia Kamaka'eha Paki (Lili'uokalani), Miriam Likelike, and his brother William Pitt Leleiohoku, the youngest, are credited with the vitality and rich musical environment enjoyed by all Hawaiians during the last half of the 1800's. Were it not for the dynamic cultural leadership and personal contributions of Na Lani 'Ehā (The Royal Four) in encouraging and supporting aspiring composers, singers, instrumentalists, dancers, chanters and poets, Hawai'i's significant musical contributions to the world might never have happened.

Our Origins

Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in May 1994 as a non-profit membership corporation in the State of Hawai'i, and in the United States is tax exempt under IRS code 501(c)(3)

Our Mission

The mission of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is to promote, preserve, and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula by celebrating the achievements of significant individuals and groups.

Our Purpose

To inspire and engage new generations of Hawaiians in the perpetuation of Hawai'i's traditional music through performance and exhibit.

Our Immediate Goal

To create an interactive Hawaiian music center where the Hall of Fame exhibits can be permanently housed, historic display space expanded, and Hawaiian music source information collected and made available to all who seek it.

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P.O. Box 4717, Honolulu, HI 96812-4717
Phone: (808) 372-8921
Fax: (484) 307-7041
Email: HMHoF

Na Mele Mae'ole Concert Series:
A Tribute to Dennis Kamakahi

Dennis Kamakahi with son



Held on January 24, 2015 this was the second of three Na Mele Mae'ole (Never-Fading Songs) fundraisers and was a tribute honoring the late Rev. Dennis Kamakahi (left), a 2009 inductee into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.
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Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Annual Meeting

Held on November 30, 2014 this year's inductees were Sonny Chillingworth, Edith McKinzie, Puakea Nogelmeier, Beverly Noa, Lani Custino, and Hawaii Calls.
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Concert Series: Na Mele Mae'ole – Never Fading Songs

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Piano Ahiahi with Bob Nelson & Nina Keali'iwahamana, Ka'ala Carmack, and Wehilani Ching. Kimo Kahoano, emcee.
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Ka Himeni 'Ana 2014

Winner: The Kono 'Ohana
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Lei of Stars 2014

Lei of Stars may be viewed on YouTube.
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2013 honorees were: Kamaka Hawaii, Inc.; 'Iolani Luahine; Matthew H. Kane; Napua Stevens; and Don Ho.
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Friends of Hawai'i Charities Grant

The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is a grateful recipient of funds from the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., the charitable arm of the Sony Open. These funds have enabled 3 classes in 2 elementary schools in at-risk areas to participate in our E Mele Kākou music curriculum for the school year 2013-2014. This program teaches the music of Nā Lani ʻEhā as well as bel canto singing, Hawaiian history and culture, culminating in a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band at ʻIolani Palace. E Mele Kākou fills a void for many schools which have had to reduce or eliminate music education. The elementary schools who received funding were Kaʻiulani Elem. and Kalihi Elem. Schools. We gratefully acknowledge this grant from the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc.

Nä Mele Mae'ole (Never Fading Songs)

A fundraiser of 3 concerts with the following dates and themes:
September 7, 2013: Na Lani ʻEha
Music by the Four Royal Ones, Kalakaua, Liliʻuokalani, Likelike, and Leleiohoku.
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Oct. 12th: Golden Era of Hawaiian Music (Pre World War II)
6pm, Kawaiahaʻo Church.
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Nov. 9th: Hawaiian Renaissance (Resurgence of Hawaiian culture and music in the 70s)
6pm, Kawaiahaʻo Church.
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Introduction of our 2013 Inductees/Annual Meeting

September 21, 2013, Saturday, Outrigger Canoe Club, 10:30 AM
• 2013 Inductee Introduction
• Lunch and entertainment
• Tickets $35, free parking
For full details including inductee list and contact info download our press release.

Ka Himeni 'Ana 2013

August 24, 2013, Sat., Hawaii Theatre, 7pm.
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Lei of Stars 2013

May 1, 2013, Wednesday evening.
Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Lei of Stars is available online at ‘Olelo’s Video-on-demand website.
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Lei of Stars 2013 Poster

Na Lani ‘Ehā

A new CD from the HMHF containing the songs of the "Royal Four." Contact Ann at: (808) 372-8921 or admin@hmhof.org

82.5 FM North Wave Interview

Kuuipo Kumukahi & Kimo Stone Interview on 82.5 FM North Wave.