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Moonlight Mele with George Kahumoku Jr. and Friends

Enjoy an evening of Hawaiian music at a remarkable historic site on Maui.
October 06, 2017

Moonlight Mele with George Kahumoku Jr. and Friends

Maui's lively cultural events can go a long way towards making your vacation memorable. Luckily for residents and visitors alike, there are a lot of these events taking place at various times throughout the year. For example, if your Maui vacation will coincide with the second week of October this year, (2017), you might enjoy "Moonlight Mele with George Kahumoku, Jr., & Friends." In Hawaiian, mele means song or chant, and George Kahumoku, Jr., is one of the island's most popular Hawaiian musical artists.

This event is a benefit for the invaluable Maui Historical Society (MHS), but the entry fee is just $5 per person, and children age 12 and under get in for free. From 5pm to 8pm, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a variety of delightful Hawaiian music from a lineup of talented performers, including George Kahumoku, Jr., local entertainer Kūikawā, and music artists from the University of Hawaii, Maui College, Institute of Hawaiian Music with UHMC instructor Keola Donaghy.

This event is a great opportunity to enjoy Hawaiian music by local performers at a great location. Speaking of which, the event will be held on the grounds of Hale Hō`ike`ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku, a historic property owned by the Maui Historical Society. Moonlight Mele will blend a bit of the past, present and future of Maui, given the historic location and the funds that the benefit will generate for the restoration and preservation efforts of the MHS. If it weren't for the good work that they do, much of Maui's historical artifacts, sites and information would have been lost over time.

If you can't make the concert, Hale Hō`ike`ike at the Bailey House is well worth a visit if you have the time on some other day. The site boasts quite a history, considering it was built in the area where Kahekili, Maui's last ruling chief, once lived. In 1842, the location housed a school for Hawaiian girls that was known as the Central Wailuku Female Seminary. After that, it became a day school for Hawaiian boys and girls until the 1850s, and was the home of Edward Bailey and his family until 1888. Next, the site became part of the Wailuku Sugar plantation and the plantation managers lived in the home until 1924.

Curious about the site? You can find plenty of information on the history of Hale Hō`ike`ike at the Bailey House if you visit www.mauimuseum.org. They also have information about Moonlight Mele, and other ways that you can help support their efforts to keep Maui's history alive. If you do plan to visit, the address is 2375 Main St A, Wailuku, which is about an hour from our West Maui vacation rentals, so plan your schedule accordingly. Mahalo!

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