Hawaiian Airlines May Day 2023 honors “kilohana,” legendary musicians Keauhou, Robert Cazimero, and special guests to headline the annual concert.
Hawaiian Airlines May Day 2023, presented by Kilohana continues the annual Lei Day tradition by the Brothers Cazimero with Keauhou, the 17-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning group, returning to headline the concert experience alongside special guests, Robert Cazimero and his Hālau Nā Kamalei o Līlīlehua, Nina Kealiʻiwahamana, Jerry Santos, Hālau Ka Lehua Tuahine under the direction of Kumu Hula Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval and co-hosts, Debbie Nakanelua-Richards and Billy V.
The live concert experience will return on Monday, May 1, at 5:00pm-9:00pm at the Great Lawn of Bishop Museum. Tickets are available for purchase at wearalei.org.
As a production of nonprofit organization, Kāhuli Leo Leʻa, the concert will feature performances of mele, hula, and moʻolelo that will not only serve to entertain, but to educate. Producer and Kāhuli Leo Leʻa executive director, Zachary Lum explains that “the theme of this year’s show is centered around the ‘kilohana,’ a cultural symbol of celebrated excellence and representation.” Lum adds, “the show will feature three legendary “kilohana”: Robert Cazimero, Nina Kealiʻiwahamana and Jerry Santos. Their melodies have become the soundtracks of generations, the anthems of movements, the familiar voice that brings us together. Their songs remain at the highest standard of Hawaiʻi's music, and as such, they continue to exemplify excellence in representing Hawaiʻi.”
The cultural celebration will be another memorable chapter in the series of May Day concerts with the joint support of co-title sponsors, Hawaiian Airlines and Kilohana, and sponsors, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Musuem, Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikīkī Beach, Mayor’s Office on Culture and the Arts, Accel Rentals, Okinakalani Ltd., mele.com and more.
“Our purpose to connect people with aloha begins with honoring the traditions of our island home, and we’re excited to
set the stage for a celebration of one of our most cherished holidays by showcasing several of Hawaiʻi’s greatest
musicians,” said Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, director of community & cultural relations at Hawaiian Airlines.
President and CEO of Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Kūhiō Lewis, also adds: “This year’s May Day concert will truly be a celebration of the values of Kilohana. The excellence required to represent Hawaiʻi is exemplified in the legendary talents and contributions of our three honorees. As Kilohana continues to engage the Tourism industry, we look to these cultural icons as the beacons of what we strive to contribute: excellence in representation.”
For more ticket information and updates, visit wearalei.org and follow Kāhuli Leo Leʻa on Facebook and Instagram (@kahulileolea).
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HOʻOMAU HAWAIʻI MARKET x May Day
We are excited to also be partnering with Hoʻomau Hawaiʻi Market (@hoomauhawaiimarket) for this yearʻs May Day celebration!
Kick-off the May Day weekend by shopping and supporting Native Hawaiian owned businesses at the Hoʻomau Hawaiʻi Market on Saturday April 29, 2023!
*Tickets purchased for "Hawaiian Airlines May Day, presented by Kilohana" will also grant you access to the mākeke on Saturday, April 29, 2023
To learn more please visit www.hoomauhawaiimarket.com
Ho'omau Hawai'i Market highlights Native Hawaiian owned businesses here in Hawai'i as well as other local shops who all have the same mission of sharing the Hawaiian culture through their passions and talents. We believe that we can work together to help mainstream our heritage. Through our products, we hope to help others integrate Native Hawaiian culture and language into their lives in practical ways. Every vendor at this event will be selling items reflective of the Hawaiian culture.