Celebrate the holidays with Hawaii Youth Symphony’s He Makana O Na Mele

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Join a celebration of music and aloha with Hawaii Youth Symphony’s He Makana O Nā Mele: The Gift of Music—showcasing performances from students in Hawaii and Japan with special guests Jake Shimabukuro and Amy Hanaiali‘i!

From the grounds of the Halekulani, talented HYS students, ages 8-18 from across the state, are featured performers. Together with ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and Hawaii’ stop-selling female vocalist of all time, Amy Hānaiali‘i, they will join Junior Orchestras from Hawaii’s sister cities in Japan, the Ukulele Junior Orchestra from Kanazawa, and the Pacific Music Instituteʻs Ukulele Workshop, made possible through the magic of television and collaboration with Hawaii Tourism Japan. Beyond a festive evening, Nā Mele will benefit all HYS programs and financial aid funds, advancing the nonprofit’s vision to Make Music a Right for all young people in Hawaii.

Hawaii’s’ only state-wide music education organization, HYS serves students ages 7-18 of all skill levels and every economic background, brought together from more than 100 schools across the islands. Since 1964, the nonprofit has advanced its mission of developing youth to their fullest potential through orchestral music, offering diverse programs including general music, string and band classes, jazz, symphony orchestras, summer intensives, and more. Contributions from the celebration will go toward breaking down barriers to music education including financial hardship, access to qualified music teachers, the high cost of instruments, and expanding the reach of HYS in rural and under-resourced communities.

The premiere of He Makana O Nā Mele: The Gift of Music will air at 7:00 pm on December 7 and December 9 on Hawaii News Now—K5. The gala will also be available to stream via hawaiinewsnow.com and presented in Japanese via the HI Now Japan streaming player at hawaiinewsnow.com/hinow/japan. In addition to the performances, interview segments with community supporters, students, alumni, faculty, and board members—including HYS Board Member Jake Shimabukuro—will illuminate the importance of music education and how HYS is where musical journeys begin for so many young people. Audiences are invited to follow #MakeMusicARight and #whereitstartedforme 🎵 (including the music note emoji) on HYS social media, and donate at a personally-comfortable level via namele2021.givesmart.

For more information: hiyouthsymphony.org, Facebook and Instagram @hiyouthsymphony