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Ho’ōla Hawaii aims to uplift local communities through music

New season premiering July 21 at 8 p.m. on K5

Reviving the living spirit of Hawaii. That’s the goal of Ho’ōla Hawaii, a musical series airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on K5. Its new season featuring performances from Moanalua Gardens is set to premiere on Tuesday, July 21. HI Now host Kainoa Carlson spoke to the director and producer to see how these performances are able to provide strength and relief during these challenging times.

“Music is a universal language, it’s the way we all come to deal with our emotions and there’s a lot of emotions right now” says Producer Blaine Kamalani Kia. “Sometimes music can bring just some relief to some people. That’s really the engagement and why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

The historical Moanalua Gardens is the sponsor and executive producer of the Ho’ōla Hawaii series. The creators say it was important that the people of Hawaii knew that such a beautiful place exists in the heart of Honolulu. There you can find peace of mind, tranquility, and spirituality once you’ve arrived in its surrounding landscapes, trees and historical sites.

“Through mele,through music, to stimulate our people, perhaps we can all get through this pandemic,” Kia says. “Although we’re stuck at home, but yet, there’s a spirituality at Moanalua Gardens that we really want to share and let people know about.”

Moanalua Gardens is renown for hosting Hawaiian cultural festivals and events that involved both hula and mele since the 1970’s, and it plans on continuing to foster these relationships well after the pandemic. The gardens plays a significant role in the connection to Hawaii’s people through mele and through the land.

“Ho’ōla Hawaii, to revive the living spirit of Hawaii, is just to remind people of our way of living and making sure that we stay constant with just reviving what we do with our children, our kupuna, our makua, and just our community at large,” Kia explains.

Be sure to watch the new season of Ho’ōla Hawaii from Moanalua Gardens on July 21 at 8 p.m. on K5.