Waikiki Steel Guitar Week

Ke Kula Mele

These photos are of the Ke Kula Mele Next Gen steel guitarists and the Ke Kula Mele ensemble, all members of the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music.

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  • Kumu Alan Akaka and Sid Pang.
  • Next Gen steel guitarists Sid Pang and Quincy Maka'awa'awa.
  • Next Gen steel guitar player Quincy Maka'awa'awa getting ready to play while Blaine Kia mics up the Ke Kula Mele ensemble.
  • Sound hookups are almost complete.
  • Kumu Alan Akaka introducing the group. Quincy Maka'awa'awa on the steel guitar, Ronald Tolentino on upright bass, with 'ukulele players Alexis Tolentino, Cristina Villanueva and Sid Pang.
  • More of the Ke Kula Mele ensemble, with Alan Akaka, Ronald Tolentino, Alexis Tolentino, Cristina Villanueva, Sid Pang, Keala Akaka and Gale Warshawsky.
  • Quincy Maka'awa'awa playing ''Waikiki'' with the complete Ke Kula Mele ensemble: Alan Akaka, Ronald Tolentino, Alexis Tolentino, Cristina Villanueva, Sid Pang, Keala Akaka, Gale Warshawsky, and Lance Hylander.
  • Next Gen steel guitar player Keen Ching playing ''Hawaii Five-O.''
  • Some Ke Kula Mele students play multiple instruments. Here, Quincy and Sid play the 'ukulele in the Ke Kula Mele ensemble.
  • Next Gen steel guitarist Alexis Tolentino.
  • Next Gen steel guitar Skype students Mark Prucha from Illinois and Kalyn Aolani from California. Kalyn is singing ''He Nani Helena'' while playing the 'ukulele with Pomaika'i Lyman accompanying.
  • Kalyn in the process of switching between the steel guitar and the 'ukulele. ''He Nani Helena'' was taught to her by her vocal coach, Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Kalyn Aolani playing a solo (pa'ani) in ''He Nani Helena.''
  • The Ke Kula Mele Next Gen steel guitarists and the Ke Kula Mele ensemble.
  • Next Gen steel guitarists Mark Prucha and Sid Pang.
  • Lance Hylander with Next Gen steel guitarists Sid Pang and Keen Ching.
  • Lance Hylander.
  • Next Gen steel guitarists Sid Pang and Alexis Tolentino. Both also play the 'ukulele.
  • Next Gen steel guitarist Alexis Tolentino with her parent, Ke Kula Mele assistants Andrea and Ronald Tolentino.
  • Kumu Alan Akaka with Next Gen steel guitarists Sid Pang and Alexis Tolentino.
  • Alan Akaka, Sid Pang, Alexis Tolentino, Ronald Tolentino.
  • Michiko Alaka and Sid Pang.
  • Alan Akaka and Michiko Akaka.
  • Next Gen steel guitarist Sid Pang and Ke Kula Mele 'ukulele student Sammi Pang with MIchiko and Alan Akaka.
  • 9-year old Next Gen steel guitarist Mālie Lyman with mom Pomaika'i Keawe Lyman.
  • Next Gen steel guitarist Sid Pang.

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Photography by Robyn Pang ©2013 by HIMELE.

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