ʻAha Mele

n. Concert, song concert, song festival.

The word, ʻaha, means meeting, assembly, gathering, convention, court, party. Mele is the word for song or chant. Together ʻaha mele refers to a song/chant gathering, a concert!

So grateful to have attended a benefit concert last night for Mauna Kea. What an incredible evening it was. And true to the meaning of mele, this ʻaha mele was filled with song AND chant.

Our bodies, minds, souls were bless with the mele of Paula Fuga, John Cruz, Hāwane Rios, Amy Hanaialii and Willie K.

We were greeted with mele in the form of chant and we were sent home with chant.

Mahalo nui, Pua Case and your ʻohana, and all the Mauna Kea Hui, Mauna Kea ʻOhana, for all you have done, are currently doing, and continue to do. You have been caring for our mauna for years, unfailingly, when few others were. And I, for one, am grateful. Aloha to you, your kāne, Kalani, and your kaikamāhine.

My heart is filled with gratitude and aloha.

Ua nani ka ʻaha mele – The concert was beautiful.

Ua nahenahe wale nā leo hīmeni ma ka ʻaha mele – The singers at the concert were beautiful.

He ʻaha mele helu ʻekahi nō ia – The concert was the best.IMG_1973 IMG_1976 IMG_1995 IMG_2004 IMG_2014 IMG_2022 IMG_2007


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