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Our Mission

The Hawaiian Music Perpetuation Society (HMPS) is a community-based organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and perpetuation of mele Hawaiʻi.

We are also committed to offering memorable and authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences for all. Since our establishment in 2020, we have designed and hosted events throughout Oʻahu including at: The Hyatt Regency Waikīkī Beach Resort & Spa at Pualeilani, Queen Emma's Summer Palace, Hawaiʻi Convention Center, and the Hawaiian Homestead Lands.

Our Initiatives
Hoʻi i ka Piko - Return to the Center

Mele Hawaiʻi

Preserve, Promote, and Perpetuate Hawaiian Music

Loea & ʻIke Kūpuna

Nānā i ke kumu, Look to the source for skills, wisdom, and knowledge

Papahana Kaiāulu

Community Facing Programs that enrich our Pae ʻĀina o Hawaiʻi and connect our Kānaka ʻŌiwi

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Mele Hawaiʻi

Our moʻōlelo is woven into our mele.

Our mele lives on as we continue to breathe life into it.

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Nā Kūpuna Nights

A delightful night of mele, laughter, and of course -- food. This program was created to celebrate our kūpuna. Featured artists include Hawaiian music legends Karen Keawehawaii, Ledward Kaapana, Darlene Ahuna, Jay Larrin, and Melveen Leed - just to name a few.

He Lei no Emalani

A musical tribute to Queen Emma Kalanikaumakaʻamano Kaleleonālani Naʻea Rooke at her own former residence, Hānaiakamalama (Queen Emma's Summer Palace).

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Legends of Hawaiian Music

This event is to celebrate all of our Legendary Artists of Hawaiian Music. Featured artists: The Songbirds of Waikiki- Mona Joy, Wainani Kanealiʻi Yim, Marlene Sai, Melveen Leed, Karen Keawehawaiʻi, Kuʻuipo Kumukahi.

This program is still growing with more Legends on the way!

Loea &
ʻIke Kūpuna

Wisdom Keepers & Ancestral Knowledge

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Nānā i ke Kumu

When we say that we look to the source, we mean that we approach our projects and programs with our beloved kūpuna in our minds and hearts. We consult the ʻike (lived experience) of our Kūpuna and Loea (experts in their disciplines) and integrate them into our creative process. We always have our kūpuna i ka piko, at the center of what we do at HMPS.

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Moʻōlelo

Many Kūpuna and Loea want to share and educate, but may not know how to begin. Mai hopohopo, we are here to help. HMPS strives to create a path forward through our various community relationships.

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Workshops

Some of our Ongoing Programs:

Ulana Lauhala

Introduction to Hula

ʻUkulele

ʻOhe Kāpala

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

& kekahi mea hana lima

Papahana Kaiāulu

Community Programs

Mele Hawaiʻi is an ʻumeke full of our
Hawaiian cultural values and practices.

Whether we directly connect with our Kānaka ʻŌiwi through uplifting musical events (Mele on the Move) or through the development of programs which bring together our Hawaiian Community and Traditions with the Visitor Industry (Hoʻokela), we are here to serve our Lāhui Hawaiʻi.

Our Projects

Mele on the Move

Hawaiian Music Perpetuation Society launched its “Mele on the Move” project, which is a mobile-concert as a means to bring together our kaiāulu through the beautiful sounds of Hawaiian music at the ʻĀina HoʻopulapulaHawaiian Homesteads, here on Oʻahu.

Check out our spotlight on KHON2

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Pāʻina ʻO Waikīkī Hula

Kanikapila with PAA
(Papakōlea ʻAnakē ʻAnakala)

Hoʻokela Hawaiian Heritage and Culture Center

Mele Hawaiʻi and Culture-based Programs
(e.g. Queenʻs Arbor, Kūhiō Beach, with support by Kai Coffee)