Mana Mele series to help raise funds for music, multimedia classes

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After 15 years of sustaining innovative and impactful programs for thousands of youth, Mana Maoli's funding has run out. In efforts to continue the Mana Mele Music & Multimedia Academy classes into the spring semester for ten public charters schools across O?ahu and Kaua?i, Mana Maoli is hosting a benefit concert for the first EP release of its "Eia Hawai?i" EP series.

This event will showcase pro artists who are mentors in the program and/or featured in the EP series, as well as Mana Mele students from six partner schools on O?ahu. The student ho?ike will end with a 2-song medley that will soon be filmed as the follow-up to Mana Mele?s Hawai?i Aloha video, which has surpassed three million views across various media posts.  Following the ho?ike, professional artists will take the stage, all of who are teaching year-long classes for these youth, and/or being featured in the EP series: Irie Love, Kaipo Kapua, Kamaka Fernandez, Lion Fiyah, Pomaika'i Lyman and special guests (TBA).

All monies raised for the event will go to assuring that the year-long Mana Mele classes, which teach ABC's (Academics, Business, Culture) through music and multimedia, can continue into the 2016 Spring semester.

"The Mana Mele project is a groundbreaking and innovative tool for anyone to experience and record music anywhere on the island, " says artist Taimane Gardner.  Kulia, a student at Hakipu'u Learning Center reflects on his involvement: "I loved having John Cruz at our school. This was a good experience and learning opportunity about the music industry. Having him here was truly a blessing and he inspired me to never give up on my dreams and to give back to the community, especially towards charter schools who are being underestimated."

The EP release event will be held at Gordon Beirsch at Aloha Tower on Saturday, November 19, 2016.   A limited number of VIP tickets are available that include premium seating, a hosted dinner buffet, one complimentary drink, validated parking and a copy of the 1st EP in the "Eia Hawai?i." EP series. Early Bird and VIP Tickets are available at

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