PBS Hawaii Presents Na Mele: Peter Medeiros
Thursday, September 26 at 9:00 pm
NA MELE introduces a talent years in the making. Slack key artist Peter Medeiros, accompanied by guitarist Josh Silva and bass player Nate Stillman, presents a fun evening of traditional slack key. Joining the trio is are the dancers of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima, led by Kumu Hula Vicky and Jeff Kānekaiwilani Takamine. Songs performed include "Ulili E," "He'eia," "Ke Ala O Ka Rose" and "Kananaka."
Keola Beamer: Malama Ko Aloha
(Keep Your Love)
This program tells the story of Keola Beamer's journey through song. The respected composer and slack key guitarist partners with an array of musicians, including Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, American jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Hawaiian vocalist Raiatea Helm. These collaborations demonstrate how one can retain cultural identity while openly sharing with others to create something new - a global art form. This multicultural exchange reaches its zenith when Beamer performs a Hawaiian-language version of John Lennon's "Imagine," with musicians playing traditional Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Hawaiian, Classical European and American Jazz instruments. In a particularly moving segment, Moanalani performs Hula Mu'umu'u (Dance of the Maimed) as a quadraplegic woman who magically regains her limbs.