MACC Education will offer FREE virtual mini-performances for students in 20-21. These “Motivational Mele” are short videos created by local artists to share their creative work and motivational messages for Maui’s keiki during this time of virtual learning. To be notified of our latest video posts, register below for one or for all artists or you can also follow us on Instagram @MauiArtsCulture.

John Akapo

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Recommended Ages: Grade 4-12

Curriculum Connection: SEL, Nā Hopena Aʻo (HĀ), World Culture

Music runs deep in John’s heritage.  It didn’t matter if he was surrounded by frigid air while living in Alaska or found himself surrounded by the vast ocean Pacific while in American Samoa, his love for music went with him everywhere he went.  John, who is of Samoan and Tokelauan descent, started his professional music career on Maui and has taken a liking to a genre that isn’t as popular here in the islands.  He encourages you to acknowledge what makes you different, he acknowledges a need to prioritize, and shares the result of the choices he made.  He was taught to “take care of his books”, but really, for him the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” is the mindset you want to go in with as you enjoy what he has prepared for you.

Josh Tatofi

Release Date: January 25, 2021

Recommended Ages: Grade 4-12

Curriculum Connection: SEL, Nā Hopena Aʻo (HĀ)

Inspired by his father Tiva Tatofi, original member of the acclaimed island and reggae band Kapena, multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner and Grammy nominee Josh Tatofi shares about what sparked his interest in music as a child.  Although he initially pursued the same genre of music as his father, his shift to mele Hawaiʻi has opened doors and led to many opportunities he never thought possible.  His humble nature and determination to stay grounded has helped him navigate even the most difficult of times, it has helped him to create, to keep moving, and to live life to its fullest.  Register now to hear Josh’s thoughts on doing and getting, and get a front row seat to his virtual performance.

Zachary Alakaʻi Lum

Release Date: February 1, 2021

Recommended Ages: Grade 6-12

Curriculum Connection: SEL, Nā Hopena Aʻo (HĀ), Hawaiian Music Composition, Hawaiian Language

As a member of the seventeen-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning trio Keauhou, Zach has been instrumental in breathing life into traditional Hawaiian music and is a practitioner of mele Hawaiʻi.  He is passionate about haku mele, its correlation with aloha ʻāina, and the importance of mele performance.  He helps to make connections with place to people and purpose through musical poetry.  The idea of music going beyond entertainment through oral documentation gives greater meaning to the why behind the what.  Hear from Zach and allow for a greater connection, as you not only enjoy the mele he shares, but look at its purpose.  Let’s be motivated to better understand our role, and our contribution to our Hawaiʻi community.

Kale Kahele

Premiere Date: February 8, 2021

Recommended Ages: Grade 4-12

Curriculum Connection: SEL, Nā Hopena Aʻo (HĀ)

His passion for music from childhood developed over time and blossomed into a more tangible opportunity while still in high school.  Once an aspiring musician being influenced by the award-winning group ‘Ekolu, Kale has now become a member of the group ‘Ekolu inspiring others.  His message of hope encourages us to find the positive in every experience and to “find beauty through the rain”.  Don’t let the circumstances of life define who you are – instead find your joy, embrace love and speak into existence the desires of your heart.