During the 2018 AHCC Convention at Kalapaki, Kauaʻi, the annual ʻAha Mele Songfest "Nā Mele O Kauaʻi" will be held on Friday evening, November 16, 2018. Time and place to be provided at a later date.
Since this is the 100th Centennial year celebrating the founding of the Hawaiian Civic Club movement in 1918, we would like to end the Songfest singing “Kuu Home O Keaukaha” written by Alfred Nahale’a in honor of our beloved founder Prince Kūhiō. Manu Boyd, President of Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu will direct all choirs/attendees in song at the end of the Songfest.
The lyrics are available at this link: http://www.huapala.org/Kuu/Kuu_Home_Keaukaha.html
Here are the ʻAha Mele guidelines and requirements.
Purpose: The purpose of the ‘Aha Mele program is to preserve, perpetuate, and practice our Hawaiian cultural values and traditions through mele.
Background: Much of our culture and history has been passed down through oral storytelling, poetry, and music. Over the years, the ‘Aha Mele at our conventions has provided our members with the opportunity to learn and practice our culture through songs. The various civic clubs have participated in kanikapila, acapella choir performances and competitive singing. For this year's convention, an ‘Aha Mele Songfest is planned for ALL CIVIC CLUBS throughout the association to participate in and share a Hawaiian mele with everyone.
1. Assemble a choir of 20 or more singers comprised of three or more club members from each of the clubs within your council or geographic area.
2. Since the O‘ahu Council has six mokus and the Mainland Council clubs’ are located on the East Coast, the West Coast and in the Midwest, I recommend to the extent possible, groups of clubs from within a Moku or Council form separate choirs of at least 20 or more members. This would provide more participation by members and fellowship opportunities within the larger councils.
3. Coordination among clubs to perform will require: Selecting a choir director; soliciting clubs for at least three people to sing in the choir; ensure at least 20 members are in the choir; select a song to perform, explain why the song was selected and what the story of the song is; if necessary, engaging musicians to kōkua; and utilize technology to arrange online rehearsals to learn the music/voice parts.
4. The Songfest is on Friday evening, November 16, 2018 at the convention, the time and location TBD separately. Also, there will be a time limit of 8-10 mins per performance.
5. A time and location will be provided for the choirs to rehearse prior to convention.
6. Please send the following information to the ʻAha Mele Chairperson by email no later than September 16, 2018.
- Name of Choir Coordinator
- Complete contact information
- Clubs participating in the choir
- Song selected and choir name that can be used to introduce the group at convention.
7. A meeting will be held with all choir directors at Convention on Thursday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. to discuss any concerns or questions prior to the performance on Friday. Location TBD.
8. if needed, a meeting of Directors will be held on Saturday afternoon to discuss the event.