Aunty Noelani Mahoe

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
Sunday May 6, 4:00 p.m.
Presenting in the ‘Ukulele event with Casey Kamaka, Benny Uyetake, and Byron Yasui. This event will focus on the role of ‘ukulele music in Hawaii and across the world as it rapidly became known as “everybody’s instrument” and helped to broaden Hawaiian music, allowing for solo instrumentals and opening up the genre for commercial entertainment.

Aunty Noelani Mahoe is the founder and leader of the Nahenahe Singers, which includes Mona Teves, Ethelynne Teves, and Lynette Paglinawan. Noelani, a fluent Hawaiian speaker, founded the Waimanalo Keiki Chorus, coordinated the first Hawaiian Music Conference in 1971 and compiled with Samuel Elbert the classic “Na Mele O Hawai’i Nei, 101 Hawaiian Songs.” Noelani Mahoe and Leo Nahenahe have been playing music together for more than 40 years, and have performed for the Queen of England, the Crown Prince of Japan, the Maharajah of Mysore and toured the world. They’ve recorded four albums, including their “Hawaiian Christmas” standard.


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