He Makana O Na Mele

This year’s theme is “In the Key of Sea,” and showcases over a hundred of Hawaii’s top high school musicians from Oahu and Maui in our premier orchestra, Youth Symphony I, and special guest Raiatea Helm! Dr. John Devlin, our newly-appointed Music Director and Conductor, will lead the evening’s musical voyage.

Event Schedule

4:30 pm – Registration, Silent Auction, & Pre-Show Entertainment

5:30 pm – Dinner Service (Hawaiian-Style Cuisine)

7:00 pm – Concert Begins

8:30 pm – Event concludes

Your participation in this year’s fundraiser is kindly appreciated. HYS subsidizes over 70 percent of the cost per child, keeping tuition below-market, and additionally distributes over $40,000 each year in need-based financial aid. Can music change the world? Hawaii Youth Symphony sees evidence of it every day—and the transformation begins with an investment in each student. Please join us in making the difference.

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Dining, travel, entertainment, spa, and other experiences are very popular with our guests. We also welcome gifts of wine, spirits, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind items!

Make A Donation

We welcome cash donations, supporting our Na Mele Gala Fundraiser. Online donations are accepted here. Mahalo!

Mahalo to Our Table & Advertising Sponsors

Richard & Susan Ing

Island Insurance Companies

Steven & Marilyn Katzman

Top of Waikiki
Accuity LLP / Jean & Kent Tsukamoto

Alika & Tanya Mau

BlackSand Capital

David & Edith Leong

First Hawaiian Bank

Ginny Tiu

Sharon Himeno & Warren Price

The Resort Group

United Laundry Services

Kitty & Buzz Wo
Carol Koga

Pacific Property Group

Sullivan Family Companies

Waikiki Shopping Plaza
Action Realty Corporation

Bank of Hawaii

Becker Communications

Friends of Malama Maunalua

Stephen & Gloria Gainsley

Bob Hayashi

Gladys Hirano

Robert & Ashley Kurisu

Dennis & Tina Lau

Malcolm Lau

Patti Look

Gilbert Miyasato

Dan & Linda Momohara

Michael & Amy Onofrietti

Tanaka of Tokyo

Thomas & Mary Ellen Williams

Mike & Terrina Wong

Randy & Helen Wong

Mahalo for your support!

2018 Gala Committee: Erica Mau Orejel (co-chair), Liza Wo Davis (co-chair), Tina Lau, Sharon Himeno, Patti Look, Richard Ing, Mary Ellen Williams

Special Guest: Raiatea Helm

HYS is excited to present Raiatea, a two-time GRAMMY nominee and eight-time Na Hoku Hanohano awardee!

Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm set the Hawaiian music community on fire when she was just 18-years-old, with the release of her debut album Far Away Heaven in 2002. Raiatea’s melodic voice made her a natural performer of leo ki`eki`e (Hawaiian falsetto), and earned her the reputation of being the successor to Hawaiian music legend, Aunty Genoa Keawe. Her debut album continued to propel her career into stardom as she received two prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Most Promising Artist. 

The release of Raiatea’s second album, Sweet and Lovely, more than confirmed her early promise and earned her four additional Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2006. The success of Sweet and Lovely further garnered her national fame as she became Hawaii’s first-ever solo female vocalist to be nominated for a Grammy©. The album was recognized in the top 10 of “The 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums of the New Century” and Raiatea would later receive her second Grammy nomination in 2008. 

In 2011, she became the first Hawaiian recipient of a prestigious Native Arts & Cultures Fellowshipand was most recently named Female Vocalist of the Year in 2017 by her peers upon being awarded her eighth Na Hoku Hanohano Award. 

Raiatea is now recognized as one of Hawaii’s premier female vocalists and a keeper of the Hawaiian falsetto tradition of the early to mid-20th century. She has captivated the attention of audiences throughout the Hawaiian Islands and around the world, interpreting traditional Hawaiian song with the mastery and control of a jazz vocalist.