The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences — HIMELE (high-MEL-eh) is a Hawai'i Non-Profit Corporation that supports music education and enrichment for people of all ages. Our purpose is to educate, promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian musical instruments. We do this by organizing and sponsoring festivals such as the flagship Maui Steel Guitar Festival, Waikiki Steel Guitar Week, the Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival, and the Hawai'i Steel Guitar Festival on Hawai'i Island. We also present community-focused steel guitar festivals at local malls that are conveniently located to population centers on O'ahu. We also conduct workshops, exhibitions, and other music-related public events and use social media channels and our websites to publicize the corporation's music and cultural activities and provide information to the public.
HIMELE has been designated a 501(c)(3) corporation by the IRS. In order to accomplish its goals, HIMELE may also collaborate with other non-profit organizations which fall under the 501(c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code and are operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
HIMELE is dedicated to continuing to educate and enrich the world through the music, culture and spirit of Hawaii.
HIMELE produces, supports and participates in various events that promote Hawaiian music and culture, with a focus on youth musicians.
Left: 2017 Aloha Festivals Keiki Ho'olaule'a at Pearl Ridge Center featuring Ke Kula Mele Hawaii Next Generation steel guitarists and musicians. PC-Larry Holu.
Middle: 2017 Kauai Steel Guitar Festival school visiation to Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. Students were introduced to the Hawaiian steel guitar and encouraged to try out the instrument. PC-Don Touchi.
Right: 2017 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall featuring members of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii Ensemble. PC-Don Touchi.