Friday, June 18, 2010

August 7th, 2010 - Moonlight Mele at the Bishop Museum

Our family enjoys live Hawaiian Music and one of the activities we enjoy and recommend to our guests is to go to Moonlight Mele at the Bishop Museum. If your traveling to Hawaii on vacation and are looking for something other than the standard tourist fair, this is the perfect activity for culture, music and food. Our family went on June 5th, 2010 and it was a blast!

During the summer, the Bishop Museum hosts live Hawaiian Music acts on the lawn of the museum. This month, June 2010, we saw Kaukahi one of my favorite artists along with John Cruz.

Bring your beach mat, towels and/or folding chairs and holo holo "to go strolling or walk" over to claim your spot on the grass lawn outside of the museum. The stage is elevated and you have a good vantage point from pretty much anywhere. The lit palm trees that change colors are also cool. Our family, parents and kids, had a great time.

You may order picnic baskets in advance or purchase from food vendors selling Ono "great tasting" kau kau "to eat or food" such as Kalua Pig and Laulau. They also sell Poi which I happen to love but it is an acquired taste for some.

The picnic baskets contain fried chicken or sandwiches with salads. We ordered the picnic baskets and some extra Hawaiian food while we were there. You are able to order baskets with or without wine so we ordered one of each.

In August, it's Nā Palapalai, my favorite Hawaiian group. (Plan to arrive right before 5:00 pm or so, we arrived around 5:30 for the June concert and the parking lot was almost full.) Gates open at 5:00 pm, wander the museum before it closes and then enjoy your picnic on the lawn before the concert at 7:30 pm. The time fly's by fast.

The museum is great for both adults and children. In the Hawaiian Hall, they have one of the Tiki's "Ku" along with two other brought in special for this exhibit from two other museums around the world. The statues must be about 20' tall? Also great exhibits of various Hawaiiana and history. Feather capes, weapons, history and all that jazz. Bishop Museum Ku Exhibit

Link to Moonlight Mele

To get to the museum from the Beach Villa's Resort in Ko Olina, take the H1 freeway towards town. You can take the H1 all the way but it is faster to go H1 to 78 (exit 13a) to H1, (78 is more of a straight shot, H1 curves around), you'll see signs for the Bishop Museum (exit 20A on the H1). You'll see a brown building above you along side the freeway on the left which is part of the museum. It's about 30 minutes into town and you will be going in the opposite direction of rush hour traffic.

Nā Palapalai and George Kahumoku - Saturday August 7, 2010

Nā Palapalai and George Kahumoku will double headline, supported by the Royal Hawaiian Band, ukulele whiz Taimane Gardner, Waipuna, the Galliard String Quartet, and Hālau Hula Ka No’eau, led by kumu hula Michael Pilipang. The realm of Wao Lani represents the gods, the ali‘i and key moments in Hawaiian history, so the subtitle of the evening will be “The Queen’s Songbook” as classic Hawaiian songs and monarchy music ring out from all three stages. Samadhi Hawaii will bring aerial dancing to accompany the headlining Nā Palapalai.

New this concert season, we are pleased to offer Gourmet Picnic Baskets for Two from the Museum's Café Pūlama. Baskets are available through pre-sale only.

Order a basket now for the August concert.

Picnic Basket - $27.50: a gourmet dinner for two. Your choice of one entrée: roast beef sandwiches on focaccia, southern fried chicken, or sundried tomato & spinach tortilla wrappers. Also includes fresh fruits & berries, vegetable crudite w/ spinach dip, pasta provencale, fresh baked cookies, and bottled water. NO SUBSTITUTIONS OR MIXING ENTREES. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Deluxe Picnic Basket - $37.50: a gourmet dinner for two and a full bottle of wine w/ two glasses. Your choice of entrée: roast beef sandwiches on focaccia (accompanied by red wine), southern fried chicken (accompanied by white wine), or sundried tomato & spinach tortilla wrappers (accompanied by white wine). Also includes fresh fruits & berries, vegetable crudite w/ spinach dip, pasta provencale, and fresh baked cookies. NO WINE SUBSTITUTIONS OR MIXING ENTREES. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Tickets are available from the Bishop Museum box office during business hours (Wednesday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by phone at 808-847-3511. Advance tickets for each concert are $20 general admission and $15 for Bishop Museum Members and military with valid ID. General tickets purchased the day of the event will be $25.

Have a wonderful time and we'll see you there!

The Hardings--
Homeowners & Proprietors, the Beach Villa Resort

The Beach Villa Resort is located in West Oahu within the beautiful Ko Olina Resort. We offer luxurious vacation rentals with two and three bedroom villas right on the beach. Luxury hotel accommodations and amenities at condo prices. If you've been to the Paradise Cove Luau or have been shuttled from Waikiki to golf, you've already been here. Click HERE for reservations

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