Music brought the campus together for a great cause to kick off the holiday season on December 8.  In partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots Program, MELE’s Kalikimaka – a holiday-themed musical showcase, featured talent from the Music Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) program.

The event was the final project for MELE’s newest class, MELE 205 Concert & Event Production.  Students applied what they learned over the semester to include the fundamentals of creating an event from conception, administration, to final execution and production.

A special plaque presentation was made to Seymour Kazimirski of the Make ‘em Smile project during the program. IMG_7727Make ‘em Smile is a pro bono organization that allows music to aid in the healing process of those who are going through tough times. The MELE program partnered with Seymour to produce a CD of music that is handed out as a calling card to spread the organization’s message.

Thanks to the generous donations from the Easy Music Center, BAMP Project and Papa John’s Hawai‘i, guests were eligible to win a Lanikai Spruce Tenor Ukulele, concert tickets and pizza gift cards. Additional giveaways included music CDs and band merchandise.

Congratulations to the students and faculty for their hard work on this first of its kind event. We hope this becomes an annual tradition!  View more photos from the event: