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Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, Inc.

aka HIMELE   |   KAILUA, HI   |  https://www.himele.org
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Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, Inc.

EIN: 47-4459250


Mission

The specific and primary purpose for which this corporation is formed is to conduct, promote, and enhance music education and enrichment for people of all ages; to educate, promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian musical instruments by organizing and sponsoring festivals, workshops, exhibitions, and other public events as well as using social media channels and the corporation’s website(s) to provide facts, statistics, and publicize the corporation’s music and cultural events.

Ruling year info

2015

Chairman of the Board

Alan Akaka

Vice-chairman

Addison Ching

Main address

1296 AUWAIKU ST

KAILUA, HI 96734 USA

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EIN

47-4459250

Subject area info

Cultural awareness

Music

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Academics

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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Steel Guitar Festivals

Music events designed to promote and perpetuate the Hawaiian steel guitar through performances, workshops, amateur performance opportunities, hands-on experiences, and public "kanikapila" sessions held statewide in Hawaiʻi. Festivals include the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival, the Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival, the Maui Steel Guitar Festival, the Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival, and Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festivals at Ka Makana Ali'i, Windward Mall, and Kahala Mall. See himele.org for dates and links to individual festival websites.

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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposiums are a series of community-based steel guitar workshops and courses are held at various venues throughout the State of Hawai‘i and elsewhere throughout the year. The symposiums are presented to promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music and culture with specific emphasis on learning to play the Hawaiian steel guitar. No prior experience is necessary.

Symposiums make available learning opportunities for those individuals wanting to expand their knowledge of the Hawaiian steel guitar, enhance their playability, or learn playing techniques from steel guitar masters. These symposiums may be targeted to various learning groups and are conducted by steel guitar masters who are known throughout the State of Hawai‘i and are expert in sharing their knowledge and playing techniques with others. The symposiums provide live instruction in an intimate learning environment where student and teacher can interact freely. See hawaiiansteelguitarsymposium.com for info.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturdays feature two steel guitar masters in concert along with prerecorded videos of NextGen steel guitarists in a two-hour live program.

Livestream Kanikapila Showcases feature live virtual kanikapila instead of steel guitar performances. Viewers are invited to select their favorite instrument and play along with the all-star band.

The Open Stage Showcase features prerecorded videos submitted by amateur and professional steel guitarists worldwide, performing selections of their choice. This provides an opportunity for steel guitarists to present their uncompensated performances for viewing by a worldwide audience.

Livestreams are broadcast on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase's Facebook page and YouTube channel. See hawaiiansteelguitarshowcase.com for info.

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Goals & Strategy

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The specific and primary purpose for which this corporation is formed is to conduct, promote, and enhance music education and enrichment for people of all ages; to educate, promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian musical instruments by organizing and sponsoring festivals, workshops, exhibitions, and other public events as well as using social media channels and the corporation's website(s) to provide facts, statistics, and publicize the corporation's music and cultural events.

To maximize our impact on current efforts, the corporation may seek to 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.

The corporation is dedicated to continuing to educate and enrich the world through the music, culture and spirit of Hawaii.

Collaborate with partners to produce and promote musical events such as festivals and training workshops Statewide and in other locations;

Publish information on HIMELE's website, HIMELE's Facebook page, and through newsletters;

Pursue stewardship of today's youth by awarding music training scholarships to serious and deserving youth musicians; and

Partner with other non-profit associations, foundations, or affinity groups when such partnership provides advantage towards the pursuit of HIMELE's purpose.

The corporation has produced annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festivals since its incorporation in 1995 and has expanded from 2 to 9 annual festivals throughout the State of Hawaii. The corporation brings to bear major steel guitar musicians from Hawaii and worldwide while partnering with local shopping and tourist destinations to maximize outreach. Internet livestreams are also used for outreach.

HIMELE annually produces nine Steel guitar festivals throughout the State of Hawaii and will continue to do so as funding permits. HIMELE is also looking for opportunities to expand festivals outside the State of Hawaii and collaborates with other national steel guitar associations.

Financials

Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Chairman of the Board

Alan Akaka

Alan Akaka is from a family whose roots are deep in Hawaiian music. His father Senator Daniel K. Akaka, former director of the famous Kawaiaha'o Church Choir, played an important role in Alan's music beginnings and encouraged him through his development. His family gatherings, which included lots of music making, and music education at Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai'i further expanded his base in music. Alan established and directed the Kamehameha Middle Schools' Na 'Opio Singers and Hawaiian Ensemble. He was director of the Performing Arts Academy at Kamehameha for 16 years. In 2009 he established Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i, school of Hawaiian music. He recorded with a number of artists including Genoa Keawe, Owana, Nohelani Cypriano, Nina Keali'iwahamana, and Karen Keawehawai'i as well as with Sweden's Simons and a number of Japan artists and groups. His solo album "Simply Steel" was a finalist at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Vice-chairman

Addison Ching

Born and raised in Honolulu, Addison studied electrical engineering in college but made a career in Information Technology and also taught college computer programming courses. Addison has held various IT positions in public and private education at all levels, and retired several years ago from the California State University Chancellor's Office as their Director of Network Support Services. He and his wife Sharon now split their retirement between homes in California and Hawai'i. He has trained in various music disciplines but never had the opportunity to pursue the Hawaiian steel guitar until recently. "Learning the steel guitar is very fulfilling to me, allowing me to 'give back' to my Hawaiian heritage and honor those Hawaiian legends who recorded for the 49th State Records label that was founded by his uncle, George Ching." He is also involved with computers and computer technology, developing and hosting websites and maintaining social media sites.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board chair

Alan Akaka

Addison Ching

Geronimo Valdriz

Natan Goore

Larry Holu

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Asian/Asian American
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Male
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Asian/Asian American
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Male, Not transgender
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Last updated: 11/28/2023

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