Mele ma ka Lihiwai | Episode 5: Mark Yamanaka

Mele ma ka Lihiwai | Episode 5: Mark Yamanaka

Episode 5: Mark Yamanaka

Aloha ʻohana and friends,

Earlier this year, I was invited to perform on ʻŌiwi TV’s original musical series “Mele ma ka Lihiwai”. With a warm welcome from the hosts, Billy V and Mele Apana, I openly shared some of my original mele, which include Kaleoonālani, Ma Ka Hehi No Kuahiwi, and Maui Under Moonlight.

I also handed the mic over to my dear friend, Bert Naihe, who shared one of his original mele. Alongside us were our good friends, Eddie Atkins and Kīhei Nahale-a, who helped with putting on this show for all of you to enjoy!

Naʻu me ke aloha,
Na Mark Yamanaka

About the Series

ʻŌiwi TV presents “Mele ma ka Lihiwai”, an original series celebrating the unique sounds of Hawaiʻi’s most renowned and talented musicians. Set along the shores of Hilo’s meandering Honoliʻi river, Mele ma ka Lihiwai brings together twenty-three celebrated artists performing traditional local favorites alongside new original compositions. Stringing these musical pieces together are talk story sessions about the inspirations and personal sentiments behind the diverse range of mele. Watch a new episode each week beginning in November on Oceanic Digital Channel 326 or online at

ʻŌiwi TV reaches across generations, socio-economic statuses, and geographic locations as the sole media venue where the Hawaiian language, culture and perspective thrive. Through Digital Channel 326, ʻŌiwi TV reaches over 220,000 households across the entire State via Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s network. Through its website, mobile, and social media venues, ʻŌiwi TV is reaching Hawaiians everywhere and engaging a generation of Hawaiians that expect to access anything and everything from anywhere at anytime.


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