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The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, Inc. – 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 Island Steel Guitar Festival. 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™ is a registered trade name in the State of Hawaii and HIMELE has been designated a 501(c)(3) corporation by the IRS. In order to accomplish its goals, HIMELE may also collaborate with other organizations including 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 is recognized by Guidestar, an information service of Candid specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies.

Warren Barnes

In Memoriam

Warren L. Barnes, retired minister and attorney, passed away on January 11, 2022, in Sacramento, California. He was 80 years old.

Warren was instrumental in the formation of HIMELE, the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. As a participant and contributor in the development of corporation documents including the corporation's Bylaws, Warren reviewed corporation documents and provided expert advice for revisions he felt were appropriate and necessary.

Warren was also an avid steel guitarist, and participated in the Maui Steel Guitar Camps in years 2016 and 2017. He also visited the Keawe ‘Ohana show at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa whenever he was in town to enjoy the Hawaiian music and the steel guitar playing of his former Kumu, Alan Akaka.

Warren was a staunch supporter of the Hawaiian steel guitar and HIMELE.

He is survived by his wife Anita.

What's Pictured in the Heading?

HIMELE produces, supports and participates in various events that promote Hawaiian music and culture, with a focus on youth musicians.

Left: 2019 Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week featuring Ke Kula Mele Hawaii NextGen steel guitarists and musicians. PC-Don Touchi.
Middle: 2019 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival-Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall. NextGen steel guitarist Pono Fernandez shows a festival guest how to play the steel guitar. PC-Don Touchi.
Right: 2020 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival school visiation to Kapa‘a Middle School. Students were given an introduction to and history of the Hawaiian steel guitar and encouraged to try out the instrument. PC-Mary Lardizabal.

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