19-year old Mālie started as a Ke Kula Mele NextGen steel guitar player. Multitalented, she can dance hula, sing, and play several other instruments including the ‘ukulele.
Mālie has been playing the steel guitar since 2013. Her interest and enthusiasm has allowed her to develop her playing ability and confidence. It's obvious she enjoys entertaining, whether it's doing the hula, singing, or playing a musical instrument. But her musical talent and abilities are no coincidence. Her mom is Pomaika‘i Keawe and Mālie is the great granddaughter of Aunty Genoa Keawe.
Mālie showed interest for the steel guitar several years ago by getting up on stage during intermission at the Keawe ‘Ohana show and pretending she was playing uncle Alan Akaka's steel guitar. Her interest persisted, and she was finally able to realize her dream when she started her lessons with uncle Alan.
Mālie now attends college and performs professionally with her mom and with a variety of Hawaiian entertainers.
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Kona Steel Guitar Festival