*Warning - this video may move you to tears! We hope you enjoy the ride.
"Hawaiʻi Aloha" - Our collaboration with Playing for Change was just released on their YouTube Channel. If you enjoyed it, please take a few seconds to share the post announcing its release! http://tinyurl.com/HawaiiAloha2016
Our campaign ends at tonight at midnight! If we reach our $25,000 benchmark, all backers will be the 1st to get personal copies.
We truly appreciate all the love from Kickstarter (featured on their homepage banner, facebook, newsletters, and as ʻMusic Project of the Dayʻ), supporters like Jack Johnson, G-Love, Katchafire, The Green, dozens of Mana Meleʻs "Hawaiʻi Aloha" artists, and EACH OF YOU, for helping to spread the word!
Our actual Kickstarter page content is below, but hereʻs a summary:
This campaign seeks to raise funds for an EP series of pro and youth artist recordings, and youth-led news stories. "Hawai'i Aloha" will be the bonus track for the 1st EP, and the handful of 1 minute videos on this page gives a you a sneak peak across 4 episodes of ʻOPIO TV (youth-led news).
Our rewards may be unprecedented, we haven't found a campaign that allows you to mix and match gifts of your preference, from a very extensive Mahalo Gift List (look for the cool cartoony illustrations at the bottom of this page). Each dollar you donate = 1 point. If you donate $20, choose 4 gifts at 5pts each, 1 gift at 20pts, and so on. Message us with your selections and weʻd start shipping them by early May if not sooner.
Ok, scroll down for more! Mahalo for any support during our last 24 hour push!
Tell YOUR story - from YOUR place
Mana Mele is:
- Designed to empower youth, support artists and honor elders - through youth-driven and expert-led music and video.
- Hawai‘i’s, if not the world’s, first solar-powered 4-in-1 mobile studio and Music & Multimedia Academy (4-in-1 = Live, Studio, Audio, Video)
- Brought to you by MELE (offering college degrees in engineering & music business), Mana Maoli (a Hawaiian nonprofit), the Mana Mele Collective (over 200 music/multimedia industry professionals) and 10 community, culture and environment-based charter schools.
What made Mana Mele’s mobile studio and Music/Multimedia Academy possible?
- 15 years experience working with hundreds of artists and thousands of youth
- Over a decade of fundraising (events, products, services)
- Hundreds of hours of community input, planning, and solidifying agreements with partners to secure a 3-year federal grant with the Administration for Native Americans.
- Support from Jack and Kim Johnson’s ‘Ohana Charitable Foundation
- A dream team of youth, educators and music/multimedia industry professionals living the perseverance, patience, hard work, faith and aloha to make this a success.
Mana Mele is a strength-based response to clear voids in our community.
“To be able to jam out these songs, and be able to give back to the schools and the kids and be able to hopefully inspire these kids to live out their dreams - for me this is so rewarding on so many levels.” – Jack Johnson, Mana Mele Collective Artist/Mentor
See manamele.org for more.
Where will Kickstarter funds go?
With your support, collaborations between professionals and youth, using Meleana’s state-of-the-art equipment, will produce a series of music EP releases & youth-led news stories.
- Mana Mele EP Series - Quality music recordings of professional and youth artists, often in collaboration. Youth engage in music, engineering and PR/marketing mentorships as they create, record and promote positive music in support of their schools. Each EP will feature 4-6 songs - a mix of youth, ‘up and coming’, and ‘high profile’ artists, including a majority of the artists offering ‘mahalo gifts’ to supporters of this campaign (see our Mahalo Gift List and video).
- ‘Opio TV - Mana Mele ‘ōpio (youth) serve as video, sound crew, news anchors and field reporters. Through ‘OPIO TV, Mana Mele Collective artists and Meleana empower ‘ōpio to “Tell your story, from your place”. As ‘ōpio film and conduct interviews, they empower members of the community to do the same.
Searider Productions, multimedia students of the UH School of Communications, and MMC videographers will provide training and guidance as ‘ōpio create news stories with their kumu (teachers), kupuna (elders) and community.
Hawaii News Now and 'Oiwi TV would provide 'OPIO TV news anchors and field reporters a much wider audience than that of just their school website or personal youtube channel. The innovative, seasoned Searider Productions would train the youth upfront. 'Oiwi TV and other videographers in the Mana Mele Collective would provide followup assistance and feedback as 'opio create news stories with their kumu (teachers), kupuna (elders) and community. Multimedia students and alumni of UH School of Communications would also mentor our high school youth with filming and editing.
The fun's already begun - Thanks to so many Mana Mele Collective artists donating their time and talent, we have recorded and filmed enough content for most of the 1st two Mana Mele EP’s, and the 1st 2 episodes of ‘OPIO TV. Additional funds are needed for post-production and distribution costs. Our ideal 'stretch goal' would allow for additional music EP’s and ‘OPIO TV episodes. See the "Fundraising Goals and Plans" section below and future updates for details.
How it Works
Our mobile studio, named Meleana, and our Music & Multimedia Academy curriculum will provide the tools and process for youth to tell their story through the EP music series and 'OPIO TV episodes.
Youth utilize the mobile studio and our Academy curriculum to learn their ABCʻs - Academics, Business, and Culture - through music and multimedia. We've developed detailed curriculum maps and over 130 lessons that align with Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies standards. We are nearing two full school years of this curriculum being piloted across our 10 partner schools.
Once additional funding is secured to clear the development and pilot phase, Academy graduates would earn their high school diploma. More importantly, they will be college/career ready, community minded, and culturally grounded.
All throughout, youth engage in real world mentorships with industry pros, and the Hawaiian language, culture and values serves as the foundation for our curriculum.
“Teaching them and caring for them is the most important thing that we can do as adults.” – John Cruz, Mana Mele Collective Arist/Mentor and Mana Maoli Board Chair
“I really wish I had something like this growing up. Its a good way for the keiki to be immersed in their culture, and in the music.” – Kimie, Mana Mele Collective Arist/Mentor
Mana Mele Collective - "Collaborate, not Compete"
We are not a single band, studio, or multimedia company. We are a collective of Hawai‘i’s finest musicians and bands, engineers and studios, filmmakers and production companies. The Mana Mele Collective supports social enterprise, culture and community based education, and the Music & Multimedia Academy - to assure the next generation takes their standards of excellence to the next level.
From a youth and her mentor:
“I learned how to stay confident, believe in myself, and strive for the highest.” – Kamalii McShane, Mana Mele student at Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School
“I feel honored to share my gift and have an exchange with the youth…they are the most powerful platform that we have for change - to evolve as a species, and to better our planet, our life, our existence. It’s such a magical experience. The music a platform for so much more... I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be a mentor. I look forward to growing in this role. Hopefully it is something that will never end.” – Irie Love, Mana Mele Collective Artist/Mentor
"The Mana Mele project is a groundbreaking and innovative tool for anyone to experience and record music anywhere on the island. The mobile studio is an innovative invention that will shape the future - for new musicians, all the way to Uncles and Aunties who want to record anywhere! It can be scary for the new musician who've never recorded in a studio, where the environment can be so sterile that the magic and flow cannot occur. With this mobile studio, musicians can feel comfortable in their surroundings and even record in their sacred spaces to share and express their music authentically. Since the mobile studio is run on solar, the energy is clean all around. And, the studio can be shared for youth who have always wanted to try their hand in music. This is the way. This is the future." – Taimane Gardner, Mana Mele Collective Arist
We have dozens of testimonials from Mana Mele youth, parents, teachers, and artists. We'll be sharing some of these during our campaign, stay tuned!
Why go mobile?
The idea for a "community co-op" studio and radio station began 15 years ago, when Mana Maoli was in the planning phases of starting Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School. We eventually realized the studio would better serve our community if it were mobile. This way, through audio and video recordings, events, and live broadcasts, we can invite youth, artists, kupuna and YOU to "tell your story, from your place".
The greater the connection one feels when recording, the greater the resulting creation will be. That connection may be to the song itself, those you are recording with or composing for, or an emotion. It could be a connection to one’s home, school, mountain or beach.
All kupuna (elders) have important stories to tell. Why make them come to us, if we can go to them? If there is a beautiful spot where a song was written or written about, why not record it there? We believe a recording will be that much better, when one is physically present in the place they are most connected to.
FUNDRAISING GOALS AND PLANS
Our ultimate goal is to raise $50,000, which will enable us to produce the entire Mana Mele EP series and the entire first season of ‘Ōpio TV (youth-led news stories).
$35,000 will allow us to produce the entire Mana Mele Series (at least 4 EPʻs, 4-6 songs per EP), featuring high profile, up and coming, and youth artists.
$25,000 will allow us to produce the entire Mana Mele Series.
$12,000 will enable us to produce the first two EP’s of the Mana Mele Series.
At each fundraising level:
* thanks to our state-of-the-art equipment in place and engineers offering to help at high discount, we are able to do much more, for much less
* donations would primarily cover all pre though post production costs (filming, tracking, mixing, mastering), graphic design, printing and distribution costs, and a very modest marketing budget.
A detailed breakdown of our budget is available on request.
How can you support Mana Mele?
In order to continue serving our youth the best we can, we humbly ask that you help spread the word by sharing this campaign and related posts with family and friends, and/or make a donation.
We also seek volunteers, such as at our Launch event (4/22 at Makers & Tasters), or ongoing help in our offices, classrooms or even remotely from your home.
MAHALO GIFT LIST
To mahalo you for your support, we have an array of amazing gifts for you to choose from, courtesy of the Mana Mele Collective. Check it out!
mp3's link: http://www.manamele.org/#!portfolio/c1j3i
Products link: http://www.manamele.org/#!products/c97r
2001-2009: Mana Maoli (MM) raised awareness and funds to support Hawaiian charter schools with its volunteer-driven Maoli Music program, which provided school visits and mentorships, small to large concerts, 3 volumes of benefit CD compilations, and many related media appearances.
2007: MELE program launches, offering dual college degrees in audio engineering and music business.
2010: MM and MELE's 1st partnership is formed. A small OHA grant allowed for Mana Maoli's collective of artists to provide music, engineering and business mentorships to students - as they created, recorded and marketed a 38-track double CD - featuring over 100 professional artists and youth.
2013: Support from an Administration for Native Americans(ANA) grant and Kim and Jack Johnson’s ‘Ohana (Family) Charitable Foundation, combined with a decade of fundraising, allowed our volunteer-driven program to expand its breadth and depth of reach notably, under the Mana Mele Project.
In the last few years, we have expanded our direct services to over 1,000 youth across 10 Hawaiian charter schools, with year long afterschool/elective classes, on and off-campus mentorships, and school visits with Meleana(our mobile studio) and Mana Mele Collective artists.
We will soon be disseminating curriculum, products and related training to an additional 6 schools. Through the MELE program’s K-12 outreach and future funding, Mana Mele hopes to steadily increase the number of schools and youth served.
About Mana Maoli & MELE
While the Mana Mele Collective of industry pros empower our youth on the frontlines, behind the scenes are a university program and Hawaiian nonprofit.
Established in 1999, Mana Maoli (MM) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that founded Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School, Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy (a sailing canoe program) and the K-12 component of the Mana Mele Project. MM continues to provide HKM facilities and program services, while expanding its services to its partner schools via Mana Mele programs.
MELE (Music & Entertainment Learning Experience) is a university program at HCC offering dual degrees in audio engineering and music business. Their role in the Mana Mele Project includes advisory/evaluation of mobile studio buildout, math/science curriculum development, use of their on-campus studio, and engaging their college students as interns and mentors for high school youth. For more information about MELE, visit www.honolulu.hawaii.edu/mele.
Our vision is to facilitate individual and community healing, and empowerment by fostering lifelong learners. Our mission statement is just three words:
Ho`okumu – Build grounding and foundation.
Ho’okele – Forge direction and connections.
Ho’omana – Provide sustenance and empowerment.
FINE PRINT / DISCLAIMERS
We are open to discussing possible modifications of our Mahalo gifts to you. To do so, or for any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 295-MANA (6262).
Mahalo gifts that involve Mana Mele Collective artists - musicians (lessons, meet and greet, performances), engineers (audio recordings) and videographers are subject to their availability. While it will often be much quicker, please allow 1-3 months for scheduling. Travel and shipping costs are not included if desired location is on a different island/continent from where the artist/equipment resides.
* Lessons from a Master - the focus of your lesson can be singing, song-writing, ukulele, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, engineering or video production. Examples: Kamaka Fernandez (falsetto), John Cruz (songwriting, guitar, bass, vocals) Wayne Enos of Natural Vibrations (slack key, 'ukulele, guitar, keyboards), Liko Martin (songwriting, slack key, guitar), Jah Maoli (guitar, vocals, Hawaiian music), Brad from The Green (bass, keyboards, guitar), Kali from Ooklah the Moc (vocals, 'ukulele, guitar) or Irie Love (vocals, vocal health, songwriting).
* Performances - Donation levels range from $300 to $6,000 pending the requested artist, size of band, and desired location and duration of performance. Please email us with these details to determine donation level. Sound system and engineer are not included, but can be provided at discount rate. Or, the performance can be acoustic.
All Mana Mele Mobile Studio usage (audio and video) - If more time for recording, filming and/or editing is needed than the hours listed, Mana Mele can provide this at additional discount rates.
* Audio - In addition to O'ahu, Mana Mele engineers/studios may be available in San Francisco, New York, Kaua'i, Hawai'i island, and Maui. At all donation levels, mixing and mastering may occur at our mobile studio or the studio of a Mana Mele engineer. Total hours includes set-up/breakdown time. 750pts - Mana Mele will choose a (mobile or regular) studio location nearest you. 1,000 and 4,000 pts - You choose location; Meleana (mobile studio) can come to you for tracking. 4,000pts -record up to 6 tracks with 50 hours of recording/mixing; Recording and mixing must occur across 7 (non-consecutive) days. Please allow 1-3 weeks (750 and 1,000pts) or 2-4 weeks (4,000 pts) after recording for mixing and mastering.
* Video - 500pts - please allow 1-3 weeks for editing. 1,000pts - please allow 1-4 weeks for editing. 4,000pts - allow 2-6 weeks for editing, with a maximum of 6 total days of shooting (non-consecutive).
All audio and video products will be mailed or hand delivered to you on a flash drive, and/or sent electronically, per mutual agreement.
Please call/email for additional details and parameters.
Risks and challenges
As with any collaborative project with ambitious goals for positive change, we are sure to face risks and challenges. Here are two challenges that we may realistically face, and our plans to proactively address them.
Challenge: A key player committed to the project is no longer able to participate.
Plan: We are blessed to have over 250 musicians, engineers, videographers and industry professionals that have supported our initiatives over the years - from CD’s and concerts to school visits and mentorships. We will find well-qualified replacements should the need arise.
Challenge: Risk of lost, damaged, or stolen studio equipment.
Plan: We proactively addressed this with a substantial security system (including wheel locks, alarm with automatic police alert, etc), secure locations for the mobile studio's storage, and insuring our valuable equipment, which would be removed from the trailer at the end of each day when residing on campus. The Mana Mele Collective includes many other studios - many are already being used for this project. Should we need time to replace or repair equipment, or should demand exceed what Meleana can provide, these studios are available resources.
For this and any other challenges we may encounter, our track record demonstrates that we can overcome any adversity with perseverance, patience, and aloha.
Mahalo for your time, and for reading our story. Mahalo for sharing this story, and for your support. Aloha nui kakou!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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