Mele Mai Paki Lima – Group Spotlight

Posted By Derek Nance on Jul 18, 2013 |


Editor’s note: This is a recap of Handbell Choir Mondays on the I Love Handbells Facebook page by Tiara Roman.  If you want your group to be featured, email her at ilovehandbells3@gmail.com.
Mele Mai Paki Lima (“music from plenty hands”) was founded in January 2007 by Karen and Dan Carlisle.  They are an advanced handbell choir in Oahu, Hawaii.  Most of their ringers have played in church handbell choirs, or are accomplished musicians looking for a new experience. They play a variety of music (classical, show tunes, Disney, secular, sacred and some top 40) on a 5 octave set of Malmark handbells and 5 octaves of Malmark handchimes.  Mele Mai Paki Lima is part of Handbell Musicians of America – Area 12 (California, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam).

What is it like to perform in Hawaii?

Here is what their conductor Karen Carlisle had to say about being a bell choir in Hawaii:

Challenging: “The problem with being on an island is again people don’t stay long, and then trying to find advanced ringers/musicians is difficult in keeping the group going. We have been successful with ups and downs (going from 3 octaves to 5 octaves and sometimes a little less at times) at keeping the group going. We do have a strong core of about 2 octaves worth of ringers.”

Repertoire: “We have enjoyed playing a couple Hawaiian songs and are trying to get more into our repertoire. One song, Hawaii Aloha, is sung here at the closing of events. The other is a song from the Hawaii 1992 convention by Hart Morris Ring Aloha.  It has some catchy rhythms.”

Achievements: “We were recently featured in the only newspaper here in Hawaii and it was a 3/4 page on us.”

A Taste of Hawaiian Music

Here is Mele Mai Paki Lima performing Hart Morris’ arrangement of “Ring Aloha”.

http://youtu.be/oF5lm7Z1guY
Karen Carlisle is starting a children’s community group (two choirs – one of elementary age and another of Jr high) in August of this year!!!

It’s so good to hear that this art is becoming known in Hawaii! Let’s keep this up, and share their work to help them get more exposure! Who else would love to visit Hawaii and watch them perform? Sounds like a relaxing and belltastic time!

Another Editor’s Note: Bryce and I have met Karen and Dan at many of the Area 12 events around California.  They are both great people and always advocating for bells on the islands (and they like to team up with our group to create chaos at festivals, but that story is for another post).