"Na Mele O Hawaii": Ku'uipo Kumukahi and friends offer traditional Hawaiian song and hula, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Academy of Arts. Cost: $12. Tickets available at the ticket desk, or charge by phone by calling 955-8821.
Slack key and piano: Lance Takamiya and Rucci Aamodt perform, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Music Building, Room 36. Limited seating. First come, first served. Free. Information, 956-8244.
"Kahekili": Learn about one of Maui's most imposing figures through hula, mele and oli, 7 p.m. Sept. 5-6, Iao Theatre, Maui. Cost: $10-$15. Call 1-808-242-6969.
Hapa: Kelii Kanealii and Barry Flanagan, perform songs off their new CD, 7 p.m. Sept. 5, Waikiki Aquarium. Gates open at 6 p.m. Lawn seating, first come/first serve. Cost: $15. Tickets available at the aquarium. Call 923-9741.
CD Release Party: Join Sabrina, Gordon Freitas, Peter Moon, Nightwing and Friends, and Jonny Kamai, as they celebrate the release of their CDs, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sept. 5-6, Monterey Bay Canners, Pearlridge.
Latin-American festival: Ninth annual festival Featuring Rolando Sanchez and Salsa Hawaii, Carmen Jiminez, Son Con Clave and Los Amigos, 8 p.m. Sept. 12, Ala Moana Hotel, Hibuscus Ballroom. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20, anyone 12 and over; and $10, children under 12. Call 955-4811.
Matt Yee: Performs 8 p.m. Sept. 5-6, Maui Community College Castro; and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12-13, 738 Kaheka St. Cost: $15. Information, 955-8821.
Hawaii Youth Symphony Association's four-string orchestra programs for beginning-advanced children who are 8-years-old or older, begins September 20. Violins, violas, cellos and basses available for rent to the students, for $125 for the season. Application fee of $20 due by Sept. 5. Registration fee: $165 (financial aid available). Auditions, Sept. 13. Classes will be held Saturday mornings at Central Intermediate School. Apply at 941-9706.
Learn about the Japanese ancient court music called gagaku, 7 p.m. Sept. 5, 12 and 19 at the Japanese Cultural Center, Weinberg Building, Room 102. Masatoshi Shamoto and members of the Hawaii Gagaku Kenkyu Kai will demonstrate this art. On Sept. 5, Shamoto will speak about gagaku; on Sept. 12, he will cover the instruments used in gagaku; and on Sept. 19, he will talk about the gagaku ensemble while the Hawaii Gagaku Kenkyu Kai performs. Free. Validated parking available for $2. Registration required. Call 945-7633.