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ANA ʻAha Mele 2023

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ANA will be holding the ANA 'Aha Mele music and cultural exchange event in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, on November 16-19, 2023. This year, ANA X Inc. is planning and promoting tours. With 'Aha Mele, which means "concert" in Hawaiian, ANA hopes to connect with the people of Hawaii through music and to continue protecting the region's culture and environment. ANA Honolulu Music Week, which was first held in 2019, was renewed last year as ANA 'Aha Mele, and is built around promoting understanding of Hawaii's cultural heritage as well as its environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). Together with our contributions toward increasing the number of non-resident cultural visitors through flights between Japan and Honolulu with the world's largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380 FLYING HONU, we are also working on environmental conservation initiatives such as the preservation of Hawaiian culture; education for children; diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) and tree planting.


Thursday, November 16 - Sunday, November 19, 2023


Hawaii, U.S.A.

Outline of Events

Music workshop with pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii

©Yuji Hori
©Yuji Hori

The Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will hold music lessons for elementary school students in Honolulu.
We hope that the students will come to feel the enchantment and joy that music can bring, as they deepen their cultural exchanges with Mr. Tsujii.

  • Date: Thursday, November 16

  • Location: Elementary schools, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Admission: Private

ANA ʻAha Mele and Nobuyuki Tsujii (Blue Note)

A solo performance and brunch concert by the pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will be held. In addition to traditional classical performances, you can also enjoy new performances by Nobuyuki Tsujii.

  • November 18, 10:30 am-12:30 pm (scheduled)

  • Location: Blue Note Hawaii

  • Admission/viewing: Tour planned by ANA X Inc.

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ANA ʻAha Mele and Nobuyuki Tsujii (Waikiki Shell)

As well as solo performances by the pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, there will also be performances with local Hawaiian artists, all in service of sharing their culture through the medium of music.

  • Date: Sunday, November 19, evening time

  • Location: The Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell

  • Tickets: Available for purchase through Ticketmaster


<First Half>
Beethoven, “Moonlight Sonata”
Debussy, “Images, Book 1”
Chopin, “Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise” etc.


<Second Half>
Special Guest

  • Erin Nishi and HCMF (Hawaii Chamber Music Festival)

  • Jody Kamisato and Honoka

  • The program is subject to change without prior notice.

Erin Nishi
Hawaii Chamber Music Festival
Jody Kamisato and Honoka


Nobuyuki Tsujii

In June 2009, Nobuyuki Tsujii became the first Japanese to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then, he has performed with great success at New York's Carnegie Hall and at the U.K. Proms, He has received great acclaim for his regular recitals at many of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Wiener Musikverein, the Berliner Philharmonie, and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Tsujii has also been frequently invited to perform alongside leading orchestras in Europe and North America, and been praised by world-class conductors including Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Ashkenazy, with whom he has often performed.

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Environmental conservation: ANA Group employees plant trees

In a joint effort with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Institution, the tour will also feature tree planting activities with Nobuyuki Tsujii. A single Milo tree can supply the amount of oxygen that is used by a family of four staying in Hawaii for a week, so 260 new Milo trees* will be planted in consideration of the duration of the event (two days) and the capacity of the Airbus A380 FLYING HONU (520 passengers/aircraft).

  • An Airbus A380 can carry 520 people, and the event lasts two days; assuming one flight per day, this equates to 1,040 people. As one milo tree can supply enough oxygen for a family of four, planting 260 trees will offset the carbon produced by 1,040 people. 

  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2023

  • Participants: Tour participants and ANA Group employees

  • Participation/observation: closed to the public

  • Not open to the general public

About the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

  • The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is a non-profit organization established in 2014. It plants trees native to Hawaii, including the milo and the koa. Its goals are endorsed by many companies in Hawaii and elsewhere, who provide support for its activities. 

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[General Points of Note]

  • The event dates, times, and details are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Children under 2 years old are not permitted to participate.

  • Please refrain from bringing photography or videography equipment for commercial use.

  • Please refrain from taking photographs, audio recordings, or videos with smartphones, cameras, etc. at the venue.

[Safety Precautions at the Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell]

  • Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • All items prohibited by Hawaii State Law are prohibited, including hazardous materials, fireworks, and other explosives. Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited.

  • Food and beverages purchased outside the venue, including cans, bottles and cooler bags, are not permitted.

  • Visitors who disturb others inside or outside the venue or who do not follow the staff's instructions will be asked to leave the premises.

  • If it is deemed that a person is intoxicated or will disturb other guests, we reserve the right to refuse admission.

  • This event will be held irrespective of weather conditions, except in cases of extreme weather.

  • All visitors are required to abide by the venue's rules. (

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