Hawaiian art and music are expanding their niche at Ala Moana Center with the opening of two new spaces devoted to those pursuits:
>> The Pa‘i Arts Gallery at Kalia, Mall Level 2, Mauka Wing, will host rotating art exhibits featuring the works of Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners, along with handcrafted items and apparel for purchase. The inaugural exhibit, “Waiwai Kalia,” explores traditional and contemporary definitions of wealth through a diverse collection of visual and wearable art, according to a news release. The gallery, a collaboration with the Pa‘i Foundation, is free and open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
>> Play4M.E. (Music Education), Street Level 1, Ewa Wing, spotlights the ukulele, with free classes for customers of all ages. Sponsored by the nonprofit group Music for Life Foundation, Play4M.E. is intended to raise awareness of the importance of music in education. It’s open 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.