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Melveen Leed Honored

PPSEAWAH News Release

Molokai musician Melveen Leed will be honored with the  Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Pan Pacific Southeast Asian Women Association of Hawaii (PPSEAWAH) in a ceremony on March 24.

Leed is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, only the second recipient from Hawaii in PPSEAWAH’s 90 years of service in the Pacific. PPSEAWA-Hawaii’s Lifetime Award honoree is selected from a list of distinguished Pacific iconic figures. Leed has made her marks in myriad of ways in education, television, entertainment, indigenous issues, her philanthropic charity work in the past 50 years, as well as a positive role model for young people in the Pacific and the USA.  Born in Honolulu in 1943, raised in Molokai, she is a multi-talented and versatile vocalist and musician who plays the ukulele, guitar, piano, congas, mandolin, accordion, marimba, and many other ethnic instruments.  Her music genres crosses from Hawaiian, Polynesian to Jazz, country, gospel, Latin, Pop, Reggae, Folk, Blues, remarkably, she also sings in 18 languages.  

“Im very humbled to receive such honor,” said Leed when she was notified of the award.  According to PPSEAWAH President Mary Keegan, “Melveen epitomizes the spirit of Aloha and the ultimate ambassador of Hawaii to the world.”

Iconic Legends and Royalties of the entertainment industry who she worked with in the past 50 years in Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and around the Pacific will converge in Waikiki, at the world renown Hawaii Convention Center to honor Hawaii’s international Legendary entertainer, Melveen Leed.  The televised ceremony with Melveen’s music star friends from around the Pacific will definitely make this gala the event of 2018.

From Miss Molokai, to sing at some of the world’s biggest stages in the US, Pacific, Asia, Russia, and Europe is truly historic.  Her charitable music tours and cultural sensibilities among the Pacific island nations, made her the ultimate quintessential ambassador of Aloha.  

The award ceremony will take place on March 24 at the Hawaii Convention Center with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and the program beginning at 6:30. For tickets, call 808-294-5960.


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