12-year old Mālie is one of the Ke Kula Mele NextGen steel guitar players. Multitalented, she can dance hula, sing, and play several other instruments including the ‘ukulele. Mālie has been playing since she was 10 but her interest and enthusiasm has allowed her to develop her playing ability considerably. It's obvious she enjoys entertaining, whether it's doing the hula, singing, or playing a musical instrument. But her musical talent and abilities are no coincidence.
Her mom is Pomaika‘i Lyman and Mālie is the great granddaughter of Aunty Genoa Keawe. When school and time permit, she appears with her mom, dancing, singing and playing her steel guitar.
Mālie showed interest for the steel guitar several years ago by getting up on stage during intermission and pretending she was playing uncle Alan Akaka's steel guitar at the weekly Keawe ‘Ohana show. Her interest persisted, and she was finally able to realize her dream when she start her lessons with uncle Alan.