Honolulu Community College offers state-of-the-art recording studio and native music

Honolulu Community College's (Honolulu CC) Music and Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) program boasts a state-of-the-art recording studio.

The Honolulu CC MELE program is the only initiative in the state that offers associate's degrees in music business as well as audio engineering. The goal of the program is to invest in local talent to grow Hawaii's music industry.

"We have a lot of raw musical talent in Hawaii, and the MELE program will help us develop the infrastructure needed to support entertainers and musicians in their careers," Keala Chock, director of the MELE program, said in a press release. "MELE aims to bring best practices here, for the benefit of the local music industry overall, and to help generate high-quality music with a Hawaii 'brand' that can build a presence in the global music business."

Two years ago, the Honolulu CC MELE program opened with an enrollment of 27 students. Today, more than 300 learners have taken MELE classes.

In recognition of a substantial donation from the Mike Curb Family Foundation for a renovation, the recording studio was renamed the Mike Curb Music and Entertainment Learning Experience Studios. 

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