13-year old (she will celebrate her 14th birthday at the festival) Malie is one of the Ke Kula Mele Next Generation steel guitar players. Multitalented, she can dance hula, sing, and play several other instruments including the 'ukulele. Malie has been playing the steel guitar since 2013. Her interest and enthusiasm has allowed her to develop her playing ability and confidence. 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 Malie is the great granddaughter of Aunty Genoa Keawe. When school and time permit, she appears with her mom and other members of her family, dancing, singing and playing her steel guitar.
Malie showed interest for the steel guitar several years ago by getting up on stage during intermission at the Keawe 'Ohana show and pretending she was playing uncle Alan Akaka's steel guitar. Her interest persisted, and she was finally able to realize her dream when she started her lessons with uncle Alan.